Agile Software Projects MSc

Agile Software Projects MSc

School of Physical Sciences and Computing


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    September, January, April

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Why study this programme?

Successful organisations need to be flexible and dynamic to deliver value to their customers in a rapidly moving global economy. For those working in a traditional, bureaucratic organisational culture a different skill set is needed. The Agile approach to management requires organisations to delight customers, enable self-organising teams, and aid dynamic work co-ordination through continuous improvement and transparency. As a result, organisational leaders and managers need to be able to master a complex mix of technical understanding, business orientation and team development. Whether you work in the public or private sector, large or small organisation, this MSc is an opportunity to formalise your experience, develop your skill set and be at the forefront of technology process innovation.

This programme is delivered over six weekends a year allowing you to gain a master's whilst in full-time employment anywhere in the UK. Become part of a unique network of practitioners that maximise their impact through reflective practice and research. 

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course are one of the following:

  • Good honours degree or equivalent
  • Degree and substantial relevant industrial experience
  • BCS postgraduate diploma plus PGD project
  • Qualifications deemed by the university to be equivalent to the above

You will also be expected to be employed. If you don’t have the qualifications above you will be interviewed to assess your suitability for the course. Those for whom English is a second language require a minimum standard for written English of IELTS 7.0.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1 and 2 Core modules

  • Agile Systems Development: Provides a clear understanding of agile approaches such as the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), Scrum, XP and SAFe
  • I.T Project Management: Develops the skills and techniques used to manage team-based technology projects in industry.
  • Workshop Facilitation: Prepares you for the role of workshop facilitator - UCLan gives exemption from the coursework to IAF or FAS qualified practitioners.
  • User-centred System Design & Evaluation: This is an inherently practical module that introduces the principles of user-centred design and evaluation
  • Critical Analysis: Prepares you for the level of reading and analysis of published material that will be required in the Master’s project.

Year 1 and 2 Option modules:

One optional module from:

  • Advanced Topics in Information Systems
  • Advanced Topics in Database Systems
  • Design Away from the Desktop
  • Student Initiated Module (SIM)

Year 3

Master’s Project: compulsory for the MSc Agile Software Projects: A triple module, the individual project is the culmination of the MSc. It enables you to apply what you have learned in a practical situation at work and provides you with feedback on your analysis of work situations.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Six taught modules are delivered on a rolling programme to allow students to join this master’s three times a year, in January, April or September. Three modules per year are studied for each of the first two years, see Programme at a Glance.

Successful completion of three modules leads to PGCert Computing; on successful completion of six taught modules PGDip in Agile Software Projects is awarded; MSc Agile Software Projects is awarded on successful completion of the entire course.

The university will provide academic supervision for a project in your workplace, giving you feedback on your reflections and analysis of situations at work. The project encourages you to read more widely and think more critically about tasks and problems at work.

On this course, you will:


  • learn how to work in a team involving other stakeholders in design and planning decisions
  • contribute to facilitated workshops as solution provider, business representative, scribe and facilitator
  • negotiate, learn, revise decisions and enable other people to do these things in groups
  • plan and implement iterative consultation and incremental delivery of product
  • take legal, contractual and service-level issues into account


You will also develop widely applicable skills such as: finding information from multiple sources, evaluating ideas, methods and systems; solving technical and human problems; communicating effectively with stakeholders; applying the results of recent research to your working situation; working as part of a team.


How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan’s MSc in Agile Software Projects is designed to allow you to study part-time whilst in full-time employment maximising knowledge sharing between work place, the practitioner network and the University. This course is delivered in Preston over six weekends per year for two years (burst mode) followed by a one year work-based project.

You will be expected to do some reading before the first teaching weekend then do assessment work between the teaching weekends. Exams, if applicable, will be at the end of each module during standard university exam periods.

The School of Physical Sciences and Computing provides an 'electronic learning' environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment combines traditional face-to-face workshops with additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches.

Assessment methods will include individual and group assignments, presentation, seminars and examinations.


Students on this particular MSc are expected to already be employed in industry. International opportunities would still be available where students could carry out part of their studies abroad providing this was compatible with their existing employment.

We expect our students to be able to enhance their employment prospects within an information systems environment. This course will provide a framework within which you can take advantage of the opportunities of developing and improving technology to meet business and user needs.

There are opportunities to continue with your studies to MPhil or PhD.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Our course team is research-active in a range of specialist areas and we use research-informed teaching to bring our research insights into the classroom. 

To contact the team for more information on this course: Katie Taylor and Peggy Gregory