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Dr Karsten Lundqvist: Through our programme we transform careers.

Dr Karsten Lundqvist

Dr Karsten Lundqvist, Master of Software Development Programme Director and senior lecturer at Wellington ICT Graduate School and Victoria University of Wellington.

Do I have what it takes to be a software developer? What if I have no tech experience but I’d love to learn to code? How will studying at Wellington ICT Graduate School prepare me for work in the ‘real world’?

This week we catch up with Karsten Lundqvist, our Master of Software Development Programme Director, find out the answers to the big questions, and why he believes our programme is the best on the market for converting to a career in software development.
Q. Software developers are in hot demand right now. Why do we need developers and programmers?

“Software is everywhere! From vacuum cleaners to space stations, developers are needed to create the best possible quality software. Wellington specifically has a shortage of skilled developers. Many Wellington companies are innovating through software and technology, and that means that there are many interesting jobs available and the companies struggle to find good software developers.”

Q. What makes a great one?

“The stereotype is that a software developer is someone who is hidden in a dark room while coding on a computer. Obviously you have to be technically competent, but you also need to be an effective team player, good at handling changes, and have the ability to understand the context of where the software is going to be used. Because good software is software that works for the people who use it.”

Q. Why the Wellington ICT Graduate School Master’s programme?

“Through our programme we transform careers. As a conversion Master’s our students all have good and varied undergraduate degrees, but do not have a software development or computer science background. We start from scratch, but after a year you will have experience developing software on industrial real-world problems in agile teams. Our graduates are very successful in industry and have gone on to become junior developers, consultants and analysts.”

“I also think that a contributor to this success is that the students are unique in the Wellington job market. Because of the untraditional background of the students they bring something different to the workplace, and this is something that employers value in their organisation. It is very satisfying to see the impact that we have on our students’ lives.”

Q. Three reasons you believe our Master’s degree is the best software development programme on the market?

“1. Qualification; The degree is run in partnership between the Wellington ICT Graduate School and Victoria University of Wellington, which means that you get a innovative Master’s degree from a world class institution.”

“2. Industry led; Through the year we include industrial partners in our teaching. There are presentations from leading figures in the Wellington tech industry and there are natural opportunities to network with industry leaders while you study. Our students work on real problems provided by industrial partners, which means that they get relevant experiences to industry.”

“3. Work ready; In the last Trimester of the programme the students have the opportunity to undertake 12-weeks of work experience in industry in preparation for employment after they graduate. Or they may participate in an Entrepreneurial Programme, where students develop business ideas and prototypes under the guidance of industy professionals.”

Dr Karsten Lundqvist


Dr Karsten Lundqvist is Programme Director for Master of Software Development at Wellington ICT Graduate School. With over 13 years computer science research and teaching experience, Karsten is passionate about exploring new methods in tech to improve teaching and learning, especially with gaming and using game development to teach computer programming.

Find out more about Karsten and how he turned his passion for gaming into a job.


About the Master of Software Development (MSwDev)

The Master of Software Development is open to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree. The programme has been designed for people from non-information technology disciplines, who want to become software developers.

The MSwDev is a 180-point Master’s programme, completed in three full-time trimesters over 12 months at Victoria University of Wellington, School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Next intake is June 2018 — July 2019.

There’s still time to apply for our July intake! Contact us to find out more about the Master of Software Development.

Gain a strong industry focused qualification and learn what it takes to pursue a professional career in the tech sector.

Master of Software Development

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