Master of Science in Software Engineering with Placement Year


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Program Description

University of Hertfordshire



This MSc can lead to a career such as a project manager, software engineer or developer of large-scale systems.

Key course information

Course length

  • Sandwich, 2 Years
  • Sandwich, 29 Months

Course structure

The MSc Software Engineering course consists of two major parts: taught modules and an MSc project. Each taught module has an assigned number of credits (either 15 or 30). All modules are compulsory. The project is compulsory and has a modular value of 60. In order to obtain an MSc degree, you must study and pass 120 credits of taught modules plus the project i.e. 180 credits in total.

Part I: Taught modules:

A student will complete a set of compulsory taught modules which are Professional Issues (15 credits), Investigative Methods for Computer Science (15 credits), Software Engineering (30 credits), Programming for Software Engineers (30 credits), and Software Engineering Practice and Experience (30 credits).

Part II: MSc Project

After completing the required credits of taught modules, the student may progress to the project.


Why choose this course?

All our one-year full-time Computer Science Masters programmes are available with an optional one-year industry placement. The 'with placement' programmes give you additional industrial experience by applying the skills you have learned throughout your studies.

They offer you the opportunity to work for one year in a highly professional and stimulating environment. You will be a full-time employee in a company earning a salary and will learn new skills that can't be taught at University. During the placement, you will be able to gain further insight into industrial practice that you can take forward into your individual project.

We will provide excellent academic and personal support during both your academic and placement periods together with comprehensive careers guidance from our very experienced dedicated Careers and Placements Service.

Although the responsibility for finding a placement is with you, our Careers and Placements Service maintains a wide variety of employers who offer placement opportunities and organise special training sessions to help you secure a placement, from job application to the interview. Optional one-to-one consultations are also available.

This MSc is one of a range of advanced courses within our postgraduate master's programme in Computer Science, this particular course provides you with a specialism in software engineering.

You will develop knowledge and skills in the models, methodologies, measures and tools that can be employed in software development considered as an engineering discipline.

You will be taught by a highly-regarded and long-established computer science department with strong links to business.

Half the research outputs in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire have been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.


Entry requirements

  • A recent, good bachelors degree (e.g. honours degree from the UK) or equivalent in Computer Science or a closely-related subject. Plus IELTS 6.0 if your first language is not English.
  • Applicants who do not wholly meet these requirements, but who are considered to have the professional experience, motivation or potential to succeed at the programme, may also be accepted.
  • If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.


Start Date End Date
25/09/2020 31/05/2021 Full Time/Sandwich
16/01/2021 30/09/2021 Full Time/Sandwich


Course fees

UK/EU Students

  • Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

  • Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Teaching methods

Classes consist of lectures, small-group seminars, and practical work in our well-equipped laboratories. We use modern, industry-standard software wherever possible. There are specialist facilities for networking and multimedia and a project laboratory, especially for masters students. In addition to scheduled classes, you will be expected a significant amount of time in self-study, taking advantage of the extensive and up-to-date facilities. These include the Learning Resource Centres, open 24x7, with 1,500 computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet our versatile online study environment usable on and off-campus, and open access to our labs.


Last updated Jan 2020

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