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City, University of London

Software Engineering

This industry-focused course is for Computer Science graduates and experienced professional programmers interested in developing high-quality, complex software systems and aiming at a high-quality career in the industry, e.g. software houses, consultancies, and major software users across different sectors.

Students will have a keen interest in designing complex software systems, coding them in a programming language using the latest technologies (SOA, cloud, etc.), and ensuring that they are of high quality and that they actually meet the needs of their stakeholders.

You will develop skills in analysing requirements and designing appropriate software solutions; designing and creating complex software systems to solve real-world problems, evaluating and using advanced software engineering environments, design methods and programming languages, and evaluating and responding to recent trends in interoperability and software development.

The course focuses on advanced engineering concepts and methods, as well as design issues for the systematic development of high-quality complex software systems. These are explored using industrial strength technologies, like the C++ and Java programming languages and the UML modelling language.

The course covers significant trends in systems development, including service-oriented architecture, cloud computing, and big data. The course is delivered by acknowledged experts and draws on City's world-class research in Systems and Software Engineering, which has one of the largest groups of academics working in this area in London, covering almost all aspects - from requirements, to designing reliable systems for the nuclear industry.

Entry requirements

MSc: Applicants should hold at least a lower second class honours degree, or the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

Previous academic and commercial experience is also considered. Applicants should have significant previous exposure to computing, especially programming (preferably in Java or C#) and relational databases.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to follow a Graduate Diploma pathway to the programme through one of our partners. INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

For overseas students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is required: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four components).

Course modules

There are five core modules:
Advanced Database Technologies (15 credits); Research Methods and Professional Issues (15 credits); Service Oriented Architectures (15 credits); Software Systems Design (15 credits); and Advanced Programming: Concurrency (15 credits).

You will be required to take three elective modules, choosing from the following:
Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures (15 credits); Big Data (15 credits); Programming in C++ (15 credits); Business Engineering with ERP Solutions (15 credits); Mobile and Pervasive Computing (15 credits); Data Visualization (15 credits); or Cloud Computing (15 credits).

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

Sponsorship information

UK/EU applicants - Computer Science Scholarships of £2,000;
International Student Scholarships of £2,000;
City, University of London Graduate Loyalty Discount of £2,500;
OVisit our website for other scholarships, bursaries and prizes.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,000 () Home/EU 12 Months
MSc Part-time £ 4,500 () Home/EU 12 28 Months
MSc Full-time £ 15,500 () International 12 Months
MSc Part-time £ 7,750 () International 12 28 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 7,900 (Year 1) International 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,200 (Whole course) Northern Ireland 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,600 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,200 (Whole course) Wales 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,200 (Whole course) England 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,200 (Whole course) EU 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,600 (Year 1) EU 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,600 (Year 1) Scotland 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 15,800 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,200 (Whole course) Scotland 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,600 (Year 1) England 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,600 (Year 1) Wales 2 Years

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