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Software Engineering (with foundation year) BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): I301 (full-time)
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Four years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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You'll develop the practical skills and knowledge in programming, maths and engineering that will get you off to a flying start when you move onto BSc (Hons) Software Engineering in your second year.

Software is critical to the industry. It can save lives, improve performance and help us predict future events. We’ll give you the skills and the knowledge to create high-quality software with plenty of opportunities to access our industry-standard facilities to test it.

And that's what employers expect to see from you. Someone who is confident, work-ready and already has the software ​skills needed.

There continues to be a steady demand from industry and commerce for well-qualified software engineers. In fact, according to eSkills UK, there will be a shortage in the next ten years.

This software engineering degree seeks to meet that need by producing graduates with the precise combination of skills required to design and develop robust, efficient, high-quality software.

What our students say

Nottingham Trent University is an amazing place to study, combining quality learning and a degree at the end with a brilliant social life and excellent sporting facilities.

Simon Gilmurray
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering

  • 92.9% of BSc Software Engineering graduates who entered employment are in a 'High Skilled' role 15 months after finishing their degrees. (Graduate Outcome Survey 2019/20)

What you’ll study

What will I study?

You will learn core skills concerning the production of computer programs and applications, as well as specialist knowledge in areas such as software engineering and analysis and design.

All of the courses within the Computer Science cluster share a common first year. This will provide you with the flexibility to review your pathway once you have started studying. At the end of year one, you can choose to transfer to BSc (Hons) Computer Science or BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Games Technology).

Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals course

If you take the Artificial Intelligence module in your final year will participate in the Microsoft Certified Azure AI Fundamentals program as part of your studies. The program is designed as a blended learning experience, combining instructor-led training with online materials accessed on the Microsoft Learn platform.

Microsoft will sponsor your cloud subscription, course materials and certification test fees for no cost to you. You will also get the Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals certificate when you graduate – a valuable addition to your CV.

Find out more about the Azure AI Fundamentals course.

Learn from the experts

We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of systems to hardware aspects such as networking. This involves many uses of computing and considers all aspects including security and management. Our knowledge is built up and maintained through our, wealth of industrial experience, industrial links and research activity.

Much of our research is internationally recognised, particularly in the areas of Games for Learning and Security. For example, Professor David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Professor Paul Evans' innovative developments in security are supported by the USA Department of Homeland Security.

We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Other examples of our activity include:

  • developing patents (for example, in voice signal processing)
  • organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
  • working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
  • publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, and detection of human behaviour patterns.

Introductory Mathematics (20 credit points)

This module provides an introduction to important mathematical ideas, including Algebraic rearrangement, Trigonometry, Vectors, Descriptive Statistics, Integration and Differentiation. You’ll gain an understanding of ideas that form the basis of later, more specialised, developments and you’ll be able to solve simple but realistic mathematical problems.

Computational Mathematics (20 cp)

A hands-on introduction to ideas and skills which cross Mathematics, Physics and Computing. Using software such as Excel and Matlab, you’ll learn about mathematical ideas like matrices and the consideration of how physical systems can be represented mathematically.

Introduction to Programming (20 cp)

Learn how to design, code, test and debug basic Python language programs. In the first part of this module, you’ll look at the basics of Python such as text strings, loops and functions. In the second part of the module, you’ll be introduced to maths-related Python libraries such as pandas, scipy.stats and matplotlib.

Foundation Engineering (20 cp)

This module includes basic electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering. Mechanics considers the consequences of applying forces to physical bodies; the electrical and electronics part of the module focuses on the scientific principles relevant to circuit theory, analogue electronics and components. Laboratory-based sessions will allow you to gain practical knowledge and experience.

Practical and Professional Skills (40 cp)

This module aims to provide a link between the theoretical modules in the course and their practical implementation. The professional skills aspect will help you with interpreting coursework requirements, exam and revision techniques, note-taking and referencing. The practical sessions will cover a variety of topics that require you to make use of the scientific principles and mathematical techniques that you’re learning in the other modules on the course.

Foundations of Computing Technology and Programming (20 cp)

This module has four strands including programming and technical aspects that introduce you to the fundamentals of writing computer programs, as well as numeracy and website development.

Essential Skills (20 cp)

Develop the skills required to succeed in your computing degree. You’ll learn how to confidently deal with numerical aspects of your course and practice your web publishing skills by creating and formatting basic web documentation.

Computer Science Programming (20 cp)

Learn about programming languages relevant to software with industrial scale, reliability and performance characteristics.

Computer Technology and Mathematics (20 cp)

Understand how a computer works, look at issues arising from the hardware architecture and extend your mathematical knowledge and ability.

Systems Analysis and Design (SAD) (20 cp)

Introducing you to the fundamental principles of SAD, this module gives you a working knowledge of key systems development methodologies, techniques and tools.

Professional Development for Industry (20 cp)

This module will enable you to learn about the professional bodies and standards relating to the computing profession, and enhance your employability potential by increasing your awareness of the technological, social and economic factors driving the IT industry.

Information and Database Engineering (20 cp)

Understand the nature and application of database management systems and acquire skills for database administration and management.

Internet Application Programming (20 cp)

Design and produce a static or dynamic website suitable for both desktop and mobile platforms and which may contain complex scripted components.

Practical Project Management and Professional Development (20 cp)

Continued professional development and lifelong learning are important to your future career. Through this module, you’ll improve your time and project management skills, presentations and report writing.

Software Design and Implementation (20 cp)

Equips you with knowledge of, and skills in, software development techniques to support the development of robust, secure, maintainable and portable software systems.

Software Engineering (20 cp)

Develop confidence using the structures, techniques and technologies to support the development of robust software systems in a team environment.

Systems Software (20 cp)

Learn about operating systems theory, network solutions, design and implementation and how computer systems can be connected to form large complex distributed systems.

Core modules

Project (40 cp)

Investigate problems in computing, implement solutions, critically evaluate and reflect on your work, and develop your abilities to communicate, self-organise and manage.

Advanced Analysis and Design (20 cp)

Understand the object model – what it’s based on and how it can be applied to build systems. Learn how to use the notation and follow the process for object-oriented development.

Advanced Software Engineering (20 cp)

Develop techniques and strategies to analyse, choose, propose, design, implement, test and evaluate software elements.

Mobile Platform Applications (20 cp)

Gain an awareness of the requirements, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile platform technologies and consider how they can be used to build systems that are outside the traditional desktop paradigm.

Optional modules

Choose one:

Foundations of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (20 cp)

Learn about the theoretical foundations of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the main methods and techniques and current areas of AI research and development.

Distributed Database Engineering (20 cp)

Learn about the processes and techniques data scientists use to support the challenging workloads for data science by focusing on a range of distributed database technologies that can support big data.

Service-centric and Cloud Computing (20 cp)

Discover two challenging aspects of implementing distributed computing systems in Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA).

Information Systems Management (20 cp)

Understand how to manage the build and deployment of enterprise and Internet information systems in small to medium organisations.

Information Security (20 cp)

Apply skills learnt in this module to conduct appropriate risk analysis and generate information assurance plans for a given context.

Communicating Science and Technology (20 cp)

An opportunity for you to gain valuable transferable skills working as a ‘student-tutor’ with teachers in local schools or to work on a community-based project.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Peter Lampard Profile

Software Engineering

I have had a great experience at NTU, the staff have been very helpful in guiding me to develop new skills that helped me progress throughout my degree.

Branden Millward

Computer Science

The environment at NTU was massively supportive. All of my lecturers were more than happy to take time out of their day to help with projects, as well as giving valuable insight when needed

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How you’re taught

Contact time

Scheduled contact time in lectures and seminars is around 12 hours per week. These will be held on Clifton Campus. Lectures are spread between various buildings on campus.

You will be assessed on a variety of components including:

  • coursework and practical  (assignments, dissertation, group projects, oral presentations, reports)
  • written (exams)

Research informed teaching

Our research is tackling real-world issues – and the people working on this research will be teaching you. It also informs the subjects you’ll be studying with us so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 80% of NTU's Computer Science and Informatics submission was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Staff Profiles

Joanna Hartley

Deputy Head of Department

Computer Science

Find out more about Joanna Hartley, Deputy Head of Department of the Computer Science Department at Nottingham Trent University.

Jon Robinson

Principal Lecturer

Computer Science

Jon Robinson Find out more about Jon Robinson, Principal Lecturer, in the Department of Computer Science at Nottingham Trent University.

Peter FitzGerald

PL - Student and Academic Experience Manager

Computer Science

Find out more about Peter FitzGerald, Principal Lecturer and Student and Academic Experience Manager, in the Department of Computer Science at NTU.

Careers and employability

Your career development

The demand from industry and commerce for suitably qualified software engineers continues to show a healthy expansion. Our recent graduates have secured roles at companies including:

  • American Express
  • Experian
  • Asda Stores Ltd
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Nottingham City Council

They have gone into a wide variety of job roles including:

  • Software Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Product Consultant
  • Graduate Cloud Engineer
  • Software Analyst

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

What our graduates say

Programming was a hobby for me and I wanted to learn more about it. When I checked the course it offered me the knowledge I was seeking along with professional recognition as a bonus.

The course helped me build knowledge and confidence, and by my final year I was ready to undertake my major project on an MPEG-4 Editor. It became a prize-winning project, and hearing this news was definitely one of the most enjoyable and rewarding moments of my study.

Graduate – Victoria Penrice
Software Engineer – TBS Mobility

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

The School of Science and Technology is a stimulating and creative environment which equips students with the knowledge and transferable skills to put them ahead of the graduate crowd.

We provide facilities that enhance the quality of our education and push the boundaries of our research. Students have access to specialist centres including:

  • games console laboratories
  • networking and security laboratories
  • human-interactive technology
  • stereo-projection.

You will also enjoy working with the latest software, including:

  • EnCase
  • 3D StudioMax
  • XNA Xbox development suite
  • The Adobe Creative Suite (Flash, After Effects, Photoshop)
  • the Unreal and Half-life Games Engines.

Across NTU, we have a range of first-class facilities that you would expect from a university with high-quality teaching and world-leading research. These include:

Entry requirements

  • We accept UCAS Tariff points from up to three qualifications
  • GCSE – Maths grade B/6
  • GCSE – English grade C/4

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

This course is not open to International applicants who require a Student Visa. For alternative courses please see Nottingham Trent International College.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

What's included in the course fees?

Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed. This includes the following:

  • You will have access to extensive computing facilities, some available 24 hours a day and including technician support.
  • You will have dedicated online storage to support the backup of work.
  • You will have access to Microsoft Academic Alliance membership, which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
  • As one of our students, you will be able to join the Oracle Academic Initiative as an individual member and get free database software.
  • Students are able to register for a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
  • Extensive equipment is available to loan for coursework and project work. For example, you can borrow cameras and phones.
  • We offer extensive free training software including tutorials on 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, TCP/IP Packet analysis, Java, Javascript, HTML5, and Oracle.
  • Most major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential textbooks, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.


If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs of approximately £20 - £30.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by telephone at +44 (0)115 848 2494.

This course is not open to International applicants who require a Student Visa. For alternative courses please see Nottingham Trent International College.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

This course is not open to International applicants who require a Student Visa. For alternative courses please see Nottingham Trent International College.

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