Digital and Tech Solutions (Software Eng) MSc

Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineering Specialist) MSc (Specialist Integrated Degree Apprenticeship)

Part time: 24 months


The MSc is for individuals without a background in computing who are in full time employment and want to develop their skills in software engineering, taking advantage of the degree apprenticeship scheme.

Your course during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

About this course

You'll use a combination of technical and soft skills during the course. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, you will also have extensive on-the-job training allowing you to take your career to the next level and become an expert in your field. You do not need to be working in software engineering to qualify for entrance to this programme, but will need to move into a suitable role where you can apply your learning in the workplace.

This course meets the needs of the apprenticeships scheme, and is designed to the Software Engineering Technology Specialism of the Digital Technology Solutions Level 7 integrated degree standard.

All apprenticeships in the School of Computing have been created by the Institute of Coding, a government funded project to help close the digital skills gap. The MSc has also been created in consultation with industry. This ensures you will develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace.

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

This course is entirely funded through the apprenticeship levy, which is paid by all organisations with a wage bill of over £3m per year. In order to gain entry to the course, you must be employed by an employer who pays the levy or a SME who has access to the 95% funding from the government. The employer must be willing to enter into an agreement with the University to deliver this training. The University is unable to help find a suitable employer for individuals wanting to study this degree.

If you are interested, we can help you in your conversations with your HR, learning and development and other colleagues.

The funding band for this course, set by industry, is £21,000 for the full duration of the course. For larger apprentice-levy paying employers, this is paid on a monthly basis by the employer through their Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) online account.

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in any subject. Graduates of subjects related to computer science will be considered, but applications will be dealt with on an individual basis because of the potential overlap between the first degree and the modules on the course.

The school of Computing has a strong track record of admitting applicants from a non-standard background, and individuals with strong work experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

You must have achieved grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications) and meet the University entry requirements of a 2:2 in any previous degree.

You'll go through a steep learning curve and we can help employers identify potential apprentices who are likely to be successful on this course

Your skills will be accessed prior to acceptance.

Furloughed staff can start a new apprenticeship programme related to their area of work.

How to Apply

You must be employed by a company who is paying the apprenticeship levy and be willing to fund the course this way. SMEs can now access government funding towards Degree Apprenticeships.

To apply, please contact:

Xander Brouwer
Partnership Manager
Institute of Coding
Telephone: 07597 397 740


Xander Brouwer
Partnership Manager
Institute of Coding
Telephone: 07597 397 740