Software Engineering (MSc)

Staffordshire University the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 2040

How you will study
part-time, distance

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
GBP 2040

All study options

About Software Engineering at Staffordshire University

This MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as: the systematic design and development of software products and the management of the software process.

The course is designed to concentrate on the core software engineering skills of a methodical, rigorous quality driven, managed approach to software development: whether it is through a practical understanding of Agile Software Development, to a certifiable standard; or working with the industry leading SAP software to engineer large scale system design or integration. Throughout the award the emphasis is on real-world skills blended with research driven teaching.

In addition to the core activities you will have the option to specialise further by selecting from a range of optional modules tailored to give you exposure to web, mobile or database systems development, enhancing the vocational value of this award.

Equally of significance is the programme's emphasis on scholastic development. You will be guided through best research practices to develop your ability to investigate, analyse and communicate research at a master's level; as well as encouraging you to consider future trends and technologies that will shape the world of tomorrow.

An optional placement provides an opportunity to embellish your portfolio and prove your newly acquired skills in the workplace as part of your master's study.

The award culminates in the dissertation, which is your opportunity to develop your specialism to become a subject-matter-expert through research and application of advanced theories and principles, ideally placing you to take advantage of vocational opportunities or progress to further postgraduate study.

You can study this course in a number of study modes:

  • Full-time on-campus
  • Full-time on-campus with a placement
  • Full-time on-campus following an preliminary semester (Extended International Masters Programme) with or without a placement.
  • Part-time distance-learning

The Extended International Programme offers extra modules on employability, computing and study skills including writing in English. This mode is designed to accommodate the needs of international students who require additional support in these areas.

Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry. You will acquire skills allowing you to manipulate mission critical systems that provide service to every aspect of enterprise activity. You will be encouraged to contribute to research activities within the department and wider academic community, often working with actual real-world organisations on real-world problems.

We are one of the largest and best resourced computing schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities, software aids and most importantly expertise all of which you will need to harness and exploit technology to develop systems as diverse as mobile apps to mission critical expert systems, augmented reality to automation, including exposure to other industry hot topics such as the internet of things, cloud computing and Big Data.

Please note that as a distance learning award the fees for international students are the same as those for UK and EU.

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third years of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,040 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second and third year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply.* You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

* The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.'

Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

Course content

You will study the following modules:

Core modules:

COIS71170 Managing Emerging Technologies D/L

COSE71191 Agile Software Development D/L

COSE61190 Business Application Programming with SAP D/L

COIS71195 Research Methods D/L

COSE70607 Enterprise Applications D/L

COSE71192 Advanced Business Application Programming using SAP D/L

COIS71052 Dissertation D/L

Options - two of:

COSE70606 Engineering Internet Applications D/L

COSE70613 Android Application Development D/L

COIS70846 Database Design and Development D/L

COSE70604 Advanced Android Application Development D/L

COSE70608 Location Aware Mobile Application Development D/L

COIS71015 Operational and Analytical Databases D/L

The award specific options are subject to change and availability

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-time, DistanceHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2040International course feesGBP 2040

Entry requirements

Normal requirements

  • An Undergraduate Honours degree BSc/BEng (2.2 or above) in a related Computing subject from a UK University, or the international equivalent.
  • If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

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