BEng/BEng (Hons) Software Engineering

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Develop the theoretical knowledge and practical abilities to become a highly skilled software engineer.

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  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Award:

    BEng/BEng (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Software engineering plays a fundamental role in computing. It opens up a world of career opportunities, across a wide range of industries and business sectors.

Throughout this course you’ll learn both mainstream and emerging software development, implementation and evolution - from design and analysis to human interaction principles and system evaluation. Your study will be supported by input and guidance from industry experienced teaching staff.

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The first priority of this course is to give you a sound understanding of the principles of modern software engineering. With a good grasp of the basics, you’ll go on to learn the theory and techniques behind successful applications of this knowledge.

Upon graduation you’ll have the ability to test, evaluate and analyse existing systems, as well as designing and developing your own. You’ll also be able to manage and analyse information, and gain an understanding of the principles behind successful interactivity. All these skills will be reinforced in practical settings, giving you the combination of skills and experience that employers are actively seeking.

What you'll study

Year 1

  • Software development (Java)
  • Information systems in organisations
  • Computer systems
  • Introduction to human-computer interaction
  • Mathematics for software engineering
  • Programming fundamentals

Year 2

  • Software development (C#)
  • Systems and services
  • Database systems
  • Software engineering methods
  • Mobile application development
  • Optional module

Year 3

  • Software development (Patterns)
  • Software engineering
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Group project
  • Two optional modules

Year 4

  • Honours project
  • Management of software projects
  • Software architecture
  • Concurrent and parallel systems
  • Computational intelligence
  • Information: society and security

Students who achieve the required grades will also have the opportunity to transfer on to MEng Software Engineering at the end of year 3.

Work placement

This course includes the possibility of a yearlong industry work placement during your third year of study.

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT.

BCS Accredited Degree


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

With a combination of theoretical skills and practical experience, you’ll be sought after by employers from a wide range of businesses and industries.

Telecommunications, e-commerce, mobile technologies, aeronautics and defence are just some of the areas that can offer employment to graduates. 

Career opportunities

  • software engineer
  • software developer
  • software testing engineer
  • application engineer
  • system support
  • software architect
  • IT consultant
  • project manager
  • analyst programmer

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies. 

A Level


GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.  

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2


Pass in a related subject with grade B in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher


A Level


BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DDD (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject. 

Minimum year 3


Pass in a related subject with grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

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