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Software Engineering

BEng (Hons)
Entry 2018: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BEng (Hons)
UCAS code: I300
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Software Engineering is at the heart of all modern technology, and plays a key role in every industry. It incorporates disciplines such as:

  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Management
  • Cyber Security

If you have a passion for technology, our BEng in Software Engineering will teach you to create and innovate through information technologies and computer programming. It is designed for problem-solvers, looking to address challenges in our interconnected, technology-orientated society.

You’ll first learn the principles that underpin computer science, giving you a strong technical foundation on which to build. The programme shares a common first year with our computer science programmes, enabling you to transfer between programmes at the end of the first year if interests or career aspirations emerge in other areas.

The emphasis then moves to the design and implementation of large software engineering programmes, and you will study subjects including:

  • mobile applications
  • system security management
  • software verification
  • database systems

Also available as a four-year course incorporating a sandwich placement year in industry.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society for full CITP (Chartered IT Professional) status and partial CEng.

"Software plays a crucial role in driving and controlling computers and offers unimagined interaction with machines, which was thought to be impossible.

The degree of BEng Software Engineering at Bradford offers exciting opportunities to envisage and create software that truly benefits society."

Dr Savas Konur
Programme Leader

Why Bradford?

There are so many reasons to choose to study in Bradford. Our city campus is award winning and ideally located within easy reach of transport networks, as well as the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, meaning that you’re never far from a bustling urban shopping hub, or from a relaxing and peaceful hike through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Our facilities are cutting edge and include specialised labs, such as our new Internet of Things lab and our state of the art Ethical Hacking lab. Our Computing Enterprise Centre offers students the opportunity to work on real-world projects using powerful hardware and industry standard software, under the supervision of subject experts. We have a range of the latest hardware and gadgets such as VR headsets, EEG headsets (mind-readers!), tablets, mobile phones, and much more. Our staff are research active and embed outcomes of their world leading research into the design of our courses, ensuring that you are equipped not just for the job market today, but are well prepared for the future.

Employability is a key focus of our courses and we collaborate with industrial partners through our Industry Advisory Board. Their input shapes our courses and module content so that you are career-ready upon graduation. We provide opportunities for all students to gain real world experience of work, both through our placement year courses and live industry projects within the course.

We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, beginning at enrolment with our personal tutors for all students, our regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The aims of the programme are to provide you with a sound grounding in the fundamentals of computer science, software development (programming) and the tools and applications used by software engineers, and to provide the skills needed to enable you to practice as a professional software engineer.

All modules are core.

Year 1

  • Mathematics for Computing (20 credits)
    To provide the foundations for formal specification and modelling of computer systems.
  • Technical and Professional Skills (20 credits)
    To equip students with a range of academic, professional, personal and technical skills; to provide fundamental subject specific concepts; to raise awareness of, and interest in, ethical issues such as sustainability within the context of the students' chosen discipline, intellectual property, copyright and copyleft in IT, plagiarism, cyber security and privacy.
  • Fundamentals of Programming (20 credits)
    To introduce fundamental principles of computer programming and software construction. To develop skills in problem solving applied to computer programming.
  • Computer Architecture and Systems Software (20 credits)
    To gain a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental aspects of computer architecture and systems software with a focus on digital logic design, computer hardware systems and systems software.
  • Software Design and Development (20 credits)
    To introduce object orientation (OO) in the context of software analysis and design and relate them to OO programming concepts. To further develop theoretical understanding and practical skills for developing software. To introduce basic software engineering principles of software project management.
  • Internet Technologies (20 credits)
    To provide the background knowledge of computer and networked systems and the World Wide Web, and their modes of operation.

At the end of Year 1, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Certificate of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Year 2

  • Database Systems (20 credits)
    To provide a co-ordinated and consistent coverage of theory, design and development of database systems and their role in building software systems.
  • Data Structures and Algorithms (20 credits)
    To introduce computational thinking for problem solving as core computer science knowledge that all computing practitioners are expected to know and use: to explore computational aspects of data representation and to develop familiarity with well- established and proven solutions to problems that occur frequently throughout computing and practical computing applications.
  • System Security Management (20 credits)
    To initiate and understand the concepts and principals of computer misuse, criminal acts and detection. This will help the development of student's skills in discovering, regulating and uncovering hidden and disguised information. It will also contribute to the appreciate of importance of information and data security.
  • Enterprise-Pro (20 credits)
    To provide theoretical understanding of and practical experience of a collaborative software development project.
  • Computer Communications and Networks (20 credits)
    To introduce concepts of data communication with computer networks at different levels and applications. To develop skill in network design and performance evaluation skills. To reinforce the background knowledge with practical experience of computer networks.
  • Information Engineering and Testing (20 credits)
    To provide an awareness of the range of Information Engineering Systems (IES) development methodologies. To provide an understanding of using appropriate analysis and design notations, implementation and testing approaches. To provide the opportunity to analyse a real-life IES scenario and implement an adequate system.

