Research course

Software Engineering and Design

Open University · Department of Computing

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre for Research in Computing’s research in software engineering is concerned with how software is specified and developed in the real world. We have a large, active research group looking at requirement elicitation, analysis and specification, software architectures, and design. We research software engineering in the human context: we want to understand how professionals develop software effectively, and how software changes over time in response to changing requirements. We research foundations, techniques, processes, and applications, using both formal and informal techniques drawn from mathematics, logic, and the social sciences. This diversity drives stimulating dialogues and cross-fertilisation of ideas.

Department specialisms

Agile software development; Assurance-driven software engineering; Automated software engineering; Empirical studies of software development; End-user software engineering and scientific computing; Mobile distributed systems; Problem structuring and analysis; Professional design practice; Requirements engineering; Security and privacy; Software and engineering design; Software architecture; Software complexity; Software evolution.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months


full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Alistair Willis
+44 (0)1908 653846