Taught course

Software Development

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Computing Science
Qualifications
MSc

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 skills. This is a conversion degree programme intended for students without a computing science background. You will apply your knowledge and skills by undertaking a demanding software development project.

Why this programme

  • The School of Computing Science is consistently highly ranked achieving 2nd in Scotland and 10th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017)
  • 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 employers who 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
  • Database theory and applications
  • Enterprise cyber security
  • Programming
  • Software engineering
  • Software project management
  • Systems and networks
  • Group project

Optional courses

  • Crytography and secure development
  • Cyber security fundamentals
  • Cyber security forensics
  • Digitisation
  • Human computer interaction: design and evaluation
  • Internet technology
  • Safety critical systems.

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

If you wish to engage in part-time study, please be aware that dependent upon your optional taught courses, you may still be expected to be on campus on most week days.

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 four major research sections:

  • human computer interaction (GIST)
  • formal analysis, theory and algorithms (FATA)
  • information, data and analysis (IDA)
  • computer systems (GLASS)

Accreditation

Most MSc students choose projects offered by these groups, giving them an opportunity to go on to PhD study. See details of our research.

MSc Software Development is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Our conversion MSc graduates in Information Technology and Software Development are recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP Partial Fulfilment).

Industry Links and Employability

  • Information Technology (IT) pervades our lives. If you are a graduate and you are equipped with advanced software development skills, you will enjoy a significant advantage in pursuing your career, whatever your previous degree subject.
  • Our MSc Software Development programme teaches the knowledge and skills needed to develop substantial software products, including web-based applications and information systems.
  • The School of Computing Science has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion. Recent contributors include representatives from IBM, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Adobe and Red Hat.
  • Employers are interested in graduates who have a combination of good technical skills and well-developed personal skills, and in this respect graduates of the MSc in Software Development from the University of Glasgow are particularly well placed.
  • During the programme students have an opportunity to develop and practice relevant professional and transferrable skills, and to meet and learn from employers about working in the IT industry.

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
£7250
International students
£19500

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

Course contact details

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