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MSc Software Engineering

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This industry-focused course is for Computer Science graduates and experienced professional programmers interested in developing high-quality, complex software systems.

Key Information

Start date

Autumn 2019

Academic year dates

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
Part-time: 24-28 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,200

Part-time: £4,600 per year *

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,800

Part-time: £7,900 per year *

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

This industry-focused course is for Computer Science graduates and experienced professional programmers interested in developing high-quality, complex software systems and aiming at a high-quality career in the industry, e.g. software houses, consultancies, and major software users across different sectors.

Students will have a keen interest in designing complex software systems, coding them in a programming language using the latest technologies (SOA, cloud, etc.), and ensuring that they are of high quality and that they actually meet the needs of their stakeholders.

Objectives

You will develop skills in analysing requirements and designing appropriate software solutions; designing and creating complex software systems to solve real-world problems, evaluating and using advanced software engineering environments, design methods and programming languages, and evaluating and responding to recent trends in interoperability and software development.

The course focuses on advanced engineering concepts and methods, as well as design issues for the systematic development of high-quality complex software systems. These are explored using industrial strength technologies, like the C++ and Java programming languages and the UML modelling language.

The course covers significant trends in systems development, including service-oriented architecture, cloud computing, and big data. The course is delivered by acknowledged experts and draws on City's world-class research in Systems and Software Engineering, which has one of the largest groups of academics working in this area in London, covering almost all aspects - from requirements, to designing reliable systems for the nuclear industry.

Accreditation

BCS Accredited Degree

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least a lower second class honours degree, or the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

Previous academic and commercial experience is also considered. Applicants should have significant previous exposure to computing, especially programming (preferably in Java or C#) and relational databases.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to follow a Graduate Diploma pathway to the programme through one of our partners.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Informatics.

Kaplan International College London

City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.

English requirements

For overseas students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four components)

Due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2019/20 academic year is 31st August 2019, however we may close earlier if all places are filled.

Apply now

You will be expected to submit the following:

  • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application, please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks). A transcript is required in order to have your application processed.
  • If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please upload a Proof of English Proficiency if you have already obtained it. A list of accepted qualifications can be found here.
  • Please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City, University of London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Master's programme in the UK, then please note that the quality of your personal statement will also be taken into account by the visa issuing authorities when deciding to grant you a student visa or not.
  • If you are applying for a Part-time course, or have relevant work experience relating to the degree you are applying for, please upload a copy of your current CV/resume.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0248
Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

Postgraduate Courses Office, A302
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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During your course

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

If a student leaves City after commencing but before completing their course, City reserves the right to charge the student the tuition/course fee for the full academic year (or full course for capacity limited post-graduate courses - up to a maximum of 2 years fees) in question. The student may be charged the full fee for that year or course as applicable unless the student is able to present justification that exceptional and unforeseeable reasons for their withdrawal exist.

How to pay

City has introduced an instalment payment scheme which is available to certain categories of students, including taught postgraduate students. For students following the normal academic year, the annual fee may be paid in two equal instalments: the first on registering, the second on 31st January. If you wish to pay your fees by instalment you must pay the first instalment at or before registration, by cheque or credit/debit card. You must also supply your bank details or credit card details for payment of your second instalment which will be deducted automatically from your bank or credit card account on 31st January.

Internships

As a postgraduate student on a Computing and Information Systems course, you will have the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of your degree.

Our longstanding internship scheme gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from your taught modules within a real business environment. An internship also provides you with professional development opportunities that enhance your technical skills and business knowledge.

Internships delivered by City, University of London offer an exceptional opportunity to help you stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing you to work full-time for up to six months. You will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should you wish to consider undertaking this route.

