Taught course

Software Development

Coventry University · Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Entry requirements

To enter the course you need to have one of the following: A good honours degree or an equivalent qualification A relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, eg BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma An unclassified degree plus at least two years further study or professional experience If you have no formal qualifications but have professional business or industrial experience, we will consider your application on its merits. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 600 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


The Software Development MSc addresses the specification, design, development and implementation of large-scale software systems in a variety of contexts.

The emphasis on this course is on object-oriented modelling, design and programming, databases, network management including the internet and developing distributed and client/server applications.

Why choose this course?

All projects undertaken on this course have a real client and many are undertaken inside a company.

The option modules allow for individual programmes to be varied, based on previous experience and personal preference.

The course is suitable for study by people already working in the software area to update their knowledge and skills. It includes an introduction to programming and computer hardware for those with no previous experience of these topics, and an opportunity for those with a computing background to explore new topics.

What will I learn?

The curriculum was designed to provide essential developer skills for those with little previous experience of programming wishing to refocus their careers in this area. However, the course is also suitable for those with some previous programming experience, requiring a formal qualification in this area or to simply update outdated skills.

This course has two parts, the Taught Modules and Masters Project.

Successful completion of the taught modules, which involves eight single modules of study, leads to the award of postgraduate diploma and, if the appropriate performance is achieved, allows progression onto the Masters project.

Taught Modules

  • internet systems development (double);
  • software engineering design;
  • open systems application development;
  • software process management;
  • usability;
  • research methods.

Plus two more modules chosen from a wide range of options available to allow individuals to tailor their programme to meet specific needs and interests.

Masters Project

The final stage of this course requires the completion of a Masters project, which must relate directly to the subject being studied. To complete this successfully students will develop a sound capability to carry out research. The project can be conducted either as a placement in an external organisation or working with one of the University research groups.

The MSc project serves to integrate, apply and further develop the different aspects within the taught part of the programme.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office
Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months


part time
16 months
full time
8 months


part time
8 months
full time
4 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations17
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Professional practice33
Dissertation (12000 words)

Course contact details

UK - Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44(0)24 7765 4321
+44 (0)24 7688 8609