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Imperial College London

Computing (Software Engineering)

UCAS Code: G600

Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A*,A-A*,A,A,A

Must include: A* in Mathematics A*A - AAA in useful subjects Useful subjects: • Ancient Language • Biology • Chemistry • Economics • Electronics • English Literature • History • Law • Modern Languages • Philosophy • Politics • Psychology Recommended Subjects: • Further Mathematics • Physics • Computer Science The department may still consider applicants with other subject combinations where A* Mathematics is presented. Typical offers also require STEP papers. General Studies, Critical Thinking, ICT and Business Studies are not accepted. If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D2,D3-D2,D3,D3,D3


Must include: D2 in Mathematics D2, D3 - D3, D3, D3 in useful subjects Useful subjects: • Ancient Language • Biology • Chemistry • Economics • Electronics • English Literature • History • Law • Modern Languages • Philosophy • Politics • Psychology Recommended Subjects: • Further Mathematics • Physics • Computer Science The department may still consider applicants with other subject combinations where D2 Mathematics is presented. Typical offers also require STEP papers.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

39

Must include: 7 in Mathematics at higher level 7 in another relevant subject at higher level

UCAS Tariff

160-200

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11%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Software engineering

**This course is professionally accredited by IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) and BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT). As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI) on completion of this course.**

Computing is a creative and wide-ranging subject that focuses on using sound underlying principles and logical thinking to design and build systems that really work You will learn how modern computer and communications systems function, and how they can be used and adapted to build the next generation of computing applications. This course allows you to focus on the way software is engineered to form complex computing systems.

All of our Computing courses follow broadly the same structure for the first two years. Core modules give you an understanding of the basic concepts and principles of computing. We also provide a solid background in discrete mathematics (logic, sets, relations and grammars), which is the basic mathematics of computing, and classical mathematics and statistics relevant to applications engineering and management.

The central core of our courses has been designed to give you an overview of computing, an understanding of the basic concepts and principles, the ability to appreciate and to adapt to changes in technology, and practical experience in applied computing.

We place special emphasis on the fundamental principles underlying computing and on the engineering considerations involved in computing system design, implementation and usage. We will also introduce you to computing architecture and hardware, alongside the software that can exploit them.

You will attend laboratory and problem-solving classes, as well as completing project and design work throughout the course. As the course progresses, you will study advanced techniques and modules, many of which draw on current research taking place in the Department. At the end of your third year you will gain valuable skills and experience by completing an industrial placement.

Your study reaches Master’s level in the final year, with a wide choice of optional modules and a substantial individual project on a subject of your choice.

The high level of shared content between our courses for the first two years means that transfer to a different Computing course within the Department is usually possible during this time. If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa, but our International Student Support Team are here to help advise and support you.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£31,750
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£31,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Imperial College London

Department:

Computing

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Software engineering

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

32%
UK students
68%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
100%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A*
A

After graduation


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Software engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£50,000
high
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

90%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Teaching and educational professionals
4%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A specialist subject, and not surprisingly graduates tend to go into software engineering roles or related. The degree classification students achieved made a particular difference last year — computing graduates with the best grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months and employers can even rate a good grade as important as work experience. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, where average starting salaries for good graduates were getting towards £38k last year. Be aware that at the moment, recruitment agencies are much the most common way for graduates from this degree to get their first job, so it may be worth getting in touch with a few specialist agencies in advance of graduation if you take this degree to get a foot in the door.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Software engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£41k

£41k

£53k

£53k

£57k

£57k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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