M.Sc. Software Engineering

University of Glasgow | Glasgow, United Kingdom
The Masters in Software Engineering provides you with a thorough grounding in professional software development, together with experience of developing a project proposal and conducting a development project, preparing you for responsible positions in the IT industry.

Description of Software Engineering

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Key facts
  • MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
  • PgDip 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
  • PgCert 9 months full-time; 9 months part-time
Why Glasgow?
  • The University of Glasgow’s School of Computing Science is consistently highly ranked achieving 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2014)
  • You will have opportunities to meet industrial speakers who contribute to our professional skills & issues course. Employers also come to make recruitment presentations, and often seek to recruit our graduates during the programme.
  • With a 97% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Computing Science continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
  • The School of Computing Science is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA). This is a collaboration of Scottish Universities whose goal is to develop and extend Scotland's position as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.
  • You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.
Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Software Engineering include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses
  • Component-based software engineering
  • Enterprise computing
  • IT architecture
  • Professional skills and issues
  • Research methods and techniques
  • Safety critical systems
  • Masters team project
Optional courses
  • Advanced networking and communications
  • Advanced operating systems
  • Algorithmics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data: sytems, programming and management
  • Computer architecture
  • Computer vision methods and applications
  • Constraint programming
  • Cyber security
  • Distributed algorithms and systems
  • Financial software engineering
  • Functional programming
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Human-computer interaction: design and evaluation
  • Human-centred security
  • Information retrieval
  • Internet technology
  • Machine learning
  • Mobile human-computer interaction
  • Modeling reactive systems
  • Trends in information security

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

Projects
  • Modes of delivery of the MSc in Software Engineering include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.
  • To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. This is a project chosen by you to investigate a challenging but constrained software engineering problem where you will design, implement, evaluate, and demonstrate a software system.
  • The project will integrate the subject knowledge and generic skills that you will acquire during your Masters.
  • We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.
  • You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.
Example projects
  • Here are some typical project titles from recent years:
  • Java API for matching problems
  • Model for multiple structured views over the same information set
  • On-line skills development for reviewing written text
  • Scenario-based training system for interactive medical devices
  • SCRUM simulator
  • Web service composition
  • Furthermore for students hoping to continue into research, we have seven major research groups: computer vision and graphics; embedded, networked, and distributed systems; formal analysis, theory, and algorithms; human computer interaction; inference, dynamics, and interaction; information retrieval; software engineering and information security. Most MSc students choose projects offered by these groups, giving them an opportunity to go on to PhD study.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline International applications: July, UK and EU applications: August
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Software Engineering include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses
  • Component-based software engineering
  • Enterprise computing
  • IT architecture
  • Professional skills and issues
  • Research methods and techniques
  • Safety critical systems
  • Masters team project
Optional courses
  • Advanced networking and communications
  • Advanced operating systems
  • Algorithmics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data: sytems, programming and management
  • Computer architecture
  • Computer vision methods and applications
  • Constraint programming
  • Cyber security
  • Distributed algorithms and systems
  • Financial software engineering
  • Functional programming
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Human-computer interaction: design and evaluation
  • Human-centred security
  • Information retrieval
  • Internet technology
  • Machine learning
  • Mobile human-computer interaction
  • Modeling reactive systems
  • Trends in information security

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

Projects
  • Modes of delivery of the MSc in Software Engineering include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.
  • To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. This is a project chosen by you to investigate a challenging but constrained software engineering problem where you will design, implement, evaluate, and demonstrate a software system.
  • The project will integrate the subject knowledge and generic skills that you will acquire during your Masters.
  • We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.
  • You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.
Example projects

Here are some typical project titles from recent years:

  • Java API for matching problems
  • Model for multiple structured views over the same information set
  • On-line skills development for reviewing written text
  • Scenario-based training system for interactive medical devices
  • SCRUM simulator
  • Web service composition
  • Furthermore for students hoping to continue into research, we have seven major research groups: computer vision and graphics; embedded, networked, and distributed systems; formal analysis, theory, and algorithms; human computer interaction; inference, dynamics, and interaction; information retrieval; software engineering and information security. Most MSc students choose projects offered by these groups, giving them an opportunity to go on to PhD study.

English Language Requirements

IELTS take IELTS test
6.5
CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test
92

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Software Engineering

  • A minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA 3.0/4 or equivalent) with computing as a major subject.

Work Experience for Software Engineering

No work experience is required.

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