Software Development Part Time


Software development skills can set you apart in a global economy that is increasingly tech-driven.

This part-time Master’s (MSc) - specifically designed for graduates of non-computing disciplines or those considering a return to the sector after some time away - allows you to take the skills you developed in your undergraduate degree and transform them into the technical, analytical and professional abilities required to take on a range of roles within the ever-expanding IT industry and even further.

A World-Class Programme

The programme, run through the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's University, Belfast, will provide a solid understanding of software engineering principles. You will develop the ability to analyse software problems, create and evaluate software designs and develop and appropriately test software solutions. It will also further develop your critical analysis and evaluative skills and direct them towards the unique challenges in software engineering.

Students studying the MSc in Software Development will also learn to uphold professional and ethical standards and actively engage with future technological and theoretical developments.

Career Options

The tech-sector is booming and so are employment opportunities from a masters in software development. Given the diversity of careers available, the variety of skills gained from a non-IT primary degree are strongly valued by IT employers.

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This part-time option is taught in the evenings and spread over 3 years to allow you to study while in full-time employment.

You also have the option of completing in 2 years. The project can be commenced in the third semester of the second year of the course, once all the taught modules are successfully completed. The project must be undertaken full-time to enable successful completion in that semester.

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This part-time course is taught in the evenings and spread over 3 years* to allow you to study while in full-time employment.

*2 years possible - strict conditions apply
MSc Software Development - Part-Time

You will learn how to design and create web applications, mobile apps and large data-driven computer systems. You need no computing background at all to do this course, but when you leave, you will be equipped with the technical, analytical and professional skills required to take on a range of roles in the IT industry.

You’ll learn how to analyse problems and design robust and elegant software systems to solve the problems. This includes gaining skills in programming, web development, database design, and software testing. You will also learn how to work well as part of a development team using modern development techniques and tools.

Why choose Queen's

Ranked in the Top 140 Universities in the world for Graduate Prospects

(QS Graduate Employability rankings 2020)

Competitive Fees

Queen’s offers lower tuition fees than many other similarly well-regarded UK universities. (Natwest Student Living Index 2017).

Safe and affordable

Belfast offers the lowest cost of living in the UK and is the safest region in the UK. (Mercer 2016, British Crime Surveys, 2015/16).

Access to top companies

Graduates typically find employment in a wide range of fields including with semiconductor companies, electronic equipment manufacturers, design and service providers, software houses and in other electronic engineering-based industries.

State-of-the-art facilities

The new Computer Science Building opened in 2016 after a £14 million re-development. The four-storey, 3,000m2, state-of-the-art facility has large well-equipped computing labs and formal and informal student spaces which support a high level of group and project work.

Postgraduates from Queen's

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as the leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Industry-Ready Curriculum

The curriculum of the MSc Software Development was designed through collaboration with significant industrial partners who helped select the most relevant module content to prepare the students for a range of software development roles. This has helped ensure that the graduates are highly trained and much sought after by employers.