For more information about Software Engineering at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde, please visit the webpage using the button above.
How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 16000 per year
Why this course?
The BSc (Honours) in Software Engineering will provide you with the essential skills to become a professional developer of high-quality software, focusing on large-scale software systems.
Software engineers design and develop large, complex systems. These include the systems used in vehicles, phones, large-scale financial systems and secure web and medical applications.
As a software engineer, you'll need a good understanding of software, hardware, communication technologies and strong design and team skills. You'll also need to understand the impact of the development strategies of different systems.
Our Computer Science courses combine theory and practice. Many of the core subjects are similar in the early years, which means it's possible for you to transfer between courses.
Transfer to MEng Computer Science is possible for students who perform well in first year of the BSc (Honours) Software Engineering?.
What you'll study
You'll take classes in areas such as software construction, theory and algorithms, information and information systems, computer systems and hardware, and business analysis and technology. Small-group tutorials cover personal and professional development issues and there's a choice of elective classes.
Subjects covered include algorithms, logic, databases and the design of user interfaces. There is a significant emphasis on programming and on the architecture of machines.
You'll be introduced to more specialised areas, such communications, the design of new programming languages, the variety of internal machine architectures, artificial intelligence, graphics, and the technologies behind web-based applications.
This year also includes a large group-based software development project.
You'll choose optional classes to build on the experience gained from your industrial placement. You'll specialise in particular aspects of software engineering, such as software architecture and design.
A major practical computing project may involve working with one of our departmental research groups.
You'll undertake a 12-month paid industrial placement between Years 3 and 4, typically within a software development team. The placement may be in the UK or abroad.
Several companies work with us to develop student projects, either individual or group final-year projects that is suitable for both parties.
Projects are supervised by members of academic staff with individuals from the sponsoring organisation providing occasional advice and feedback.
We have three large undergraduate teaching laboratories, plus a restricted-access laboratory (primarily for fourth and fifth-year students). There are printers in each main lab. All departmental machines are linked by a high-speed local area network and operate under a single network file system so you can access your files from any of our machines.
Charles Babbage Prize - Best Computer Science Project
The prize is awarded annually to the undergraduate student who completes the best project in computer science in that academic year.
The project must include practical computing and the assessors will take into account the originality and potential applications of the work.
Andrew McGettrick Prizes
Two prizes are awarded annually - one to a graduating Honours student and one to a graduating Integrated Masters student, for outstanding performance in their studies.
Young Software Engineer of the Year Award
The award is given to the project, which in the judges' opinion most clearly embraces sound software engineering principles.
High Flyer Programme
Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.
Find out more about our High Flyer Programme.
Accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
Accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT, on behalf of the Engineering Councilfor the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT, on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Scientist.
Notes about fees for this course
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes - for example MSci, MEng and MPharm - will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.
Course materials & costs
There is no charge for lecture notes or equipment. Students are supplied with 500 free print units - but must purchase any additional units. However, most coursework is submitted electronically.
Books are recommended, but not a compulsory purchase. The department ensures that the University library is stocked with copies of textbooks.
Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my studies?
Students from Scotland and the EU
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and WalesHave a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.
International Students (Non UK, EEA)
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
Year 1 entry: AAAB or AABBB (Maths B, Computing Science recommended)
Year 2 entry: grades as above, including Advanced Higher Maths and Computing Science at AB/BA and three other Higher subjects at ABB ?
Year 1 entry: BBB (Maths B, Computer Science recommended)
Typical entry requirements: ABB
Year 2 entry: ABB (Maths and Computer Science AB/BA)
Typical entry requirements: AAA
34 (Maths HL5, Computer Science recommended)
HNC: Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit, Maths modules or Maths Higher recommended
HND: Year 2 entry: relevant HND, AA in Graded Units, Maths modules or Maths Higher recommended ?
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre.
Living in Glasgow: Ellie Kissel, MSc Information & Library Studies
I have always wanted to study in the UK and when searching for programems on the American Library Association website, the course at Strathclyde stood out as the one which would enhance my professional career. I love living in Glasgow and it reminds me of the southern hospitality of my home state of Kentucky.
Skills for cutting-edge research: Manto Chouliara, MSc Applied Physics
The course has provided me with a wide range of experimental physics skills and the opportunity to use them in a cutting-edge research project. The multicultural environment on campus supports the collaboration of students from the world, and through numerous group-work projects prepares us for our future jobs.
Course flexibility & further study: Shouyue Wu, MSc Optical Technologies
I've enjoyed the flexible nature of the course which allowed me to choose classes and projects to suit my interests. There's always guidance from staff, not only about studying, but also about living in Glasgow and your future career. I am planning to do a PhD project on optical fibre to prepare me to work in the industry.
There are 100 other courses listed from Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde. A selection of these are displayed below: