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Software Engineering and Management, Master's Programme

Software is a driving force for innovation and development, and its importance in society as a whole is rapidly increasing. As a student of the master’s programme in Software Engineering and Management, you will develop a combination of advanced technical knowledge and management skills within software development—competence highly sought after in the job market. After successfully completing the programme, you will be able to apply to roles such as project manager, developer, tester, and quality manager in a wide variety of industries.


About the programme

The growing use of software also increases the size and complexity of software needed, alongside greater pressure to quickly release to market in rapidly changing environments and demands. To meet these challenges, the master’s programme in Software Engineering and Management offers a unique combination of advanced technical knowledge and management skills. You will develop perspectives for:

  • understanding industrial practices and current and future trends in technology development;
  • judging and improving software quality, methods, and tools;
  • sustaining software systems over long times;
  • and innovating software development practices and improving performance.

A project-based, collaborative learning environment

We have a strong research profile and rely on close collaboration with industry. You will engage in project work and be confronted with real-world challenges for software-intensive industries. Addressing these challenges will show you how both advanced technical knowledge and managerial skills are needed to produce large technologically advanced systems in ways that correspond to contemporary demands for quality and speed in very dynamic environments.

Preparing you for a future career

The programme combines different perspectives and approaches, preparing you for different roles, such as developer, tester, quality manager, software architect, and project manager. The skills you develop will also be applicable in many industries, such as automotive, telecom, defence, government, bank, retail, and education. We educate future engineers who are qualified to design software with high quality and low development and maintenance costs. But we also educate future researchers who can work innovatively and conduct advanced experiments with technology within software engineering.

We help you succeed

You will have the opportunity to do an industrial practice project, which is 15 credits gained during an internship with a company. Furthermore, you may conduct your master’s thesis in collaboration with a company. The master's programme in Software Engineering and Management has been selected by the Swedish Institute to nominate candidates for scholarships. Please visit the webpages of the Swedish Institute for more information on how to apply for a scholarship.

Programme syllabus, Software Engineering and Management, MSc


Who Should Apply?

Are you interested in developing high quality software systems, ready for use in safety-critical systems, such as autonomous cars?

Do you want to manage software projects that have a real positive impact on users?

Do you want to design systems today that can adapt to tomorrow’s demands and can be sustained over many years?

If you want to become a professional software engineer who can contribute constructively to both software intensive industries and society, then apply for the master’s programme in Software Engineering and Management.

Programme Structure and Content

The master’s programme in Software Engineering and Management offers a combination of advanced technical knowledge and management skills. It consists of mandatory courses providing a solid foundation in central areas of software engineering, elective courses enabling you to specialize in your personal fields of interest, and a final master’s thesis. You will learn how to identify the best available methods and tools, become knowledgeable about the industrial field of software engineering, and practise group research activities.

The programme allows you to specialize your education into a unique profile by choosing among elective courses within applied information technology, computer science, or information systems. In the third semester, you will engage in a real project that synthesizes and applies your knowledge from previous courses and makes a concrete contribution to existing software. The programme culminates with your master’s thesis, an opportunity for further specialization.

Student Interview

Favourite subjects: machine learning and artificial intelligence

As a master's student in Software Enginering, Grace Barathy Packianathan from India has spent two years at the IT Faculty. Even though her experience in IT was already comprehensive prior to starting the programme, she thinks Software Engineering will improve her proficiency in the domain. "The programme has all the latest trends within software" she says.

Read the student interview

After Graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science in Software Engineering and Management.

You will be equipped for further academic studies at the doctoral level or to enter different roles involved in the development of software, such as developer, tester, quality manager, software architect, and project manager.

Examples of companies where our alumni work are Ericsson, Volvo, IBM, Sigma IT Consulting, ABB, NASDAQ, Saab, and HiQ.


Find out about entry requirements, selection, and tuition fees in by clicking the link below.

International round

Closed (15 January 2020).

For questions regarding ...

...the application and admission process in Sweden,
please visit universityadmissions.se


...the content of the programme and courses,
please contact Regina Hebig, Programme manager


...choice of programme, requirements and general questions about university studies,
please contact Tina Mathé, Study counsellor

Page Manager: Simon Ungman Hain|Last update: 10/3/2019

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