Software Systems Engineering MSc
Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate
Our Software Systems Engineering (SSE) MSc provides an ideal foundation for PhD study. The UCL SSE group is regularly ranked in the top three groups in the world (Microsoft Academic Search), you will be taught by those who are setting the international agenda, and our research has been repeatedly rated as world class. Fully-funded PhD scholarships are available for high-performing students.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 July 2014
More details in Application section.
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 and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations. In the recent past, students have worked on projects and courseworks in collaboration with Microsoft, IBM, JP Morgan, Citigroup and BNP Paribas.
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.
Most students participate in a group industrial project, generally in close collaboration with one of our industsrial partners.
Other students undertake either an individual or small-group research project, under the supervision of academics in UCL Software Systems Engineering group.
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:
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.
Scholarships available for this department
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 July 2014.
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.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Goldman Sachs, Analyst/Developer, 2011
- Merrill Lynch, Java Developer, 2011
- Yahoo, Quality Engineer, 2011
- Skype Technologies, Senior Web QA Engineer, 2010
- UBS, Java Developer, 2010
There is, throughout the world, a strong demand for software engineers with solid foundations covering not only the programming aspects of software development, but also aspects related to requirements engineering, software architectures, system integration, and testing. Many surveys rank software engineering positions as among the best jobs in the world.
Following graduation, our students are generally hired as software engineers or software architects, sometimes by companies they have engaged with in the context of their MSc project.
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