Information Technology (Software Systems)

Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


This programme imparts the understanding and skills to develop advanced software systems to professional standards.

The programme has a flexible structure to suit graduates with a wide spectrum of degrees from those in IT to those with rather less academic computing content. The MSc covers core skills in Information Technology (IT) at MSc level while allowing students to study specialist advanced courses in topics such as animation, e-commerce, games programming, intelligent robotics and mobile computing and network applications.

You can exit at the end of 18 months with PgDip Information Technology (Software Systems).

Entry Requirements

Good Honours degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subject area.

Candidates holding less than Honours or its equivalent but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the PgDip programme. Transfer to MSc is possible after passing exam and coursework.

Progression Routes

Graduates can expect to find employment with software houses, IT companies, research and development divisions of companies, financial services organisations, defence contractors or government IT agencies, and as researchers or research students within universities.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

24 months


School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences


Computer Science

SCQF Level



Career Area

Computing and ICT

Career Sectors

Computer Skills

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