Advanced Software Engineering MSc/PGCert, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Module)
    Tuition (Module)
  • English (take IELTS)


This MSc focuses on the methodologies and technologies that address the challenges that companies are facing for competing in the volatile markets of today. It looks at how to generate applications from high-level business models to reduce time-to-market and development costs and how to evolve legacy systems and promote business processes in an economy dominated by the need to offer and integrate, on demand, new services.

Over the course of this degree, you will develop a deep understanding of the nature and impact of current challenges faced by the IT industry so that you know what is expected from a mature professional. You will also develop an awareness of the methodologies and technologies that are available within computer science to address these challenges, so that you can evaluate and analyse specific situations and make informed choices.

You will have opportunities to develop your interpersonal, communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills, and to use these skills in an imaginative way.

This MSc course will provide you with the knowledge and research skills to continue your studies at PhD level.

The programme also offers the opportunity for IT professionals to acquire PG qualifications in advanced topics.

Programme Structure

Course Modules

For an MSc in Advanced Software Engineering, students are required to take six taught modules plus an individual project. Three of these modules are core to the programme and the remaining three may be selected from the available optional modules.

The modules can be taken as two semesters of three modules or three semesters of two modules, depending on whether students study in 'intensive' or 'relaxed' mode. Students engaging in CPD or a Postgraduate Certificate can select appropriate modules (apart from the individual project).

A Postgraduate Certificate student requires four modules (of which three are core).

Core Modules:

  • Domain Specific Languages
  • Generative Development
  • System Re-Engineering
  • Individual Project (MSc only)

Optional Modules:

  • Advanced Web Technologies
  • Semantic Web
  • Service-Oriented Architectures
  • Software Measurements and Quality Assurance

Teaching and Assessment Methods

Course material will be available through the University’s VLE. The teaching will be aligned with delivery of the campus-based modules. Students will be supported by a course tutor through discussion boards and email communications. Assessment for taught modules is through coursework and written examinations. Examinations will be held at a venue in your local city, usually within a two hours commute. This venue will be assigned based on your place of residence during your studies. The project is assessed separately.

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: January and September each year for MSc, Postgraduate Certificate and CPD. Company specific CPD by arrangement.
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

For junior-level employees or recent graduates – a good second-class honours BSc degree or qualification of equivalent standard recognised by the University in a subject with a substantial element of Computing.

For IT professionals, applications will take into account the number of years of experience.

Student Visa

Students from United States of America need a visa in order to study in the United Kingdom.
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Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 11600 International
  • GBP 11600 EU/EEA

*total tuition fees

September 2016, January 2017,


  • Home/EU/International: £11,600;
  • Discounted fee for students studying in eligible countries: £8,760

Postgraduate Certificate:

Home/EU/International: £4,640;
Discounted fee for students studying in eligible countries: £3,505


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