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University of Manchester

Software Engineering

UCAS Code: GG64

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

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A*,A

Grades A*A*A including A*A* in mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The Mathematics should contain a significant pure element (the Use of Mathematics or Core Mathematics does not satisfy this requirement). General Studies is welcome, but is not normally included as part of the standard offer. Typical Contextual Offer: Grades A*AA including Mathematics and a Science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The Mathematics should contain a significant pure element (the Use of Mathematics or Core Mathematics does not satisfy this requirement). General Studies is welcome, but is not normally included as part of the standard offer.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Applications are considered on an individual basis, e.g. additional educational achievements, life experience and skills. Please contact the University for further information. Our standard academic requirements include 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 30 credits should be with a Distinction grade (15 of which must be in mathematics), plus 15 credits with a Merit grade in a science-related subject. Students are also required to have a Grade A* in A-level Mathematics with a pure element.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects, including Mathematics and a scientific bias subject, is taken. Conditional offers will be set on an individual basis but are likely to include achieving Grade D1-D3 in three Principal Subjects including D2 in Mathematics and a scientific bias subject.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including: 6 GCSEs at Grade A/7 or B/6 (both numeric and letter grade) including: Mathematics (please note we do not accept Applied GCSE Mathematics courses e.g. WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy) two science subjects from computer science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Science and Additional Science. English Language is required at GCSE level with a minimum Grade of C/4. GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

38 points overall, with 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects, including 7 in Mathematics and 7 in a science subject, either Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

We consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with Grades D*D in combination with a Grade A* in A level Mathematics.

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Our A level entry requirements are Grades A*A*A, including A*A* in mathematics and a science subject, and the full Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate can be used to replace the third A-level subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with Grades DDD in combination with a Grade A* in A level Mathematics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

MM

We consider the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with Grades MM plus the two A levels at Grades A*A* including mathematics and a science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with Grades D*D in combination with a Grade A* in A level Mathematics.

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Our A level entry requirements are Grades A*A*A, including A*A* in mathematics and a science subject, and the full National Extended Certificate can be used to replace the third A-level subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with Grades DDD in combination with a Grade A* in A level Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

M

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with Grade M plus the two A levels at Grades A*A* including mathematics and a science subject.

We normally require Grade A in Highers Mathematics and Grades AAAA in four further Highers subjects with a scientific bias. The Highers must be taken in one sitting. Or: Three Advanced Highers at Grades AAB, including AA in Advanced Highers Mathematics and a science subject, either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Computer Science. Two Highers in different subjects can replace the third Advanced Higher subject. English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade 3). If a physical science has not been taken at Higher/Advanced Higher we require TWO science subjects at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grades AB/Intermediate 2 Grades AB/Standard Grade Credit level).

We normally require Grade A in Highers Mathematics and Grades AAAA in four further Highers subjects with a scientific bias. The Highers must be taken in one sitting. Or: Three Advanced Highers at Grades AAB, including AA in Advanced Highers Mathematics and a science subject, either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Computer Science. Two Highers in different subjects can replace the third Advanced Higher subject. English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade 3). If a physical science has not been taken at Higher/Advanced Higher we require TWO science subjects at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grades AB/Intermediate 2 Grades AB/Standard Grade Credit level).

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and this can be used in combination with two A level subjects including mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Our A level entry requirements are Grades A*A*A including A*A* in mathematics and a science subject. The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate can be used to replace the third A-level subject.

UCAS Tariff

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Computer science

Software engineering

Software systems are the cornerstones of all modern business. Such systems are often complex and long lived, and must be robust and adaptable. By studying software design and production techniques, this degree programme will equip you with the skills needed to follow a career specifying and developing these systems, and other computer-based solutions.

You will gain not only knowledge and practical experience of the latest technologies, but also a grounding in the underlying principles of the subject. It is this combination of skills that enable our graduates to keep pace with this fast moving subject, and secure financially rewarding careers that can be pursued almost anywhere in the world.

This four-year full-time MEng programme enhances the contents of the equivalent three-year BSc programme by enabling you to study specialised topics to a greater depth and broaden your skills and experience with a period in industry, enterprise related courses, and industrially-focused project work. The enhancements enable you to develop an in depth specialist knowledge across a range of computing subjects, including some covered by the MSc in Advanced Computer Science. They also allow you to understand the business skills needed to develop and manage a successful business exploiting computing technology.

**Special Features**

Examines the fundamentals of the business environments within which complex software systems are deployed.

On graduating from this programme you will fulfil the educational requirements needed to become a chartered engineer.

Course units and themes of particular relevance to software engineering include:
- Software Engineering Project.

- Distributed Systems Development

- Information Systems Modelling.

- Specification of Software Systems

- Software Evolution.

- Software Quality.

- Agile Methods.

- Data Integration and Analysis.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£24,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Department of Computer Science

TEF rating:

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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.

80%
high
Computer science

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.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

88%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

32%
UK students
68%
International students
72%
Male students
28%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A*
A

Computing

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

14%
UK students
86%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
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.

Computer science

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.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
65%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

82%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
4%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
3%
Information technology technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

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.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

78%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
5%
Business, research and administrative professionals
3%
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.

Computer science

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

£30k

£30k

£32k

£32k

£39k

£39k

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.

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.

£30k

£30k

£32k

£32k

£39k

£39k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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