De Montfort University

Software Engineering De Montfort University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Software Engineering BSc (Hons) at De Montfort University will teach you the theoretical and practical aspects of software development, database design and web technologies and gaining an awareness of professional practice and social responsibility. The course covers a variety of subjects to understand the fundamental principles of Software Engineering and also includes discrete mathematics, programming language concepts, software design methods, secure web systems, computer architecture and computer networks. The course is accredited by the BCS (Chartered Institute for IT), which ensures that you gain industry-standard training and skills and are prepared for employment upon graduation. Software Engineering is aligned with the Computer Science BSc (Hons) course and has common modules for the first two years. The course also shares a common first year with Computer Security BSc (Hons), providing you with the flexibility to transfer between courses after the first year if you wish. 90% of our Software Engineering graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report.

Course details


First year
Core modules:
• Computer Ethics and Law
• Elements of Computing
Topics include processes, file systems, memory management, and shell scripting. The computer networks topics include network architectures, data communication fundamentals, transmission schemes and technologies, LAN protocols, and Internet Protocols. The computer architecture topics include CPU components, number representation systems, and an appreciation of assembler programming
• Programming
• Computational Modelling
• Second year
Core modules:
• Multi-tier Web Applications
• Object-Oriented Software Design and Development–
• Data Structures and Algorithms
• Organisations, Project Management and Research
Third year
Core modules:
• Computing Project
• Software Development Methods
• Rigorous Systems
You will also choose from a variety of optional modules to complete your final year. The options available may change from year to year.

Assessment method

During the course you will benefit from learning informed by research. Our leading research Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility provides the basis for the ethical computing content of the course, ensuring that your learning is at the cutting edge of recent developments.
Our Software Technology Research Laboratory provides material for the final year module on rigorous systems and has helped to develop the second year concurrent and distributed systems topics. The Cyber Security Centre (CSC) has developed computer security material for the course content that is relevant to practice.

During the first year you will be able to attend guest lectures from invited speakers from industry and academia that are part of the CSC’s guest lecture series.
In the first year, you will normally attend around 12-15 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, split across a variety of lectures, small group activities and practical laboratory work.

A variety of assessment methods are used on the course, including short tests to provide rapid feedback and formal exams, held at the end of each academic year. Your written and academic reading skills will be developed in the ethics and law topics and you will develop a portfolio that will give you experience of practical development.

In the second year, the emphasis moves towards more substantive practical assignments and you will practise modern software development techniques. Research and presentation skills are also important in the second year.
In the final year, the individual software development project forms a major part of the practical assessment.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code G600
Institution code D26
Campus name Leicester Campus
Campus code Y

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points from at least 2 A-Levels
Five GCSEs A*-C (9-4) including English Language and Mathematics or equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,750 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.

Provider information

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De Montfort University
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Course contact details

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Computing, Engineering and Media Admissions Team

0116 257 7456