Software Engineering BSc (Hons)

Overview

Technology is an increasing part of everyday life, and there's a constant need for the software behind it to be updated, maintained and improved. If you like solving problems and have an interest in coding and computing, this BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree course prepares you for a career in this field.

You'll study programming techniques and software engineering principles that can be applied to many different areas. You'll put theory into practice while applying various software technologies to solve complex problems.

The combination of technical skills and practical experience you’ll get will set you up for a career as a programmer or developer in fields such as data warehousing, computer security, IT management and web development.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Access our usability lab, equipped with eye-tracking software
  • Use our mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps
  • Have opportunities to apply your skills in projects with local organisations and charities, helping to solve problems they’re facing
  • Tailor your studies to match your career ambitions, with a choice of units in areas such as artificial intelligence, computer security and mobile development

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Application Programming
  • Architecture and Operating Systems
  • Core Computing Concepts
  • Database Systems Development
  • Networks

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Application Engineering
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Development for Usability
  • Discrete Mathematics and Functional Programming
  • Software Engineering Theory and Practice

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • 3D computer graphics and animation
  • Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Institution-wide Language Program
  • Virtualisation and Cloud Computing

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Engineering Science
  • Individual Project (Engineering)
  • Scalable Software Engineering

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Distributed Systems and Security
  • Educational Computing
  • Fuzzy Systems and Networks
  • Graphics and Computer Vision
  • Interaction Design
  • Internet of Things
  • Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
  • Practical Data Analytics and Mining
  • Professional and Academic Research Development
  • Robotics

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • project work

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • multiple choice tests
  • written exams
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • written reports
  • review articles

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 45% by written exams and 55% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. Or, you could do further study at postgraduate level in areas such as intelligent systems, computer security and forensic computing.

What can you do with a Software Engineering degree?

Areas previous students have gone on to include:

  • web development
  • IT management
  • software engineering
  • computer programming

What jobs can you do with a Software Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • systems engineer
  • web developer
  • computer programmer
  • software engineer
  • analyst programmer
  • firmware developer

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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