Software Engineering BSc (Hons)

Software Engineering BSc (Hons)

De Montfort University
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About the course

Software Engineering provides you with the opportunity to combine your analytical skills with creativity and flair, and draw together established theories and modern design techniques to develop high quality software.

Reasons to study Software Engineering at DMU:
  • Learn about software development, database design and web technologies, gaining an awareness of professional practice and social responsibility
  • The course is accredited by the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT) and has been successfully providing students with a foundation in the major themes of technical computing for more than 20 years
  • The course aligns with the Computer Science BSc for the first two years and…

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About the course

Software Engineering provides you with the opportunity to combine your analytical skills with creativity and flair, and draw together established theories and modern design techniques to develop high quality software.

Reasons to study Software Engineering at DMU:
  • Learn about software development, database design and web technologies, gaining an awareness of professional practice and social responsibility
  • The course is accredited by the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT) and has been successfully providing students with a foundation in the major themes of technical computing for more than 20 years
  • The course aligns with the Computer Science BSc for the first two years and also shares a common first year with Computer Security BSc andForensic Computing BSc, providing you with the flexibility to transfer between courses after the first year.

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Key facts

UCAS course code: G600

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

Entry requirements for 2014

  • Normally 260 UCAS Points from at least two A Levels or equivalent
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English
  • BTEC requirements: Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) at National Diploma Level.
  • Additional qualifications can contribute towards the points score such as a third A Level or AS Levels
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points.

If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition| is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.


Teaching and assessment

In the first year, you will have timetabled taught sessions for approximately 18 hours 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 practice 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.

Course modules

First year
  • Computer Ethics
  • Computer Law
  • Portfolio
  • Operating Systems
  • Network Security
  • Computer Architecture
  • Programming in C
  • Scientific Testing
  • Mathematics
  • Functional Programming
Second year
  • Internet Protocols
  • Databases
  • Secure Scripting
  • Object Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Data Structures
  • Organisations
  • Project Management
  • Research

Third year core modules
  • Individual Software Development Project
  • Software Development Methods
  • Rigorous Systems

Academic expertise

The courses draws on expertise from established research groups within the university.The Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility| provides the basis for ethical computing content and supports the important issues of professional practice that are covered on the programme. 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| has developed computer security material for the course, and there is also the opportunity to attend guest lectures from invited speakers from industry and academia that take place regularly as part of the Centre's guest lecture series.

Industry links and professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the BCS|, The Chartered Institute for IT (formerly known as British Computer Society), which has a 70,000 strong membership of practitioners, academics and students in the UK and internationally.

Once students have graduated and begin working as an IT professional they can apply to become full members of BCS and as their career develops, gain the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP)|.

Work experience and placements

You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Unit| provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft Ltd, IBM, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and PepsiCo International.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Students of this course have taken part in work experience placements at a number of local and national companies over the past three years, including Syngenta, PepsiCo UK and Ireland, Thomson Reuters, EchoStar Europe, Bostik (UK) Ltd, Exel Computer Systems plc, Synectics Solutions Ltd and MMT Digital.

Graduate careers

Recent graduates are now working as business intelligence analysts, international business analysts, software application developers and software engineers for companies including Lorien, Royal Bank of Scotland, LHA ASRA Group and MISCO.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Full-time £9,000 Placement year £650 Part-time (Where available) 4 year course £5,925 per year 6 year course £3,950 per year Per module £988 per 15 credits International
Full-time £11,250 Placement year £750

For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.

Scholarships

Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding| section of the website.

Facilities

The newly refurbished computer science laboratories in Gateway House provide 80 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux and 60 Apple iMac computers running OS X and Windows).

All labs have printing facilities, Internet, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the faculty network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work.

The computer science laboratories include a study space area, equivalent in size to one of the individual laboratories, in which you can work individually or in groups – this study space is not timetabled so is available for you to use on a casual basis throughout the year.

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