12 months
18100 GBP/year
8100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Software Development course at University of Strathclyde is specifically designed for graduates without a computing science background. 

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The MSc in Software Development  course at University of Strathclyde has a particular focus on programming skills for in-demand mobile and web applications as well as software engineering and computer security.

You'll gain transferable skills to prepare you for a professional career in software development. This can be in the IT sector, as well as many other sectors including:

  • education
  • engineering
  • health
  • finance
  • government
  • manufacturing
  • retail
  • transport


Software Development graduates are highly employable and can look forward to well-paid professional careers designing and building the digital technologies that underpin the global economy and, indeed, every aspect of human activity from recreation through healthcare to business and the natural environment.

Example roles include:

  • Software Developer (Java/Javascript/Python): As a software developer you'll be playing a key role in the design, installation, testing and maintenance of software systems. Your programs will be the key driver for the success of a business and will enhance research
  • Software Engineer (Agile/Scrum): As a software engineer you'll apply engineering principles to the creation of software. You will oversee the design process and connect the client’s needs with applicable technology solutions
  • Web Developer  (Javascript/HTML5): Similar to the software developer role, but with a focus for web sites and services developed using web-specific languages such as Javascript, HTML5 or PHP
  • Database Developer (SQL/Oracle): You will develop databases that satisfy the information needs of your organisation. This will support decision-making within a business and knowledge-discovery in research
  • Business Analyst: as a business analyst you will identify improvements that can be made to organisational systems, write specifications for their modification and enhancement, and be involved in the design of new IT solutions to improve business efficiency

The University provides a range of professional development services, including career support services from induction, throughout your studies and after graduation, to help our students achieve their career ambitions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Programming Principles
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Security Fundamentals
  • Database Fundamentals

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There’s no formal closing date for postgraduate applications 


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
73 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum second class honours degree or international equivalent. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18100 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8100 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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