Oxford Brookes University

Software Engineering (MSc)

Our BCS accredited MSc in Software Engineering is designed to produce successful software engineers who will have an understanding of software engineering principles (and their application), design skills, knowledge of good management practice, computing science and mathematical formalism. The course aims to equip you to begin a career, or to undertake further study in this important and exciting area.

The most complex engineering artifacts in existence are now software systems, and the effects of such systems are felt by almost everyone. It is vitally important that software should be of high quality; it should be built on schedule and without error and it should be safe. Software Engineering combines scientific and engineering principles with sound practice to ensure the production of high-quality, reliable software that does what it is designed to do.

Entry requirements

1st degree equivalent to at least a British lower 2nd Class bachelor's degree in a computing-related subject. If applicants 1st degree is not in computing but they have worked in the computing industry then they will also be considered. Applicants whose 1st language is not English are required to provide evidence of a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

Course modules

Semester 1 modules include: Research and scholarship methods (compulsory for MSc and PGDip), formal software engineering (compulsory for MSc and PGDip), secure systems architecture (compulsory for MSc). Semester 2 modules include: Software production (compulsory for MSc and PGDip), paradigms of programming (alternative compulsory for MSc), compiler construction (alternative compulsory for MSc), mobile and distributed systems (optional), programming applications (optional), web ecosystems (optional). Students studying for an MSc will also complete: dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a combination of examination, coursework and dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 12 months
MSc Sandwich including industrial placement September 2017 - 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 24 months
PgCert Full-time September 2017 - 3 months
PgCert Part-time September 2017 - 6 months
PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 6 months
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Wheatley Campus Oxford OX33 1HX South East

Key information

Department of Computing and Communication Technologies
Telephone number: 
01865 485706