The Software Engineering degree at Aberystwyth University is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT and is concerned with the production of large, high-quality, and often long-lived, software systems. 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. Students who start on this scheme and who do sufficiently well may transfer to the MEng scheme if they want the added advantage of a master's qualification.
Department of Computer Science: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
93% of undergraduates from the Department of Computer Science who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
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Why study BEng 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.
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.
- Communication and Technology
- Computational thinking
- Functional Programming
- Introduction to Programming *
- Professional and Personal Development *
- Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language *
- The Mathematics Driving License for Computer Science
* 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
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 four year degree scheme.
In your first year you will be introduced to:
- Computer Infrastructure
- Web development
- Problems + solutions
In your second year you will discover:
- C/C ++
- 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 will 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 final year, you will undertake:
- 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
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.
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 learned 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! There are lots of incredible people to learn from, be friends with and work with. The department helps with everything from assignment to personal projects; they will even help you find an industrial year placement and achieve that all-important perfect CV. Will Molyneux
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBC
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
104 - 112
28 points overall
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org