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MSC in Advanced Software Engineering

The rapid growth of the software development industry and telecommunications in South East Europe has created the need for professionals with expertise on data networks. This master’s course offers up-to-date knowledge in fields expanding from software engineering to telecommunications.ications.

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Because the final degree is given and certified by the university of Sheffield, a university that is ranked among the 15 best in the UK.

Because the fields of information technologies and telecommunications are the fastest growing sector in the economy of the EU, hence there is never ending need for professionals who can develop internet and mobile applications for innovation products and services.

Because you will learn all about cutting edge technologies in wireless communications and mobile systems, including 4G and future technologies that are currently under development.

Because the knowledge given will grant you the opportunity to find employment in Europe or everywhere around the globe.

Because subjects are being taught by specialized, academic faculty with experience and success in the actual labor market and by acclaimed researchers. All courses feature workshops as well.

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  • To focus on the science of data networks with extensive coverage of all the stages to create effective software systems that the business worlds actually needs.
  • To cοnduct a research and compose a thesis under the supervision of the faculty.
  • To focus on creating post graduates that are experts on fields that are in high demand in the labor market. Students can choose their field of future expertise from web and mobile application engineering, security, telecommunications and data analytics.
  • To focus this course on industrial models approved and needed by actual businesses so that students will be effectively prepared for a career in every sector of the economy relating to IT.
  • To obtain substantial experience through practise in the innovation industry’ s most successful companies that can the beginning of career in IT.
  • To educate on the principles of software engineering, a science that has different applications in our everyday life. Students will be taught how to create quality software systems that will can catch up to to constant changes of the labor market and the evolution of technology.
  • To have a scientific personnel of expert teachers and researchers with experience and successful cvs, teaching in the classes. The professors of Sheffield university have been long teaching in academic environments and have been involved in research groups and studies. Frequent seminars with guest speakers from the tech industry and the academic world complete the learning process.

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Advanced Software Development Techniques

This unit presents advanced software development techniques within the context of a real world business environment. It focuses on: software engineering principles; agile development processes; object oriented analysis and design techniques (using the UML notation); object-oriented principles; well-known design practices as design patterns; and the systematic testing of software.

Advanced Software Engineering

The aim of this unit is to present contemporary topics in Software Engineering. It starts with a brief overview of software engineering principles and then focuses on modern approaches to software development and management, software architecture, and advanced techniques as formal methods. Students will actively contribute to the lectures, by reviewing and presenting material on contemporary software engineering topics.

Engineering Internet Applications

This module focuses on Web Development in the real world. It is a heavily practical course that aims to introduce the theory through examples. The whole process of structuring and organising a sophisticated web application is explained step by step highlighting the importance of each decision. A great range of technologies and concepts will be introduced covering from basics to state of the art. The technology stack used is Ruby with Sinatra, a lightweight framework ideal for understanding all aspects of web development. The knowledge and concepts of this module are applicable to other technology stacks, like Python, PHP, etc. The last three weeks building a web application with Java technologies will be introduced, which is typically used in enterprises.

Contemporary Issues In ICT

The focus of this research-oriented unit is on recent advances in the area of information and communication technologies and through a series of seminars and lectures, aims to present contemporary developments and topics in this rapidly changing field. Furthermore, important issues regarding the applicability and incorporation of information and communication technologies in business environments are discussed, preparing in this way the students for the industry. In addition, students are introduced to concepts, processes and methods of research and are given the opportunity to critically analyze and evaluate the advances of a specific area within the general ICT domain.

Industrial Group Project

The purpose of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to integrate and apply skills and knowledge they acquired so far in their studies to a realistic problem. Students are exposed to the processes involved in the team-based development of software through real-life projects that are provided by companies from the software industry.

Research Skills & Dissertation Preparation

This unit intends to help students develop their research skills and prepare students for working on their MSc dissertation. With the guidance of their supervisors students are introduced to the research topics and techniques that are commonly employed in software engineering and telecommunication science.

Students are exposed to and exercise the principles and practices of report writing, literature reviewing, and research designs and approaches.


One module from the following

Human Computer Interaction / User Experience

This unit intends to introduce students to Human Computer Interactions (HCI) principles and how they can be applied in the software development process. Specifically students see what usability is and how it can be measured, how HCI can be used in all phases of the software development process, and how HCI can be used to evaluate the usability of a software system. Finally they are taught a systematic method for designing usable UIs.

Information Security Engineering

This unit introduces the field of information security as an important area of advanced computer science and provides a broad overview of information security. The course will provide a solid theoretical foundation, as well as real-world examples, for understanding computer security. Fundamental theoretical results, foundational models, and salient examples will be covered. Security in computer systems will be covered, with emphasis on applied cryptography.

Students can expect to leave the class with an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings for information and computer security, an appreciation of the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of the major theories, and an understanding of the application of computer security theory to real-world systems.

Software Development for Mobile Devices

This unit is concerned with the design, implementation and testing of applications for mobile devices using iOS and android operating systems. Students work at all stages of the development life-cycle from inception to testing, whilst considering usability and device capabilities for a mobile application capable of meeting a functional specification.

Students are introduced to the programming environment for application development and have a hands-on approach to programming using appropriate programming languages.



Computer Networking and Internet Technologies

This unit provides the student with a deep and thorough understanding of advanced concepts in selected areas of digital communications, computer networking and Internet technologies, including analog and digital transmission techniques, data coding and error control, Local Area Networks, Data-Link layer protocols, Internet working protocols and architectures, Transport layer protocols, circuit / packet switching, optical networks, network security and cryptography, etc. Emphasis is given to protocols, algorithms, architectures and performance analysis. The unit further targets: a) to enhance the graduate students’ comprehensive, analytical and critical thinking, by exposing them to advanced research paper work and investigation of the revolutionary developments in the telecommunications sector and b) to provide the students with practical experience on inter-related networking issues and improve their synthetic and analytic capabilities, by means of network analysis project. Moreover, the student will be engaged in the network modelling process.

Wireless and Mobile Telecommunication

This unit provides the student with a deep and thorough understanding of advanced concepts in selected areas of Wireless and Mobile Telecommunication, including signal transmission fundamentals, antennas, wireless LAN protocols and architectures, mobile internetworking and data transport, cellular technologies and services (GSM, 3G/4G mobile), satellite communications, wireless systems security, and PAN technologies such as Bluetooth, etc. Emphasis is given to protocols, architectures, performance analysis and services that enable or are enabled by these technologies.

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1st semester (October)
2st semester (February)


2 Years (Part Time)




Block teaching: Two weekday evenings per week and two Saturdays per semester


Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or any other related ICT discipline.

Proof of fluency in English is provided by showing:

  • CAE: Grade A or B or
  • IELTS: Grade 6.5 or above or
  • TOEFL (paper based 575 / internet based 89-90) or
  • Equivalent or Higher Qualification

Candidates who have completed their Bachelor’s studies or their higher secondary education through the medium of the English Language are not required to hold an English language qualification.

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