MComp Software Application Development

  • Studying Abroad Option Available
  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply
  • Work Placement Opportunity
  • Professional Accreditation


UCAS Code:8F77
Course Length:4 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Department of Computer Science
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC)
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BCS Educational Affiliate

  • Learn how to develop and test highly effective and creative software systems, in preparation for a career in software application development;
  • First steps to chartered status in the industry as a result of alignment to SFIAplus skills standards;
  • Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

This integrated Masters degree will provide you with the expertise to develop and test highly effective and creative software systems, using the latest technologies and toolkits, advanced technical programming skills, and knowledge closely aligned to the SFIAplus skills standards that are widely used across the IT industry. Using leading-edge resources and industry-standard software, our highly effective learning environment will introduce you to many different styles of programming and problem-solving techniques. Learning to work as part of a team on real life projects will give you practical and communication skills that prepare you for a career in software application development and gain a distinct workplace advantage.

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In Depth

What will I study?

This MComp programme is an integrated Masters degree which combines study at Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc) level with study at Masters level over four years.

In Year 1 you will study a balanced range of current computing topics covering the fundamentals of analysis and the construction of systems, the foundations of computer science, multimedia technologies, and web design and development.

Year 2 provides a more specialised focus. You will enhance your programming skills and broaden your experience of programming to cover not only object-oriented programming but other paradigms. You will experiment with all aspects of applications, from the underlying software to hardware devices, and from the re-engineering and enhancing of existing applications. There is also a dedicated module focused on enhancing your employability and developing essential people skills for the workplace. This module includes a work placement where you will gain real-world experience and relate theory to practice.

Year 3 provides the platform for you to develop advanced knowledge and skills with an emphasis on independent study and learning. You will explore leading edge concepts utilising industry-standard platforms and frameworks. You will also develop your own original ideas and concepts building upon the theoretical underpinning provided within the modules.

Year 4 is Masters level study, which comprises in-depth modules exploring specialist areas of software development. A key part of this final year is a significant individual project which enables you to pursue an area of interest in-depth.

How will I study?

Teaching methods are designed in consultation with leading employers in the region. Many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. We introduce theoretical concepts by building on concrete practical activity.

To enhance your employability, you will be given opportunities to work together and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability, while engaging in realistic work-related activities and taking the opportunity to relate theory to practice via a work placement.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are designed to ensure you acquire a range of skills, particularly those required by future employers. You will design and write programs, write reports and essays, critically analyse documents, deliver oral presentations and undertake examinations.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team are specialists in computing and active researchers in areas including web information architecture, complex systems, embedded systems and data science. Academic staff are regular contributors to academic conferences and journals.

A Great Study Environment

Two students with rucksacks walk in front of the Tech Hub.The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13m Technology Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science students.

Our modern computer laboratories are equipped with high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution.

There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Learning resources include robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

The department has strong links with industry and the curriculum is kept current and highly relevant through input from our Employer Advisory Panel.

A dedicated Enterprise Projects Team and Web Factory social enterprise initiative recruit students to paid work on a range of commercial projects. This provides you with the opportunity to gain experience in a commercial environment. You will also be actively supported in developing solutions for local businesses through your coursework.

Competitions including ‘University Technology Challenge’ and ‘Hackathon’, organised in collaboration with companies such as Barclays, the BBC and Talk Talk, allow you to show invention and initiative through, for example, inventing new apps and presenting a business case in a highly competitive environment.

An annual employability conference and specialist careers fair prepare you for employment. You can also engage with research through the ‘INSPIRE’ initiative, with some of our students having papers published at international conferences.


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Year 1

CIS1107Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits)

Foundations of Computer Science introduces you to the concepts and practices of problem solving through a series of innovative class seminars and individual experiments.  You will learn to identify a problem, analyse it, and produce a structured solution. Exploring common issues within computing, you will also see how all of the separate areas merge, overlap and depend on each other in order for a robust computing system to be developed.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS1108Digital World: Information Systems and Design (20 credits)

Digital World: Information Systems and Design explores how the world of the 21st century is underpinned by computing technology. The module will develop your understanding of the essential concepts of systems analysis, including identifying systems processes, understanding business needs and presenting appropriate IT solutions. You will then apply this knowledge of systems analysis and design methods to make suggestions for improvement of a business, its processes and information systems.

Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

CIS1109Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)

Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks explores how the world of the 21st century is underpinned by computing technology while challenging you to envision your future developments as a Computing professional. The module discusses how current and modern computer architectures operates. It also analyses the technology on which computer architecture depends, starting with current central processing units (CPUs) and their instruction sets and progressing to the principles of modern multitasking operating systems that are supported by the underlying hardware architectures. An important aspect of modern computer technology is networking. The module introduces and covers basic principles of networks, their interconnecting components and protocols used in enabling reliable communications.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%.

CIS1110Web Design and Development (20 credits)

Web Design and Development is a fusion of two distinct areas in the world of web content production. The module will enable you to develop a sound understanding of the World Wide Web, the related technologies, the relationships between them and also their use. You will also explore colour and design theories, layout and typography. In addition, the module provides an appropriate setting to introduce some of the more powerful, user friendly web development tools used widely in the industry today, along with HTML and CSS and both client and server side scripting.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS1111Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 (20 credits)

Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 provides a practical introduction to the fundamentals of an object-oriented approach to software development. You will be introduced to the analytical techniques and processes that are essential for specifying, designing and implementing applications.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS1112Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 (20 credits)

Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 provides a practical introduction to the fundamentals of an object-oriented approach to software development. You will explore and develop object-oriented modelling techniques and receive an introduction to programming through event-driven program design and graphical user interfaces.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Year 2

CIS2143Databases (20 credits)

Databases introduces you to the fundamental concepts in database design. You will acquire practical skills in database modelling, development and design using the rules of normalisation and entity relationship modelling. The module will enable you to identify the legal implications of creating and maintaining a database system, recognise and apply the principles underpinning the relationship model, utilise an appropriate database language, and extract and present data in a meaningful format suitable for the required use.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS2149Object-Oriented Programming (20 credits)

Object-Oriented Programming focuses on the object-oriented concepts which underlie the modern system design paradigm. The module presents the concepts behind the object model and its use in modelling and implementing computer applications. You will gain an in-depth understanding of object-oriented modeling concepts and acquire skills in object-oriented programming.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

CIS2155Mobile Apps (20 credits)

Mobile Apps covers the emerging area of mobile computing and equips you with the knowledge and experience of developing mobile applications for different types of mobile devices. You will develop an understanding of the system architectures that can be employed in mobile internet applications and investigate various mobile software and hardware platforms.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS2158Software Engineering (20 credits)

Software Engineering equips you with an in-depth knowledge of the software engineering processes and development models. You will learn about the principles and methods of software engineering, including current and emerging software engineering practices and support tools. The module will also examine the development of software products from an industry perspective, including generation of appropriate documents, under tight schedules and limited resources.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

CIS2162Employability (20 credits)

Employability simulates, as accurately as possible, what it’s like to work in a given Computer Science specialism. You will be introduced to the ‘world of work’ via a simulated work environment, as part of a team representing a fictional company, but which need to produce real products or engage in realistic work-related activities. A 15-day placement will also enhance essential employability skills and provide you with the opportunity to relate theory to practice, build on your transferable skills and evaluate your learning.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS2163Introduction to Software Quality Assurance and Testing (20 credits)

Introduction to Software Quality Assurance and Testing outlines quality assurance in software engineering, explaining how and why we need it. The module covers a brief history of the development of quality assurance, explores the models and measurements in quality assurance activities, and reveals the common standards adopted in software industry. In addition, the module further explores the methods and types of software testing and its importance in modern software development.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

Year 3

CIS3157Complex Systems (20 credits)

Complex Systems recognises that the IT discipline is constantly changing as advances in hardware, software and methodologies result in new systems being constantly developed and new application areas being discovered. In this module, you will be exposed to a range of issues and technologies of current importance to both research and industry. You will critically discuss and contrast leading edge technologies and discuss the potential for applying them to existing and future complex systems, as well as exploiting existing technologies in new contexts.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select five of the following modules:

CIS3145Distributed Systems (20 credits)

Distributed Systems equips you with broad knowledge for building distributed computer systems. You will learn the main concepts of parallel and distributed systems. A number of modern and representative case studies (systems built on different middleware technologies) will be studied. Practical implementations of a small distributed system will also be undertaken.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

CIS3146Embedded Systems (20 credits)

