Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Software Development

This programme provides a year of intensive education in software engineering and is ideal for graduates of disciplines other than computing; it is designed to develop the technical, analytical and professional skills required to take on software development roles within the IT industry. Software development skills, such as programming, are essential to the technological evolution and advancement of most sectors within the economy. As a result, there is a very strong demand for software professionals.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline excluding Computer Science or other similar Computing degree. In addition to the above qualification requirements, all applicants (except those applying via INTO Queen's, as described below) will be required to pass an aptitude test. Applying via the INTO Graduate Diploma in Computing: Students progressing from the INTO Graduate Diploma in Computing must achieve the following minimum standard: An overall average of 60 per cent; A minimum of 60 per cent in the 'Web Technologies and Programming' module; INTO Graduate Diploma English for Academic Purposes score of 50 per cent with not less than 40 per cent in any component; All modules passed. International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules include: the basics of software development and programming; using the Java programming language alongside the foundations of software engineering and databases.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on group projects, assignments, practical examinations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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