2020 start

Advanced Software Engineering

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering

This course will teach you the leading-edge techniques you need for analysising, designing, implementing and mantaining complex software systems.
Computer Science postgraduates using 3D computer graphics

Course description

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: student-led software development

Our masters students run Genesys as a professional software development organisation, forming customer-facing teams to build custom web applications. Students have the opportunity to engage with real customers and work in a team in a professional software engineering environment.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

Applying for this course

Due to the popularity of this course we have introduced a staged admissions process to assess applications for entry in September 2020. You'll still apply in the usual way, using our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

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Accredited by the British Computer Society


Core modules

  • Object-Oriented Programming and Software Design
  • Testing and Verification in Safety-Critical Systems
  • Software Development for Mobile Devices
  • Introduction to Genesys
  • Research Methods and Professional Issues
  • Dissertation Project

Optional modules

  • The Genesys Project
  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • The Intelligent Web
  • Software and Hardware Verification
  • Software Re-Engineering
  • Parallel Computing with Graphical Processing Units (GPUs)


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.


1 year full-time

Three Computer Science postgraduates at table

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) Advanced Software Engineering

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

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


We use a staged admissions process to assess applications for this course. You'll still apply for this course in the usual way, using our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

Apply now


+44 114 222 1800

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