The MSc Professional Software Development is a conversion course designed for highly motivated graduates with a good honours degree in any discipline, with no more than 50% computing content. This course is targeted at those graduates who are interested in advancing their existing degree to gain expert knowledge of software development and those who wish to enter the software industry.

During this programme students will build a solid understanding of Java, a programming language, and its application in real-life contexts as well as developing crucial problem solving, design, programming and management skills, required by industry. Furthermore, students are provided with an in-depth understanding of fundamental systems to consolidate their knowledge of computer hardware.

Topics such as Mobile Devices and Applications will allow students to specialise their field of focus whilst modules such as Database Systems equip students with essential transferable skills in the ever-expanding industry of data science and analytics. This programme also requires students to complete a major individual computing project, where students will be required to develop a computing solution to a realistic problem, combining all the knowledge they have gained on the course to do so.

Course Content

  • Computer Hardware – 10 credits
  • Professional Software Development 1 – 20 credits
  • Operating System – 10 credits
  • Professional Software Development 2 – 20 credits
  • Database Systems – 10 credits
  • Web Based Application Development – 20 credits
  • Mobile Devices and Applications – 10 credits
  • Software Architecture and Design – 20 credits
  • Masters Project – 60 credits


This is a conversion course designed to allow graduates (in a degree subject with a maximum of 50% computing content) to specialise in software development.

As the world becomes more reliant on software to help manage our lives, both in commercial and domestic settings, there has been a rise in software development jobs. The demand for qualified software developers is ever more increasing and competitive salaries are on offer in both large and small organisations across a wide range of sectors.

Typical job titles include:

  • Computer Programmer
  • App Developer
  • IT/ Systems Analyst
  • Systems Administrator Software Engineer
  • Technology Architect
  • Technical Consultant
  • Web Designer/ Developer
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Developer

According to the National Careers Services, graduates of this field can expect a starting salary of £20,000 – £30,000, experienced workers can expect £30,000 to £40,000 whilst highly experienced workers can expect £50,000 – £,70,000+.

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