MSc Software Engineering

Looking to take your programming skills to the next level? Our MSc in Software Engineering is designed to provide the advanced skills and knowledge you’ll need to develop your career in this in-demand global industry.

Key information

Award:

MSc

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

2 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The MSc in Software Engineering offers graduates with a background in computing and programming the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of advanced software methodologies. This intensely practical course supports and encourages you to hone your creative thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills through the use of realistic scenarios inspired by the industry experience of our tutors and professional software engineering contacts.

You’ll have the opportunity to study the latest methodologies and development techniques and deepen your understanding of approaches such as design patterns and contemporary software engineering practices. We’ll support you as you acquire the capacity to adapt and learn new skills ready to respond as the software engineering industry evolves throughout your career. Since software engineering is an international business unconstrained by geographical area, you’ll also explore issues such as localisation within application development.

The programme has been designed collaboratively with industrial partners, giving you the chance to equip yourself with professional skills, and understand the ethical and environmental issues you’ll encounter in your professional life.

You’ll also be encouraged to prepare for your postgraduate career with coursework designed to help you develop sophisticated intellectual capabilities in research, critique, synthesis and innovation, and enhance essential skills such as group working and report writing.

We also offer this course on a full-time basis. For details of the 12-month full-time course, please visit our 12-month full-time MSc Software Engineering course search web page. Alternatively, to find out more and apply for the 18-month full-time course, please visit our 18-month full-time MSc Software Engineering course search web page.

Highlights
  • Our dedicated staff team have a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials, offering you a variety of perspectives and broadening your horizons.
  • We prefer to keep lecture and practical classes relatively small so that you have plenty of opportunities to us ask questions and get help, as well as benefit from the ideas and support offered by your classmates.
  • We have well-established links with the software engineering industry and continually monitor and update the course to make sure the content is industry-relevant and introduces you to the latest thinking and innovations.
  • We are committed to helping you develop your employability and career network. You'll be encouraged to attend guest lectures that enhance your learning, help you make contacts in the industry and contribute to your professional development.
Key Features
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching facilities, and excellent student support and library services.
  • We want to work with you as an individual, giving you access to the help and support you need to succeed.
  • Our commitment to provide the best possible learning environments has seen us make significant investments in our IT facilities.
  • Many of our computing facilities can be accessed across the internet, allowing you to work on your assignments whenever and wherever you choose.
  • Our lecturers take time to build strong personal relationships with all students, enabling questions to be answered quickly and easily.
Professional recognition


  • The standard entry requirement for the course is BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (or a related subject) or BEng (Hons) in Software Engineering, usually with a first or upper second class (2.1) classification.
  • For applicants without a first or upper second, then a lower second class honours degree will be considered on a case by case basis (particularly for candidates with good relevant industrial experience).
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


The MSc in Software Engineering is aimed at computer science graduates and experienced professional programmers and investigates complex software systems, methodologies, measures and tools that can be used in the software engineering process. As a software engineer, duties can include producing project requirements, writing algorithms, coding, testing, deployment or maintenance.

As a graduate of this programme, you’ll possess a wide range of technical skills such as software reuse, agile development, design patterns and software architecture. You’ll also be able to demonstrate a range of transferable skills, including advanced IT skills, analytical skills, communication, creativity and innovation, independence, logic, numeracy, project management and organisation.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates who hold a Master’s in Software Engineering may choose to work in software engineering research or on large scale software development projects. Jobs directly suited to graduates of this course include software engineering, software architecture, games development, systems development, web design, web development, search engine optimisation, information systems management and business analysis.

This course also paves the way for PhD research studies in software engineering and computing-related subjects.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Finance
  • Software project management
  • Commerce
  • Electrical engineering
  • Quality management
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Security
  • Consultancy
  • Healthcare
  • Public services and local government

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021/2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021/2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


We use a blend of learning and teaching methods to give you the best possible chance of success. During your studies, you’ll be expected to take part in lectures, seminars, tutorials and critiques. You’ll also experience laboratory and workshop sessions, as well as undertake self-directed learning, e-learning and online sessions.

You’ll have the chance to acquire and enhance your practical skills through technical introductions and support, workshop sessions, demonstrations and activity-based assignments.

We’ll provide regular written feedback on your work, with assessments normally completed by the end of each module. Assessment is varied and can include methods such as assignments, projects, exams and presentations. Most of your overall grade will be based on coursework.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Masters Project
  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Software Engineering Practices
  • Advanced Software Development
  • Dev Ops
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 60%, Practical exams 33%, Written exams 7%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 85%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 15%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Software Engineering
Email Enquiries

SoftEng@bolton.ac.uk

Abdul Razak
Programme Leader

A.Razak@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903476

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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