Taught course

Software Engineering

Staffordshire University · Computing and Digital Technologies

Entry requirements

Normal requirements

  • An Undergraduate Honours degree BSc/BEng (2.2 or above) in a related Computing subject from a UK University, or the international equivalent.
  • If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as: the systematic design and development of software products and the management of the software process.

The course is designed to concentrate on the core software engineering skills of a methodical, rigorous quality driven, managed approach to software development: whether it is through a practical understanding of Agile Software Development, to a certifiable standard; or working with the industry leading SAP software to engineer large scale system design or integration. Throughout the award the emphasis is on real-world skills blended with research driven teaching.

In addition to the core activities you will have the option to specialise further by selecting from a range of optional modules tailored to give you exposure to web, mobile or database systems development, enhancing the vocational value of this award.

Equally of significance is the programme’s emphasis on scholastic development. You will be guided through best research practices to develop your ability to investigate, analyse and communicate research at a master’s level; as well as encouraging you to consider future trends and technologies that will shape the world of tomorrow.

An optional placement provides an opportunity to embellish your portfolio and prove your newly acquired skills in the workplace as part of your master’s study.

The award culminates in the dissertation, which is your opportunity to develop your specialism to become a subject-matter-expert through research and application of advanced theories and principles, ideally placing you to take advantage of vocational opportunities or progress to further postgraduate study.

You can study this course in a number of study modes:

The Extended International Programme offers extra modules on employability, computing and study skills including writing in English. This mode is designed to accommodate the needs of international students who require additional support in these areas.

Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry. You will acquire skills allowing you to manipulate mission critical systems that provide service to every aspect of enterprise activity. You will be encouraged to contribute to research activities within Computing and the wider academic community, often working with actual real-world organisations on real-world problems.

We are one of the largest, oldest and best resourced computing schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities, software aids and most importantly expertise all of which you will need to harness and exploit technology to develop systems as diverse as mobile apps to mission critical expert systems, augmented reality to automation, including exposure to other industry hot topics such as the internet of things, cloud computing and Big Data.

Fees and funding

See: Postgraduate funding @ Staffordshire University

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

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