Ulster University

Ulster University

Professional Software Development

While the course has a particular focus on the employment needs of the local economy, the skills and abilities developed are easily transferred to a more global stage. The overall aim of this course is to provide graduates equipped to apply best practice in software engineering to the development of a wide range of software systems in a variety of organisations. Skilled software developers are needed to support Northern Ireland's burgeoning software industry.

Entry requirements

A 2nd Class Honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or an equivalent standard (normally 50 per cent) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and the content of the qualification presented (as described above may have a maximum of 50 per cent computing content; and you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a 1st degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Course modules

Modules include: Computer hardware; professional software development 1; operating systems fundamentals; professional software development 2; database systems; mobile devices and applications; data structures; concurrent systems; finally, on completion of the taught component, the students will undertake a final major project.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed by coursework and/or written examinations.


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
Coleraine Campus Coleraine BT52 1SA Northern Ireland

Key information

Computing and Engineering
Telephone number: 
028 7167 5382