BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Software Engineering)
About the course
This course adds a specialism in Software Engineering to a broad base in Computer Science. AI is a discipline in which computers, software and machines are designed and developed to display intelligent characteristics.
What you will learn
The engineering of intelligent systems relies on core skills such as programming and the application of modelling methods. You will study the analysis, design and construction of knowledge-based and expert systems, Artificial Life and robotics, as well as systems based around the use of neural networks. This course draws on the expertise of the School’s internationally acclaimed AI research staff. In your first two years you will concentrate on building a broad integrated foundation, with your specialism in AI building on this foundation.
First year: You will learn learn the foundations of the subject including topics such as an overview of the field, programming, modelling, and computing platforms.
Second year: You will deepen your understanding and develop more advanced skills. There are technical modules on software development, programming, databases, operating systems and networks, plus two options.
Third year: You have the option of taking a one-year paid work placement, or you can study abroad at one of our partner universities worldwide.
Final year (3rd or 4th): You will study computer security and project planning, specialist modules in object-oriented development and software engineering practice, plus two options. Finally you will undertake an individual project in your chosen specialism, typically an extensive piece of practical work.
As well as academic skills and significant experience of the key areas of computer science and IT, you will also gain those skills needed for employment. These include team work, creativity, communications, business awareness, and professionalism. You will acquire these throughout the course plus there is a core module on in the second year covering the legal, social and ethical knowledge necessary to become an IT professional.
Why choose this course?
- Choose this course with an emphasis on Software Engineering building on a base of mainstream Computer Science, or change to one of the others in our flexible programme.
- Be taught by highly qualified staff, most with a PhD or other advanced degree plus research, teaching, or professional experience.
- Be part of a highly regarded well established computer science department with excellent facilities, a strong research background, and links to business and industry.
- Prepare yourself for a career in the IT sector through a mix of academic, professional and practical study, with opportunities for industry certifications and a paid placement year.
- Benefit from an NSS (National Student Survey) overall satisfaction score of 89% for the School.
Our graduates have become software developers, programmers, web developers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and IT consultants, or have studied for postgraduate degrees at the University of Hertfordshire or other universities. There are careers across many employment sectors, including the IT industry, business, education and government. Recent employers have included Blackberry, GSK, HP, IBM, John Lewis, and T-Mobile.
Computer Science is both an academic and a practical subject so you will be taught in different ways such as lectures, smaller group tutorials, supervised practicals (labs) and self-study including experiential learning. Assessment is by a mix of in-class tests, exams, and coursework.
The School has well equipped laboratory facilities, with PCs running Windows 7 and/or Linux and a whole range of industry-standard and educational software from Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, and others. There are specialist labs for networking, multimedia, devices, robotics, and projects.
In addition to scheduled classes, about 16 hours per week in Year 1, you will be expected to spend the same amount of time in self-study taking advantage of the University's extensive and up-to-date facilities. These include the Learning Resource Centres (LRCs), open 24x7, with over 1,200 computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet our versatile online study environment accessible on and off campus, and open access to our labs.
Most of our students own their own PC or Mac, but this is not essential since you can use the university facilities instead or as well.
You have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement in a paid job relevant to your degree for your third year. We encourage you to take advantage since on average placement students have a greater chance of finding good employment after graduation and achieve higher grades in their final year.
Recent placement students have worked at large organisations such as
- Microsoft, and
- Others have worked for smaller organisations, perhaps family-run or near home.
This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
- Human Dimensions of Computing - 30 Credits
- Programming - 30 Credits
- Models and Methods in Computing - 30 Credits
- Platforms for Computing - 30 Credits
- Contemporary Issues - 15 Credits
- Database Concepts - 15 Credits
- Computer Science Development Exercise - 30 Credits
- Algorithms and Data Structures - 15 Credits
- Operating Systems and Networks - 15 Credits
- Artificial Intelligence - 15 Credits
- Computer Architecture - 15 Credits
- Cognitive and Social Robotics - 15 Credits
- The C Family - 15 Credits
- Project Planning - 15 Credits
- Computer Systems Security - 15 Credits
- Object Oriented Development - 15 Credits
- Software Engineering Practice - 15 Credits
- Software Engineering Project - 30 Credits
- Professional Work Placement in Computer Science - 0 Credits
- Artificial Life - 15 Credits
- Software Quality - 15 Credits
- Embedded Systems Development - 15 Credits
- Machine Learning and Neural Computing - 15 Credits
- Programming Paradigms - 15 Credits
- Quantum Computing - 15 Credits
- Mobile Computing - 15 Credits
- Year Abroad - 0 Credits
- Study Abroad - 0 Credits
Fees & funding
- £9250 for the 2017/2018 academic year
- £11850 for the 2017/2018 academic year
- £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
104 UCAS points.
IB - 104 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core). GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.
GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).
How to apply
|Start Date||End Date||Link|
|26/09/2018||26/05/2019||Apply online (Full Time)|
|25/09/2018||22/05/2019||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|25/09/2018||20/05/2019||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|Start Date||End Date||Link|
|26/09/2019||26/05/2020||Apply online (Full Time)|
|25/09/2019||22/05/2020||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|25/09/2019||20/05/2020||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
Key course information
- Institution code H36
- UCAS codeGG46
- Graduate Employment
Computer Science (Software Engineering) - 89% of students in work and/or study six months after their course ended
- Course length
- Full Time, 3 Years
- Sandwich, 4 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
- Course options Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year