Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Software Engineering with a Year Abroad

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Course summary

Building software to a specification is a challenging and vital skill in modern Computer Science, and this degree will give you the knowledge, experience and expertise to prepare you for a career in the exciting field of software engineering. On this degree you will study the fundamental elements of computer science before progressing on to team working skills in year two. This includes completing work started by other teams and working collaboratively with other teams – giving you valuable experience of working practices which are common in industry. Students will get the opportunity to spend a year abroad at one of our partner institutions. This is a marvellous opportunity to experience a different culture and to develop valuable language skills. Finally, you will move on to software testing, design patterns and generic programming, and you will complete a practical project, involving building a software system. Computer Science Facilities You will be taught in our new £32.5m Computational Foundry, a world class centre with state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research, as well as networking and meeting spaces, which bring students, academics and industry together. Our facilities include; • Vision and Biometric Lab • Maker Labs • FIT Lab [Future Interaction Technologies] • Theory Lab • Cyber Security Lab • User Experience Lab • Visualisation Suite Professional Body Accreditation This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society, and allows graduates to join immediately as professional members. Did you know all of our courses are available with a Year in Industry or Year Abroad? These placement years increase our students confidence and communication skills as well as help them to gain valuable experiences that will ultimately enhance their employability. To find out more go to www.swansea.ac.uk/science We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.


Year 1 is the same as the BSc Computer Science degree. This is mainly because students studying these need to know the same fundamental things. Year 2 also shares some modules with Computer Science, eg in studying databases, graphics, algorithms, concurrent systems and alternative approaches to programming. Software Engineering concentrates more on team working than Computer Science. It also brings in real-world concepts like completing work started by other teams, and working collaboratively with other teams – all of which are things that are common practice in industry. Students also study structuring, storing, manipulating and communicating data. However, Software Engineering students study fewer of the theoretical concepts behind programming languages. In Year 3 of Software Engineering includes a project, two compulsory modules on Software Testing and Design Patterns and Generic Programming, plus options. The project must be practical, and you must build a software system.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

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Software Engineering with a Year Abroad at Swansea University - UCAS