MSc Software Engineering

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About the course


Software Engineering is the foundations of the functioning modern world. Many aspects of commerce and industry require well-engineered and reliable software to operate.

The MSc Software Engineering (online) is designed for computer science graduates and has been popular with those looking to specialise in Software Engineering and progress their career in this direction.

The degree focuses on the key models, methodologies, measures and tools that can be used in the software engineering process equipping you and your career with the essentials for success in this field.

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Why choose this course?

For more information about how online study works, funding and how to apply, please visit UH Online.

  • Gain a specialised master's degree in one year full-time or at a pace that suits you through online study
  • Flexible online learning allows you to fit study around your other commitments, without travel and accommodation costs.
  • Gain an internationally-recognised master's degree from the UK's University of Hertfordshire.
  • Benefit from the same academic standards and quality control procedures as our equivalent on campus course
  • We have an excellent track record in research, with over half of our outputs rated at world-leading or internationally excellent in REF 2014, the most recent national assessment.


Our online masters programme is designed to give graduates the up-to-date skills and knowledge sought after by employers, whether in business, industry, government or research.

These courses will prepare you for a career in many areas including research, IT or software development.

Teaching methods

Our online degree programmes are taught 100% online when studied independently, or supplemented by tutorial support when studied at a local study centre run by one of our online partners. Find out more about Tutored eLearning. Assessment is by coursework and online tests.

You will participate in the learning experience through the University's on-line learning environment, StudyNet. You will receive learning materials, take part in discussions and submit your assignments online. Additionally, you will receive study resources such as key e-books and any specialist software. You will have access to the University's extensive online library facilities, or be able to visit in person if you so choose.

The amount of study time required is no different from that needed for an on campus programme. You should expect to spend at least 30 hours per week if studying full-time, and in proportion if part-time.

Course length

  • Full-time, 1 year - 1.5 years (depending on intake)
  • Part-time, 2-5 years 

For more details about Online Distance Learning, please visit: UH Online.


Level 7

Core Modules

  • Contemporary Practices in Information Technology - 15 Credits
  • Measures and Models for Software Engineering - 30 Credits
  • Software Engineering Practice and Experience - 30 Credits


  • Advanced Database - 30 Credits
  • Distributed Systems Security - 30 Credits
  • E-Learning Applications Development - 30 Credits
  • Interaction Design - 15 Credits
  • Learner Centred Design - 30 Credits
  • Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications - 15 Credits
  • Multicast and Multimedia Networking - 15 Credits
  • Secure Systems Programming - 15 Credits
  • Software Engineering MSc Project - 60 Credits
  • Web Scripting and Application Development - 30 Credits
  • Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £7680 for the 2017/2018 academic year

Part time
  • £640 per 15 credits for the 2017/2018 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8160 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Part time
  • £680 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Entry requirements...

A recent, good bachelors degree (e.g. honours degree from the UK) or equivalent in Computer Science or closely-related subject. Plus IELTS 6.0 if your first language is not English.

Applicants who do not wholly meet these requirements, but who are considered to have the professional experience, motivation or potential to succeed at the programme, may also be accepted.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

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How to apply


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25/09/201830/09/2019Apply online (Distance (Full Time))
15/01/201919/05/2020Apply online (Distance (Full Time))
25/09/201830/05/2019Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
15/01/201913/01/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))


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15/01/202019/05/2021Apply online (Distance (Full Time))
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15/01/202013/01/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))