M.Sc. Software Engineering

Middlesex University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
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  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The construction of large-scale software projects is a challenging and complex undertaking and there are numerous examples of unsuccessful major projects which run over time, over budget and fail to fulfil their original specification in various ways.

The MSc Software Engineering equips you to support the development of today's modern software projects. The main theme of the course is the application of engineering principles to the development of reliable, secure and usable software. The MSc Software Engineering is designed to prepare graduates with the kind of knowledge and skills that can be adapted to meet emerging technological trends and demands.

You will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to handle the complexities of developing and operating large-scale software systems. You develop the expertise to conduct analysis and specification, create and evaluate design solutions, develop and test software systems and make informed decisions in the management of software projects. You develop an understanding of a range of issues related to the software development process, including the professional, legal and ethical framework within which the software engineer operates.

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You will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to handle the complexities of developing and operating large-scale software systems. You develop the expertise to conduct analysis and specification, create and evaluate design solutions, develop and test software systems and make informed decisions in the management of software projects. You develop an understanding of a range of issues related to the software development process, including the professional, legal and ethical framework within which the software engineer operates.

Modules

* Postgraduate and Professional Skills (30 Credits)

The module aims to provide students with the academic and professional skills and expertise needed to plan, run and report academic and professional projects. This includes advanced research and project management skills as well as academic writing skills at postgraduate level.

* Software Engineering: Principles and Practice (30 Credits)

The module aims to provide a firm foundation in software engineering and project management techniques. It prepares students for work in industry and business developing and managing software processes. It will introduce students to state-of-the-art software as used in business practice and will inform students of research developments in the field.

* Data Analysis (30 Credits)- Optional

This course will provide an overview of data analysis concepts by employing stat-of-the-art computer information technology (such as grid computing) in medical and healthcare informatics. These core concepts will be further explored from theory to application on medical imaging analysis and management rooted in the practical problems of clinical practice. Since the programme is highly interdisciplinary data from other modules in the programme will be used in this module

* Designing and developing object-oriented software (30 Credits)- Optional

This module covers in-depth, object oriented design and development of software systems using an industry-standard programming language and integrated development environment. The course will guide the student learner through the key phases of a typical software development methodology, from requirements elicitation to development, and testing. The course will have a strong focus on the application of object-oriented software engineering design patterns and tiered software architectures

* Internet media and technology (30 Credits)- Optional

This module aims at providing students with the experience of working with cutting edge multimedia technology while designing and experimenting with advanced interactive applications. The module focuses on interactive virtual tools and interactive digital-analogue environments, together with the user experience with such scenarios. The module embraces contemporary theory of user-experience and the symbiotic relationship between the human user and virtual environments.

* System Modelling and Simulation (30 Credits)- Optional

This module will enable students to understand the scientific methods underlying the modelling of real systems. It will further expand their understanding of a range of sophisticated mathematical techniques and simulation methods using the examples facilitated by biomedical systems.

Case studies will be used to illustrate how models may be validated against real measurements. Since the programme is highly interdisciplinary data from other modules in the programme will be used in this module. Assessment procedures are designed to enable students to deliver academically nationally significant modelling performances.

* Project (Group development) (60 Credits)

This module aims to develop student's team working skills in planning and execution of a group software development exercise, drawing on their acquired knowledge, skills and understanding from other modules. In addition, the module aims to develop student's communication skills to enable them to communicate their findings in a written and a group oral presentation.

Requirements

* You should have at least a second class honours degree in a computing subject or another discipline related to the programme; for example subjects like mathematics science, engineering or other disciplines that provide significant exposure to IT and computer programming.
* We also accept applicants with degrees in other disciplines who can demonstrate relevant industrial experience.
* If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5.

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 (IETLS 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.

75 (Grade B)

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