M.Sc. Software Engineering

The University of Manchester

Tuition fee:
  • € 10,223 / Year (EEA)
  • € 17,834 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Increasingly in computing and informatics, hardware performance considerations are almost subsidiary to the issues surrounding the performance of software systems development and architectures. Software engineers and architects design and engineer operating software and specify the structures that will support continued sustainable development. These foundations of software technology engineering are critical for ensuring the development of robust, reliable and scaleable software.

This programme helps you to develop expertise in the systematic rigorous development processes that govern large or safety-critical software systems. In particular, the programme emphasises software engineering for data-intensive and highly parallel systems.

Special features * Examines the fundamentals of the business environments within which complex software systems are deployed.
* On graduating from this programme you will fulfil the educational requirements needed to become a chartered engineer.
* Course units and themes of particular relevance to software engineering include: * Software Engineering Project.
* Distributed Systems Development
* Information Systems Modelling.
* Specification of Software Systems
* Software Evolution.
* Software Quality.
* Agile Methods.
* Data Integration and Analysis


Teaching and learning

At Manchester we aim to provide a unique experience. Studying Computer Science with us will give you the chance to follow your academic curiosity and explore a fascinating subject.

A significant amount of your work will be project-based team work, tackling real problems. You will see how computer science is directly applicable to solving problems, across a broad range of areas.

The emphasis throughout is on independent learning, supported by regular meetings in small groups with personal tutors. You receive practical help and support from experienced staff and postgraduates, with leading experts guiding your learning and stimulating your interest. This approach is supported by conventional lectures and comprehensive on-line learning resources. We also provide excellent facilities, including specialist laboratories to support areas such as engineering and robotics.

Coursework and assessment Unseen examinations account for about 60% of the assessment. These asses your abilities in the selection and application of knowledge, problem solving, and the design and evaluation of software or electronics. Other assessment is mainly through laboratory-based coursework that provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of computer science or electronic principles by tackling specific problems on a more realistic scale, both individually and in groups. The remaining assessment is through presentations and essays where, in particular, you demonstrate the transferable skills you have acquired. In the third and final years, the non-examination assessment is mainly made up of the practical project.


Full entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview: An Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a computing-related discipline.

English language:

All students are required to be proficient in spoken and written English. In order to be accepted onto an MSc programme in the School of Computer Science applicants need to provide evidence of having achieved the required level in one of the following english language qualifications:

* IELTS score of 6.5 minimum (writing 6)
* Internet based TOEFL 100 with 24 in writing
* Computer Based TOEFL 250 with 5 in TWE
* Cambridge Proficiency Grade 'C'

If you envisage any difficulties in satisfying our English language requirements then please do let us know. The University offer a number of excellent pre-sessional English courses designed specifically to help international students meet our requirements prior to the start of their programmes.

Other international entry requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)


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