About your course
Study for this Masters in Software Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University and gain advanced postgraduate skills in the theory, practice and design of contemporary software technologies.
- Course available to study full time (1 year)
- Delivered by academics active in research
- Curriculum informed by ongoing research and links with employers
- High-quality teaching and excellent learning resources
- £6million state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities
- Excellent career prospects in areas such as Systems Design
You will have access to nine specialist teaching laboratories, with Linux Workstations / Unix facilities, IBM PC compatible machines and multimedia equipment.
Introduction to the School
In an increasingly technological world, there are great challenges and opportunities for professionals with advanced qualifications in computing.
The Department of Computer Science will help you prepare for the career of your choice by providing you with a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level, including taught masters and research programmes (MPhil/PhD).
You will be taught and supervised by subject specialists, in a vibrant and supportive environment. Classroom and lab-based activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work, offer a varied and diverse range of experiences as you prepare for the career of your choice. You will also be encouraged to attend Departmental seminars and locally held conferences, participating in the research culture of our area.
94% of research submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.
Our Research Centre for Critical Infrastructure Computer Technology and Protection – PROTECT – brings together researchers from across a number of areas, including computer networks, network security, computer games technology and software engineering, to address emerging research challenges to the protection of critical infrastructure systems.
Our research is conducted via centres, labs and groups led by experts with international reputation, including Professor Madjid Merabti in networking, Professor Paolo Lisboa in neural computing, Professor Abdennour El Rhalibi in computer games, and Professor Qi Shi in cyber security.
We are proud of our growing research reputation and have a long-standing history of working with local, regional and national industries through student placement, research, consultancy, short course activity and Teaching Company Schemes. We also have a number of collaborative partnerships both locally and internationally.
Why study this course at LJMU?
This course at LJMU provides you will the ability to develop high-quality creative software products and produce elegant technical solutions.
Software engineering is the art and technique of developing and maintaining software systems that are reliable, efficient, maintainable and affordable.
The Department of Computer Science has the academic staff, facilities and programmes to ensure that you learn all you need to accelerate your progression in this dynamic and expanding industry.
You will be based in LJMU’s Byrom Street campus, which is engineered to guarantee your success thanks to the investment of £6million in state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities.
Our computer laboratories provide access to over 150 high-performance computers, including PC/Linux Workstations and Networked Multimedia PCs for general use, in addition to the campus computing cluster.
The Department of Computer Science's laboratory infrastructure and technical support were commended in a recent professional body accreditation visit, so you can expect to receive expert support and have access to excellent facilities.
The campus includes an exclusive Game Technology Lab, a Computer Forensics Lab, two Multimedia Labs, a Distance Learning Lab and specialist labs for research on Network Security and Networked Appliances.
Our academic staff are leaders in their research fields and will provide you with a platform to enter technology competitions, attend conferences and further your research opportunities.
As a graduate you will be part of an increasing network of leading professionals in the industry.
Programme outline and structure
This Masters degree in Software Engineering will equip you with advanced skills in the theory, practice, tools and applications necessary for the design, management and deployment of computing systems.
The course aims to provide you with a fuller, systematic understanding of current and developing software engineering and help you to:
- be critically aware of current and developing principles and practices within software engineering
- develop widened and deepened conceptual and practical knowledge and skills in the areas of software engineering
- apply a range of advanced tools and techniques used in the development of complex computer based systems
- critically analyse a range of development domains
- gain a clear understanding of how to effectively and creatively manage software development
- use knowledge with originality and be innovative in Software Engineering
- develop a critical understanding of current research issues in the relevant aspects of software engineering
- be able to study independently at an advanced level and have developed effective methodology skills for original research
The course will also provide you with a strong foundation from which you can develop and maintain effective software systems and adapt to future software development technologies.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Research methods
- Advanced software engineering concepts
- Usability engineering
- Software engineering development outcomes
- Real time systems
- Advanced data structures and algorithms
- Computer security
- Computer forensics
- Software development with Java
- Project dissertation
A major component of the course is the project module. This is an extensive piece of research work in an applications domain relevant to your academic or professional interests. It is intended to provide you with an opportunity to undertake a major investigation and produce a dissertation on the outcome of the work.
Assessment of the project will be based on this dissertation and presentations of the work. The work carried out during the project is expected to have a strong research component and will, in many cases, be appropriate in forming the basis of further academic research, such as a PhD programme.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
You’ll gain core knowledge and understanding on this course via lectures, tutorials, practicals, coursework, projects, seminars and guided independent study.
You will also receive feedback on all work you produce.
Assessment methods for knowledge and understanding are course work and examinations including laboratory work, reports, project work and presentations.
Staff research interests
Departmental staff are active in a number of research areas
Areas of expertise include:
- Applied Artificial Intelligence
- Distributed Multimedia Systems and Security
- Information Systems Development
- Mathematics Education
- Neural Computation and Statistics
- Computer Games
- 'Big Data' and Health Care Informatics
Research within the Department of Computer Scienceis recognised internationally in the area of Networked Systems and Security, Computer Entertainment, and Neural Networks with funding from EPSRC, BBC, European Union to name a few. This research drives and informs all Departmental programmes.
Some examples of current relevant research specialisms include:
- Distributed and Autonomic Software Engineering
- Internet of Services
- Decision and Risk Modelling
- Applied Software Engineering
Entry requirements (Home)
You will normally require the following:
- An Honours Degree in Computing or a Computing-related subject, including subjects with a significant core of computing, or professional qualifications with equivalent standing.
- Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.0. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
LJMU Alumni Award
Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
There is great demand for highly skilled, effective software engineers capable of working in commercial and scientific software development teams.
Software Engineering careers typically involve problem modelling and analysis, software design, software verification and validation, software quality, software process, software management and related activities.
Companies who have employed our graduates in related courses include BT, Marconi Communications, Seagate, Unilever, Littlewoods, Tubedale Communications, Chance & Hunt, Eli Lilly, and Fraser Williams.
Graduates can expect careers that involve the above activities in a wide range of industries, such as:
- software houses
- IT firms and consultancies
- manufacturing (e.g. automotive industry)
- financial services (e.g. investment banks, pensions sector)
- business intelligence and market research
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes