BSc (Hons)

Software Engineering

Solve real-life practical engineering problems

G600UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

Despite the techie stereotype, software engineers have a practical, creative and rewarding role that involves a great deal of technical knowledge, inventiveness and interaction with people.

On this course you will study programming techniques and software engineering principles. We also encourage you put theory into practice, while applying various software technologies to solve complex problems.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of the department’s partnership scheme with charities, local and global organisations
  • Use our fully equipped multi-platform suites and computer labs to enhance your learning experience
  • Opt to do a salaried placement year either in the UK or overseas

What opportunities might it lead to?

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). This course also partially meets the academic requirement for registration, either as a Chartered Scientist (CSci) or (on behalf of the Engineering Council) as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Studying this degree will enable you to gain employment in a variety of fields in the computer engineering industry.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • IT management
  • network design
  • software engineering
  • computer programming
  • web development
Matthew Prentice, BSc (Hons) Software Engineering student

There are plenty of computers available, from Macs to PCs, in open access areas throughout the building.

Matthew Prentice, BSc (Hons) Software Engineering student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
G600
Duration
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
2017 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £13,700 p/a**
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Contact
admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 5566
Department
School of Computing
Programme specification
Accreditations & Endorsements

Subject:

Computing and Creative Technologies

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Hands-on, practical work and real-life learning, which is transferable to future careers
  • Modern facilities and access to the latest technology including numerous computer labs, TV studios and a motion capture suite
  • Approachable lecturers who have experience and contacts in the industry

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Year one

In the first year we aim to supply you with the central skills and knowledge that you will need as a software engineering professional. The areas covered will include software engineering, systems analysis and design.

You will specifically focus on the following areas:

  • Introductory programming
  • Computer architecture
  • Foundations of the web
  • Network fundamentals
  • Database design and development

Year two

Building on your knowledge from the first year you will cover a more focused range of themes. You’ll study topics at a more advanced level, as well as learn to apply your mathematics skills to relevant areas of software engineering.

Core units in this year include:

  • Software Engineering Processes
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Advanced Programming Concepts
  • Mathematical Foundations of Software Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Year three*

In this year you will consolidate your skills and learning. There is a handful of core units, but the final-year project gives you the freedom to analyse, design, build and evaluate your own work. This typically involves the development of a substantial software artefact.

You will cover advanced topics including:

  • Developing Reliable and Secure Systems
  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Distributed Systems and Parallel Programming
  • Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Data Warehousing and Mining

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)


Teaching and Assessment

Here at the University, we aim to provide a lively and modern learning environment. During this course you will experience a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory and project work. While lecture classes can be large, the more personal approach of seminars and tutorials offer more one-to-one support from our expert academics.

How are you assessed?

We assess you in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills and include:

  • multiple choice tests
  • essays
  • written exams
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • review articles

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Specialist Software and Equipment

A full range of industry software will be available for you to use in the computer labs, supported by multi-platform network suites offering a variety of operating systems. You’ll have a range of excellent resources at your fingertips including:

  • mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps
  • pervasive computing lab for high performance computing
  • usability lab including state of the art eye tracking equipment
  • Linux and Windows systems
  • forensics lab with industry standard forensic tools

Tutor Centre

A one-stop academic help and support resource for all School of Computing students. Need help understanding your assessments? Want to talk to someone about your project or about that programming problem? This is the place to go.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

Software engineers are the people that create, support and analyse the computer applications and systems we use today. This course will give you the skills to become a highly competent practitioner in technical management. You will be able to implement, understand and manage effectively the software systems in most types of organisations such as software houses, communications companies and data warehouses to name a few.

It’s also fairly common for our graduates to be snapped up by the employer they worked for in their placement year. Others continue their study at both MSc and PhD levels, specialising further in areas such as intelligent systems, computer security and forensic computing.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • systems engineer
  • web developer
  • computer programmer
  • software engineer
  • analyst programmer
  • firmware developer

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

On this course you have the option to do a year UK or overseas placement with companies such as IBM or smaller organisations. This is a great opportunity to gain real-world perspective and exciting opportunities.

Our team at the Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) ensures you have access to a range of volunteering and work experience opportunities. We also offer support during your year-long industrial placements, and provide support for the different types of application processes.

Here are some examples of the roles our students have secured for their placements:

  • Assistant Software Engineer at Accenture
  • Software Developer at Gamma
  • Software Engineer at Xerox

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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