Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 4 or 5 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. During the foundation year you will explore a range of creative disciplines and get a chance to develop in your chosen field, benefiting from workshops in our high end facilities and working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules within your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the Foundation year (Year 0), you will be able to move on to study for the Software Engineering BEng Honours over a further three years study.

The Software Engineering BEng Honours studies the best ways to design, build, maintain and evaluate software systems. It uses many of the technical aspects of computer science, especially programming, and aims to develop the professional attitudes, interpersonal and technical skills you will need in the software engineering industry.

The course provides a solid foundation in software engineering theory and practice to develop professional software systems. It will equip you to take up a wide range of career opportunities, including software engineer, web application programmer, software designer/analyst or website designer/programmer.

You will study software development, programming languages, technologies and applications including Java, C/C#, UNIX, UML, graphics, networks, concurrent systems, databases, artificial intelligence, and web and mobile computing. You will share a common first year with the Computer Science BSc Honours course; you can transfer in Year 1, and specialise in Year 3.

The Software Engineering BEng emphasises fundamental principles, design, acquisition of practical skills and evaluation of technologies. You may go on to complete an integrated Masters programme with the award of an MEng degree after four years.

The course offers a short-term work-based learning experience that will give you the opportunity to work on a real-life problem, which is normally set by an external organisation as a small-scale project. This experience will allow you to put theory into practice by applying your knowledge and skills gained from various modules to address a real-life situation, usually within the context of a business-related problem.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to take a year in industry (work placement) after completing Year 2. This will help you gain work experience and increase your chances of employability after you graduate. You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team. Typically, you will be assigned into roles involving tasks related to software engineering.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Information Systems and Data Representation
  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Programming

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Systems Fundamentals
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Software Development
  • Trends in Computer Science
  • Web Design and Development

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Algorithms: Theory, Design and Implementation
  • Database Systems
  • Machine Learning and Machine Learning
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Software Development Group Project

plus one option from the following:

  • Business Analytics
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Network Software Engineering
  • Operating Systems Programming
  • Robotic Principles
  • Server-side Web Development

Credit Level 5

Work Placement

This course gives you the opportunity to take a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and increase your chances of employability after you graduate.

You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team.

Typically, you will be assigned into roles involving tasks related to software engineering.

Subjects of study include:

  • Concurrent Programming
  • Cyber-Security
  • Final Year Project
  • Formal Methods

Plus two option modules from the following:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Advanced Server-side Web Programming
  • Applied Distributed Systems Programming
  • Applied Intelligence - Smart Algorithms for Modern and Ethical AI
  • Applied Robotics
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile Native Application Development

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Professional accreditation

The course is intended to fulfil the educational requirements of the British Computer Society (BCS) to fulfil the educational requirements registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partial Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

Please note that re-accreditation from BCS is currently pending.

Course Leaders

Mark Baldwin

Associate Head - DCDI - ES

Mark has worked as a research engineer for the Eurocontrol air safety and navigation organisation for Europe. 

His research and development work included development of software for real-time tracking of air traffic over the north Atlantic using satellite automatic dependent surveillance. 

Other projects Mark has worked on included the development of algorithms for aircraft tracking from limited satellite data and statistical modelling of the ADS data flow.

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Dr Alexander Bolotov

Principal Lecturer

Dr Alex Bolotov is a Principal Lecturer within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Westminster. Alex is the course leader for BEng/MEng Software Engineering and teaches various modules on the course. His research interests are in the field of automatic theorem-proving, in particular for temporal reasoning and application of these techniques in specification and verification of distributed systems and agent-based systems.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DDE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM
  • Access – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 5.5  overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

Mature entrants without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points   

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 5.5  overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course  

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course. 

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes

Careers

Career prospects for Software Engineering students are excellent and students on graduation can be expected to follow these typical career routes:

Graduate career roles

Programmer, web developer, junior specialist developer and software developer.

Early to mid-career roles

Computer systems analysts, computer system engineers, software QA, database administrators, research and development, network systems administration and software engineer.

Senior roles

Senior application developer, lead developer, chief technical officer, lead researcher, senior systems architect or analyst.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what you tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what you tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

[email protected]

Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

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