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Sheffield Hallam University

Software Engineering

UCAS Code: G602
Master of Engineering - MEng years full-time, sandwich 2018
Master of Engineering - MEng years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Software engineering
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
83% LOW
Average graduate salary
£23k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

• 128 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General studies. Or • 120 UCAS from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Gain the knowledge and practical skills required to develop fit-for-purpose software systems using the latest software engineering methods. This course is ideal if you want to become a software developer who understands and can apply fundamental software engineering principles to construct complex software systems. Key areas include • programming • databases • networked software development • web application development • management of IT projects • software design • frameworks and architectures • industrial practice • enterprise systems. This is a practical course, which balances theory and practice to support the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of software-based systems in businesses and other organisations. It provides you with more depth of study and industrial involvement than the related BEng (Honours) Software Engineering. During the first two years, you develop the fundamental skills of software development across different web-based and database application areas. Even those who have never programmed before can become skilled developers by the time of their work placement. You cover a range of programming languages, such as C++, C# and Java, and environments such as Visual Studio, Oracle, Eclipse and Netbeans. During the first two years of study the MEng course content matches the BEng, during this time it is possible to transfer to or from the BEng. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. In your third year, you can put what you’ve learned into practice with a one-year paid work placement. In your fourth year, you are introduced to additional specialised and application oriented skills and techniques required to design, develop and manage software applications, which are more open-ended and require more creativity. The final MEng year focuses on developing teamwork and leadership, integrating different skills in application development. You complete individual and group projects, industrial case studies and present your work to professional practitioners. Placements and work experience Work placements offer you valuable experience, and an enjoyable year applying your knowledge and skills. We can help you to gain a placement and support you through the application process. Previous students have worked at organisations including • Intel • IBM • 3Squared • SN Systems • CSC Servelec. You also apply your programming skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems. This includes a second year project where you work as a team with a commercial client to deliver a software prototype to them.


**Year one modules** • mathematics for software engineering • component programming • professionalism and communication skills • fundamentals of programming • introduction to requirements and systems modelling • fundamentals of computer architecture **Year two modules** • software engineering: concepts and methods • group software development project • database systems for software applications • networked software development • object-oriented programming • web application development **Year three** • work placement **Year four modules** • management of IT projects • applications: architectures and frameworks • case studies in software design • research methods and professionalism • two options **Year four options**• effective C++ programming • programming 'things' • mobile applications • cloud computing **Final year modules** • multiprocessing and parallel systems • group project • individual project • software studio planning • advanced software engineering • enterprise systems and security

Sheffield Hallam University

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Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 84%
Student score 77% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
5% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
289 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
78% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 83% LOW
Average graduate salary £23k MED
Graduates who are information technology technicians


Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Graduates who are customer service occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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