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Computer Science (Software Engineering)

MSci
  • UCAS code G461
  • Option 4 years full time
  • Year of entry 2018

The course

Our technological world has created a global demand for skilled professionals who can design, build and maintain computer programmes, databases and applications. This advanced four-year programme offers a thorough foundation in computing and application development, as well as a thorough exploration of software engineering. You will have the chance to showcase your abilities through practical work and extended projects, and the programme is particularly recommended if you have already experienced and enjoyed programming and you want to go on to postgraduate study or a specialist career in software.

Launched in 2015/16, this specialist programme will give you all the knowledge, skills and professionalism that you need for a successful career. Our software engineering teaching has been used as an example of ‘best practice’ in computer science education by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. You will learn from software professionals and leading academics in the field to apply engineering principles to the design, development, implementation and maintenance of all kinds of software. Our progressive curriculum has been developed in consultation with industry, with a modular structure that gives you the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests. From the outset you will be experimenting with programming games, robots, Gadgeteer kits, Subversion, JUnit testing, Scrum-based Agile software and more, in our well-equipped laboratories. There is also the option of transferring onto our five-year, year in industry programme, subject to good academic progress.

We are a highly respected, research-focused department with award-winning teaching. We offer a summer work placement programme and a dedicated personal adviser to guide you through your studies. You will also be welcome to join our thriving Computing Society. We are one of only seven departments in the UK to hold the Athena SWAN bronze award for our commitment to increasing female participation in computer science.

  • The BCS has distinguished our teaching of Software Engineering as ‘Best Practice’.
  • You will be taught by staff with extensive industrial experience, three of whom are certified Scrum Masters.
  • You will learn to master the process of software engineering, from initial client meetings through to delivery.
  • In the fourth-year team project, you will run a start-up.
11th

in the UK for quality of research publications

Source: THE REF institutions ranked by subject, 2014

95%

of students agreed staff are good at explaining things.

Source: NSS, 2017

94%

of our Computer Science graduates are employed or go onto further study within six months of graduating.

Source: DLHE, 2017

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