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Software Engineering, M.Eng.

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  • 24 months
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University of Science & Technology of China, Master of Engineering in Software Engineering (MSE)

The degree is academically equivalent to a Master of Science degree. Completion of the degree program entitles the student to a degree diploma and a graduation certificate which are issued by the University of Science and Technology of China.

The MSE degree allows a student to graduate in one of five areas of concentration:

  • Software Development Processes and Methodologies
  • Telecommunication Software engineering
  • Information Security Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • SOC Design, to be described shortly.


In 2009, the School of Computer Science and Technology was formally established. So far, the school has established the stable long-term cooperating relationship with many institutes of CAS, such as Institute of Computing Technology, Institute of Software, Shenyang Institute of Computing Technology, etc.

Our first-class discipline of computer science and technology has gotten authorization of granting both master's and doctor's degrees, and authorization of setting up the mobile post-doctoral station. This discipline also has authorization to add new second-class disciplines. Presently, our four second-class disciplines--computer software and theory, computer architecture, computer application technology and information security--all have authorization to grant master's and doctor's degrees. The computer software and theory is entitled “the national key discipline”. Both the computer application technology and the computer architecture are key disciplines of Anhui province.

There are some laboratories supporting the computer science and technology discipline: National High Performance Computing Center (Hefei), Anhui Province Key Laboratory of High Performance Computing, Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Software Engineering in Computing and Communication, the MOE-Microsoft Key Laboratory of Multimedia Computing and Communicating, USTC Super Computing Center and Information Science Experiment Center.

The School of Computer Science and Technology currently has more than 90 faculty members, including 23 professors and 27 associate professors. They have formed an academic team leading by the Academician Chen Guoliang. The school has many excellent scholars, such as those who obtain support from the National Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholar, Chang Jiang Scholar Distinguished Guest Professors, eminent scientists for CAS's "Hundred Talents Program", scholars entitled as "New Century Talents" et al. Furthermore, the academic team of high performance computing is supported by Program for Innovative Research Team in University, and this program is granted by the National Ministry of Education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Software design patterns
  • Software implementation
  • Software quality assurance and testing
  • Software project management
  • Computer networks
  • Telecommunication technologies
  • Services and operations 
  • Network security
  • Mobile and media information securit
  • Embedded operating systems
  • Circuits design
  • System on chips

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Normally, a full-time student is expected to complete the degree requirements in two and a half of a year and a part-time student in three years. However, a student is allowed to complete the degree requirements in two to five year

  • Credits
    40 credit hours alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • A bachelor degree based on science & engineering
  • Application form
  • Notarized photocopies of Bachelor’s degree certificate and transcripts for Bachelor’s degree education
  • Photocopy of passport (including pages with Chinese visa or residence permit, if have)
  • Foreigner Physical Examination Form
  • Study plan (no less than 800 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two recommendation letters 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3876 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3876 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    3876 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3876 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Hefei

  • 3980 - 6290 CNY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


In order to increase the cooperation and understanding between the people of China and other countries, develop outstanding talent and improve the perception of China’s higher education, under the mandate of the Ministry of Education, USTC is opening application for full-time postgraduate studies under the Chinese Government Scholarship program.

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