Software Engineering, M.Sc.

Software Engineering is the foundations of the functioning modern world. Many aspects of commerce and industry require well-engineered and reliable software to operate. The The University of Hertfordshire's MSc Software Engineering is designed for computer science graduates and has been popular with those looking to specialise in Software Engineering and progress their career in this direction.

About

The degree focuses on the key models, methodologies, measures and tools that can be used in the software engineering process equipping you and your career with the essentials for success in this field. This Software Engineering programme is offered by The University of Hertfordshire.

Why choose this course?

For more information about how online study works, funding and how to apply, please visit UH Online.

  • Gain a specialised master's degree in one year full-time or at a pace that suits you through online study
  • Flexible online learning allows you to fit study around your other commitments, without travel and accommodation costs.
  • Gain an internationally-recognised master's degree from the UK's University of Hertfordshire.
  • Benefit from the same academic standards and quality control procedures as our equivalent on campus course
  • We have an excellent track record in research, with over half of our outputs rated at world-leading or internationally excellent in REF 2014, the most recent national assessment.
Careers

Our online masters programme is designed to give graduates the up-to-date skills and knowledge sought after by employers, whether in business, industry, government or research.

These courses will prepare you for a career in many areas including research, IT or software development.

Teaching methods

Our online degree programmes are taught 100% online when studied independently, or supplemented by tutorial support when studied at a local study centre run by one of our online partners. Assessment is by coursework and online tests.

You will participate in the learning experience through the University's on-line learning environment, StudyNet. You will receive learning materials, take part in discussions and submit your assignments online.

Additionally, you will receive study resources such as key e-books and any specialist software. You will have access to the University's extensive online library facilities, or be able to visit in person if you so choose.

The amount of study time required is no different from that needed for an on campus programme. You should expect to spend at least 30 hours per week if studying full-time, and in proportion if part-time.

Accreditation

Climbing the rankings

Out of all the universities in the world founded after 1964, the University is ranked at number 60, climbing 15 places from last year and above renowned institutions such as Aston and the University of Kent. The rankings, compiled by the Times Higher Education magazine, a global authority on higher education are based on excellence across teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

Proud

The University scored highly for the citing of its academic research on a global scale and for its international outlook and mix.

In commenting on the University's success, Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire, said: "We are delighted to have been placed so highly in the THE 100 under 50 ranking. I am particularly proud since this reflects the global successes of our graduates and the impact of our research. It is a testament to the dedication and energy of all staff at the University."

Top nine in UK

Out of the fourteen UK institutions that are mentioned in the rankings, Hertfordshire ranks in the top nine.

The 2014 Times Higher Education 100 under 50 is part of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings portfolio which is an annual ranking for universities across the globe.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Optional

  • Advanced Database
  • Contemporary Practices in Information Technology
  • Distributed Systems Security
  • E-Learning Applications Development
  • Interaction Design
  • Learner Centred Design
  • Measures and Models for Software Engineering
  • Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications
  • Multicast and Multimedia Networking
  • Programming and Program Design
  • Secure Systems Programming
  • Software Development Tools and Methods
  • Software Engineering MSc Project
  • Software Engineering Practice and Experience
  • Web Scripting and Application Development
  • Web Services
  • Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking
Year 2

Optional

  • Advanced Database
  • Contemporary Practices in Information Technology
  • Distributed Systems Security
  • E-Learning Applications Development
  • Interaction Design
  • Learner Centred Design
  • Measures and Models for Software Engineering
  • Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications
  • Multicast and Multimedia Networking
  • Programming and Program Design
  • Secure Systems Programming
  • Software Development Tools and Methods
  • Software Engineering MSc Project
  • Software Engineering Practice and Experience
  • Web Scripting and Application Development
  • Web Services
  • Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking
Year 3

Optional

  • Advanced Database
  • Contemporary Practices in Information Technology
  • Distributed Systems Security
  • E-Learning Applications Development
  • Interaction Design
  • Learner Centred Design
  • Measures and Models for Software Engineering
  • Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications
  • Multicast and Multimedia Networking
  • Programming and Program Design
  • Secure Systems Programming
  • Software Development Tools and Methods
  • Software Engineering MSc Project
  • Software Engineering Practice and Experience
  • Web Scripting and Application Development
  • Web Services
  • Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking
Year 4

Optional

  • Advanced Database
  • Contemporary Practices in Information Technology
  • Distributed Systems Security
  • E-Learning Applications Development
  • Interaction Design
  • Learner Centred Design
  • Measures and Models for Software Engineering
  • Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications
  • Multicast and Multimedia Networking
  • Programming and Program Design
  • Secure Systems Programming
  • Software Development Tools and Methods
  • Software Engineering MSc Project
  • Software Engineering Practice and Experience
  • Web Scripting and Application Development
  • Web Services
  • Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 60 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    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
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    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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Academic Requirements

  • A recent, good bachelors degree (e.g. honours degree from the UK) or equivalent in Computer Science or closely-related subject. Plus IELTS 6.0 if your first language is not English.
  • Applicants who do not wholly meet these requirements, but who are considered to have the professional experience, motivation or potential to succeed at the programme, may also be accepted.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You don’t need a visa to study in this programme.

Tuition Fee Per Credit

  • GBP 640 International
  • GBP 640 EU/EEA

UK/EU Students

  • Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £640 per 15 credits for this academic year

International Students

  • Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £640 per 15 credits for this  academic year

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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