Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Our technological world is creating a huge demand for skilled professionals who can design, build and maintain computer programmes, databases and applications, to help solve problems and drive efficiencies. With a specialist degree in software engineering, you could be one of them. Launched in 2015/16, this three'year programme will give you the knowledge, skills and practical experience you need for a successful career in software, as a developer, an engineer or an entrepreneur. Our software engineering teaching has been hailed as a ‘best practice’ example of computer science education by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

You will learn from software professionals and leading academics in the field to apply engineering principles to the design, development, implementation and maintenance of all kinds of software. Developed in consultation with industry, our curriculum covers all the key areas that employers look for. You will gain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of computing and application development, from programming to software engineering, databases to web development, computer graphics to robotics, and the latest trends in information security. You will also develop a thorough understanding of modern software development methodologies and the practical experience to back it up, as well as transferrable team working, time management, coding and communication skills, and a strong professional ethos. We cover the whole process of software development in a systematic way, from initial client briefs through to costing, scheduling and efficient delivery.

From the outset you will be experimenting with programming games, robots, Gadgeteer kits, Subversion, JUnit testing, Scrum'based Agile software and more, in our well'equipped laboratories. In your final year you will have the flexibility to choose between a range of optional courses. We are a highly respected, research'focused department with a friendly approach and award'winning teaching. We offer a summer work placement programme and a dedicated personal adviser to guide you through your studies. You will also be welcome to join our thriving Computing Society. We are one of only seven departments in the UK to hold the Athena SWAN bronze award for our commitment to increasing female participation in computer science.

+ Gain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of computer science whilst developing an in'depth knowledge and skills for a successful career in software.

+ Enjoy a varied and flexible curriculum, informed by cutting'edge research and current industrial needs.

+ Join an elite department, ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Research Exercise Framework 2014).

+ 97% of our students said this programme is well organised, and 92% said it is intellectually stimulating, (National Student Survey 2015).

+ This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Course Modules

Our courses cover all the essentials of application development, from programming to software engineering, databases to web development, computer graphics to robotics, and information security. You will also explore the fundamentals of computing – what computers do, and how efficiently they do it – and learn about a host of advanced technologies, from computer games, digital sound and music, to concurrent and parallel programming, machine learning, bioinformatics, the internet of things, computational finance and more. Different courses such as Computer Science (AI) have the corresponding emphasis. For more information, see Course Finder.

Start Date:

24/09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £17,500 Overseas Fees