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Software Development

Overview

This MSc provides a year of intensive education in software engineering and is specifically designed for graduates of non-computing disciplines.

COURSE CONTENT
You will learn how to design and create web applications, mobile apps and large data-driven computer systems. You need no computing background at all to do this course, but when you leave, you will be equipped with the technical, analytical and professional skills required to take on a range of roles in the IT industry.

The curriculum was designed in collaboration with significant industrial partners who helped ensure the most relevant module content. This has helped ensure that graduates are highly trained and much sought after by employers.

WHO WILL BE TEACHING YOU
The lecturing team have particular research specialisms in developing novel and effective methods for teaching computer science. They have extensive publications in this area and have been awarded several student-nominated teaching awards for their work.

WHAT YOU'LL GET UP TO
You’ll learn how to analyse problems and design robust and elegant software systems to solve the problems. This includes gaining skills in programming, web development, database design, and software testing.

You will also learn how to work well as part of a development team using modern development techniques and tools.

PLEASE NOTE
Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.

The following dates have been set for aptitude tests:
• 18th January - you must have applied by the 11th January 2018 to be eligible to take this test
• 22nd February - you must have applied by the 15th February 2018 to be eligible to take this test
• 17th May - you must have applied by the 10th May 2018 to be eligible to take this test

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Graduate
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline excluding Computer Science or other similar Computing degree.

In addition to the above qualification requirements, all applicants will be required to pass an on-line aptitude test. If you are successful in the first stage of the application process, we will be in touch to organise this.

This is a very popular course and applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, since it may be necessary to implement an application cut-off date. In such circumstances, applications will be considered in date order, with priority given to those submitted earliest and prior to the cut-off date. As a guide, for 2017 entry, the application cut-off date was in early July 2017.

Please note: a non-refundable deposit (which will be deducted from tuition fees) of £400 is required.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

1 year full time or 3 years part-time.

Teaching Times
Teaching takes place in the morning and afternoon; there are between 13 and 15 hours of contact teaching hours per week.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
Employment opportunities in software engineering are excellent, as evidenced through the consistent and continued growth of the software sector. A career within the profession is not only well remunerated but also rewarding, with software professionals able to select between a range of career progression paths. Given the diversity of careers, the variety of skills gained from a non-IT primary degree are strongly valued by IT employers and will help augment the employment opportunities of graduates from this programme.

WHERE COULD YOU BE IN 5 YEARS?
You could be working for the largest companies on the planet (IBM, Citi, Allstate, Liberty to name a few). You could be doing cutting edge computer science research in topics such as Cyber security or Video Analytics, or creating a software start-up or the next killer app.

You could also be teaching computing…
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Further enquiries

Dr Darryl Stewart
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Tel: 9097 5439
Email: eeecs@qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Course Details
The programme has two key parts:

A set of taught modules which build from foundational to advanced topics of software engineering and programming

A substantial individual project

Most foundational modules are studied in the first semester and cover introductory programming using the Java programming language alongside the foundations of software engineering and databases.

Coverage of more advanced algorithmic and object-oriented programming continues into the second semester.

Project Element: Three-month summer projects are taken individually with supervision from a member of the School's teaching staff. Where possible, the project will be set and co-supervised by an industrial partner and may involve an on-site placement.

Each module generally involves 3 hours of lectures per week along with up to 2 hours per week for tutorials and lab practicals. Alongside these timetabled activities, students are expected to work on group and individual assignments and projects.

Modules
Programming
Databases
Software Engineering
Web Development
Software Testing

Comment

Software Development highlights
This course is also available for part-time study. Search our course listings for more information.

Industry Links
•They have also developed a series of Employment and Professional Skills Workshops, which the MSc students can voluntarily attend at regular intervals throughout the year. The workshops cover CV writing, Technical Interview Technique, Assessment Centres, etc. and later involve events to allow students to network with representatives from some of the largest employers in the Software Development sector in Belfast. Students get the opportunity to mix with a diverse industrial group, ranging from testers and developers up to senior managerial level staff. Students also have the opportunity to get involved in other industrially sponsored events such as hackathons etc.

Career Development
•The School has a team of staff specifically dedicated for the development of student employability skills alongside technical capabilities. They provide a range of services to help students gain employment during the course, eg one-on-one CV advice and mock job interviews etc.

World Class Facilities
•The new Computer Science Building opened in 2016 after a £14 million re-development. The four-storey, 3,000m2, state-of-the-art facility has large well-equipped computing labs and formal and informal student spaces which support a high level of group and project work.

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Assessment method

Individual and group-based projects
Assignments
Practical examinations
Written examinations
The summer project is assessed through a written dissertation alongside the presentation and demonstration of the created software artefact.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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