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Software Engineering BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

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  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with Foundation)
    4-6 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £14,000 Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


Course subject to validation for September 2022, apply now via UCAS.

Our Software Engineering BSc (Hons) programme enables students to develop and apply a range of industry essential analytical and problem-solving techniques to facilitate real-world computer software development scenarios.

Students build the required academic underpinnings, interpersonal skills and professional software engineer practitioner capabilities via the use of many simulated case-studies in a very practical learning strategy.

Through their learning journey, students will study modern software engineering elicitation, analysis, specification, design, programming, testing and software evaluation theories and will devise solutions to real and simulated industry problems. Students will have the opportunity to have a hands-on approach with a variety of modern software development tools, languages and development environments.

We’re here to support you in achieving your ambitions, no matter what they might be. During your time studying this Software Engineering degree, we will help you to identify your skills and strengths, as well as gaining practical experience to help you appeal to potential employers. We’re so confident that you will secure a paid position or continue your studies once you graduate and complete one of our awards, which is why we have created the Northampton Employment Promise.

Updated 11/11/2021


Software is an integral part of people’s daily lives and it continues to grow and evolve. All modern systems such as phones, laptops, tablets, driverless cars, drones and so on are driven by software. All the software for these systems is built using program code.  To enable our students to become effective software engineers, the course includes the following highlights:

  • A wide range of taught approaches to coding and state of the art software development including. UML, Java, C++, JavaScript, PHP, Android, Oracle and programming development environments such as Eclipse. Our specialist Software Engineering course will cover a selection of these technologies and give you opportunities to learn others in individual project work.
  • Exposure to a wide variety of implementation strategies and vehicles including, mobile applications, web-based solutions, database driven applications, solutions based around or including artificial intelligence components and approaches to effective interface design. As such, successful candidates have a wide range of potential career opportunities within the field of software development.
  • Links with industry and research that directly impact the course syllabus and teaching. All of the academics teaching on the course are either research active in relevant software engineering fields and/or have extensive links with industry. Using a combination of their contemporary research and industry networks, their teaching is dynamically influenced to give our students an up-to-date, industry relevant experience.
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course*  (*Terms and Conditions apply)
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

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Work Experience

As a direct result of our links with industry students are encouraged to take part in our industry based work experience events. In these events, students visit relevant companies that extensively utilize or develop software and are exposed to challenging short projects that they have to undertake for the organization. In recent years, we have worked on these events with such companies as Barclays/Barclaycard, KPMG and Triad Digital Solutions.


The current course structure is designed to allow students to seek an industry based internship between years 2 and 3.  Students will receive guidance and advice on how to find, apply for and secure these internships. Students who secure these paid internships find them invaluable in developing their software based skill-set prior to completing their degree and entering the workforce on a permanent basis, post-graduation.

IEEE Student Branch

Students will have the opportunity to join the world’s largest professional body at discount rates and join the UON IEEE Student Branch, through which they can get in contact with students from other academic institutes worldwide.

UON IoT (Internet of Things) Workshop

Students will have the opportunity to attend the annual UON IoT Workshop with guest speakers and presenters from the local, national and international industry. This is a great opportunity for the students to meet and work with colleagues from different year groups but also with professionals with several years in the industry.


Course Content

  • Our Software Engineering programme gives you a technical understanding of the essential academic knowledge, interpersonal abilities and practically based software development skills required to become an effective software engineering in the software industry.

    On the course you will develop and apply a range of analytical methods and problem-solving skills to real-world software development scenarios.  You will build your professional capabilities individually and as part of a team in a systematic practical manner applicable to a wide range of professional roles.

    This degree develops your independent thinking and flexibility within a significant range of areas with the software engineering field including, mobile applications development, object-oriented programming, software design, interface design, artificial intelligence, software testing and software evaluation.

    Specialist Facilities

    All software engineering students will have access to a number of labs with all the course relevant software needed for their course. Students will also be given details of how to obtain the course required software components for installation on their own personal machines.

    Career Opportunities

    Upon completion of this programme graduates will be ready to seek careers in a variety of areas including, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Requirements Engineer, Programmer, Software Developer, Software Tester and Dev Ops Team Member. Graduates will also be equipped with the required skills to undertake additional post-graduate programmes such as MSc, MPhil or PhD.


  • A typical offer could be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International – Full Time: £14,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2022 entry.

    21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.


    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

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  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • Is there an opportunity to go on a work placement?

    Yes, an optional full year placement module is available for students who have successfully completed their stage 1 and 2 studies. This will give you the opportunity to individually source and gain a year‘s extra work-based learning experience in a science related placement, spent either in the UK or abroad.

    How will I learn on this software engineering degree?

    You will be taught through a variety of activities and problem-solving challenges, so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge. Being able to analyse problems, implement statistical methods, research solutions and apply them in new ways are all skills that are highly valued in the computing industry, and you will be able to use them throughout your career to drive the industry forward.

    How will I be assessed?

    A wide range of assessment is used including essays, reports and end of year examinations.

    What is software engineering?

    Software engineers are professionals within the computer science industry who are responsible for developing software and systems for the operation of businesses. They apply their practical skills and knowledge of programming languages and software engineering principles to develop and improve everything from applications and software products to games, operating systems and network control systems. As the reliance on smart devices increases, so will the demand for software engineering.

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Careers and Employability

There is an increasing demand for skilled and qualified software engineers. This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of roles including your career in Software Engineering, including software programming, systems analysis and software testing.

Our graduates have gone on to work in Software Engineering jobs with employers such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Barclaycard.

Commonly, they work in the following job roles:

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Architect
  • Software Designer
  • Embedded Software Engineer
  • Software Quality Engineer/Analyst
  • Cyber Security Manager
  • Games applications developer
  • PHP Developer
  • Software Testing Engineer
  • Software Configuration Manager
  • Software Engineering Manager