MSc Software Systems and Internet Technology

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.

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

If your first degree is in another subject but you want a career in computing, this course is for you. It will give you a solid grounding in software systems engineering and current topics in internet computing.

Very few universities offer an MSc with this much professional experience.

In the first semester, we introduce you to the concepts and techniques you need for a career in this field. Subjects include: object-oriented programming, computer networking, database technology and software engineering.

Second semester modules are more advanced. They cover topics including e-commerce and web intelligence.

The Maxi project is a group project that runs throughout both semesters. Each project is based on a real software development problem, brought to us by a client. You will work in a team of about five students, managed by a professional software development manager, not an academic.

Core modules

  • Foundations of Object-Oriented Programming
  • Advanced Java Programming
  • Network and Internetwork Architectures
  • Java E-Commerce
  • Human Centred Systems Design
  • Web Technologies


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Group work
  • A software development project supervised by an industrial software consultant


  • Formal examinations
  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation

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Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree, in an engineering 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: 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

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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