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The course

UCAS code
G601
Duration
Up to 5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

The five year MEng Software Engineering degree is an integrated Masters course, which augments the first three years of the BSc Computer Science with the professional skills necessary for constructing robust, secure systems. Students spend the start of the fifth year on a paid industrial placement. Organisations that recent students have been placed with include Skyscanner, Leonardo, Cadence, BlackRock and Satalia. Many of our students go on to secure an offer of employment from their placement employer.

Teaching excellence and student satisfaction

'Software Engineering' at Heriot-Watt is ranked 1st in Scotland and joint 1st in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018. 100% of students* were satisfied overall with their course.

*Responses from full-time degree students.

Links with industry

We have very strong links with the computing industry, with representatives of more than 30 companies attending our Industrial Advisory Board. Much of our research is in collaboration with leading computing enterprises and students really value our research-led teaching by our enthusiastic staff.

Student Equipment Fund

Our Student Equipment Fund is an initiative to support students in purchasing technology (either in hardware, data or software) to explore the usage of and code development for new platforms, as part of a taught course or as a personal project. Recent purchases include Parrot AR.Drone 2.0s, Oculus Rifts and Raspberry Pi 2s.

Accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Accredited 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.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

You will study three courses on programming in Java, interactive systems, web design and databases, computer systems and logic and proof.

Year 2

You will study interaction design, web programming, data structures and algorithms, programming languages, software design, database management systems, hardware-software interface and discrete mathematics.

Year 3

You will study software engineering, data communications and networking, artificial intelligence and intelligent agents, operating systems and concurrency, language processors, professional development, theory of computing and programming language semantics. You will also take part in a major group project with an industrial orientation.

Year 4

As well as advanced topics, you will also undertake professional and industial studies courses. A major individual project will also be carried out.

Year 5

Starting at the end of Level 4, you will undertake an industrial placement. You will also take further advanced topics in software engineering.

More in-depth information on the content of the courses listed above, how they are assessed and the learning outcomes can be accessed via our current student portal.

Unistats course data

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MEng Software Engineering students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 76% are working
  • 9.5% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £25000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £23000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Engineering professionals
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Customer service occupations
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB including Mathematics at B
  • A-Levels BBB including Mathematics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points including Mathematics at Higher Level 5
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Mathematics

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers ABB including Mathematics and Computing or Scottish Baccalaureate
  • A-Levels ABB including Mathematics and Computing
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points including Mathematics and Computing at Higher Level 6.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Computing

Additional information

  • Those entering at Year 2 are expected to be proficient in a high-level programming language; Java is our preference.
  • To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours courses, please watch our video to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.
  • We welcome applicants without a formal qualification in computing. Some prior experience in the subject is useful. We recommend Scottish Higher / A-Level Computing or equivalent, for Level 1 entry.
  • BTEC We also accept the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) at D in place of one A-Level, however it cannot replace a subject specific requirement unless relevant
  • HNC/HND Relevant HNC and HND qualifications are accepted; please contact the Admissions Tutor for further details.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,480

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.