Faculty of Science and Engineering

Computer Science (Software Engineering)

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: G600

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

A common first year across all of our courses covers the fundamental aspects of the subject. Assessment is a mix of exams and coursework, generally 50:50 in the first year and leaning towards coursework in later years. Example first-year coursework includes building a small game or business application in C#, a performance analysis of different software algorithms and a presentation on different aspects of computer hardware.

Your programming skills will be developed using C# and the paradigm of Object Oriented Programming – there are pathways for those with no or little programing experience, and for those who are already accomplished programmers.

Due to the common first year, you can easily switch your degree course at any point until the start of Year 2, when more specialist material begins to be introduced.

Core modules

  • Computer Systems

    Gain an overview of what makes the computer perform tasks the programmers ask it to perform. You'll look at basic hardware of the computer, the architecture of a computer system and operating systems, as well as the functionalities required to handle and manage memory and processor times in the presence of multiple users and services.

  • Quantitative Methods for Computing

    Learn and understand some of the key mathematical concepts that underpin and provide the theoretical basis of modern computing.

  • ​Software Engineering and Human Computer Interaction​

    This module takes you beyond programming to software engineering, the discipline concerned with all aspects of complex software production. You'll explore methods for improving planning and software quality, effective elicitation and modelling of software requirements using constrained languages, use cases and state automata, and focus on design for effective human-computer interaction.

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Programming and Algorithmic Thinking

    This module provides a foundation for students new to programming, or want to further develop existing programming skills. Develop a practical skill that requires both logic and creativity, from understanding basic syntax to constructing bigger and more complex systems, and comparing and evaluating different programming approaches.

  • Programming Paradigms

    You will build on your existing programming experience and start to explore the use of professional development tools and techniques. The primary programming language for this module is C#.

  • Object Oriented Programming and Principles

    This module is designed to build upon the basic knowledge of programming, to reinforce fundamental concepts and develop awareness of the issues involved in the implementation of larger-scale software.

  • Software Project-Based Learning

    Following on from Programming Paradigms, you will apply your programming and development skills as part of a team to produce a solution to a real-world problem scenario.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

In the second year of your degree, you will begin to specialise more in the area of software development.

Core modules

  • Systems Analysis, Design and Process

    This module aims to introduce the tasks of elicitation, modelling and validation of the requirements of an information system. It includes a combination of lectures, practical classes and substantial group-based activity.

  • Information Systems and Web Technologies

    Explore the concepts, principles and guidelines which underpin the design and implementation of information systems, including network based information systems and enterprise systems. Information system design is introduced from an organisational context and the enabling technologies will also be considered.

  • Software Engineering

    The module offers both theoretical and practical study of software engineering with an object oriented perspective. You'll cover analysis, design, implementation and testing and the use of frameworks, components and patterns.

  • Networking and User Interface Design

    This module introduces you to computer networks and the practical problems associated with such interconnections. It also addresses technologies and the role that these play in creating the user interface for enterprise business web applications.

  • Advanced Programming (C++)

    Gain an in-depth knowledge of object-oriented programming. You’ll use C++ as a vehicle to explore how language features and your high-level design decisions are executed on the CPU.

Optional modules

  • Database Techniques

    A database management system (DBMS) is a program product for keeping computerized records about an enterprise. This module introduces the full implementation of a database system from its original data analysis to a relational table's implementation.

  • Agile Software Development

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

This is the most specialist year of your degree and provides you with the opportunity to work on a major individual software project as part of your dissertation. Year 3 allows you to dig deeper into the subject, acquiring the expertise and experience that will stand you in good stead when entering industry or pursuing further study.

The highlight of the third year is the individual software project. You can choose from a range of suggested topics or propose your own idea, and you will then spend time across both semesters researching, developing, and writing about your chosen software project. Previous projects have included AI simulations, 3D games, emulators for historic computers, stock control management systems, robotics and even a Jedi lightsaber training simulator using 3D motion tracking and virtual reality.

Core modules

  • Honours Stage Project

    Show your all-round ability to tackle a substantial piece of computer-related investigation or software design in an area of your interest. You will demonstrate project, time and risk management skills and bring the task to a successful conclusion with a quality report, documentation as appropriate and presentation.

  • Languages and their Compilers

    You'lll study all aspects of computer languages, their background theory, formal specifications of languages and features of languages. You'll gain an understanding of all language both from the history of computers in the past and all current and future languages.

  • Advanced Software Engineering

    Discover the techniques for design of dependable software, drawing on recent advances and current research. You'll explore mechanisms of failure in computer systems and software, and practice techniques for preventing and managing software related hazards via safety analysis, formal specification, advanced software testing and online detection, diagnosis and control of failures.

Optional modules

  • Communicating and Teaching Computing

    Undertake a placement in a school or college to develop understanding of the education process and practical teaching and communication skills. Supporting tutorials explore models of learning, curriculum structures, lesson planning, classroom management and professional awareness.

  • Mobile Devices and Applications

  • Starting and Managing a High-Tech Business

    Explore the management, planning and development issues concerning information systems used in an organisation. A key issue is strategic planning to achieve competitive advantage through deployment of information systems, technology, software products and intellectual property. You'll also consider entrepreneurship issues associated with new high-tech business ventures..

  • Distributed Systems Programming

    Beginning with an overview of key networking technologies, relevant software patterns and distributed topologies, this module explores mechanisms for applying your existing C# knowledge to distributed systems or applications whilst considering key areas like scalability and security.

  • Computer Systems Infrastructure and Management

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More about this course

Computer science plays a vital role in driving the technological advances that we have come to take for granted. It is one of the fastest-moving fields you can experience, always offering exciting new challenges. Our course prepares you to take the lead in overcoming those challenges. By the time you graduate, you will be ready to help shape future developments in computer technology.

Our degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT. The BSc and MSc programmes fully meet the academic requirements for Chartered IT Professional and partial Chartered Engineer status, while our MEng programmes fully meet the academic requirements for both Chartered IT Professional and Chartered Engineer status. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

There are course options available if you study Computer Science (Software Engineering) at Hull. The foundation year is ideal for students who do not have the academic background for direct entry on to the degree. Choose to study a three-year BSc, or boost your employability with a year spent working in industry, a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or studying at Masters level in your final year.

We will give you a solid grounding in computer science fundamentals, but you can also specialise in the areas that interest you the most. Our programme provides a superb choice of topics, giving you the opportunity to graduate with a degree in Computer Science or – dependent on the pathways you follow – one of our more specialised degrees. We offer specific support to anyone wishing to pursue a teaching career.

Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

Computer Science at Hull was rated joint sixth for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2017.

Links to companies like Microsoft, Sony and Electronic Arts ensure our courses stay industry standard, up to date and relevant.

Take part in a variety of extracurricular events, from industry speakers to competitions - including our 'Three Thing Game', where teams have just 24 hours to build a a computer game.

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Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • GCSE: Maths at Grade 4 or C is required, English language or literature at Grade 4 or C is preferred

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with merits in a minimum of 23 credits (including some science or maths) Suitable diplomas include Computing/Science/Maths 

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

The applications of computers and computing continue to grow in industry, in commerce and in pure and applied research. Our graduates have moved into all of these areas for their first employment – joining computer manufacturers, software houses and IT departments – while others have undertaken postgraduate study and research. Hull graduates have recently gained employment with, among others, Sony, the BBC, Government Communications Headquarters, Logica, Dell Computers, Fujitsu, and News International.

In designing our degree programmes, we aim to provide you with a good theoretical and practical training which will interest potential employers and equip you with the tools to undertake further study.

The University has an excellent Careers Service, which gives individual advice to students about possible careers. It also arranges recruiting visits by prospective employers during your final year. The University does consistently well in the ‘graduate employment’ category of national surveys, and it has one of the lowest graduate unemployment rates in the UK.

Research is an important part of the department’s academic work, and there are opportunities for graduates to undertake research leading to an MSc or PhD, or both. Current research interests in the department include Dependable Systems, Intelligent Systems, and Simulation and Visualization.