UCAS code: G6N2
Duration: 4 years
College: Science and Engineering
The study of Software Engineering will teach you how to write good software and give you the engineering skills needed to meet requirements such as reliability, maintainability, usability and cost-effectiveness.
Our programme is directed towards the practical application of computing sciences, as computer systems grow in size and complexity.
You will also study courses in Management, which offers you the chance to explore the issues involved in managing the production of marketable products and in making business decisions.
You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of computation and programming, and you will learn how information can be represented and processed in computer systems. You will also study mathematics courses in calculus and linear algebra and a choice of one management course taught by the School of Engineering. You will also select other courses of your choice from a wide range of subjects across the University.
You will cover topics in formal and natural language processing, algorithms and data structures, computer systems and software engineering. You will also study discrete mathematics and take one management course from a choice of two covering marketing, accounting and human resources.
Your studies will become more focused, with a choice of up to eight courses specific to Software Engineering and Management together with individual practical work and a large-scale group project. You may also select some courses from other areas of Informatics.
You will build a portfolio of between six and 10 specialised courses in Software Engineering that match your particular interests. You may also select some courses from other areas of Informatics and may choose one course from a different subject area. In this period you will undertake an individual research project and write a dissertation.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
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You will be based within the School of Informatics, with lectures, tutorials and classes held in Appleton Tower, which provides purpose-built facilities and dedicated learning and teaching spaces, all located in the University's Central Area.
You will have 24-hour access to computer laboratories and quality software support is available.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical classes. In later years you will spend more time working on projects that involve building computer systems from scratch, developing systems, doing experimental work or working on more theoretical topics with guidance from your supervisor.
You will be assessed by coursework assignments and exams. You will undertake a group project in your third year and an individual project in your final year (or final two years for MInf students).
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Our graduates have excellent career prospects. The vast majority make direct vocational use of their qualification in the IT industry. Increasingly however, our graduates also find work in the trades, industries and professions that rely heavily on computing systems, including media, communications, finance, energy and medicine.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:
Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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