Create software that could help save lives – and even the planet.
Software powers society, from smartphone apps and laptops to healthcare systems and cyber security. This BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree will help you master the software development process, from inception to maintenance, so you can play an integral role in the future of society.
You'll develop systems across diverse infrastructure and build the confidence to discuss complex solutions to issues around software application, such as security considerations and how user lifestyles impact the evolution of software engineering.
What you'll experience
- Specialise in topics such as data science, AI, robotics, educational computing, graphics, and ethical hacking
- Apply your skills through our work with charities and organisations such as Code Club, where you'll help 9-13-year-olds with their Scratch, HTML/CSS, and Python projects
- Benefit from our Student Union clubs and societies, such as the IT Society, AI and Robotics Club and Gaming Society
- Get the opportunity to study abroad at one of our international partner universities in Europe, South Asia or North America, boosting your global experience and employability skills
Work experience and career planning
Get experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work experience. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role.
Placement year (optional)
Taking an optional placement year will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation.
We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.
Previous students have taken placement roles such as:
- business analyst
- software developer
- junior android developer
- marketing technology specialist
- business applications developer
They've completed placements at organisations including:
- BAE Systems
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, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- project work
You'll be assessed through:
- multiple choice tests
- written exams
- mini projects
- 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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
- 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
100% of our graduates from this course are in work further study 15 months after graduation, with 100% of those in work in highly skilled roles. Which isn't surprising, given that 94% of tech employers believe there is an industry-wide skills shortage.
The current average salary of a graduate software engineer is £48,787 – over £20k more than a marketing graduate (£26,454), Paralegal (£22,803) or teaching assistant (£19,802).
Our graduates have worked for companies such as:
- Office for National Statistics
- Khipu Networks – cyber security specialists
- General Dynamics – global aerospace and defence company
Our graduates now work in roles including:
- business developer
- software engineer
- cloud software engineer (DevOps)
- IT support specialist
- technical analyst
- test analyst
- android developer (self employed)
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.