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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.

Course details

Careers

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.

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Contemporary Practices in Information Technology - 15 Credits
  • Measures and Models for Software Engineering - 30 Credits
  • Software Engineering MSc Project - 60 Credits
  • Software Engineering Practice and Experience - 30 Credits

Optional

  • 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
  • Web Scripting and Application Development - 30 Credits
  • Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

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

International Students

Full time
  • £8160 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £680 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £8650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Other financial support

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

Entry requirements...

For admission to the MSc Distributed Systems and Networks, MSc Software Engineering or MSc E-Learning Technology:

  • a recent good Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or cognate discipline;
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate sufficient competence in English to benefit from the Programme. This is normally demonstrated by recognised awards equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 Candidates who do not satisfy these requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Access to computer equipment with the following minimum specification - http://www.herts.ac.uk/more/uh-online-distance-learning/frequently-asked-questions/system-requirements.cfm

Find out more about International entry requirements.

Entrants with a recent Honours Degree in Computer Science (or equivalent) may be registered for any one of the awards provided by the Programme.

Supporting documents required

  • Copies of the front and back of your undergraduate degree transcript and certificate
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language qualification certificate (you should have a score of 6.0 overall if presenting an IELTS test)
  • A substantial personal statement about why you want to study this programme, what you hope to gain from the course and where you see your future development taking your career.
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • 1 academic or professional reference

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How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
21/01/201931/05/2020Apply online (Distance (Full Time))
21/01/201931/01/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Distance (Full Time))
20/01/202031/05/2021Apply online (Distance (Full Time))
23/09/201930/05/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
20/01/202031/01/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/202030/09/2021Apply online (Distance (Full Time))
20/01/202131/05/2022Apply online (Distance (Full Time))
23/09/202030/05/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
20/01/202131/01/2022Apply online (Distance (Part Time))