University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Agile Software Engineering Techniques

Today, software is becoming ever more complex, developed with very short time to market, and required to cope with changing requirements. This scenario calls for increased levels of flexibility and agility, both in the technologies used and the processes followed for engineering software. This course will provide a sound background on the methods and techniques that can meet these challenges. Hands-on modules based on the Eclipse framework ensure that this knowledge is framed in practical contexts of usage.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a good 2nd Class Honours BSc degree or qualification of equivalent standard recognised by the University in a subject with a substantial element of Computing. Applications are treated on an individual basis, however, and so alternative qualifications may be considered, especially in the case of candidates with relevant work experience.

Course modules

All years: Domain specific languages; generative development; service-oriented architectures; system re-engineering; personal and group skills; Options: advanced system design; advanced web technologies; algorithms for bioinformatics; c++ programming and advanced algorithm design; discrete event systems; domain specific languages; financial information systems; game theory in computer science; generative development; networking and distributed computing; semantic web; service-oriented architectures; software process engineering; software reliability; system re-engineering; analysis and design of algorithms; applied numerical mathematics; communication and concurrency; compression methods for multimedia; cryptography and information security; distribution systems and applications; financial mathematics; operations research; programming secure and distributed systems; wavelets and signal processing; web technologies.

Assessment methods

Assessment of taught modules is by coursework and examination. Coursework consists of a mixture of computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects. The compulsory personal and group skills module combines attendance of seminars, group discussions and collective essay writing on topics selected for the seminars, as well as attendance at a series of workshops on transferable skills and career planning.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,470 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,715 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 5,470 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leicester Leicester LE1 7RH East Midlands

Key information

Admissions Office
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0116 252 5381