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Course summary

The MSc Software Engineering is designed for graduates from diverse backgrounds who have some prior experience of programming to gain the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience to be effective as a commercial software engineer. On this one-year programme based at the National Software Academy in Newport, students will undertake practical development using current leading edge commercial tools and techniques and be exposed to direct industrial involvement in a dynamic commercial-like environment. The course covers a wide range of topics that are sought after by employers including programming for web applications using languages such as Python, HTML and Javascript, Databases, DevOps and emerging technologies. Throughout the degree there is a focus on team working and the techniques of Agile project management. The programme concludes by working with a real client from industry on an exciting, team-based project that brings together all your knowledge and skills acquired during the degree. This one year programme welcomes students with a background in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects as well as other disciplines and students are expected to have some basic prior programming knowledge. After graduating from this programme you will be ideally placed for employment in a career within software engineering or the wider technology industry. Distinctive features:

  • Directly engage with industry through case studies, team projects, networking events and guest presentations.
  • Gain hands-on development experience using current leading-edge commercial tools and techniques.
  • Develop professional skills that are highly valued by employers when recruiting graduate software engineers, such as team working and project management, through real-world projects.
  • Learn in a vibrant start-up atmosphere at our premises in Newport which are purpose-built to support our collaborative style of teaching.
  • You will be provided with a laptop during induction week that will remain with you throughout the duration of the course.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be automatically accepted if they have gained: a 2:2 degree in a STEM subject with evidence of programming in degree transcript, or a 2:2 degree in a non-STEM subject with evidence of suitable professional programming experience. Applicants may be invited for interview if they have gained a 2:2 degree in a non-STEM subject and have evidence of suitable non-professional programming experience. For further information, please visit the course page on our website:

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Software Engineering at Cardiff University - UCAS