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Software Engineering MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Software Engineering offers a combination of theory and practice, equipping you with high standards of learning and scholarship in advanced technology.

Overview

Reasons to study Software Engineering at De Montfort University:

You will study in an innovative department with an international reputation for research, training and education in software engineering, with access to facilities and expertise from the Software Technology Research Laboratory (STRL).

Taught by acknowledged experts from the STRL, Software Engineering will equip you with skills you need for industry. 

Accredited by the European-wide accreditation system for Informatics curricula, the course is committed to excellence in European-wide software education and training of engineers to deliver high-quality and trustworthy software systems that meet industrial needs. The taught element of the course lasts for the first two semesters, while the third semester is devoted to the project. The total length of study depends on the mode of delivery. 

Reasons to study Software Engineering at DMU

  • Recent graduates of this course were all in work within six months of graduating. Our graduates go straight into positions in consultancies, software houses and project management (DLHE 2012/13)
  • Taught by experienced experts with international reputation for research, training and education in software engineering, with access to specialist facilities within the STRL
  • Gain industry-recognised accreditation by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to Chartered Engineering (CEng) level
  • Graduates from the course have gone to work in roles within consultancies, software houses or project management in both public and private sector organisations

 

“Personal attention from staff and tutors was very commendable. The course content was simply great – it covered everything I needed and more.” 

Victor Chukwudebe, graduate

 

Scholarships

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship.

International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), 18 months for January starts, two to six years part-time or by distance learning

Start Date: January and September

Fees and funding:

£12,900 (with IMAT5120)

£14,100 (without IMAT5120)

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), 18 months for January starts, two to six years part-time or by distance learning

Start Date: January and September

Fees and funding: 

£15,200 (with IMAT5120)

£16,400 (without IMAT5120)

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

 

 

If you feel you would like to talk to us about your qualifications before submitting an application please do not hesitate to call or email using the contact details below.

Whilst the University tries to ensure that all of its programmes run as advertised it is sometimes necessary to make significant changes to the structure of the programmes or to discontinue a programme entirely if for instance there are insufficient student numbers or staff changes. This will sometimes happen between an offer being made and enrolment.

Where changes are made the University will endeavour to inform applicants as early as possible to minimise the potential disruption to the application process. Where possible an alternative programme will be offered in a similar subject area.

In cases where programmes are changed or discontinued the University will send a communication to you electronically and/or by hard copy outlining your options.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

 

  • First semester (September to January)

    • Research Methods – introduces and develops the concepts, organisational structure and deliverables of a research project using qualitative and quantitative methods
    • Advanced Requirements Engineering and Software Architecture – provides you with a comprehensive understandingand ability to critically evaluatesoftware and systemsrequirements engineering andarchitectural approaches
    • Software Project Management and Testing – provides aninsight into the nature of systems development projects, soundmanagement principles and bestpractices, and rigorous approachesto software testing. Themodule introduces and criticallyanalyses current techniques forsoftware testing
    • Pervasive Systems – provides a comprehensive understanding of the technical issues involved in designing and implementing pervasive systems. It also introduces different concepts and approaches for modelling mobility and context-awareness.

     

 

  • Second semester (February to May)

    • Software Evolution – introduces and critically analyses current techniques for software evolution and provides you with a practical experience using industry-standard tool-set (such as FermaT)
    • Formal Methods Engineering – provides you with a comprehensive understanding of formal methods techniques and employs a method that is based on automata theory to provide a platform for practical work and critical evaluation. Laboratory work on the module is supported by industrial- strength tools, such as Statemate
    • Software Engineering for Dependable Systems – aims to introduce and critically analyse Critical Systems (CSs). Requirements for the engineering of CSs will be introduced and the role of formal approaches in the life cycle of CSs will be explored
    • Advanced Topics in Software Engineering – provides an insight into the latest research directions and achievements in the field of software engineering.

    Third semester (June to September)

    Your project will be chosen to explore an issue from a wide range of applications such as:

    • Electronic Purse
    • Electronic Patient Records
    • Personal Insulin Pump Systems
    • London Ambulance System
    • Intelligent Parking Systems
    • E-Voting System
    • Ariane 5 Launcher
    • Flight Control System

 

 

There are provisions for a traditional classroom-based delivery, either part-time or full-time, as well as distance learning. Teaching will include formal lectures, tutorials and labs. You will also be expected to undertake independent study and research to support your assignments and dissertation. Assessment will be 100 per cent coursework. It will involve various group and individual methods, including oral exams, projects, presentations, written essays and reports.

 

 

Contact and learning hours

The time allocated to study is around 30 hours per week, carried out in block teaching. The taught element of the course lasts for the first two semesters, while the third semester is devoted to the project.

 

The Software Technology Research Laboratory is one of the largest software engineering research groups in the UK and its research activities are acknowledged as being at the highest level of international excellence. In the last UK HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), 85 per cent of the research produced by the group was considered to be world-leading, internationally excellent or international. 

 

The major themes within the lab include computer security and trust, software evolution, theory and computational paradigms and semantic web and service oriented computing. The staff working in these areas bring to the course their academic excellence and their experience of applying their work to various industrial sectors.

Facilities and features

Facilities

The Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide 80 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux).

There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Technology network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. Many of the software packages are open source which means students can download and run software at home.

The Computer Science laboratories include a study space area, in which you can work individually or in groups.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate Careers

Graduates are prepared for positions in consultancies, software houses or project management and can also undertake further study towards a doctoral or PhD degree.

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How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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