Beng (Hons) in Software Engineering


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

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 (with placement year) 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

The placement year in the industry enables you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence.

Professional accreditation

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

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points.

A-Levels: There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Applicants on Access Programmes: There are no specific subject requirements.

International Baccalaureate requirements: 112 points to include at least 2 HL subjects plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths.

Plus a minimum of GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

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.

What you will study

All module information is for 2020 entry and is subject to change.

First Year


  • Mathematics for Computing (COS4014-B)
  • Technical and Professional Skills (COS4015-B)
  • Fundamentals of Programming (COS4016-B)
  • Computer Architecture and Systems Software (COS4001-B)
  • Software Design and Development (COS4017-B)
  • Internet Technologies (COS4018-B)

Second Year


  • Database Systems (COS5020-B)
  • Data Structure and Algorithms (COS5021-B)
  • Artificial Intelligence (COS5028-B)
  • System Security Management (COS5017-B)
  • Enterprise Pro (COS5019-B)
  • Computer Communications and Networks (COS5025-B)

Third Year

  • Placement (ENG5002-Z)


  • Study Abroad (ENG5004-Z)

Final Year


  • Final Year Project (COS6006-D)
  • Mobile Application Development (COS7025-B)
  • Software Verification and Testing (COS6027-B)


  • Numerical Methods and Computer Graphics (COS6021-B)
  • Large Scale Data-Driven Applications (COS6009-B)
  • Machine Learning (COS6026-B)
  • Concurrent and Distributed Systems (COS6012-B)


* Choice for Elective is one 20-credit module at level 6 with no timetable clashes once in the programme.

Sandwich year

This 4-year BEng (Hons) Software Engineering programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in the industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional software engineer. This is full-time employment in an area relevant to your studies and maybe a salaried position.

During the second year, we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned with your career aspirations and personal interests. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers Service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements. Once on placement, you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to your final project. Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers, working for them part-time or returning to work in graduate positions after finishing their studies.

In recent years students have gone on placement with a range of employers including large companies such as Hewlett Packard, Intel, IBM, Rolls Royce, GE, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan. There are also many openings with local firms and organisations such as Citizens Advice, local software houses and small businesses in the local region.

Although most placements take place within the UK there may be opportunities in a number of countries with some firms or specific placements abroad with some companies. Recent examples include placements in Germany, Bulgaria and Estonia.

Learning 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.

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.

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

Employment statistics

87.5% of our 2017 Computing graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

*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.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

At the University of Bradford, you’ll benefit from - and be a part of – teaching and research that harnesses technology for the good of society. You’ll learn from academic and industry experts who are ... Read More

At the University of Bradford, you’ll benefit from - and be a part of – teaching and research that harnesses technology for the good of society. You’ll learn from academic and industry experts who are shaping the future of their sectors in world-class facilities. We’ve invested millions of pounds in high-tech learning environments, such as our motion capture studio and new School of Management facilities. During your time with us, you can become the very best version of yourself. The University is a place where you can expand your mind and make lifelong friends; where you can grow, learn, experience. Where you can belong, and where we support you every step of the way. Read less