Software Engineering, BSc (Hons)

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Software Engineering, BSc (Hons)

Nottingham Trent University
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If programming is your passion, then this course will enable you to develop your interest to the full. There continues to be a steady demand from industry and commerce for well-qualified software engineers. In fact ,according to eSkills UK, there will be a shortage in the next ten years.

The demand from industry and commerce for suitably qualified software engineers continues to show a healthy expansion. This course seeks to meet that need by producing graduates with the precise combination of skills required to design and develop robust, efficient, high quality software.

Why choose this course?
  • It is accredited by the bcs, The Chartered Institute for IT to…

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If programming is your passion, then this course will enable you to develop your interest to the full. There continues to be a steady demand from industry and commerce for well-qualified software engineers. In fact ,according to eSkills UK, there will be a shortage in the next ten years.

The demand from industry and commerce for suitably qualified software engineers continues to show a healthy expansion. This course seeks to meet that need by producing graduates with the precise combination of skills required to design and develop robust, efficient, high quality software.

Why choose this course?
  • It is accredited by the bcs, The Chartered Institute for IT to Chartered Engineer (CEng) and IT Professional (CITP) status.
  • There's an opportunity for a year-long paid work placement with prestigious companies such as GE Consumer Finance and IBM.
  • You will have access to contact and share ideas with other computer games students throughout the country through our own Computer Society.
  • This course shares a common first year with BSc (Hons) Computer Science and BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Games Technology) allowing you the flexibility to review your pathway once you've started studying.
  • You will have access to ultra modern facilities, equipment and software.
  • Our student work can be groundbreaking, innovative and consistently attracts industry attention.
What our students say

"Nottingham Trent University is an amazing place to study, combining quality learning and a degree at the end with a brilliant social life and excellent sporting facilities."

Simon Gilmurray, BSc (Hons) Software Engineering

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

How many places are available?

There are approximately 80 places available across the Computer Science cluster. All of the courses within the Computer Science cluster share a common first year. This will provide you with the flexibility to review your pathway once you have started studying.

What will I study?

Computer Science courses are based on a set of core skills concerning the production of computer programmes and applications. At the end of year one, you can choose to transfer between:

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Games Technology).

Year One

  • Foundations of Computing and Technology
  • Computer Science Programming
  • Computer Technology and Mathematics
  • Systems Analysis and Design with Professional Development

Year Two

  • Information and Database Engineering
  • Internet Applications Programming
  • Practical Project Management
  • Software Design and Implementation
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Software

Year Three
Optional work placement year.

Final year

  • Project
  • Interaction Design and Project Management
  • Advanced Analysis and Design
  • Advanced Software Engineering

One from the following optional modules:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Service-Centric and Cloud Computing
  • Information Systems Management
  • Mobile Platform Development
  • Communicating Science and Technology*
  • Professional Practice**

*Communicating Science and Technology will be of interest if you wish to explore teaching as a career route as it involves working with teachers in a school setting.

**Professional Practice is a work-based learning module open only to students who do not undertake a placement, in order to give them first-hand experience of the IT industry.

For further information, download the module descriptions document

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on a variety components including the following.

Coursework and Practical 68%

  • Assignments
  • Dissertation
  • Group projects
  • Oral presentations
  • Reports

Written 32%

  • Exams
Contact time

Scheduled contact time in lectures and seminars is around 12 hours per week. These will be held on Clifton campus. Lectures are spread between various buildings on campus, including:

  • Erasmus Darwin
  • George Eliot
  • Computing and Informatics Building.

See our maps and travel information.

What's included in the course fees?

Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed.

  • You will have access to extensive computing facilities, some available twenty-four hours a day with technician support.
  • All major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite.
  • We provide dedicated online storage to support backup of work.
  • You will receive free or discounted personal copies of all software used on the course.
  • You will have Microsoft Academic Alliance membership which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
  • We will provide you with a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
  • You will be able to borrow extensive equipment for your coursework and project work. For example, cameras, phones and games consoles.
  • You will have electronic access to the library.
  • We provide extensive free training software including tutorials on 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, Tcredit points/IP Packet analysis, Java, Javascript, HTML5, Oracle.
Learn from the experts

Computing and Technology comprises 35 full time academic teaching staff. We and our students have excellent support from our four dedicated technicians.

We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of system through to hardware aspects such as networking. This involves many uses of computing and considers all aspects including security and management. Our knowledge is built up and maintained through our:

  • wealth of industrial experience
  • industrial links
  • research activity.

These are the ingredients for ensuring the relevance and vitality of your course.

Much of our research is internationally recognised, particularly in the areas of Games for Learning and in Security. For example, Professor David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Professor Paul Evans' innovative developments in security are supported by USA Department of Homeland Security.

We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Other examples of our activity include:

  • developing patents (for example, in voice signal processing)
  • involvement in the GameCity Festival
  • organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
  • working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
  • publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.

For information on International student support or to see our academic terms times please visit our International student pages.

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The School of Science and Technology is a stimulating and creative environment which equips students with the knowledge and transferable skills to put them ahead of the graduate crowd.

We provide facilities that enhance the quality of our education and push the boundaries of our research. Students have access to specialist centres including:

  • games console laboratories
  • networking and security laboratories
  • human-interactive technology
  • stereo-projection.

You will also enjoy working with the latest software, including:

  • EnCase
  • 3D StudioMax
  • XNA Xbox development suite
  • The Adobe Creative Suite (Flash, After Effects, Photoshop)
  • the Unreal and Half-life Games Engines.

Across NTU, we have a range of first-class facilities that you would expect from a university with high quality teaching and world-leading research. These include:

  • a British Olympic Association-approved environmental chamber
  • a crime scene training facility
  • a host of sporting clubs and societies to get involved in.
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