University of Hull

University of Hull

Computer Science (Software Engineering)

Software development is one of the most rapidly evolving industries in the world, presenting an ever-greater number of creative opportunities and exciting challenges. Software developers therefore need a special set of skills to keep pace with technology and innovation. Our course gives you the knowledge and confidence to do just that. We focus on large-scale development of advanced software, teaching you how to make use of the latest frameworks, methodologies and technology to produce professional-quality applications. Crucially, you will also learn how to be an effective member of a development team. With close links to software giants such as Microsoft, Sony, and IBM, we work hard to ensure that our course is always up to date and that our graduates leave with the cutting-edge skills demanded by industry. Therefore, this MSc is appropriate not just for fresh Computer Science graduates, but also for those with existing commercial experience who wish to update their skills and knowledge. The course begins each September and lasts 12 months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. An optional extra trimester immediately before the dissertation, gives you significant industrial experience through a module based in our software development unit, working with commercial clients and software. This is unique to Hull. The Department of Computer Science creates an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft's DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 Honours degree in computing or equivalent, or demonstrable suitable computer programming experience; International applicants - Competence in English is required for international students. For example: IELTS with 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each skill; previous study in English is accepted; candidates that do not meet the language requirements may take an English course at the University of Hull prior to entering the programme.

Course modules

Core modules:; Object Oriented Design and Development Using C#; Component-based Architecture; Maintaining Large Software Systems; Development Project; Distributed Applications; Trustworthy Computing;

Optional modules - Computer Science Software Development Practice - pass/fail module;
The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module allows students to gain significant commercial experience.;

Dissertation - Up to 20,000 words. There is the option of taking this in either trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module

Assessment methods

The MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering) programme is designed to support students with various levels of computing and programming practice experience. There is suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists. Material on software engineering, referencing and unfair means supports the transition into the postgraduate environment.;

As a route into research, the programme supports the development of postgraduate technical skills, alongside critical research, analysis and planning activities.;

In lectures you'll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.;

Teaching and learning - We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. These will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.;

As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.;

Assessment - Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. This is complemented by written coursework. The largest assessment is the dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hull Campus Hull HU6 7RX Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
01482 466850