MEng Computer Science and Software Engineering

Four Year Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering

Key data

  • UCAS code: GG46 (GG6L with the Year in Industry)
  • Institution code: B32
  • Duration of programme: 4 years for MEng Computer Science/Software Engineering; 5 years with a Year in Industry
  • Professional accreditation: The MEng degree is recognised by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
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Contact details

Entry requirements: 2014

A Levels:

  • Number of A levels required: 3
  • Typical offers: A*AA
  • Required subjects and grades: Mathematics or Computing must be offered at A Level
  • We also require Grade B in GCSE Mathematics (if not offered at A Level) and Grade C in GCSE English
  • General Studies or Critical Thinking: Not accepted
International Baccalaureate:

  • 667 required at Higher Level (including 6 in Mathematics/Computing), with a minimum of 32 points overall
  • We also require 5 in Standard Level Mathematics (if not offered at Higher Level) and 5 in Standard Level English

BTEC Extended Diploma (18 units):

  • D*D*D* plus A in A Level Mathematics or Computing
  • We also require Grade C in GCSE English and Grade B in GCSE Mathematics (if not offered at AS or A Level)
  • Suitable applicants may be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day, sit an aptitude test and attend a short interview with members of our academic staff, as part of our decision-making process

Access to Higher Education Diploma:

  • Not accepted

International qualifications and further information:

Please contact us (using the details above) with queries about any other qualifications. If you are applying to us from outside the UK, please see our general entry requirements for information on accepted academic and english proficiency qualifications.

Additional information

  • It is desirable, but not essential, to have some experience of writing computer programs.
  • To view our undergraduate brochure please click here.
  • This degree can be taken with a year in industry.
  • We accept other qualifications from the UK and overseas. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for more information.


Software engineering now impacts on a wide range of human activity. For example, the increasing use of robotics in surgery relies on the use of computer vision techniques to understand images of internal organs as well as to control the surgeon’s tools. Other areas include air traffic control systems, cryptographic systems for banking, satellite control for telecommunications, and of course, the internet.

Software engineering is concerned with how to build the very large software systems that are used throughout commerce and industry. Software engineers are the professionals behind this industry. As a software engineer you would lead the development of these very large systems so that they are delivered on time, within budget, and are both reliable and maintainable. Software engineering covers not only the technical aspects of building these software systems, but also management and teamwork skills.

In this degree, you learn all the fundamentals of computer science, with an emphasis on the skills required for successful software engineers. Graduates from the MEng programme are expected to be the future leaders of the IT industry so you must be academically strong. In a typical year, 30% of our MEng students graduate with first-class honours.

First year

The first year is designed so that you can delay your decision about specialisation until the end of that year. It provides a thorough coverage of the fundamentals of computing: mathematics for computer science, algorithms, data structures and grounding in object-oriented programming using Java, which is widely used in industry. You will also have an introduction to the basic themes of large software systems, and work on a team project.

Second year

In the second year you study databases, graphics, and human–computer interfaces. Our approach is to teach these in conjunction with further work on object-orientated programming. This allows you to gain a much deeper understanding of the techniques involved by implementing them yourself. You also take comprehensive courses in software engineering, computer architecture, logic, and the mathematical theory of computation. You learn how to use complex software tools and to work effectively in a team.

You must perform well academically in the first two years to progress to the MEng stream of the degree. At the end of the second year students who will progress to the full MEng enter a separate, specially designed, third-year programme of study.

Third year

In the third year of the MEng you study the principles of advanced databases, work on a larger team project and select four options from a choice of around 20. These include: Computer Networks; Imaging and Visualisation; Operating Systems; Virtual Reality; and Intelligent Robotics. BEng students work on their final degree project. Both groups study issues in commercial programming and select options from the wide range available.

Fourth year

In the fourth year of the MEng you study the design of safety-critical systems, such as fly-by-wire systems for aircraft control, and learn how to manage the quality of large software projects. You also spend half your time on your degree project, which is typically based on a large piece of software you have produced.

Teaching and assessment

Our teaching employs a mixture of lectures, tutorials, exercise classes, practical work, projects, and independent study all aimed at strengthening your understanding by active involvement.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme find lucrative employment in highly demanding software engineering posts and in specialist roles as systems analysts, network designers, management consultants, or in a wide range of general management positions.

Course Modules

Please note that actual course modules may vary from year to year, however, the following are typical course modules:

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules