With the advent of ever more sophisticated and powerful computer environments, the techniques needed to develop and produce the software to run on these systems are themselves becoming increasingly complex.

This specialist option of the MSc Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering offers a unique insight into the development of computer applications across a wide spectrum of modern computing environments, from multi-core CPUs to specialist GPUs to Cloud Computing, all of which are relevant to the IT industry today.

Who is it for?

If you intend to make a career in software development, whether it is in the data centre, on the desktop or in the rapidly expanding mobile application space, you need to have a strong basis in software engineering. This course is unique in that it combines software engineering with high-performance computing, giving you the tools and techniques that employers are looking for and an advantage in the job market.

Why this course?

Cranfield University has many years of specialist knowledge and experience in High-Performance Computing. We are able to offer a unique insight into the development of computer applications across a wide spectrum of modern computing environments, from multi-core CPUs to specialist GPUs to Cloud Computing, all of which are relevant to the IT industry today.

We introduce students to parallel software development on the desktop, the super-computer and in the Cloud. Each platform has its own challenges and this course ensure that students become familiar with the best approach to writing software for each one.

Cranfield University is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. Part-time students have a flexible commencement date.

This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students

Course details

The course consists of twelve core modules, including a group design project, plus an individual research project. The course is delivered via a combination of structured lectures, tutorial sessions and computer-based workshops.

The C++ and Java programming modules, combined with the Software Engineering course, provide the basis of the academic programme and act as a starting point for the more specialist modules encountered later on. The various computational technology platforms are then introduced, giving students both theoretical and hands-on experience of programming in multi-core, General Purpose CPU, distributed and Cloud computing environments.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course.

  • Computational Methods
  • C++ Programming
  • Computer Graphics
  • Management for Technology
  • Small-Scale Parallel Programming
  • High-Performance Technical Computing
  • Requirements Analysis and System Design
  • Cloud Computing
  • Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • Advanced Java
  • Applications in Practical High-End Computing - Group Project

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent), in aeronautical, mechanical or electrical engineering or computer science or be applying as part of a recognised double-degree programme with their home EU institution.

Entry level C Programming experience is advisable but not required. Applications from candidates with lesser qualifications but with considerable relevant work experience will be considered.

Your career

The Software Engineering for Technical Computing masters attracts enquiries from companies all over the world, who wish to recruit high-quality software development graduates. There is considerable demand for students with expertise in engineering software development and for those who have strong technical programming skills in industry standard languages and tools.

Graduates of this course are in demand by financial software developers, mobile application developers, commercial engineering software developers, automotive, telecommunications, medical and other industries and research organisations, have been particularly successful in finding long-term employment. We have had positive feedback from companies in industries as diverse as finance to computer games studios. As such, we enjoy excellent employment statistics, with over 95% of graduates employed within six months.

Some students may go on to register for PhD degrees, many, on the basis of their MSc research project. Thesis topics are most often supplied by individual companies on in-company problems with a view to employment after graduation - an approach that is being actively encouraged by a growing number of industries.

Below is a list consisting of companies that have previously recruited our graduates:

  • Ocado
  • SAP
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • BluAge
  • FDM
  • UBS
  • Mindsnacks
  • Mandara Capital
  • Commerzbank AG
  • Oracle.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 1, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1 - 3 years
20,500 GBP
Overseas - Home/EU: £10,250
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