Benefits of completing an internship at City are:

  • Develop new skills - Internships offer on-the-job learning that will help enhance your skill set and add to your CV.
  • Exclusive opportunities - The PLU is a dedicated team of internship and professional development specialists. We hold longstanding relationships with a large range of employers and proactively seek out exclusive internship opportunities to suit your needs and interests.
  • Central point of contact - You will be assigned a Work-Based Learning Advisor who will provide help and support throughout the internship process, from applying to roles through to completion of your Masters.
  • Enhance your employability - Organisations are very keen to employ graduates with existing professional experience. It is common for internship providers to offer interns full-time positions on completion of their Masters.
  • Gain an insight into an organisation and industry - This will help you with future career planning.
  • Give you a head start in your chosen field - With the experience you gain, you may be able to enter an organisation at a higher level on completion of your studies.
  • Develop your network of professional contacts - This will be useful when you come to apply for positions and roles within your preferred area.
  • Earn while you learn - The majority of internships provide a competitive salary.

More information on postgraduate internships.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

Software Engineering MSc is available full-time (12 months) as well as part-time (up to 28 months).

Students successfully completing eight taught modules and the dissertation for their individual project will be awarded 180 credits and a Master's level qualification. Alternatively, students who do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight taught modules will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four taught modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Assessment

Each module is assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

Full-time

Full-time students attend all taught modules during Term 1 (Oct-Dec) and Term 2 (Jan-Mar), and then complete their Project over 3 months (Jul-Sep), within the 12-month period of the degree (15-months for the internship route). This assumes they pass all the modules.

Students will usually need to attend three or four days a week. Full time students may take an internship route, in which they are given an extra three months for an internship-based Project.

Part-time

Part-time students take half the modules during Term 1 (Oct-Dec) and Term 2 (Jan-Mar) in the first year, the remaining modules during Term 3 (Oct-Dec) and Term 4 (Jan-Mar) in the second year, and then complete their Project over 6 months (Jul-Dec), within the 27-month period of the degree. This assumes they pass all the modules.

Students will need to attend one or two days a week.

Modules

You will develop skills in analysing requirements and designing appropriate software solutions; designing and creating complex software systems to solve real-world problems, evaluating and using advanced software engineering environments, design methods and programming languages and evaluating and responding to recent trends in interoperability and software development.

If we have insufficient number of students interested in an elective module, this may not be offered. In rare cases, one or two elective modules may not run due to low interest or unanticipated changes in timetabling, including scheduling clashes, room and staff availability. If an elective module will not run, we will advise you at the beginning of every academic term or as soon as possible, and help you choose an alternative module.

The focus of the course is on advanced engineering concepts and methods, as well as design issues for the systematic development of high-quality complex software systems. These are explored using industrial strength technologies, such as the C++ and Java object-oriented programming languages and the UML modelling language.

The course covers significant trends in systems development, including service-oriented architecture, mobile and pervasive computing, cloud computing, big data, and XML-enabled interoperable services. The course is delivered by acknowledged experts and draws on City's world-class research in Systems and Software Engineering. City has one of the largest groups of academics working in the area in London, working on almost all aspects of the area - from requirements, to designing reliable systems for the nuclear industry.

Core modules

Research Methods and Professional Issues (15 credits)

  • Research activity in terms of the effectiveness of its approach and implementation
  • Understand and apply a range of research methodologies such as inductive and deductive reasoning, explanation and prediction in the evaluation of published research
  • Recognise and use a range of secondary data sources when performing a research task
  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using a range of media
  • Evaluate the legal, ethical and professional dimensions of typical information professions and information industry practices.

Service Oriented Architectures (15 credits)

  • Demonstrate deep understanding of the service orientation in business and software systems
  • Demonstrate ability to device and deploy service-oriented architectures
  • Demonstrate deep understanding of enabling technologies and standards for service-oriented systems
  • Demonstrate deep understanding of service level agreements and their specification, negotiation and management.

Software Systems Design (15 credits)

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of software system design and its connections with requirements engineering, system analysis, system implementation and system verification
  • Use UML as a software system design language
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of software architectural styles and use them to create or transform software architecture models
  • Use design patterns, object frameworks and formal specifications techniques in developing detailed system design model with provable properties.

Advanced Programming: Concurrency (15 credits)

  • Learn the theoretical foundations of concurrency
  • Learn about its main pitfalls (synchronization, deadlocks, resource starvation, etc.), the solutions to these, and how to automatically verify your designs
  • Develop correct multi-threaded systems.

