Taught course

Software Engineering

University of West London · School of Computing and Engineering

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or equivalent in computing, or engineering with a significant level of computing. We may also offer you a place based on relevant experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications are considered individually.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

With the IT sector expanding rapidly around the world, there has never been a better time to take a software engineering course. We will help you develop the knowledge and practical skills you need to further your career or research activities.

This course will introduce you to the latest industrial standard technologies and provide the opportunity to specialise in topics ranging from software architecture to implementation techniques, building on necessary skills to tackle modern software systems in an industrial context.

Furthermore, you will become familiar with a broad range of current scholarship work in software engineering and learn how to research and review published work.

With these new skills you will be prepared for a professional career in software systems and lead to rewarding work in the software industry such as software architect, solution architect, project manager, senior software developer etc.

If you have a background in IT and want to specialise in software engineering, this course will hone your critical research and analysis skills and add to industry-specific knowledge.

It will help you build the skills you need to work with modern software systems in today’s industry and develop a comprehensive understanding of commercial software engineering.

Beyond the core topics, this software engineering degree will allow you to specialise in areas from software project management to implementation techniques.

This course is led by an academic team with extensive research and professional practice directly in software engineering. You will benefit from the industry experience and current research of supportive tutors, and enjoy access to computer labs, our modern library and a range of digital resources.

In the final stages of your course, you will use your enhanced research skills and knowledge to complete an original piece of work. This could be the design and implementation of a complex software application, a literature-focused study or a research-focused empirical study.

Extended Masters

If you have completed an undergraduate degree but do not meet the entry criteria for this course, you may qualify for our Extended MSc Software Engineering option. This includes two additional modules before you progress onto the first year of the Masters. You must study for your Extended Masters full-time. English language support is available, if needed.


You can also choose to take this course with a six-month internship. This will allow you to gain experience, enhance your existing skills and acquire new ones in a professional work environment. It will also give you an idea of the range of roles in which you could pursue a career.

The internship element is designed to give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and enhance your employability, as well as your personal and professional development. Your dissertation will be based on a 26-week period of engagement with an employer.


To qualify for the award of MSc Software Engineering, you must study six modules consisting of 20 credits; and a 60 credit dissertation module.

  • Mobile Web Component Development
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Advanced Topics in Software Engineering
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation.

Optional modules

One module from:

  • HCI for Information Systems
  • Principles of Project Management
  • Consultancy and Technical Innovation
  • Security Operations and Assurance
  • Knowledge Management
  • Fundamentals of Cyber Security.

Optional modules subject to availability.

Supporting modules

  • Employability Skills and Employment (for Internship students only)
  • Learning and Professional Development (for international students only)
  • Programming Support.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

For information please visit the UWL website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Information
0800 036 8888