At the end of Year 2, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Diploma of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 240 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Final year

  • Final Year Project (20 + 20 credits)
    To provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge assimilated and imparted during the previous years of your course, and advance your problem solving skills through the solution of a problem normally involving the practical development of a product or process.
  • Mobile Applications (20 credits)
    To communicate knowledge of the technology necessary and available to deliver applications and web content to mobile devices.
  • Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems (20 credits)
    To understand neural networks and fuzzy logic theory; to gain knowledge of neural networks and fuzzy system development; to apply the techniques for solving real-life problems, such as signal processing, control, and pattern recognition.
  • Elective* (20 credits)
  • Software Verification (20 credits)
    To examine the role of formal methods in software engineering and provide a detailed study of a widely-used formal verification methods and their application to specify and verify requirements of software systems.
  • Concurrent and Distributed Systems (20 credits)
    To introduce the nature and applications of concurrent programming with typical problems requiring synchronisation of, and communication between, concurrent processes; to introduce a variety of language primitives for inter-process communication and synchronisation, and to illustrate their applications.
  • Large Scale Data Driven Applications (20 credits)
    To develop an understanding of the theory and practice of large scale data driven applications.

*Choice for Elective is one 20-credit module at level 6 or 7 with no timetable clashes once in programme.
Students will be eligible for the exit award of Ordinary Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 300 credits, and 240 credits before the final year.

Students will be eligible for the award of Honours Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 360 credits.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules.

Study Abroad

All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad at an international partner institution.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

91% of our 2016 Computing graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Career prospects for this course are exceptionally strong and you’ll have tremendous flexibility to undertake a wide variety of career paths. Software is at the heart of modern society, controlling computers and machines to accomplish a wide variety of tasks – from app development, to medical robots, to banking systems. Almost every industry in the world benefits from computing technology and approaches, and needs graduates with relevant skills to propel them forward into the future.

Recent graduates from this programme have gone on to work in many fascinating areas and industries, working at companies such as:

  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP)
  • Cap Gemini
  • FDM Group
  • Centrica
  • BBC
  • British Sky Broadcasting
  • Rolls Royce
  • JP Morgan
  • NHS trusts
  • GE
  • Deutsche Post AG
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Skipton Building Society
  • Societe General
  • Expressbank
  • Thomson Reuters
  • a variety of other local and regional companies

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Software Engineering graduates was £21,917.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study Support

We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need. In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7. Our Personal Tutor system provides students with a specific academic staff member to support them through regular meetings and interactive activities, acting as an independent source of advice and guidance on making the transition to Higher Education and assisting them with any questions or problems they encounter. University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree courses. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.


Most of our staff are research active, and contribute to the cutting edge of their disciplines. Bradford has a strong pedigree of world leading research, and our aim is to ensure that students benefit from our staff’s insight into the future of their subject. The integration of new and innovative research findings into our curriculum, known as Research Informed Teaching, is a core value and one of the key principles driving the design of our courses and our modules. Particularly in the final year, but throughout their course from the very first day, students are given insight into the future of computing and software development.


Our facilities are impressive, with several large and small labs filled with dual-screen, dual boot (Windows and Linux) systems packed with industry standard software. Our specialised labs, such as the Ethical Hacking lab and the Internet of Things lab, allow students to build their skills within these key areas of growth, in a structured way, through taught modules.

We own a range of exciting and expensive devices allowing students working on supervised projects to experiment with cutting edge technology, including VR headsets, Raspberry Pi microcomputers, EEG headsets and many more.

We provide a range of online facilities to support independent learning, including our Virtual Learning Environment which gives you access to learning materials and collaborative learning tools 24/7, anywhere in the world. We also provide virtual server technology using in-house hardware to allow students to use our operating systems remotely.

Explore some of our facilities using the interactive 360° tour below:

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £17,800

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

Extra costs incurred as part of your course

There are no additional costs for this course and no mandatory purchases of equipment or clothing required.

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