The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

Contact

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Overview

Software engineers create and maintain software applications using best practice from computer science, project management, engineering, application domains and other fields. This programme is designed to teach students how to apply state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies to develop high quality software to professional standards using the understanding and skills to engineer software at an advanced level.

Students will be able to specialise in particular areas, such as the development of dependable systems, mobile applications, advanced interactive systems like games, or novel applications using biologically inspired models of computing.

In some cases the project can be carried out in collaboration with an outside industrial or academic organisation.

Graduates from the programme can expect to find employment with software houses, IT companies, R+D divisions of companies, financial services organisations, defence contractors or government IT agencies and as researchers or research students within universities.

Further details are available here

Programme duration

This full-time programme starts in September and lasts one year. The programme can also be taken part-time over 2 years or as a 9 month Postgraduate Diploma.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society.

Course content

   Detailed course guide

Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take all core courses.

Core Courses:

  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Information Systems Methodologies
  • Research Methods and Project Planning
  • Rigorous Methods for Software Engineering
  • Masters and Dissertation

Optional Courses:

  • Advanced Interaction Design
  • Big Data Management
  • Biologically Inspired Computation
  • Computer Games Programming
  • Computer Network Security
  • Distributed and Parallel Technologies
  • Industrial Programming
  • Mobile Communications and programming

After semester 2 students continue full-time on the MSc project.

Further details are available here for study in Edinburgh and here for study in Dubai.

Project

In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.