MSc Software Engineering

Looking to take your programming skills to the next level? Our MSc in Software Engineering is designed to provide the advanced skills and knowledge you’ll need to develop your career in this in-demand global industry.

This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by September 2018 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

MSc Software Engineering

Course details

The MSc in Software Engineering offers graduates with a background in computing and programming the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of advanced software methodologies. This intensely practical course supports and encourages you to hone your creative thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills through the use of realistic scenarios inspired by the industry experience of our tutors and professional software engineering contacts.

You’ll have the opportunity to study the latest methodologies and development techniques and deepen your understanding of approaches such as real-time programming and functional programming. We’ll support you as you acquire the capacity to adapt and learn new skills ready to respond as the software engineering industry evolves throughout your career. Since software engineering is an international business unconstrained by geographical area, you’ll also explore issues such as localisation within application development.

The programme has been designed collaboratively with industrial partners, giving you to the chance to equip yourself with professional skills, and understand the ethical and environmental issues you’ll encounter in your professional life.

You’ll also be encouraged to prepare for your postgraduate career with coursework designed to help you develop sophisticated intellectual capabilities in research, critique, synthesis and innovation, and enhance essential skills such as group working and report writing.

  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • Our dedicated staff team have a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials, offering you a variety of perspectives and broadening your horizons.
  • We prefer to keep lecture and practical classes relatively small, so that you have plenty of opportunities to us ask questions and get help, as well as benefit from the ideas and support offered by your classmates.
  • We have well-established links with the software engineering industry, and continually monitor and update the course to make sure the content is industry-relevant and introduces you to the latest thinking and innovations.
  • We are committed to helping you develop your employability and career network. You will be encouraged to attend guest lectures that enhance your learning, help you make contacts in the industry and contribute to your professional development.

Key features:

  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching facilities, and excellent student support and library services.
  • We want to work with you as an individual, giving you access to the help and support you need to succeed.
  • Our commitment to provide the best possible learning environments has seen us make significant investments in our IT facilities.
  • Many of our computing facilities can be accessed across the internet, allowing you to work on your assignments whenever and wherever you choose.
  • Our lecturers take time to build strong personal relationships with all students, enabling questions to be answered quickly and easily.

Entry requirements

  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year

You should have at least a Lower Second Class Honours (2:2) degree, or an equivalent qualification, in an appropriate computing-focused undergraduate degree.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

The MSc in Software Engineering is aimed at computer science graduates and experienced professional programmers and investigates complex software systems, methodologies, measures and tools that can be used in the software engineering process. As a software engineer, duties can include producing project requirements, writing algorithms, coding, testing, deployment, or maintenance.

A graduate of this programme will have developed a wide range of technical skills such as software reuse, agile development, software architecture and critical systems engineering, as well as a range of transferable skills which include advanced IT skills, analytical skills, communication, creativity and innovation, independence, logic, numeracy, project management and organisation.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates who hold a Master’s in Software Engineering may choose to work in software engineering research or on large scale software development projects. Jobs directly suited to graduates of this course include software engineering, software architecture, games development, systems development, web design, web development, search engine optimisation, information systems management and business analysis.

This course also paves the way for PhD research studies in software engineering.

Alternative career options

  • Finance
  • Software project management
  • Commerce
  • Electrical engineering
  • Quality management
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Security
  • Consultancy
  • Healthcare
  • Public Services and local government

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

No hidden extras

  • There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme. ()

How to apply

Home/EU

Course application details are unavailable at present

International

Course application details are unavailable at present

Teaching & assessment

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a blend of learning and teaching methods to give you the best possible chance of success. During your studies, you’ll be expected to take part in lectures, seminars, tutorials and critiques. You’ll also experience laboratory and workshop sessions, as well as undertake self-directed learning, e-learning, and online sessions.

You’ll have the chance to acquire and enhance your practical skills through technical introductions and support, workshop sessions, demonstrations, and activity-based assignments.

We’ll provide regular written feedback on your work, with assessments normally completed by the end of each module. Assessment is varied and can include methods such as assignments, projects, exams, and presentations. Most of your overall grade will be based on coursework.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    MSc
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Software Engineering
Email Enquiries
Email: SoftEng@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone:

Abdul Razak
Programme Leader
Email: A.Razak@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903476

Andrew Parker
Lecturer
Email: A.Parker@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903467

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903