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Introduction to the programme

  • This Programme is offered in Odense
  • This programme is taught in English

Software is included in many aspects of our daily lives, both in companies and society in general. Therefore, there is a great need for software experts to develop products that are relevant to both consumers and businesses and which meet the needs of society.

In the master's degree programme in software engineering, you learn to develop innovative and complex software products and services. Simultaneously, you will be able to improve the products and services we know today. You will learn how technology is best used to develop efficient solutions – not only from a technical point of view but also from a user perspective.

Five subject areas

The study programme has four subject areas:

  • Software Engineering
  • Programming
  • Information Technology
  • Industry and Society
  • Engineering Foundation and Practice

Software Engineering

The purpose of the subject area Software Engineering is to provide the student with advanced knowledge of the theories, models and techniques within software engineering. This is to enable the student to develop, adapt, integrate, further develop and maintain software by a systematic and reflective use of methods and tools that meets the set requirements, complies with quality standards, is delivered on time and according to budget.


The purpose of the subject area Programming is to provide the student with advanced knowledge of concepts within programming. This includes various paradigms which enable the student to design, construct and test reusable and complex software solutions.

Information Technology

The purpose of the subject area Information Technology is to provide the student with advanced knowledge of information technology, including the latest technologies within the field. This includes areas such as technologies for user interfaces, data management, artificial intelligence and data science as well as distributed and mobile systems. The areas enable the student to use the knowledge in connection with software development and to know different technical platforms as well as analyzing their significance in the a given situation.

Industry and Society

The purpose of the subject area Industry and Society is to provide the student with basic knowledge of the human, organizational and social context for software development and acquisition of software. The subject area Industry and Society enables the student to apply the knowledge to understand and to describe user needs, the interaction between organizations and software development, innovation and globalization.

Engineering Foundation and Practice

The purpose of the subject area Engineering Foundation and Practice is to provide the student with engineering competencies, including scientific methods, methods for designing complex systems and insight about engineering practice. The subject area Engineering Foundation and Practice enables the student to apply modeling of problems, apply methods for evidence-based data collection, read scientific literature, apply techniques for writing a scientific overview of an area and to apply knowledge from the entire study in connection with engineering practice.
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Project- and research-based learning environment

You will be part of a study-based and collaborative learning environment in which you work in project teams. You and your fellow students are responsible for planning and implementing the project – and at the set deadline.
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Career paths

The education gives you a number of career opportunities – both in Denmark and abroad. For example, you can get a job as an IT- and system architect, software developer, mobile application developer, system consultant, software quality engineer and IT strategy manager.

You also have the possibility to continue your studies with a three year research programme, leading to a PhD degree.

Entry requirements and admission

Read about entry requirements and how to apply for admission.

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Faculty of Engineering University of Southern Denmark

  • Campusvej 55
  • Odense M - DK-5230

Last Updated 05.07.2021