Taught course

Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineering Specialist)

Newcastle University · School of Computing

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in any subject. Graduates of subjects related to computer science will be considered, but applications will be dealt with on an individual basis because of the potential overlap between the first degree and the modules on the course.

The school of Computing has a strong track record of admitting applicants from a non-standard background, and individuals with strong work experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants should have achieved grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications). Applicants without English or Maths qualifications can study for them as part of their apprenticeship.

You'll go through a steep learning curve and we can help employers identify potential apprentices who are likely to be successful on this course.

Your skills will be accessed prior to acceptance.

Furloughed staff can start a new apprenticeship programme related to their area of work.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc is for individuals without a background in computing who are in full time employment and want to develop their skills in software engineering, taking advantage of the degree apprenticeship scheme.

About this course

‌You'll use a combination of technical and soft skills during the course. You will also have extensive on-the-job training allowing you to take your career to the next level and become an expert in your field. You do not need to be working in software engineering to qualify for entrance to this programme, but will need to move into a suitable role where you can apply your learning in the workplace.

This course meets the needs of the apprenticeships scheme, and is designed to the Software Engineering Technology Specialism of the Digital Technology Solutions Level 7 integrated degree standard.

All apprenticeships in the School of Computing have been created by the Institute of Coding, a government funded project to help close the digital skills gap. The MSc has also been created in consultation with industry. This ensures you will develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace.

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Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in Newcastle University's online Prospectus.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Lifelong Learning and Apprenticeships Hub
+44 (0) 7597 397 740