Software Engineering at Aberdeen encompasses both the theory as well as the practice of computing, with special emphasis given to Distributed Information Systems and Knowledge Technologies. Electronic Engineering is at the core of the modern world, from computers, to digital circuits, photonics and a wealth of electronic devices. This exciting new programme delivers the ideal marriage between Electronic engineering and Software engineering, allowing graduates to pursue a wide range of engineering interests and career choices. You will use your imagination, creativity and knowledge to provide society with the complex electronic systems it needs as well as the software required to operate these systems optimally. In your future career you may design the machines that supply our energy needs, digital control systems for aircrafts, internet-enabled sensors, design complete computer systems on a silicon chip, photonics to instrument the ocean depths, create stunning electronic displays, or design the latest communications satellite or mobile phone. Students will learn how to design, analyse and implement large-scale software solutions, factoring in hardware and electronics specifics. The courses will cover core computing topics such as computer architecture, programming, programming languages, algorithms, databases, software project management, and software engineering tools and techniques. Advanced computing topics include distributed (autonomous) systems, knowledge technologies, Internet-of-Things, sensor networks, robotics, and security.
Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
For entry to Year 2: Satisfactory completion of HNC Engineering Systems (120 SCQF credit points). A in all Graded Units. Curriculum to include: Engineering Maths 1, 2 and 3 (or equivalent). Contact Selector to discuss exact unit requirements. For entry to Year 3: Satisfactory completion of HND Engineering Systems (240 SCQF credit points). A in all Graded Units. Curriculum to include: Engineering Maths 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (or equivalent). Contact Selector to discuss exact unit requirements.
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BBB||Three A Levels at BBB with a B in Mathematics and B in Physics; or a B in Design & Technology; or a B in Engineering. GCSE English at a Grade C also required.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||DDM in Mathematics and Physics required. GCSE at C or above in English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics or Dual Award Science.|
|Scottish Higher||ABBB||Four Highers at ABBB. AB required in Mathematics and Physics/Engineering Science (previously known as Technological Studies). If applicant presents with H in Engineering Science instead of Physics, Mathematics must be A grade. Also required: English at Standard Grade 1, 2 or 3 or National 5 at grades A, B or C.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 points||Must include Mathematics and Physics at HL (5 or above) and English at Standard level.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H2, H3, H3||A minimum of 5H with [email protected] H2 and [email protected] H3 (including H2 and H3 in Mathematics and Physics) OR AAABB including Mathematics and Physics at AB. B grade must be at B2 or above. English at Standard Level also required.|
|Scottish HNC||For entry to Year 2: Satisfactory completion of HNC Engineering Systems (120 SCQF credit points). A in all Graded Units. Curriculum to include: Engineering Maths 1, 2 and 3 (or equivalent). Contact Selector to discuss exact unit requirements.|
|Scottish HND||For entry to Year 3: Satisfactory completion of HND Engineering Systems (240 SCQF credit points). A in all Graded Units. Curriculum to include: Engineering Maths 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (or equivalent). Contact Selector to discuss exact unit requirements.|
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||Listening - 5.5 or above Reading - 5.5 or above Speaking - 5.5 or above Writing - 6.0 or above Overall - 6.0|
|TOEFL (iBT)||78||TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above Reading - 18 or above Speaking - 20 or above Writing - 21 or above Overall - 78|
|PTE Academic||54||Listening - 51 or above Reading - 51 or above Speaking - 51 or above Writing - 54 or above Overall - 54 or above|
In all cases, all English language qualifications must be taken within two years of the start date of your desired degree.
Undergraduate Degrees - English Requirements are detailed here:
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
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