Taught course

Software Development

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Computing Science
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree of equivalent (eg GPA 3.0 or equivalent) in a subject other than computing science. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Masters in Software Development will give you an intensive grounding in computer programming, professional software development, and related professional skills and issues. You will apply your knowledge and skills by undertaking a demanding software development project.

Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. The awards cover all tuition costs; for further information, please see: www.glasgow.ac.uk/postgraduate/funded/

Why Glasgow?

  • The University of Glasgow’s School of Computing Science is consistently highly ranked achieving 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2014)
  • With a 97% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Computing Science continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
  • The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.
  • You will have opportunities to meet industrial speakers who contribute to our professional skills & issues course. Employers also come to make recruitment presentations, and often seek to recruit our graduates during the programme.
  • You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Software Development include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

  • Advanced programming
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Information systems and databases
  • Professional skills and issues
  • Programming
  • Requirements engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Systems and networks
  • Group project.

Plus one of the following specialist courses:

  • Enterprise computing
  • Human-centred security.

Optional courses

  • Cyber security
  • Digitisation
  • Document encoding
  • Human computer interaction: design and evaluation
  • Internet technology
  • Safety critical systems
  • Trends in information security.
  • Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

Projects

  • To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. This is a project chosen by you to design, implement, and test a software development system.
  • The project will integrate the subject knowledge and generic skills that you will acquire during your Masters.
  • We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.
  • You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.

Example projects

Here are some typical project titles from recent years:

  • Augmented reality iPhone application
  • Developing a mobile chess game using Bluetooth
  • Drawing editor for digital hardware diagrams
  • Economic video game
  • Gesture media player
  • Mind games: Othello
  • System to support real estate valuation

Furthermore for students hoping to continue into research, we have seven major research groups: computer vision and graphics; embedded, networked, and distributed systems; formal analysis, theory, and algorithms; human computer interaction; inference, dynamics, and interaction; information retrieval; software engineering and information security. Most MSc students choose projects offered by these groups, giving them an opportunity to go on to PhD study.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
£6800
International students
£18200

The College of Science and Engineering is proud to announce that we have been allocated Scottish Funding Council (SFC) funding for the MSc Software Development programme. This programme is intended for graduates of disciplines other than computing.

The SFC funding is for tuition fees only and is available to Scottish and EU students, providing students with an excellent opportunity to gain additional skills and expertise at a postgraduate level, with programmes being selected on the basis of industry skills gaps in Scotland.

For further information on our SFC funded programmes, please contact: katherine.henderson@glasgow.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGDip

full time
9 months
part time
21 months

PGCert

full time
9 months
part time
21 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Ron Poet
Email
Ron.Poet@glasgow.ac.uk