Software Engineering Course PgCert/PgDip/MSc

MSc Computing: Software Technology

1. Overview

This course provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop specialist skills suitable for a career in Computing. It is ideal for those who wish to apply their knowledge and expertise in a technical environment and need to develop core computing skills in order to achieve this.

The course aims to foster knowledge and in-depth understanding of the capabilities of modern software development methods and tools. Students on the course will develop competence in the analysis and specification of the information storage and processing needs of industrial and commercial applications, as well as the skills to plan and monitor the conduct of the development process, with a view to ensuring delivery of a quality assured product.

The course is offered full-time and part-time. The part-time mode is ideal if you would like to further your career but are unable to commit to full-time study.

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Software Engineering Course

2. What you will study

FULL-TIME

September Start

Year1:

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Relational Database Systems
  • Interactive Systems Development

Semester 2

  • MSc Project Investigation
  • Software Project Engineering
  • Object Oriented Programming Techniques
  • Elective

Semester 3

  • Intranet Systems Development
  • MSc Project


January Start

Year 1:

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Relational Database Systems
  • Software Project Engineering

Semester 2

  • Object Oriented Programming Techniques
  • Intranet Systems Development
  • MSc Project Investigation
  • MSc Project

Semester 3

  • MSc Project Continued
  • Interactive Systems Development
  • Elective Module

PART-TIME

Year 1:

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Relational Database Systems

Semester 2

  • Computer Systems
  • Software Project Engineering

Year 2:

Semester 1

  • Interactive Systems Development
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • Object Oriented Programming Techniques
  • MSc Project Investigation

Semester 3

  • Intranet Systems Development

Year 3

Semester 1

  • MSc Project

3. How you will learn

All students will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers. During your course you will be invited to attend talks presented by highly-experienced researchers, speakers from industry, and members of the BCS (British Computer Society) on a wide range of computing-related topics. Example topics covered recently have included Cloud computing, and legal issues with outsourcing. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle where you can access a wide variety of resources and support materials.

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. 

The course will include industry sessions. For example, you will apply your ethical hacking skills to a real industry network. 

Individual Project

The MSc project provides a vehicle for integrating specialist knowledge with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills. You will apply your expertise within your chosen specialist area and plan, organise and execute an individual project on areas such as information systems, development projects, the analysis of different approaches and technical solutions to security or the integration of security technologies.

4. Entry requirements

This course is ideal for students who possess a first degree in any non-computing discipline. Other qualifications and experience will be considered, with entry being subject to the University's judgement that the person has reasonable expectation of being able to fulfil the requirements of the award.

All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

English Language Requirements

5. Student Funding

Scholarships

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information can be found on the Computing Scholarships pages.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years.

Students can apply now by downloading an application form from the SAAS web site.

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire Msc course

Part-time

  • £1,700 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £3,375 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,800 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £6,400 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire Msc course

Part-time

  • £1700 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £3,375 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,500 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £5,750 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £ 3,400 entire course

Part-time

  • £1,700 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £ 6,750 entire course

Part-time

  • £3,375 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £9,950 entire course

Part-time

  • £4,975 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £ 3,400 entire course

Part-time

  • £1,700 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £9,700 entire course

Part-time

  • £4,850 per academic year

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline/

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

8. Prospects

Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups.

The university is involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as Yahoo!, BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies.

9. Meet your Course Leader

Lonie, Dr DavidDavid holds an Honours degree in Physics, an MSc in Financial Mathematics and a PhD in Mathematics. David currently teaches computer systems at undergraduate level, and programming at masters level, and is involved in the supervision of PhD students. David’s current research includes interests in computational and mathematical modelling of financial and energy markets; the application of information geometry to computational problems; and the application of computer algebra to solve applied maths problems

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PgCert/PgDip/MSc
Start date
Full-time - January or September / Part-time - September
Course length
Full-time - 45 weeks / Part-time - 3 years
Mode of Attendance
Full-time / Part-time
Academic school
School of Computing Science and Digital Media
More information:
Dr Hatem Ahriz Lecturer
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