This programme focuses on development of complex software systems – large software projects featuring millions of lines of code and advacnced techniques such as web services, distributed systems, component-based development and parallel processing.
Within software technology you study theories, methods and tools for efficient development of complex and high-quality software. The programme emphasises both theoretical and practical aspects of software development. It prepares you for a career as professional in software engineering, specifically as a specialist in efficient development of complex software systems, but you will also have the opportunity to pursue an academic career.
During the first year of the programme (shared with the one-year master programme), you will get a solid foundation in software technology through a number of general courses in computer science at advanced level. This is supplemented by studies in scientific methods and in agile software development.
In the second year we focus on the practical aspects of software technology. We present the latest tools within software development and often do project work together with industry or research groups. The education ends with a thesis work, either in the industry or at the university.
After this programme, you will probably work as a software developer at a consultancy firm or at the IT department of a big enterprise. From that you can move on to work as a project coordinator, a software technology expert, or possibly as a manager. You will also have the opportunity to pursue an academic career, starting with a PhD education.
Master of Science (two years) with specialization in software technology. Major subject: computer science.
Alain works as a freelance front-end engineer
Alain Perkaz lives in Berlin but is originally from Spain. He studied the Master Programme in Software Technology in 2016-2018. After completing a bachelor in computer engineering he wanted to go deeper and study for a master. He also wanted to go abroad and when looking for information online, Linneaus University caught his eye.
- When choosing a place to study my master, I had two main requirements: I wanted to study abroad and somewhere where the knowledge of English was high. Sweden was a good match, so I went for it. Also, the snowy winters are a plus, says Alain.
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He currently works remotely as a freelance front-end engineer. He is based in Berlin but works with companies across Europe. On a typical day at work he wakes up around 7:30 am and starts working at 8:00. Aside from regular team meetings, Alain spends most of his time pair-programming, mentoring other engineers and building tools and processes to improve the front-end side of things.
- I benefit from my education in the way that it gives me a good layer of theoretical knowledge in the field and gives room to follow my academic interests. I felt better prepared when working with more general software engineering topics, such as data structures, Alain tells.
The most exciting thing with Alain´s job is that he gets the chance to work with different teams and help them tackle their unique front-end technical and organizational challenges. He thinks that the best thing with the job is the freedom of working remotely.
- I am much more productive than in an office and not limited to working with companies from a specific geographic location. I think the trend towards remote work will continue to grow and that the roles will be filled according to competence, not location, Alain explains.
The tip that Alain wants to give to current students on their way out into working life is to work with some side project, whatever the technological topic. Future employees appreciate that and it´s a great experience building something independently.
Alain liked the pace of the programme. Some subjects were more demanding than others, but he thinks that the professors did a great job setting expectations and providing the support needed to succeed.
- I had a great time during my master, both inside and outside the classroom. Växjö is the perfect student town, with a vibrant community but still small enough to feel comfortable. I would recommend the programme to anyone that wants to dive deeper into the theoretical side of computer science, Alain concludes.
The programme offers you good practical knowledge
Ata Ul Nasar Mansoor talks about the master programme in software technology and about studying in Växjö
Växjö – the student city with a living campus
Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.
Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.
With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also a picturesque city where you are always close to forests and water.