Software Engineering MEng
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Typical offer for September 2015
|International Baccalaureate||26 Points|
|BTEC National Diploma/Certificate||DMM/D*D*|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade C in IT or Engineering and relevant ASL at Grade C|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus Maths and English GCSEs at at least grade C.|
This course 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 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 following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Computer Science Practice
- Computer Systems Fundamentals
- Mathematics for Computing
- Programming Principles I
- Programming Principles II
- Web Design and Development
The ﬁrst year is shared with the BSc (Honours) Computer Science degree. On completing this year you are free to change to this course.
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Algorithms: Theory, Design and Implementation
- Client-Server Architecture
- Database Systems
- Object Oriented Programming
- Software Development Group Project
And options from:
- 3D Graphics Programming
- Applied Maths and Physics
- Mobile Application Development
- Server-side Web Development
Industrial placement year
You can take a 12-month placement between Years 2 and 3. This experience will give you additional practical skills, and a competitive edge in the job market.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Final Year Project
- Reasoning About Programs
- Security and Forensics
And options from:
- Advanced Maths and Game AI
- Advanced Server-side Web Programming
- Concurrent Programming
- Mobile Native Application Development
Year 4 (Credit Level 7) MEng only
Selected modules from the postgraduate programmes, such as:
- Computer Science Project
- Research Methods and Professional Practice (Project Part 1)
- Software Engineering Context
And options from:
- Computer Forensics Fundamentals
- Data Mining
- Enterprise Development
- iPhone Application Development
As part of your course you can 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 electives.
The BEng is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Engineering Council.
International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. For more information visit the Kaplan International College's website.
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on learning the academic discipline that you are studying.
Obtaining a placement, part-time or vacation job while you study will provide you with extra cash and help you demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for.
In London, there is a plentiful supply of part-time work - most students at the University of Westminster work part-time (or full-time during vacations) to help support their studies.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation. You can use our comprehensive Online Vacancy Service to find part-time, placement, voluntary and graduate opportunities.
Our website provides comprehensive information covering topics such as events, job searching, CVs and applications. We organise presentations, networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations to help you with your career planning.
Our careers consultants are experienced personal development trainers and offer a range of self-development workshops to improve your job seeking strategies, to enhance self-confidence and provide self-marketing techniques.
We offer support for students and recent graduates to obtain volunteer placements and also for those interested in developing their enterprise skills.
We can help you to:
- Find part-time / vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- Explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- Plan your career development
- Identify your career options
- Market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and interviews.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your faculty registry and can help you to find a suitable placement as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
Career options in your subject area
We offer targeted careers information for this course. View the range of careers options that are available to you after you graduate:
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support including subject specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.