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Department of Software Engineering, DIPT

Department of Software Engineering

The Department of Software Engineering belongs to the Faculty of Computing and currently consists of almost 50 people from 18 different countries.

Our tradition in software engineering originates from 1990 when we launched Sweden’s first education program in software engineering. The department’s research and education environment, SERL Sweden ‒ Software Engineering Research and Education Lab Sweden, has steadily expanded in the last years. The department is responsible for several study programs in software engineering on Master- and Bachelor level. We are also involved in two of BTH:s Master of Science of Engineering programs.

Research and education at the Department of Software Engineering are fully aligned with BTH:s overarching profile (applied IT and innovation for sustainable growth), and are conducted in close collaboration with partners from both the private and the public sector.

Our strength is the focus on empirical research to strengthen industry’s competitiveness in the development of software-intensive systems, services and products in close collaboration with companies such as ABB, Ericsson, Saab, Sony, Telenor and Volvo. BTH:s research in Software Engineering is internationally top-ranked, and many of the department’s researchers are internationally top-ranked within the research area.


Software engineering covers techniques, methods and processes for the development of complex software systems and the application of systematic, disciplined and quantifiable approaches to the development, operation and maintenance of software-intensive systems, services and products. Software engineering focuses on the engineering of software development with a particular emphasis on industrial challenges.

The research in software engineering at BTH is conducted by SERL Sweden, which is one of the leading research groups in empirical and evidence-based software engineering in Europe. We are closely collaborating with industry to solve actual industrial challenges and strengthen our partners’ competitiveness in the development of software-intensive systems, services and products. We cover a broad set of competencies spanning from technical solutions to business issues. In our research, we integrate top-ranked academic research with strong industrial relevance.

Our research areas include:

Agile/Lean Development
CS/SE Education
Empirical and evidence-based software engineering
Global software engineering
Human-centered software engineering
Requirements engineering
Research methods
Search-based software engineering
Software architecture, -modeling and product lines
Software businesses, ecosystems and innovation
Software quality
Software process improvement
Software product management
Value-based product development
Verification and validation






The department is responsible for the following study programs: