M.Sc. Software Engineering (online) (online study)

UH Online, The University of Hertfordshire

Application deadline: July for September start; November for January start
Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,000 / Module (International)
  • £ 6,000 / Module (EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Credits: 180 credits
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time
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Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Flexible

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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 MSc Software Engineering (online) 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.

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.


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.


Core Modules

  • Measures and Models for Software Engineering (30 credits)
  • Software Engineering Practice and Experience (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Practices in Information Technology (15 credits)
  • Specialist project (60 credits)

Optional Modules

Choose 45 credits from:

  • Distributed Systems Security (30 credits)
  • Learner-Centred Design (30 credits)
  • Web Services (30 credits)
  • Web Scripting and Application Development (30 credits)
  • Multimedia Specification, Design and Production (30 credits)
  • Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking (30 credits)
  • Multicast and Multimedia Networking (15 credits)
  • E-Learning Applications Development (30 credits)
  • Advanced Database (30 credits)
  • Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications (15 credits)
  • Interaction Design (15 credits)
  • Secure Systems Programming (15 credits)


  • A recent 2:2 honours degree in Computer Science or equivalent (e.g. honours degree from the UK) or equivalent in Computer Science or closely-related subject.
  • 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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

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.



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.


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.


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