Advanced Software Engineering

MSc, PGDip, 1-2 years, full-time

This is for you if... you want to study software engineering at an advanced level.

Course Description

This MSc focuses on the methodologies and technologies that address the challenges that companies are facing for competing in the volatile markets of today. It looks at how to generate applications from high-level business models to reduce time-to-market and development costs and how to evolve legacy systems and promote business processes in an economy dominated by the need to offer and integrate, on demand, new services.

Duration

The regular degree takes 12 months if you start in October, or 16 months if you start in January. The 'With Industry' degree takes 21 months if you start in October, or 24 months if you start in January.

NB. If you start your course in January, you will take Semester 2 before Semester 1.

Key Facts
Start date
January and September each year
Department
Informatics
Contact

+44 (0)116 252 2265
pgadmissions@le.ac.uk

Department of Informatics website

Why Leicester?

The Department of Informatics at Leicester is a thriving academic community with extensive experience in delivering high quality courses and undertaking pioneering research.

Most of our members of staff are actively engaged in research and are frequently guests of universities both in the UK and other countries to lecture on their work.

The Department has three Staff Student Committees - for undergraduates, postgraduates and PhDs - consisting of student representatives and members of staff. These provide a forum to discuss general issues and problems, and for staff to give feedback.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module (if you are going to take Personal and Group Skills in Semester 2) from:


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module (or two if you took Personal and Group Skills in Semester 1) from:


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Industry Placement (optional)

Industry Placement (optional)

All of our Informatics MSc degrees are available with an optional (usually paid) industry placement. If you take a 'with Industry' degree, your qualification will be 'MSc in Advanced Software Engineering with Industry'

These 'with industry' degrees have been designed to stimulate your creativity and capacity to innovate, and ensure that you acquire key transferable skills. During the placement, you will be able to gain insight into industrial problems and practice that you can take forward into your individual project. You will also take two additional (non-credit) modules, preparing you for the job market.

NB. Applying for, and being accepted onto, a 'with Industry' MSc does not guarantee an industry placement. Although the University will provide every assistance, it is the responsibility of each student to arrange their own placement by successfully completing the placement company recruitment process.

Your industry placement will take place between the taught part of the course and your individual project. If for some reason you are unable to go on a placement, or choose not to, you will revert to the regular MSc course and proceed immediately to the individual project. You will not be charged the 'with industry' fee.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Individual Project

Individual Project

Your course will conclude with an individual project (after your industry placement, if you have taken one). Using the experience gained during your course/placement, you will choose a challenging problem to work on and explore it by privately studying under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. (Students studying for a PGDip don't complete a project.)

A Selection of Recent MSc Projects

Agile Software Development of an e-Commerce Web App Using the MEAN Stack

The MEAN stack, released in October 2014, is an open-source stack for developing dynamic web applications. Using this technology a full stack e-commerce website was implemented by using JavaScript as the sole implementation language. Important design goals were the optimisation of non-functional properties, such as availability (for example, by having quick request response times) and scalability (for example, by speeding up data queries while guaranteeing data consistency). An important component of the project relied on the application of agile practices, such as behaviour-driven development and domain-driven design, to refine the specification of functional features of the system by means of fast paced scrum sprints that deliver fully working system increments. Moreover, the MEAN stack was complemented with an end-to-end test framework for AngularJS in order to automate functional and acceptance testing. The end product was acquired by a local business.

Virtual Chat Assistant

Like any large organisation, our university has a wide range of information to help you through your studies. For example - teaching timetables, the rooms and telephone numbers of staff and the number of credits for the modules you will take. This project is to provide this information through a chat interface, as text chat is now a very common way for users to interact with their devices. The challenge of this project is to create an interface that interact with users in a natural way, and integrate with various data sources so that is can answer questions such as “Tell me where the next lecture on C++ is  going to be held”.

WSDL/BPEL to SRML Language Transformation

SRML is the Reference Modelling Language of the European project SENSORIA. It provides primitives for modelling and reasoning about business processes in a way that is independent of the languages used for executing them. This project developed a tool for generating SRML models from two specific industry standards: The Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), which is used for specifying business process based on Web Services, and the Web Services Description Languages (WSDL) – an XML format for describing network services. The encoding provides the means to create high-level declarative descriptions of BPEL/WSDL specifications that can be used for building more complex business process models that can include components specified in other languages.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

What's the Difference?

The PGDip includes the same modules as the MSc but without the final project.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, self-paced learning and practicals. Assessment is a mix of coursework - computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects - and exams

The compulsory 'Personal and Group Skills' module combines seminars, group discussions and collective essay writing on selected topics, as well as a series of workshops on transferable skills and career planning.

Your project and, where relevant, industry placement will be assessed separately.

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject with a substantial element of Computing.

Relevant work experience may also be considered.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in January 2017

    • MSc: £7,500
    • PGDip: £7,500
    • MSc with Industry: £8,625

    Starting in September 2017 or January 2018

    • MSc: £7,500
    • PGDip: £6,000
    • MSc with Industry: £8,625

    NB. The additional fee for the 'MSc with industry' variant is not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility? (MSc and MSc with Industry only. Not available for PGDip.)

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in January 2017

    • MSc: £17,465
    • PGDip: £17,465
    • MSc with Industry: £20,085

    Starting in September 2017 or January 2018

    • MSc: £18,250
    • PGDip: £14,600
    • MSc with Industry: £20,990

    NB. The additional fee for the 'MSc with Industry' variant is not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

All our postgraduate Informatics degrees are available 'with industry': stimulating your creativity and capacity to innovate, and ensuring that you acquire key transferable skills. These courses will allow you to develop into a highly skilled professional, well versed in advanced methods and tools. Colleagues from industry participate directly in the delivery of some of the modules, including hands-on tutorials that allow you to use some of the tools and methodologies that are shaping the software development landscape.

We have an open approach to collaboration with industry. We undertake joint projects, provide consultancy services, and organise events to connect you with potential employers. We also run an Industrial Advisory Board: its members are computer scientists who hold successful careers in industry and who help us ensure that your training is industrially relevant.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Advanced Software Engineering MSc or PGDip 12-16 months full-time January and September each year Apply Now
Advanced Software Engineering with Industry MSc 21-24 months full-time January and September each year Apply Now
Course
Advanced Software Engineering
Qualification
MSc or PGDip
Duration
12-16 months full-time
Start Dates
January and September each year
Availability
Course
Advanced Software Engineering with Industry
Qualification
MSc
Duration
21-24 months full-time
Start Dates
January and September each year
Availability