Software Engineering BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
G600
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Location
Main site
Recognised
Yes

Overview

Technology is an increasing part of everyday life, and there's a constant need for the software behind it to be updated, maintained and improved. If you like solving problems and have an interest in coding and computing, this BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree course prepares you for a career in this field.

You'll study programming techniques and software engineering principles that can be applied to many different areas. You'll put theory into practice while applying various software technologies to solve complex problems.

The combination of technical skills and practical experience you’ll get will set you up for a career as a programmer or developer in fields such as data warehousing, computer security, IT management and web development.

After the course, you can register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). You'll also have some of the experience you need to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Access our usability lab, equipped with eye-tracking software
  • Use our mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps
  • Have opportunities to apply your skills in projects with local organisations and charities, helping to solve problems they’re facing
  • Tailor your studies to match your career ambitions, with a choice of units in areas such as artificial intelligence, computer security and mobile development

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed work placements at:

  • Stannah Stairlifts
  • IBM
  • Smoothwall

Many students go on to work for their placement employer after the course.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. Or, you could do further study at postgraduate level in areas such as intelligent systems, computer security and forensic computing.

Areas previous students have gone on to include:

  • web development
  • IT management
  • software engineering
  • computer programming

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). It also meets some of the academic requirements that you need to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Introduction to programming
  • Architecture and operating systems
  • Security and usability
  • Network fundamentals
  • Introduction to database design and development

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Digital forensics: art or science?

Core units in this year include:

  • Introduction to software engineering
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Application engineering
  • Discrete mathematics and functional programming
  • Advanced programming

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • 3D computer graphics and animation
  • Computer operating systems and intermediate networking
  • Computing undergraduate ambassador
  • Database principles
  • Web-script programming

Core units in this year include:

  • Final year project
  • Reliable and secure systems
  • Advanced software engineering

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Applied computer graphics and vision
  • Computing for robotics
  • Distributed and mobile systems
  • Distributed systems and security
  • Enterprise web architectures
  • Fuzzy logic - theory and applications
  • Neural networks and genetic algorithms
  • Practical data analytics and mining
  • Professional and academic research development
  • Security and cryptography
  • Web research

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory
  • project work

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday.
You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 26% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 74% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 76% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 17% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 83% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

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

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 45% by written exams and 55% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework

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Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

How to apply

Want to start this course this year?

There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – G600
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Contact information
  • Admissions
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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