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

The University of Hertfordshire

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,000 / Module (International)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Credits: 180 credits
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Flexible
Structure: Fully structured
Student interaction: Online group works/assignments
Attendance: No Attendance
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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This course combines practical and theoretical sessions to allow you to study the selection and use of techniques for the design of quality software systems. You will learn about the models, measures, tools, and methodologies such as Agile, CBSE and Spiral that can be employed in software engineering.

You will apply your knowledge and practical skills to develop proficiency at using state-of-the-art software engineering practices. You will learn how to apply measurement to software engineering and use the data produced to evaluate software engineering activities and make effective technical decisions.

This course is part of our Masters Programme in Computer Science.

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

This particular course will prepare you for a career such as a software engineer, developer or project manager.


University of Hertfordshire online degree programmes are taught 100% online. This means you can study in your home country plus fit study around your existing work and family commitments.

About distance learning with the University of Hertfordshire:

* Study using the University´s online learning environment, StudyNet
* All assessment is based on coursework and online tests
* You will receive study resources such as key eBooks and any specialist software (if applicable)
* You will have access to the University´s extensive online library facilities

There are four Computer Science routes that can be taken at MSc level.

Dont have a Computer Science undergraduate degree? Did you know that two of these courses can be taken by students who do not have a bachelors degree or equivalent in Computer Science.

MSs Degree for Non Computer Science graduates

* MSc Computer Science for non Computer Science graduates
* MSc E-Learning Technology for non Computer Science graduates

MSc Degree for Computer Science graduates

* MSc Distributed Systems and Networks
* MSc Software Engineering
* MSc Computer Science
* MSc E-Learning Technology

Software Engineering

Core modules

* Measures and Models for Software Engineering (30 credits)
* Contemporary Practices in Information Technology (15 credits)
* Software Engineering Masters Project (60 credits)
* Specialist Project

Choose 45 credits from:

Optional modules

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


A recent, good bachelors degree (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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