MSc(Eng) Advanced Software Engineering

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering

Our project-based courses give you valuable hands-on experience. We teach you how to apply what you learn in business and industry, anywhere in the world.

Sheffield is the only computer science department in the UK with its own student-run software company, where students hone their skills on real contracts for real clients.

We consult with employers to develop our courses. Our guest 'guru' lecturers come from a range of global businesses.

Our course tutors are respected all over the world for their work on artificial intelligence, computational systems biology, robotics, speech recognition and virtual reality.

About the course

Accredited by the British Computer Society

We teach you how to build robust, effective software systems, and how to critique and evaluate the latest software engineering techniques. Through project work, you’ll learn how to apply your knowledge in the real world.

Genesys: learning on the job

Genesys Solutions is unique: an IT company run by students, with its own premises next to the department. As a student on this course you can join the company to work on software projects for real clients in a real business environment.

Core modules

  • Object Oriented Programming and Software Design
  • Research Methods and Professional Issues
  • Dissertation Project
  • Testing and Verification in Safety-critical Systems

Optional modules

  • Text Processing
  • Modelling and Simulation of Natural Systems
  • Speech Processing
  • Theory of Distributed Systems
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • Intelligent Web
  • Machine Learning and Adaptive Intelligence
  • Software and Hardware Verification
  • Software Development for Mobile Devices
  • Speech Technology
  • Virtual Environments and Computer Games Technology
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Java E-Commerce
  • Network Performance Analysis
  • Genesys Solutions (Software House) Modules


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Group work
  • You can also learn on the job in our student-run software engineering and consultancy business, Genesys Solutions


  • Formal examinations
  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation

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Genesys Solutions, the student-run software company, has really helped increase my knowledge of developing software in industry. When I graduate I'd like to work as a software developer and make an impact by solving challenging problems in software.

samra abbas, postgraduate student in the department of computer science

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in computer science, software engineering or a closely related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Prepare for your career

Our courses give you experience of how real-world projects work. We consult with big employers to ensure that you develop the skills and the personal qualities they’re looking for.

You’ll learn about the issues that matter in global business and industry. Our graduates go into academic and industrial research, the software industry, banking and finance. They work for companies such as Logica, IBM, Hewlett Packard, PWC, Vodafone, the BBC and HSBC.

About us

Our challenge is to use computation to understand all kinds of systems: computer systems, living systems and cognitive systems. Our research areas include robotics, machine learning, speech and language processing, virtual reality, computational systems biology and software verification and testing. It’s work that makes a difference to people’s lives.

Network and hardware

We have our own high-performance network so you can access our advanced computing facilities. There are labs for teaching smaller groups, wi-fi coverage throughout the department, and you can connect your own laptop to the network.

Mobile devices and tablets are available for you to borrow for project work.

We also use specialised equipment such as an immersive virtual reality facility, robotics hardware and an acoustic booth for speech processing research.

Professor Noel Sharkey

This has become a passion for me. Robots are set to bring us many benefits such as robot surgery and domestic service as well as space exploration and access to extreme environments to monitor the effects of climate change.

Professor Noel Sharkey

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 1800