MSc ACS: Software Engineering / Overview
Year of entry: 2020
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- Degree awarded
- 12 Months. [Full-Time September-September only]
- Entry requirements
We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science or in a joint degree with at least 50% Computer Science content. Applicants with extensive Computer Science industrial experience and a good honours degree in Computer Science, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission. We also require that all applicants have a strong background in Computer Science reflected, for example, in solid programming and software development skills.
- How to apply
As there is high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places, we give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements.
Applications for 2020 entry:
Stage 1: Application received by 1 November 2019; Decision by 10 January 2020.
Stage 2: Application received by 4 January 2020; Decision by 6 March 2020.
Stage 3: Application received by 9 March 2020; Decision by 24 April 2020.
Stage 4: Application received by 29 May 2020; Decision by 26 June 2020.
Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.
We can only process applications that are submitted with the following supporting documents:
- Online application form
- First and second year transcripts (translated if not in English)
- A list of your final year units and a GPA certificate which shows your current average, expressed as a percentage and verified by your current institution.
- Two academic reference letters, or a professional reference letter if you graduated more than two years ago
You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.
Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion.
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Software Engineering is a well-established, central part of Computer Science, and concerned with the design and use of techniques to support humans to build software systems that are reliable, adaptable, usable, maintainable, etc, despite the fact that they are usually developed by large groups of people with different ideas, conceptualisations, or working styles, and against a tight schedule and possibly conflicting or unclear requirements. The understanding and mastering of these techniques is essential both for people who are part of this group and for those managing such a group or project.
The Software Engineering pathway combines two themes of the same name, Software Engineering 1 & 2. These themes covers both an overview of existing approaches to Software Engineering, and two particular approaches at the forefront of Software Engineering research and practice; Pattern-based and Component-based Software Development.
For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits .
As an alternative to our on-campus open day events, we're running a postgraduate virtual open week with popular open day talks and subject information sessions, from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July 2020.
The Department of Computer Science will provide a subject specific overview of Advanced Computer Science at The University of Manchester and a subject taster session on Computer Security.
These events will be on Friday 3rd July at the following times:
11-12am - Advanced Computer Science Overview
1-2pm - Taster Session - Computer Security
Register your interest in our Virtual Open Week .
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK/EU students (per annum): £11,500
International students (per annum): £25,000
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.
Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
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