Taught course

Software Engineering

University of Glasgow · School of Computing Science

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Software Engineering provides you with a thorough grounding in professional software development, together with experience of developing a project proposal and conducting a development project, preparing you for responsible positions in the IT industry.

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)

· 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.

· 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 of Computing Science is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA). This is a collaboration of Scottish Universities whose goal is to develop and extend Scotland's position as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.

· 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 Engineering include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

· Component-based software engineering

· Enterprise computing

· IT architecture

· Professional skills and issues

· Research methods and techniques

· Safety critical systems

· Masters team project.

Optional courses

· Advanced networking and communications

· Advanced operating systems

· Algorithmics

· Artificial intelligence

· Big data: sytems, programming and management

· Computer architecture

· Computer vision methods and applications

· Constraint programming

· Cyber security

· Distributed algorithms and systems

· Financial software engineering

· Functional programming

· Human-computer interaction

· Human-computer interaction: design and evaluation

· Human-centred security

· Information retrieval

· Internet technology

· Machine learning

· Mobile human-computer interaction

· Modeling reactive systems

· Trends in information security

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


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

· To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. This is a project chosen by you to investigate a challenging but constrained software engineering problem where you will design, implement, evaluate, and demonstrate a software 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:

· Java API for matching problems

· Model for multiple structured views over the same information set

· On-line skills development for reviewing written text

· Scenario-based training system for interactive medical devices

· SCRUM simulator

· Web service composition

· 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
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
9 months
full time
9 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Dr Ron Poet