Taught course

Agile Software Projects

Institution
University of Central Lancashire · School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course are: * Good honours degree or equivalent * Degree and substantial relevant industrial experience * BCS postgraduate diploma plus PGD project * Qualifications deemed by the University to be equivalent to the above Students will also be expected to be employed within the software development industry. If students do not have this experience, they would be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

MSc Agile Software Projects provides professional development for practising software developers to support the move from traditional to agile development methods. You will develop the skills and understanding required for agile software development, develop skills in critical evaluation, communication and self-management, and develop your skills as an independent learner. A masters paper and masters project are compulsory elements for the MSc. You will be provided with academic supervision for the project in your workplace and will be given feedback on your reflections and analysis of situations at work.

The course is delivered in burst mode thus allowing students to continue in full time employment whilst gaining a masters qualification. The six taught models require the student to attend for two long weekends per module. The student does some reading before the first teaching weekend then does assessment work between the teaching weekends. Exams, if applicable, will be at the end of each module during standard University exam periods.

You will develop the skills and understanding required for Agile software development; improve skills in critical evaluation, communication and self-management; further develop your skills as an independent learner. You will:

  • Learn how to work in a team, involving other stakeholders in design and planning decisions;
  • Contribute to facilitated workshops as developer, representative, scribe and facilitator;
  • Negotiate, learn, revise decisions and enable other people to do these things in groups;
  • Plan and implement iterative consultation and incremental delivery of software products;
  • Take legal, contractual and service-level issues into account.

You will also develop widely applicable skills such as:

  • Finding information from multiple sources, evaluating ideas, methods and systems;
  • Solving technical and human problems;
  • Communicating effectively with stakeholders;
  • Applying the results of recent research to your working situation;
  • Working as part of a team.

The University will provide academic supervision for a project in your workplace, giving you feedback on your reflections and analysis of situations at work. The project encourages you to read more widely and think more critically about tasks and problems at work.


Students attaining an average of over 50% may be awarded DSDM Practitioner status. For further information please visit: DSDM Consortium

Information for international students

See our website for further information for international students.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
36 months

PGDip

part time
24 months

PGCert

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1772 892400