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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

Programme options

We also offer a 4-year version of the BEng which includes a ‘sandwich’ placement year in industry. 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 engineer.

Professional accreditation

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

Entry requirements


Typical offer – 112 UCAS tariff points.

We take into consideration a number of factors when assessing your application. It’s not just about your grades; we take the time to understand your personal circumstances and make decisions based on your potential to thrive at university and beyond.

A levels

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma


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 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.

Course Content

All module information is for 2019 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)

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 programme.

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.

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.

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.




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