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Advanced Software Engineering MSc



For graduates with a computer science background, an MSc in Advanced Software Engineering will enable you to gain a thorough understanding of the role of IT in enterprise and how information systems impact on business and organisational processes. Delivered by of the Department of Informatics, which has an enviable reputation for research-led teaching and project supervision from leading experts in their field.

Key benefits

  • Unrivalled location in the heart of London giving access to major libraries and leading scientific societies, including the BCS Chartered Institute for IT and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

  • Equips students with advanced software engineering skills so that they are prepared to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

  • Develops critical awareness and appreciation of the changing role of computing in society, motivating graduates to pursue continuing professional development and further research.

  • Access to speakers of international repute through seminars and external lectures, enabling students to keep abreast of emerging knowledge in advanced computing and related fields.

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 Professor Kaspar Althoefer

Course contact for further information Contact the Admissions Office • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form ( • After applying: use the messaging service at Postgraduate Officer, Admissions Office Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Informatics


Entry requirements

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

Minimum requirements:

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in computer science, or information technology. 

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

Application procedure

An application fee of £40 applies (non-refundable). Your application will be reviewed by an admissions tutor and we aim to respond to applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer during busy and holiday periods.

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

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


This programme focuses on advanced techniques for the development of software systems, with an emphasis on the construction and management of internet-oriented, agent-oriented and large software systems. It is built around taught core modules such as software design and architecture and a group project that provides experience of working in a syndicate to design, implement and document a substantial software product. 

These modules are complemented by a range of optional modules that relate to various aspects of computing. The final part of the programme is an individual project which is closely linked with the Department's research activities.

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

Lectures; tutorials; seminars; laboratory sessions; optional career planning workshops. Assessed through: coursework; written examinations; final project report.



Career prospects

Via the Department’s Careers Programme, students are able to network with top employers and obtain advice on how to enhance career prospects. Our graduates have gone on to have very successful careers in industry and research. Our graduates work for software consultancy companies, specialised software development companies and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Recent employers include, Ernst & Young, Accenture and M-Netics. Other 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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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

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*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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