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Queen's University Belfast

Software Engineering

UCAS Code: G605

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

AAB to include Mathematics, Computing or Software Systems Development OR AAB to include Chemistry, ICT, Physics, Technology or Double Award Applied ICT (Not Single Award). GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C. A-level General Studies and Critical Thinking are normally excluded from offers. However, the grade achieved may be taken into account when results are published in August and may be used in a tie-break situation.

Considered on an individual basis. Contact the Admissions and Access Service for further advice at: admissions@qub.ac.uk

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36-34

Successful completion of IB Diploma with 34 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level to include Higher Level Mathematics. OR Successful completion of IB Diploma with 36 points overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level to include Higher Level Chemistry or Physics.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3-H2,H3,H3,H3,H4,H4


H2H3H3H3H3H3 at Higher Level to include H3 Mathematics. OR H2H2H3H3H3H3 at Higher Level to include H3 Chemistry or Physics + Ordinary Level Mathematics grade 04.

Successful completion of BTEC National Extended Diploma (180 Credits at Level 3) with 160 credits at Distinction and 20 credits at Merit. Must be relevant National Extended Diploma – normally Computing, IT Practioners. Other National Extended Diplomas considered on an individual basis. GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Considered on an individual basis taking into account performance in Scottish Highers. Students with good results in their Scottish Highers will be considered if they are taking a relevant Advanced Higher subject.

UCAS Tariff

136-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

5years

Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Software engineering

Software is a fundamental part of today's 'digital society', controlling everything from the results that are displayed when you use a search engine, how we interact on social media, through to how video is streamed and rendered on your smartphone. Without software, the forms of communication, interaction and knowledge processing that we all take for granted today could not exist. In the future, software will become so embedded in our lives that virtually all of our human process will be affected by the design and development of software. In particular, software engineers are concerned with developing and maintaining software systems in a manner that is efficient, reliable and affordable. Software engineers must also understand the needs of those who will use the software, and be able to create products that are capable, safe and intuitive. This degree programme is designed to equip graduates with the analytical, reasoning and practical skills they will need to design, develop and deploy large software systems.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£4,275
per year
International
£20,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£4,275
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen's University Belfast

Department:

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

64%
low
Software engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Software engineering

Teaching and learning

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
68%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
37%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£22,128
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
59%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

83%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Customer service occupations
4%
Information technology technicians
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.

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