MSc Software Engineering
Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus
+971 4 571 7000
Software engineers create and maintain software applications using best practice from computer science, project management, engineering, application domains and other fields. Students will learn how to apply state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies to develop high quality software to professional standards.
The aim of this MSc programme is to impart the understanding and skills to engineer software at an advanced level to professional standards. Students can specialise in particular areas such as the development of mobile applications or advanced interactive systems like games.
The MSc Software Engineering degree is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
Students starting the programme in January should note that it runs part-time only for 4 semesters (24 months) + dissertation (March to August, 6 months) (total 30 months).
Students enrolling for the January intake programmes are not required to be be on campus during the summer break.
Read more about the UAE Federal Accreditation.
Students undertake 4 courses in semester 1 and a further 4 courses in semester 2.
On this programme, the following taught courses are mandatory:
- Rigourous Methods for Software Engineering
- Advanced Software Engineering
- Research Methods and Project Planning
- Industrial Programming
Students can then choose 4 courses from the following:
- Data Mining and Machine Learning
- Systems Programming
- Applied Development Operations
- Computer Network Security
- Mobile Communications and Programming
- Advanced Interaction Design
- Big Data Management
- Computer Games Programming
- 3D Graphics and Animation
- Project Management
- Biologically Inspired Computing
In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the Masters qualification undertake a Masters project, which culminates in a dissertation.
New career prospects and opportunities for career enhancement are both excellent. The continued growth in new technologies and mobile applications in industry, commerce and the public sector is increasing the demand for experts who can design, implement and maintain complex software systems.
Admission requires a good honours degree with a substantial academic component of Computing or IT that includes study of databases and programming. Applicants with an engineering or mathematics background may also be considered.
If you possess diverse backgrounds and believe you may qualify for this programme or to find out more about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
English language requirements
Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one year full-time study in English will be required.
Fees and funding
- AED 91990*
* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT
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