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Software Engineering is concerned with building computer software systems that are fully functional, reliable, secure and cost-effective, ranging from large-scale data-driven systems in industry and healthcare sectors to small-scale mobile phone apps.
The general principles of engineering are systematically applied to the production of software that meets these stringent requirements.
The early part of the course concentrates on the general and theoretical foundations of software engineering and computer science and specifically, the course shares a common first year with our Computer Science programmes, allowing you to transfer between them before the start of the second year if you feel an alternative course suits you better.
It incorporates converging ideas from other disciplines that come together, including mathematics, engineering, management and graphical design, and has a close affinity with the Internet and World Wide Web. Later, the emphasis moves to the design and implementation of large software engineering projects.
Also available as a four-year course incorporating a placement year.
This course is accredited by the British Computer Society for full CITP (Chartered IT Professional) status and partial CEng.
Our facilities are cutting edge and include specialised labs, such as our new Internet of Things lab and our state of the art Ethical Hacking lab. Our Computing Enterprise Centre offers students the opportunity to work on real-world projects using powerful hardware and industry standard software, under the supervision of subject experts. We have a range of the latest hardware and gadgets such as VR headsets, EEG headsets (mind-readers!), tablets, mobile phones, and much more. Our staff are research active and embed outcomes of their world leading research into the design of our courses, ensuring that you are equipped not just for the job market today, but are well prepared for the future.
All of our Computing courses share a common first year, allowing transfer between them before the start of the second year. Our first year modules cover foundation topics including introductory computer programming, internet technologies, professional skills and more.
The second year also includes many modules common to all of our courses, further strengthening core and fundamental knowledge required by all Computing graduates. The second year also introduces course specific modules and our flagship Enterprise Pro module which embeds industry projects within your course, giving you significant real world experience of designing and developing a solution to an industry proposed problem, within a supervised and academically supported team.
Our final year is where you will further develop your software engineering skills allowing you to launch your career. The course includes a final year project as well as further specialist content (mobile applications and software verification) and the opportunity to take an elective module to really personalise your degree.
Computer Architecture and Systems Software (core)
Fundamentals of Programming (core)
Internet Technologies (core)
Mathematics for Computing (core)
Software Design & Development (core)
Technical and Professional Skills (core)
Computer Communications and Networks (core)
Data Structures and Algorithms (core)
Database Systems (core)
Enterprise Pro (core)
Information Engineering and Testing (core)
System Security Management (core)
Final Year Project (core)
Mobile Applications (core)
Software Verification (core)
Concurrent and Distributed Systems (option)
Large Scale Data Driven Applications (option)
Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems (option)
Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT
How to apply
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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||112 UCAS tariff points to include 80 points from 2 GCE Advanced Level (or equivalent) and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or equivalent.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM|
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|Scottish Higher||As UCAS tariff to include at least one Advanced Scottish Higher|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||112 UCAS tariff points and Higher Level grade 3 or Standard Level grade 4 in English and Maths.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||112 UCAS tariff points to include 5 Higher Level Subjects and Ordinary Level English and Maths at grade O4|
The University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. To check whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the University.
English language requirements for International and EU applicants:
The standard University requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent). However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5. Conditional offers to international students will be made on this basis.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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