Taught course

Software Engineering

De Montfort University · Faculty of Technology

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject. We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world. If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

You will study in an innovative department with an international reputation for research, training and education in software engineering, with access to facilities and expertise from the Software Technology Research Laboratory (STRL).

Taught by acknowledged experts from the STRL, Software Engineering will equip you with skills you need for industry.

Accredited by the European-wide accreditation system for Informatics curricula, the course is committed to excellence in European-wide software education and training of engineers to deliver high-quality and trustworthy software systems that meet industrial needs. The taught element of the course lasts for the first two semesters, while the third semester is devoted to the project. The total length of study depends on the mode of delivery.

First semester:

- Research Methods
- Advanced Requirements Engineering
- Software Project Management and Testing
- Pervasive Systems

Second Semester:

- Software Evolution
- Formal Methods Engineering
- Software Engineering for Dependable Systems
- Advanced Topics in Software Engineering

Your project will be chosen to explore an issue from a wide range of applications such as:

- Electronic Purse
- Electronic Patient Records
- Personal Insulin Pump Systems
- London Ambulance System
- System of Human Resources
- E-voting System
- Arion 5 Launcher
- Flight Control System

Optional Placement

We offer a great opportunity to boost your career prospects through an optional one year placement as part of your postgraduate studies. We have a dedicated Placement Unit which will help you obtain this. Once on your placement you will be supported by your Visiting Tutor to ensure that you gain maximum benefit from the experience. Placements begin after the taught component of the course has been completed - usually around June - and last for one year. When you return from your work placement you will begin your dissertation.

Information for international students

Useful information: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/international - If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential - On-site accommodation - A number of English Language courses are run for international students before courses begin in September

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-72 months
part time
24-72 months
full time
12 months


full time
8 months


full time
4 months

Course contact details

Technology Admissions
+44 (0)116 257 7456
+44 (0)116 257 7693