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Advanced Software Engineering MSc

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The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is an advanced study pathway that provides computer graduates with a thorough understanding of the role of IT in business, and how information systems impact on trade and organisational processes.


  • Located in central London, giving access to major libraries and leading scientific societies, including the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) , and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • You will learn advanced software engineering skills preparing you for leading creative roles in the professional and research communities.
  • You will develop critical awareness and appreciation of the changing role of computing in society and motivating you to pursue further professional development and research.
  • Frequent access to speakers of international repute through seminars and external lectures, enabling you to keep abreast of emerging knowledge in advanced computing and related fields.
  • The Department of Informatics has a reputation for delivering research-led teaching and project supervision from leading experts in their field.

This page was produced in March 2017. Although it was accurate at the time it was produced, please make sure you contact us directly for the very latest information before you commit yourself to any of our courses. The Department of Informatics is currently reviewing courses for 2018 entry in order to ensure that it provides the most effective and up-to-date learning experience, so the information in this document may change before applications open for 2018. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Up to 20-30 FT.

Course leaders Dr. Mike Spratling

Further details

Course contact for further information Contact the Admissions Office • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form (www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/contacts.aspx#admissions) • After applying: use the messaging service at apply.kcl.ac.uk Postgraduate Officer, Admissions Office Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

DepartmentDepartment of Informatics

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Course detail

Description

The Advanced Software Engineering MSc course focuses on complex techniques for the development of software systems, with an emphasis on the construction and management of internet-oriented, agent-oriented and large software systems. The programme will also equip you with essential research, analytical and critical thinking skills.

The course is made up of optional and required modules, and you will complete the course in one year, studying September to September. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, and 60 credits will come from an individual project of around 15,000 words. You will also participate in a group project that will provide you with invaluable experience of working in a team to design, implement and document a substantial software product.

Course purpose

For graduates with substantial experience of computer science, this programme will develop your expertise and skills in software engineering, preparing you for a career in software engineering, software maintenance and software testing. Research for your individual project will provide valuable preparation for a career in research or industry.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

 

Lectures, seminars, self-study and feedback

Per 15-credit taught module

150 hours

Dissertation module

600 hours

 

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations. The research project will be assessed on a 15,000-word dissertation.  

Extra information

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the Strand Campus, with occasional lectures and practical sessions taking place at the Waterloo Campus. 

Other related courses:
  • Computer Systems Engineering with Management
  • Advanced Software Engineering with Management
  • Electronic Engineering with Management
  • Engineering with Management

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will be required to take modules totalling 180 credits

  • Individual Project (MSc Dissertation) (60 credits)
  • Advanced Software Engineering (15 credits) *
  • Software Design and Architecture (15 credits) *
  • Group Project (15 credits)
Optional Modules

Students will choose modules totalling 75 credits from a range that may typically include:

  • Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (15 credits) *
  • Advanced Research Topics (15 credits)
  • Database Technology (15 credits)
  • Data Structures and their Implementation in C++ (15 credits)
  • Security Engineering (15 credits)
  • Web Infrastructure (15 credits)
  • Parallel and Distributed Algorithms (15 credits) *
  • Computational Models (15 credits) *
  • Distributed Systems (15 credits) *
  • Software Engineering of Internet Applications (15 credits) *

*These modules are not available if you have previously studied in the Department of Informatics and have already taken this module at level six.

The Department of Informatics reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Minimum requirements:

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) in Computer Science or Software Engineering.

We may lower entry qualifications for students with substantial relevant work experience.

Application procedure

Applications must be made using King’s online application portal, a non-refundable application fee of £50 will apply. We run a rolling admissions system and aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please submit a one page personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, and, if relevant, your career plans. Please include transcripts of subjects taken in the relevant degrees and copies of all certificates and relevant qualifications mentioned in your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,800 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The international deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates have continued on to have very successful careers working for software consultancy companies, specialised software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Recent employers include Ernst & Young, Accenture and M-Netics. Some of our graduates have entered into the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as software engineering, algorithms and computer networks.

Career destinations

Our graduates have gone on to have very successful careers working for software consultancy companies, specialised software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Recent employers include Ernst & Young, Accenture and M-Netics. While some of our graduates have entered into the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as software engineering, algorithms and computer networks.

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