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In this Software Development with Java module from The Open University UK you will acquire professional and technical skills together with a deep understanding of analysis, design, software construction and testing; engage with various design practices from design patterns to software architectures and frameworks; and explore emerging themes in software development. By studying this module you will develop your ability to deliver software artefacts fit for a real-world organisational context, alongside a wide range of postgraduate critical skills.

Vocational relevance

By studying this module you will work towards a software system for an organisation with which you are familiar. As such you will be interacting with other people in that organisation and this may help to raise your professional profile.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The module is structured as follows:

  • Block 1: Software development and early life-cycle

In this block you will learn the principles and techniques of early software lifecycle, from requirements and domain analysis to software specification. You will engage with a number of practices, including capturing and validating requirements, and UML (Unified Modelling Language) modelling with activity and class diagrams.

  • Block 2: Design and code

This block focuses on the principles and techniques of software design, construction, testing and version control. You will engage with a number of design practices, including applying design patterns and UML modelling with interaction and state diagrams. 

  • Block 3: Software architectures and systems integration

In this block, you will extend the skills you acquired in the previous blocks to develop software solutions based on software architectures and frameworks.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • It is expected that you will hold a bachelors degree (or equivalent) in computing or a related discipline, or alternatively have at least three years relevant industry experience.
  • You should also have experience of object-oriented software development from previous study or professional work and an understanding of what UML is. A basic working knowledge of Java is expected and some Java coding tasks will be part of the assessment.
  • If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1920 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1920 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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