Software Engineering (with integrated year in industry)

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Key Facts

Code G601
  • Typical A-level offer


  • Course Length

    5 Years

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The integrated Master's in Software Engineering, at Aberystwyth University, is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and is concerned with the production of large, high-quality and often long-lived, software systems.

Career enhancing, the work in this area requires not only a deep understanding of software and related technologies, but also an appreciation of the management and professional issues associated with the development of large systems.

The integrated Year in Industry will give you invaluable experience, which employers seek. Being taught by research-led staff, in a supportive learning environment, will also help you attain highly valuable and transferable skills for your future career.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of Computer Science: 92% overall satisfaction for the course Computer Science (NSS 2017)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 8% more than Computer Science graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)


Why study MEng Software Engineering at Aberystwyth?

  • Programming in a number of different languages with emphasis on the production of robust and secure code that is based on sound design and development principles
  • Large-scale software development
  • Telecommunications and distributed systems technologies
  • Database management systems and secure handling of data
  • Professional and management issues in software engineering
Our Staff

Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction to Computer Infrastructure CS10220 20
Introduction to Programming * CS12020 20
Problems and Solutions CS10720 20
Professional and Personal Development * CS18010 10
Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language * CS12320 20
Web Development Tools * CS15020 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Communication and Technology PH19510 10
Computational thinking CS12910 10
Functional Programming CS12510 10
The Mathematics Driving License for Computer Science CS10410 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Graphics CS24320 20
Artificial Intelligence CS26520 20
C and C++ CS23820 20
Modelling Persistent Data CS27020 20
Program Design, Data Structures and Algorithms * CS21120 20
Programming for the Web CS25320 20
Robotics and Embedded Systems CS26020 20
Scientific Python * CS24420 20
Software Engineering * CS22120 20
Software Engineering for the Web CS22220 20
Statistical Concepts, Methods and Tools MAM5120 20
System and Network Services Administration CS25820 20
Web Design and the User Experience CS22620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Sandwich Year CSS0060 60


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Agile Methodologies CS31310 10
Major Project * CS39440 40
Mobile Development with Android CS31620 20
Mobile Development with iOS CS31520 20
Professional Issues in the Computing Industry CS38220 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Our degree prepares you for a variety of careers:

  • Software design
  • Communications and networking
  • Computer applications
  • Web development
  •  IT consultancy and management
  • Systems analysis and development
  • Computer sales and marketing
  •  Education

What skills do I acquire from this degree?

Employability skills are the core values of our degree.

As part of your degree you will be required to take part in a first year residential weekend where you and other students will have work in teams to solve problems.

This activity will encourage and improve:

  •  Communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Time Management
  • Working Independently and as part of a team
  •  Organisation skills
  • Implementation skills
  • Research skills
  • Technical skills

Industrial Year students have the opportunity to join a second year residential weekend concentrating on skills to help you find a great placement. This includes:

  • CV skills
  • Interview practice
  • Networking with employers
  • Online presence 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the five year degree scheme.

In your first year you may be introduced to:

  • Programming
  • Computer Infrastructure
  • Web development
  • Problems + solutions

In your second year you may discover:

  • C/C ++
  • Databases
  • Our software development lifecycle module. This module will allow you to take a role which exists in the industry i.e. project manager, designer etc, you will be required to produce a working software product, following best current industrial practice at every stage.
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Plus, other exciting elective modules

In your third year, you may be taking part in your work placement:

  • This with the assistance of the department.  By the end of this placement you will have the knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution in the workplace
  • You will also return to University with a greater sense of motivation

In your fourth year, you may explore:

  • Development processes, techniques and technologies for constructing real operational software
  • Individual project, where you will develop a piece of software in an area of particular interest to you
  • A range of further electives to specialise in areas of your choice

In your final year, you may undertake;

  • And explore current issues in software engineering
  • Mobile Devices and application
  • The internet and how it really works
  • Intelligent systems
  • Undertake a group programming project

How will I be taught?

  •  Our enthusiastic staff will teach you through the medium of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and individual/ group based project work.
  • You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practicals, projects, workshops and examinations.
  •  You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
  • You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

I love the fact that I am learning best practices and methodologies, directly applicable and preparative to working in my dream role as a software engineer. Having the chance to try out what I have learnt while away for a year in industry has been absolutely amazing, and proven just how much my time at Aberystwyth has taught me! Christopher Michael King

Software engineering is fantastic! The course is not what people may think - there are lots of incredible people to learn from, be friends with and work with. The department helps with everything from assignments to personal projects, they will even help you find an industrial year placement and write that all-important perfect CV. Will Molyneux

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels AAB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:
32 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
80% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact

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