Online MSc in Software Engineering

Gain specialist IT and management expertise relevant for senior software engineering roles worldwide

The University of Liverpool’s innovative online master’s in Software Engineering is designed for working professionals who want to lead the way in software development. This BCS-accredited* online programme covers the various stages of the software development process as well as management principles.

Guiding you from concept and design to testing, QA and implementation, the programme is specifically designed for working professionals interested in pursuing a career in software development, one of the fastest growing areas in IT.

Learning alongside your current job, you will interact with fellow professionals from around the world, connecting in a virtual environment that mirrors the real world. By the time you graduate, you can expect to have the confidence, knowledge and ability to manage people and processes in the complex software development field, enabling you to take the next step in your career.

“Learning in a cross-cultural setting helped frame my thoughts on how to present content for an international audience.”

Jason Micallef (Malta)
Computer Science master’s graduate

Jason Micallef

Why choose this Online MSc in Software Engineering?

  1. Gain a BCS-accredited* master’s degree in technical computing from one of the UK’s highest ranked computer science departments (Research Excellence Framework, 2014)
  2. Develop in-demand IT and management skills for a wide range of senior-level technology-related roles
  3. Acquire a combination of technical know-how, academic understanding and management skills
  4. Collaborate and learn with IT professionals from across the globe

Your return on investment (ROI)

The University of Liverpool Online MSc in Software Engineering programme gives you the opportunity to:

  1. Gain powerful insights into the latest developments in information and communications technology
  2. Gain a qualification that has been fully accredited by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT*
  3. Acquire advanced strategic and management skills, as well as technical abilities, that have immediate impact across a range of IT specialisms
  4. Study 100% online and fit your studies around your working life
  5. Understand the challenges facing organisations in today’s technology-reliant economy
  6. Study in an online environment that will help keep you motivated and on track to succeed
  7. Learn from experienced faculty with vast experience in online education and experts in both management and IT
  8. Collaborate with other IT professionals around the world, while building your international network
BCS Educational Affiliate

BCS Accreditation

This programme is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.* A benchmark of excellence in IT, accreditation gives you the assurance that the degree meets the requirements set by an independent specialist agency. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by countries that are signatories to international accords. An accredited degree also entitles you to professional membership of BCS, which is an important part of the criteria for achieving Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status through the Institute.

A reputation for excellence

In the UK government’s most recent assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 97% of the research produced by the University of Liverpool’s Department of Computer Science was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent – among the highest ratings of computer science departments in the UK. The University of Liverpool is a world-class institution and a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-led universities.


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Next Start Dates

Enrol now to start your online studies on 29 March 2018.

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1 Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. If you reside outside of the United Kingdom, please review your country of residence’s requirements to confirm recognition of your programme.