The programme is ideally suited to graduates from Computer Systems, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Software Engineering and Applied Mathematics programmes who are considering business start-up or careers in companies which focus on software innovation. The cross disciplinary collaboration between the Kemmy Business School and the Faculty of Science & Engineering will leverage the expertise in both computing and entrepreneurship disciplines to ensure students obtain a more enriched and holistic industry ready educational experience.
The M.Sc. in Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship course is a one-year (calendar) full time programme. Students will be expected to attend modules which are core to the topics of Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship, and will then be given options to take electives from both streams. A key emphasis in the delivery of the entrepreneurship and innovation modules is on action and experiential learning which includes a combination of interactive presentations, case studies, team work, individual assignments and entrepreneurship and small business-related projects which stimulate innovative thinking and more effectively develop participant's entrepreneurial potential. The focus for students taking the M.Sc. in Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship will be on Software Engineering problems. In addition through collaborations established by the entrepreneurship faculty, external speakers from small businesses, government agencies, professional organisations and financial institutions will challenge student thinking and provide an enhanced network of contacts for future personal and business development opportunities. Contacts within industry will be used to ensure that Software Engineering speakers will form a central role in the delivery of the programme.
Innovative teaching techniques may be used such as Problem-Based Learning and Case Study development. Additionally, students will attend Research Seminars which will give insight into current Software Engineering Research.
The dissertation is core to the programme and will involve the completion of a research report during semester 2. Following from this, during the summer months, the student will undertake more in-depth research, analysis and presentation on an applied research topic. A typical dissertation would be to present an innovative software engineering development, undertaking research on innovation practices and commercialisation within the software sector, and providing a marketing and theoretical validation for this development.
A C3 grade is required in the Dissertation 2 module to graduate with M.Sc. in Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship. A Graduate Diploma (60 credits) may be awarded to students who do not complete this dissertation.