About this course
On this master’s in software engineering, you’ll explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to software development.
MSc Software Engineering is designed for you to learn the topics you’re most interested in. You’ll select from a range of subject areas like cloud and mobile applications, security and user experience to study in depth.
MSc Software Engineering will develop your skills in traditional and contemporary software development. Our recognised software engineering master's will teach you formal methods and object-oriented programming. You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your skills in software modelling, design, development, and testing.
This master’s in software engineering offers taught modules in specialist subjects such as:
- cloud and mobile applications
- critical systems
- data mining
- intelligent agents
- model checking
- user experience
Southampton University has pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years. We are also a partner of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.
Studying here, you’ll become a master of software engineering, learn from expert academics and access excellent computer labs. The University of Southampton is recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the UK Government. Our academics have played a leading role in establishing a European Data Science Academy.
This course is lead by Dr Corina Cirstea. Dr Cirstea’s research interests are in logic and models of computation, more specifically in coalgebras and their connection to logic and verification. Find out more by visiting Corina’s staff profile.
This course is accredited by:
“The University of Southampton is a world class University and good at Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. Studying here is an amazing experience. The module sets are updated and inspired. The lecturers are supportive. The facilities are in well-maintained and accessible. ”
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in computer science, software engineering or a closely related subject.
You must have an upper 2:1 score in the following:
- 1 programming module (Java, C++, C#)
- 1 maths module
- 3 computer science modules (e.g. software architecture or design, data structures, databases, network, artificial intelligence, machine learning, web)
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
On this full-time MSc software development master’s course, you’ll study for 12 months, from September to the following September.
In the first 9 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll study the taught part of your course.
This is made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules we’ll ask you to choose from. Selecting your modules will allow you to explore the subject areas you are most interested in and will support your next career steps.
During semester 2 you’ll begin preparing for your dissertation.
For the last 3 months, over the summer, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, small group teaching, practical work and independent assignments.
As part of your study, you’ll undertake an individual project associated with a research group after you complete the taught part of semester 2.
Practical work will include advanced software development tools, directed reading and coursework.
We’ll assess you through:
- written exams
- problem solving exercises
- lab reports with literature review
- design exercises
- a dissertation
- individual and group projects
The 10,000 word project dissertation is focused on assessing software research and development skills.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
Some of our graduates go on to work in software engineering research or advanced software development projects in development and consultancy roles across the world.
We run a dedicated careers hub which is associated with over 100 renowned companies, such as:
- Microsoft Research
- Imagination Technologies
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £25,450.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
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Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
You must get your application to us by the end of the day on 31 July 2021. You must supply all supporting documentation at least 2 weeks before starting your course.
We cannot guarantee you'll be able to start your course if you do not meet these deadlines.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000