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Software Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

Explore the life cycle of software engineering projects and study exciting, specialist topics. On this 4-year Masters, you'll learn how to analyse a company’s software needs, then design, test and build a system that meets them. You’ll also develop the problem-solving, planning and teamwork skills that are essential for successful software engineers.

This integrated Masters combines hands-on software development with a core knowledge of software engineering. You'll study cutting-edge areas like:

  • programming

  • software modelling

  • distributed systems and networks

  • automated code development

  • e-business strategy

  • web development

You don’t need any previous experience in computer science to join the course. For the first programming module you can choose your own level, and if you are a beginner, we can help you get up to speed.

Our main computer lab has over 100 high-spec computer workstations and acts as the department’s social hub. You'll have access to our dedicated facilities, including:

  • software projects laboratory

  • David Barron computing laboratory

  • cyber security laboratory

  • centre for hybrid biodevices

Our academics are recognised internationally as leaders in their fields of expertise.

You can take this course with an additional year-long, paid placement. Apply with UCAS code II30 for the Industrial Studies option.

You can also choose to spend a single semester studying abroad.

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

We are also a member of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 228.21 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.

Transfer between courses

You can transfer between MEng Computer Science and MEng Software Engineering at the end of year 1. You’ll need an average mark of at least 58% to do this. If the course leader agrees, you may also transfer at other times and between other courses.

Year 1 and 2 modules are the same across our Computer Science courses, making it easy to transfer.