Elective modules

Advanced Databases (15 credits)

  • Describe the different ways of representing and accessing data
  • Discuss the importance and characteristics of distributed databases
  • Describe the issues associated with interoperability of database systems
  • Represent and manipulate data expressed in XML.

Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures (15 credits)

  • Revisit basic data structures and algorithms with more in-depth analysis
  • Introduce advanced algorithms and data structures for diverse applications, such as logic programming, machine learning, simulation, signal processing, and information retrieval
  • Develop new algorithms or variants for a given purpose.

Big Data (15 credits)

  • Understand the theory and techniques for data acquisition, cleansing, and aggregation
  • Identify and understand the principles and functionalities of Big Data programming models and tools
  • Acquire, process, and manage large heterogeneous data collections
  • Develop algorithms and systems for information and knowledge extraction from large data collections.

Object Oriented Programming in C++ (15 credits)

  • Analyse substantial well-written C++ programs and adapt them to new requirements
  • Design and create classes and programs in C++ that are correct, robust, and capable of being understood, reused, and modified by others
  • Apply various object oriented features, including inheritance, multiple inheritance, and genericity, to enhance software quality
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the core features of C++ and their application to programming problems.

Business Engineering with ERP Solutions (15 credits)

  • Explain the fundamental principles of ERP technology and second generation ERP systems, and evaluate their business and technical benefits in context
  • Analyse the critical success factors for ERP system implementation in context
  • Use Accelerated SAP (ASAP) methodology in solving complex problems
  • Perform complex business process modelling using the EPC notation.

Data Visualization (15 credits)

  • Create graphics and applications that reveal the structure in data sets
  • Apply the seven stages of visualization to analyse and present data graphically
  • Use 'Processing'; the open source programming language and environment to develop interactive applications for visualization.

Cloud Computing (15 credits)

  • Models of computing on-demand: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
  • Cloud computing technologies: virtualisation, resource management, dataflow-computation frameworks (e.g., MapReduce), etc.
  • A practical approach to building and running a test-bed cloud (Amazon's EC2, OpenStack/OpenNebula, etc.).

Information Security Management (15 credits)

  • Information Security in the 21st century, evolving threats and defences
  • Security policies and governance; Role of standards, guidelines and legislation
  • Communicating security and risk issues to general and executive audiences
  • Selecting and evaluating strategies and technologies for organization wide security.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

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After you graduate

Career prospects

The MSc in Software Engineering aims to meet the significant demand for graduates with a good knowledge of computing. This demand arises from consultancies, software houses, major software users such as banks, large manufacturers, retailers, and the public services, defence, aerospace and telecommunications companies.

Typical entrants to the course have a degree in an engineering or scientific discipline, and wish to either move into the software engineering field or to the development of software for their current field. Entrants must have previous exposure to computing, especially to programming (particularly in Java or C#) and relational databases (from either academic or professional experience).

From this base, the course provides solid technical coverage of advanced software development, including such widely used languages as C++, Java, UML and XML for which demand is particularly high. The course is therefore quite demanding; its success in providing advanced academic education along these lines is evident from the fact that recent graduates of the course are currently employed in a wide spectrum of organisations.

Of course, the employment value of a master's degree is not just short term. Although on-the-job training and experience as well as technology specific skills are valuable, they can be rather narrow and difficult to validate, and to transfer. The structure of this course ensures that there is a strong balance between the development of particular skills and a solid education in the enduring principles and concepts that underlie complex software system development.

SAP Certification

In parallel to your degree you will be able to register for a SAP TERP10 Certification course at a substantial discount, thus obtaining an additional, much sought-after qualification.


Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2019/20 academic year is 31st August 2019, however we may close earlier if all places are filled.

Apply now

You will be expected to submit the following:

  • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application, please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks). A transcript is required in order to have your application processed.
  • If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please upload a Proof of English Proficiency if you have already obtained it. A list of accepted qualifications can be found here.
  • Please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City, University of London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Master's programme in the UK, then please note that the quality of your personal statement will also be taken into account by the visa issuing authorities when deciding to grant you a student visa or not.
  • If you are applying for a Part-time course, or have relevant work experience relating to the degree you are applying for, please upload a copy of your current CV/resume.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0248
Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

Postgraduate Courses Office, A302
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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