Mrs Tracy Williams
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7287
Fees and funding
The department typically does not hire postgraduate students on research or teaching assistantships because the students need to work full-time on their studies for the programme.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
80% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
(What is the RAE?)
The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Software Systems Engineering MSc
This MSc provides instruction in all aspects of software engineering needed for the development of large, complex, highly dynamic, distributed software-intensive systems. The programme covers requirements engineering, software design, validation and verification, and tools for the development of software intensive systems, and includes a significant industrial or research project.
What will I learn?
Students are trained in the principles and techniques of engineering large, complex software systems and gain the opportunity to apply these techniques in a realistic group project setting. The programme analyses current practice in software systems engineering, looking at the most significant trends, problems and results in complex software systems.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research, and was one of the top-rated departments in the country according to the UK government's recent research assessment exercise.
Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries from entertainment to finance.
We take an experimental approach to our subject, enjoy the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a group project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.
All students participate in a group project, encompassing the full software development lifecycle and applying techniques learned, such as the technical skills of analysis, design and implementation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, written and laboratory exercises, and group project supervision. Student performance is assessed through written exercises with modelling notations, laboratory exercises with tools and environments, unseen examination papers, and a significant, comprehensive group project.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in computer science, computing, computer engineering or software engineering, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
Applications should be received by 1 July to be considered for entry the following September, but students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
Aimed at graduates wishing to develop an advanced understanding of the engineering of complex software systems, the programme is particularly suited to software systems engineering professionals wishing to enhance their understanding of the principles and techniques that they apply in their work. It also provides a foundation for further doctoral research.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Software Systems Engineering at graduate level
- why you want to study Software Systems Engineering at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- what programming experience you have
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
This professionally oriented programme provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to pursue a career as a software architect or leader of software development organisations. It also provides an excellent introduction for those who want to pursue research in software systems engineering.
Graduates from UCL are keenly sought by the world's leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. UCL Computer Science (UCL-CS) graduates are particularly valued as a result of the department's strong international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London.
Graduates have found positions at global companies such as Barclays and RBS.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: