Research course

Software Systems Engineering

The University of Manchester · School of Computer Science

Entry requirements

We have the following pathways with varying entry requirements:

  • Standard: 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant subject in exceptional circumstances.
  • Experienced: As per `Standard' with evidence of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) in research training already undertaken.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you a software systems engineer? Are you looking to undertake a research level qualification whilst still doing your job?

The EngD in Software Systems Engineering is a practical research programme for those with an interest in software engineering projects or who may already be working as a software developer, but recognises career progression may necessitate research level training. You'll spend 75-80% of your time with your company, working on 4-6 flexible but research level projects. The remainder you'll spend with us training in Advanced Software Engineering topics, while being guided by your academic supervisor building on your industrial work and solving it's associated research problems.

An EngD gives you a solid industry application focus and offers a range of flexible pathways of differing duration to suit your individual needs. The research conducted as part of the EngD is applied to specific problems faced by the industrial partner, each problem couched as a research challenge.

Throughout the programme, students can undertake a tailored range of Advanced Masters courses that supplement the in-built research skills training and development provided as standard in the EngD programme.

Academia and industry work together in mentoring and training the student, who will graduate with the academic rigour necessary to undertake applied research, with skills and experience to apply that research capability directly within industry.

Information for international students

English language:

Students whose first language is not English must obtain the required English language score indicated below:

IELTS: greater than or equal to 6.5 overall (with a 6.5 in the written component and no other subtest below 5.5)

IBT TOEFL greater than or equal to 90 overall (with 22 in the written component and no other subtest below 20)

English language test validity: Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test results must be valid on the start date of your course.

Further information can be found at:

Other international entry requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For further information email:

Fees and funding

It is expected that companies and partner organisations will fund their own staff members who wish to gain the EngD level qualification whilst furthering staff careers, adding value to their company and solving real world problems.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

School of Computer Science
+44 (0)161 275 0699