Advanced Software Engineering (947G5)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

In this module, you study modern approaches to large-scale software production.

You start by reviewing the key concepts in the whole life-cycle of a software product, such as:

  • requirement analysis
  • software architecture and design
  • implementation
  • quality assurance
  • maintenance activities.

You investigate modern software engineering technology, such as:

  • version control
  • build automation
  • testing
  • logical approaches to specification
  • verification of programs and domain-specific languages.

As part of this module, you undertake team-based coursework, which involves the production of a significant software system.

A solid knowledge of programming is important for this module. Programming exercises will be in Java.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 110 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: