Advanced Software Engineering

MSc, PGCert, 1-2 years, by distance learning

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

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.

Over the course of this degree, you will develop a deep understanding of the nature and impact of current challenges faced by the IT industry so that you know what is expected from a mature professional. You will also develop an awareness of the methodologies and technologies that are available within computer science to address these challenges, so that you can evaluate and analyse specific situations and make informed choices.

You will have opportunities to develop your interpersonal, communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills, and to use these skills in an imaginative way.

This MSc course will provide you with the knowledge and research skills to continue your studies at PhD level.

The programme also offers the opportunity for IT professionals to acquire PG qualifications in advanced topics. 

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

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

Distance Learning Admissions Team
+44 (0)116 252 2612
sep-dl@le.ac.uk

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Department of Informatics website

Why Leicester?

A distance learning course from the University of Leicester lets you study at home – from anywhere in the UK or from anywhere in the world - in a way that enables you to fit your learning around your personal and professional life.

At the end of the course you will have a fully recognised degree, just the same as those awarded to students on campus full-time. Each of our distance learning degrees is synchronised with the equivalent campus-based course, so you will have the opportunity to interact online with our campus-based students.

Course Structure

Core modules

Core modules

You can choose to study over two semesters (taking three modules per semester) or over three semesters (taking two modules per semester).

Semester 1

Semester 2

Plus your dissertation/project which will start in either January or June.

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.

Option modules

Option modules

You can choose to study over two semesters (taking three modules per semester) or over three semesters (taking two modules per semester).

Semester 1

    Semester 2

    You can study for two semesters of three modules each or three semesters of two modules each.

    For the PGCert, you will take the three core modules and you can choose one option module from the above list for Semester 2.

    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

    Key Dates

    Start date: 26 September 2016
    Application deadline for September 2016: 19 September 2016

    Start date: 23 January 2017
    Application deadline for January 2017: 16 January 2017

    What's the Difference?

    The MSc is six modules plus a dissertation/project, completed over two years. Or you can study four modules with no dissertation/project over one year and gain a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert). You can upgrade from the PGCert course to the MSc at any time during your studies, but not afterwards.

    If your interests/needs are very specific, or if you are not sure whether distance learning study is right for you, you can study any individual module as a CPD course and gain a certificate of completion. This module will contribute towards an MSc or PGCert if you start your course within the next two years.

    Teaching and Assessment

    On a distance learning course, you will study in your own time on a part-time basis, so you can combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments.

    You will access your learning materials online via Blackboard, the University's virtual learning environment, and you will be supported by a course tutor through discussion boards and email. Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework and written exams which will be held at a venue in your country (usually within two hours' travel from your home). You will have nine months to complete your project and it will be assessed separately.

    Entry Requirements

    For junior-level employees or recent graduates: a good second-class honours BSc degree (or qualification of equivalent standard recognised by the University) in a subject with a substantial element of Computing.

    For IT professionals, applications will take into account your number of years of experience.

    Accreditation of prior learning

    Upgrading from CPD

    If you have have taken CPD modules (and taken the exam in those modules) you will be eligible for later accreditation of the credits gained towards a PGCert or MSc. We will only allow students to include credits of modules that they have gained in the last two years before formally applying for a PGCert or MSc. The credit transfer is only applicable to CPD modules studied at the University of Leicester and that form part of the PGCert or MSc programme for which you are applying.

    Upgrading from PGCert to MSc

    If you are registered on a PGCert programme, you can upgrade to study for an MSc at any time during your studies. Upgrading will not be possible after completion of the study for PGCert. There might also be constraints on which MSc programme a student can upgrade to, as the student will need to cover all core modules of the MSc programme to satisfy regulations (the MSc in Advanced Computer Science has no specific core modules, so this will always be an upgrade option).

    The time that you have already spent studying for the PGCert will be deducted from the duration of the MSc course. We will let you know your remaining study period when you are accepted onto the MSc.

    Please note that, as a general rule, we do not accept APL from courses studied at other institutions. 

    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.

    International Qualifications

    Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

    Countries list

    Fees and Funding

    • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

      Starting in January 2017

      • MSc: £11,600
      • PGCert: £4,640
      • CPD £1,160

      Starting in October 2017 or January 2018

      • MSc: £12,120
      • PGCert: £4,848
      • CPD £1,212

      The fee is based on your country of residence during your studies.

      Find out more about how to pay and 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 only; not available for PGCert or CPD course.)

       


    • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

      Starting in January 2017

      Starting in October 2017 or January 2018

      The fee is based on your country of residence during your studies.

      Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

    Career Opportunities

    A postgraduate qualification is an investment in your future. There is no doubt that studying for a postgraduate qualification can help your career prospects – you will gain the deeper knowledge and high end skills and that will set you apart. Studying with us gives a clear signal to employers. It demonstrates that you have the spark, ambition and commitment to take your career to the next level. Your employer will also benefit directly from your newly acquired understanding and capabilities.

    Careers

    Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

    Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
    Advanced Software Engineering MSc 2 years by distance learning January and September each year Apply Now
    Advanced Software Engineering PGCert 1 year by distance learning January and September each year Apply Now
    Advanced Software Engineering (CPD) Less than 1 year by distance learning January and September each year

    Not currently available; contact admissions.

    Course
    Advanced Software Engineering
    Qualification
    MSc
    Duration
    2 years by distance learning
    Start Dates
    January and September each year
    Availability
    Course
    Advanced Software Engineering
    Qualification
    PGCert
    Duration
    1 year by distance learning
    Start Dates
    January and September each year
    Availability
    Course
    Advanced Software Engineering (CPD)
    Qualification
    Duration
    Less than 1 year by distance learning
    Start Dates
    January and September each year
    Availability

    Not currently available; contact admissions.

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