Embedded Systems introduces you to the principles of embedded systems as essential tools for enabling many other advanced technologies that we see or experience around us. The basics of the hardware and software unique to microcontrollers, as core components of embedded systems, are introduced. You will have the opportunity to program a microcontroller and apply this skill to communicate with, or control, external devices.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS3149Interface Programming (20 credits)

Interface Programming provides an insight into the issues relating to the design and implementation of user interfaces. The development of new technologies and libraries that offer richer functionality to interface developers offers the opportunity to explore different mechanisms for the creation of interfaces. You will develop a critical understanding of these mechanisms as well as the relationship between the end user, the interface designer and the software developer through the development lifecycle that takes place. You will also gain an insight into the human factors that offer key determinants to support decisions in the design process.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS3155Advanced Databases (20 credits)

Advanced Databases enhances your knowledge of databases, modelling tools and database management systems including object-relational database management systems and NoSQL systems. You will compare and contrast the range of modern DBMS architectures and critically evaluate the implications of the different tools and techniques they make available. You will also critically evaluate the key concepts of advanced databases and their application to database implementation, as well as designing and constructing databases using advanced concepts and techniques.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS3156Intelligent Systems (20 credits)

Intelligent Systems focuses upon the artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that are embedded within many games to add greater depth and challenges to players. The module explores the theory behind AI programming and provides the opportunity to develop your skills in writing AI code, using a range of techniques and theories which are relevant to the gaming industry, among others. You will be introduced to paradigms which facilitate the creation of AI routines and enable you to integrate these concepts into gaming code.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS3163Embedded Systems Software Development (20 credits)

Embedded Systems Software Development enables you to design and develop software on embedded systems which form the most pervasive computing devices found in everyday objects such as mobile phones, tablet computers, domestic appliances, modern cars and the entertainment industry. The module is highly practical and a substantial part of it is devoted to carrying out hands-on software implementation under supervision. Any underpinning theory is introduced as and when appropriate and needed and punctuates the practical sessions. You will use an industry-standard development environment to develop, upload, test and debug software on both a device simulator and on embedded systems kits. The software developed will demonstrate the full capabilities of a typical, industry-standard embedded system device.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Year 4

CIS4114Research and Development Project (60 credits)

Research and Development Project provides experience of designing and executing a substantial project in a limited time, based on a project plan, employing practical skills, problem solving and underpinned by relevant research. You will apply and extend skills and knowledge learned in taught modules and demonstrate your competency to construct and complete a coherent project as a Computing professional.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS4115Research Methods (20 credits)

Research Methods provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop a proposal for, and subsequently undertake, a research project at Masters level. You will engage with the essential considerations when analysing a problem and designing a solution. The module will also immerse you in data collection from the user, literature reviews, interface designs and project planning. On successful completion, you will have a well-formed proposal suitable for Masters level study.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS4132Programming Languages: Constructs and Data Structures (20 credits)

Programming Languages: Constructs and Data Structures provides you with an insight into alternative strategies for problem solving and programming. You will gain a critical understanding of the application of a variety of programming paradigms and data structures to a range of problems, develop a critical understanding of the strategies available when testing software, and explore the relationship between software requirements and error detection when testing.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS4133Programming Languages: Logical and Functional Programming (20 credits)

Programming Languages: Logical and Functional Programming provides an insight into strategies for developing software applications that do not use procedural programming techniques. You will develop a critical understanding of functional and logical programming and gain a critical understanding of the strategies available when adopting these paradigms which provide radically different mechanisms for designing and developing software applications.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Software development is one of the most popular professions in IT. Software developers improve the efficiency of computers at the design stage. They generally work for computer manufacturers or for software houses, designing products such as compilers (which translate programs), operating systems and software that enable computers to run more efficiently.

The programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. Successfully completing an accredited integrated Masters degree is the first step to full BCS membership and to being awarded chartered status.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this integrated Masters degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a five year integrated Masters degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a five year integrated Masters degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this integrated Masters degree in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this integrated Masters degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


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Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

27th June 2019 - Withdrawal of Module

It is no longer possible to study a Language module as an integrated part of this degree. You can still learn a language as additional study, however, through our Language Steps classes.

23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

8th January 2018 - Change to Entry Requirements

With effect from academic year 2019/20 entry, the requirement to demonstrate evidence of numeracy is changing to GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).