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.

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 in the software industry as a software developer and would like to make an impact by solving challenging problems in software development.

Samra Abbas, MSc(Eng) Advance Software Engineering

About the course

Course description 2017

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

Examples of 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

Teaching and assessment

We use lectures, tutorials and group work. You can also learn on the job in our student- run software engineering and consultancy business, Genesys Solutions. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-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

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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

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Any questions?

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

E: dcs@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 1800

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.