Whether it's the computers in our offices, the smartphones in our pockets, the electrics in our cars or the technology that enables us to monitor patients in critical care, software is at the heart of our society. This MSc programme focuses on advanced theoretical and practical techniques in program design, and the management of software project risk.
This programme will:
- Teach you advanced techniques in program design
- Allow you to study key issues of interactive system design
- Teach you the mathematical foundations of software and the practical application of these techniques
- Focus on discovering ways of mitigating risk in large scale software engineering projects
- Enable you pursue roles in areas such as software design and engineering, web development, project management and IT consulting.
We have a new MSc Software Engineering and Security pathway to the MSc Software Engineering degree. If you are interested in this pathway you need to apply for the MSc Software Engineering programme and take the pre-requisite modules and then you would be able to graduate with the MSc Software Engineering and Security.
Security, authentication and identity management have grown substantially in importance in recent years, and there is significant demand in both the commercial and national/local government sectors for software engineers with a good grasp of these areas hence introducing a pathway in Security.
NB: Students will need to take and pass the following modules in order to be eligible for the pathway title MSc in Software Engineering with Security.
ECS726P - Security and Authentication (semester 2)
ECS760 - Distributed Systems and Security semester 2)
ECS715P - Program Specifications (semester 1)
ECS737P - Software Analysis and Verification (semester 2)
ECS738 - Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (semester 2)
Why study your MSc in Software Engineering at Queen Mary?
Our research-led approach
Your tuition will be delivered by field leading academics engaged in world class research projects in collaboration with industry, external institutions and research councils.
Our strong links with industry
- We have collaborations, partnerships, industrial placement schemes and public engagement programmes with a variety of organisations, including Vodafone, Google, IBM, BT, NASA, BBC and Microsoft
- Full-time MSc with Industrial Experience option available on our taught MSc programmes. You have the option to complete over two years, with a year of work experience in industry.
- Industrial projects scheme - To support industrial experience development, you can to do your final project in collaboration with an industrial partner.
MSc Software Engineering is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study.
You will study four taught modules per semester followed by written examinations and the MSc research project (dissertation).
Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.
Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.
(Maximum of 4 modules to be taken in Semester 1)
Select at least one from:
Big Data Processing
Introduction to IOT
Semi-Structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
(Maximum of 4 modules to be taken in Semester 2)
Select at least two from:
Real Time & Critical Systems
Interactive Systems Design
Software Analysis and Verification
Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis
Further options from:
Security and Authentication
The Semantic Web
Advanced Object Oriented Programming
Please note that elective modules are subject to availability, timetabling constraints and may be subject to change.
Please note module availability is subject to change.
For more information visit the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science website.
Jenny Richards - Postgraduate Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7333
An upper second class degree is normally required, usually in electronic engineering, computer science, maths or a related discipline. Students with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with unrelated degrees will be considered if there is evidence of equivalent industrial experience.
For international students we require English language qualifications IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 92 (internet based).
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
Learning and teaching
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. A few modules are assessed by coursework only. If a module is assessed by means of coursework alone, this is usually in the form of a research project or dissertation, and the tutor project supervisor offers guidance and support in the researching and writing of this piece of assessment.
You will also be assessed on a supervised 10,000-15,000-word dissertation.
Our outstanding resources
- We offer our students use of their own high- specification computing and research labs, hostings over 350 state-of-the-art computers for exclusive use by our students.
- Our spectrum of research areas is supported by a range of specialist research labs offering cutting edge tools and technology including our augmented human interaction (AHI) laboratory combining pioneering technologies of full-body and multi-person motion capture, virtual and augmented reality systems and advanced aural and visual display technologies. We also have specialist laboratories in multimedia; telecommunication networks; and antenna measurement.
Have a look around by visiting our facilities pages for further information.
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
- £37,166 – is average salary of our postgraduates on completing their course
- 400+ employees and training organisations visited the campus last year
- 325+ students placed into 45 local charities under our award-winning QProjects scheme (Guardian employability initiative of the year 2014)
Queen Mary's Computer Science postgraduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers, mostly within IT and information services.
The broad range of skills gained through programmes in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled postgraduates to move into careers such as:
- Technical Analyst, Credit Suisse
- Interactive Systems Developer, Sky
- Software Developer, Accenture
- Analyst Technical Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- IT Contractor, FDM
- Computer Analyst, ITRS Group
- IT Developer, Qube Global Software
- Team Manager, Bromley-by-Bow Centre
- Computer Programmer, Rightmove
- Computer Consultant, Mac Experts Ltd
- Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence
Throughout the course, postgraduates have access to a careers programme to prepare them for applying for work after graduation. This programme includes workshops on job hunting and job applications as well as employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.
Recent careers events open to Computer Science postgraduates include the IT and Technology Fair, featuring Accenture, Babcock, BskyB, FactSet, Framestore, IBM, one-to-one sessions with Morgan Stanley, IBM and Accenture, IT company presentations, and Start Up Stand Up for those interested in working with technology start ups and SMEs.
Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village redevelopment means that there are substantial opportunities for on campus and local part time work and work experience. On campus there are 1200 job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Website Administrator and from Society President to Student Mentor. QTemps job agency offers work suitable for current students and recent graduates, QMSU Volunteering facilitates volunteering and QM JobOnline hosts over 800 part time and full time job vacancies.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the Queen Mary Careers pages.