Software engineers create and maintain software applications using best practice from computer science, project management, engineering, application domains and other fields. Students will learn how to apply state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies to develop high-quality software to professional standards.
The aim of this MSc programme is to impart the understanding and skills to engineer software at an advanced level to professional standards. Students can specialise in particular areas such as the development of mobile applications or advanced interactive systems like games.
The MSc Software Engineering degree is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
Students starting the programme in January should note that it runs part-time only for 4 semesters (24 months) + dissertation (March to August, 6 months) (total 30 months).
Students enrolling for the January intake programmes are not required to be on campus during the summer break.
Students undertake 4 courses in semester 1 and a further 4 courses in semester 2.
On this programme, the following taught courses are mandatory:
- Information Systems Methodologies
- Rigorous Methods for Software Engineering
- Advanced Software Engineering
- Research Methods and Project Planning
Students can then choose 4 courses from the following:
- Industrial Programming
- Computer Network Security
- Mobile Communications and Programming
- Advanced Interaction Design
- Big Data Management
- Computer Games Programming
- 3D Graphics and Animation
- Project Management
- Biologically Inspired Computing
In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the Master's qualification undertake a Masters project, which culminates in a dissertation.
New career prospects and opportunities for career enhancement are both excellent. The continued growth in new technologies and mobile applications in industry, commerce and the public sector is increasing the demand for experts who can design, implement and maintain complex software systems.
English language requirements
Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one-year full-time study in English will be required.
Our Dubai Campus operates a rolling year-round admissions process: as soon as one intake has closed we begin accepting applications for the next one. It is also possible for you to defer your start date for up to a year.
Most students apply 6–10 months in advance of their chosen intake. We can accept applications up until 3 weeks before the start of each intake but you should note that a late application will almost certainly mean a delay in the provision of essential administrative services, such as your student matriculation card (without which you won't be able to access the library or online services).
About the School
Pioneering British education in Dubai, with highly acclaimed degree programmes that meet the specific demands of local business and industry.