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 programme, 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.

Teaching excellence and student satisfaction

92% of our 2015 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that they were satisfied overall with their course.

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.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

You will cover programming, an introduction to computer systems, databases and discrete mathematics.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:28%
  • Independent study:72%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:35%
  • Practical:3%
  • Coursework:62%
Year 2

You will continue with software design - both high-level architectural issues as well as algorithms and data structures. Topics from databases, internet, mathematics and programming language design will also be covered.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:26%
  • Independent study:74%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:64%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:36%
Year 3

You will study topics such as artificial intelligence, graphics operating systems as well as more formal aspects of computing You will also undertake a group project.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:28%
  • Independent study:72%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:57%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:43%
Year 4

As well as advanced topics, you will also undertake management and statistical methods courses. A major individual project will also be carried out.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:28%
  • Independent study:72%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:26%
  • Practical:5%
  • Coursework:69%
Year 5

Starting at the end of Level 4, you will undertake an industrial placement. They 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.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:14%
  • Independent study:36%
  • Placement:50%

Assessment

  • Written:17%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:83%

Employability

Work and study

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

  • 67% are working
  • 24% are studying
  • 0% 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: £24000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £25000

Jobs

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

  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Process, plant and machine operatives
  • 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

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

Additional information

  • To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours programmes, 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.
  • 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
  • Those entering at Level 2 are expected to be proficient in a high level programming language, Java is our preference

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £17,440

* 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.

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.

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