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Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

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Software Development MSc


This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018.

The Software Development MSc addresses the specification, design, development and implementation of large-scale software systems in a variety of contexts.

The emphasis on this course is on object-oriented modelling, design and programming, databases, network management including the internet and developing distributed and client/server applications.



All projects undertaken on this course have a real client and many are undertaken inside a company.

The option modules allow for individual programmes to be varied, based on previous experience and personal preference.

The course is suitable for study by people already working in the software area to update their knowledge and skills. It includes an introduction to programming and computer hardware for those with no previous experience of these topics, and an opportunity for those with a computing background to explore new topics.


The curriculum was designed to provide essential developer skills for those with little previous experience of programming wishing to refocus their careers in this area. However, the course is also suitable for those with some previous programming experience, requiring a formal qualification in this area or to simply update outdated skills.

This course has two parts, the Taught Modules and Masters Project.

Successful completion of the taught modules, which involves eight single modules of study, leads to the award of postgraduate diploma and, if the appropriate performance is achieved, allows progression onto the Masters project.

Taught Modules  

  • internet systems development (double);
  • software engineering design;
  • open systems application development;
  • software process management;
  • usability;
  • research methods.

Plus two more modules chosen from a wide range of options available to allow individuals to tailor their programme to meet specific needs and interests.

Masters Project

The final stage of this course requires the completion of a Masters project, which must relate directly to the subject being studied. To complete this successfully students will develop a sound capability to carry out research. The project can be conducted either as a placement in an external organisation or working with one of the University research groups.

The MSc project serves to integrate, apply and further develop the different aspects within the taught part of the programme.

Entry Requirements

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • a good honours degree or an equivalent qualification;
  • a relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma;
  • an unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience.

This course requires IELTS 6.5If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On completion of this course graduates can expect to take up key roles in the specification, design and implementation of software developments and application. The course aims to prepare graduates for leading roles in the software industry and for careers as:

  • software developer;
  • software engineer;
  • project leader;
  • software development manager.

The course can also be used by people already working in the software area to update their knowledge and skills.


Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.


Further information

If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

Course code:
  • 1 year full-time

  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)

Course type:
  • Full time

January 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £14,311

Contact Details:

International Office

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152