Aston University

Aston University

Software Engineering

The programme aims to enable students to develop a systematic understanding of the software development process and the associated professional skills necessary in software engineering practice. Students will develop expertise to: - conduct requirements analysis and specification - create and evaluate software architecture and design solutions - develop dependable software units - verify software systems and make informed decisions in the management of software projects Which are all key to a professional software engineering career. Graduates will be equipped with the essential analytical skills and knowledge for development and maintenance of large-scale software systems, and with the ability to apply this knowledge to real-world applications. Deep knowledge of object-oriented analysis and design, making use of UML-based techniques and the intellectual skills to create well-designed solutions will be developed. Students will develop an understanding of the management issues involved in creating software systems, and how they can be addressed from the viewpoint of the organisation, the software developers and the end-users. Practical experience of a substantial software development project from the initial analysis of a problem, through design and planning, implementation, testing, evaluation and documentation will be provided. This MSc requires you to study seven taught modules and to complete a Major Project resulting in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

Entry requirements

MSc: BSc Honours in Computer Science or an alternative degree with substantial computing content with at least grade 2.2 (or equivalent). Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered using a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. There is a mix of individual and group work. Visiting lecturers from industry will be invited to deliver lectures on industrial best practice. Assessment methods employed - written examinations, continuous assessment through coursework, oral examination of Major project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 16,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,600 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site B4 7ET West Midlands

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