Computing students

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2016
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course specialises in the application of engineering to the design, development, and maintenance of software.

About the course


This taught postgraduate course is aimed at students who may not have studied computing exclusively but who have studied a considerable amount of computing already.

If you want to become a specialist in a particular area of computing, this course will provide a first crucial step towards that goal.

This course specialises in the application of engineering to the design, development, and maintenance of software. Study areas include computational finance; computer networks and distributed systems; computer vision; computing for optimal decisions; custom computing; databases; distributed algorithms; distributed systems; graphics; intelligent data and probabilistic inference; and an introduction to bioinformatics.

We also offer specialisms in:

Each specialism has a flexible mix of breadth and depth, consisting of two or three compulsory modules as well as choices from a selection of core and optional modules.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry. For more information about each module please see the Department of Computing's website.

Compulsory modules

  • Software Engineering Practice
  • Short Introduction to Prolog
Autumn and Spring
  • MSc Software Engineering Group Project
  • Software Engineering for Industry
  • MSc Computing Science (Specialist) Individual Project

Optional modules

Choose the equivalent of between four and seven full modules from the lists below. Two half modules = one full module.

  • Advanced Databases
  • Pervasive Computing
  • Information and Codes
  • Separation Logic: Local Reasoning about Programs (half module)
  • Computing in Space with OpenSPL (half module)
  • Concurrent Processes (half module)
  • Privacy Enhancing Techniques (half module)
  • Software Reliability
  • Advanced Issues in Object Oriented Programming
  • Modal Logic (half module)


  • Systems Verification
  • Network and Web Security
  • Cryptography Engineering
  • Scalable Distributed Systems Design (half module)
  • Large Scale Data Management (half module)
  • Parallel Algorithms

Choose the equivalent of between zero and three full modules from the list below.

  • Computer Vision
  • Dynamical Systems and Deep Learning
  • Simulation and Modelling
  • Operations Research
  • Type Systems for Programming Languages
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Neurodynamics
  • Complexity
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Graphics
  • Custom Computing
  • Advanced Computer Architecture
  • Robotics
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Advanced Computer Graphics
  • Computational Finance
  • Computing for Optimal Decisions
  • Intelligent Data and Probabilistic Inference
  • Advanced Statistical Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Independent Study Option

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a science or engineering discipline, including computing.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2016 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2016 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

Find out more about the MSc in Computing (Software Engineering), including more detailed course content.