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It’s a first for software specialists

17 July 2013

Rachel Atkinson

First cohort of MSc Agile Software Projects graduate in style

Pic: Course Leader Katie Taylor on the left with four of the MSc Agile Software Projects graduates who were among the first cohort of students to complete the specialist course

Software experts at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are celebrating after becoming the first cohort to graduate from a highly specialised Masters course.

The eight professionals completed the new MSc Agile Software Projects over three years while working full-time in their IT jobs.

The part-time degree was delivered in burst mode, which means the students had to attend the Preston campus for six weekends per year. They came from across the country and almost all were returning to education after a considerable gap.

“It’s been a really excellent course with fantastic facilities. It’s been very interesting and it’s great that we’ve been able to fit it around our permanent jobs.”

One of the new graduates Stephanie Sims, from Tarleton, said: “It’s been a really excellent course with fantastic facilities. It’s been very interesting and it’s great that we’ve been able to fit it around our permanent jobs.”

Mark Hague, from Southport, added: “I’d already done a part-time undergraduate degree before escalating on to this course. It’s been a really good three years and there’s a lot I’m taking from it that’s helped in my profession.”

The grades for the graduating eight were high with five distinctions and three merits being awarded.

Course Leader Kate Taylor said: “The external examiner throughout the course has commented on the exceptional high quality of the work. In the future we hope to jointly publish with some of these graduates.”