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BEng (Honours) Software Engineering

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BEng (Honours)

Software Engineering

Full-time Computing

Gain experience in the whole software development process and prepare for a career in software engineering.


94% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 90% in highly skilled employment or further study (2018/19 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? G600
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Gain real work experience that is relevant to your future career
  • Develop your knowledge of major programming languages, database design and manipulation, and various modern frameworks
  • Learn to produce high-quality, large-scale web, mobile and desktop applications

You’ll cover all areas of the software development process including system architecture and design, with a particular focus on developing software solutions. We work closely with local companies in Sheffield so that you can work with real clients throughout the course.

Student View

Watch student Sophia Chambers talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Jamie Hufford talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course starts by helping you develop strong practical skills in developing software applications though lectures and hands-on tutorial sessions. These sessions will build your understanding of how and when to use appropriate processes, tools, technologies and project management practices.

Those fundamental skills are further developed through introducing you to real-world projects where you will collaborate in small teams to produce software prototypes and projects introduced and inspired by industry. Tackling projects found in industry will help prepare you for a career in software engineering, all within a supportive learning environment.

During your final year, you will create a significant software deliverable, guided by a dedicated project supervisor. As part of this individual project, you will undertake research, and apply new skills while you create a software product that you can be proud of.

The combination of teaching methods applied across the course will allow you to develop a range of skills through practical implementation, problem-solving activities, and teamwork, allowing you to take an active approach to learning and encouraging self-development. 

You learn through

  • lectures
  • hands-on lab sessions and tutorials
  • regular feedback
  • teamwork and group-based learning
  • practice-based applied learning
  • discussions
  • self-study

Course leaders and tutors

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Jamie Hufford
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Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange an optional year-long work placement between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career by immersing yourself in the industry you have been learning about. 

Previous students have worked at organisations such as Intel, IBM, 3Squared, SN Systems and CSC Servlec. Students have the opportunity to practice development skills while on placement, from web development to mobile applications to backend software and desktop solutions.

You are supported by placement tutors and a placement team through the process of successfully getting a placement and then while on placement.

Live projects

In your first and second years you will work in a group on a real client-based project. You will analyse their requirements, then design, implement and test a prototype which you will present to your client. This will allow you to experience the types of demands faced by commercial software engineers and increase your confidence while you are applying for your work placements.

Students have worked on live projects for Next, XLN, Elanco, Elaros (Digital Health), and more. Projects have included the use of augmented reality and 3D technologies, machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, cloud services and mobile development. Students have often found placements as a result of the excellent work they have done for these live projects with the host company.

Networking opportunities

Throughout the course there are numerous opportunities for you to engage with career management, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations, visits, and professional advisors.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • software development
  • web-based applications
  • mobile app development
  • systems and IT support
  • project management
  • IT consultancy

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Capita
  • Plusnet
  • 3Squared
  • SkyBet
  • Raspberry Pi Foundation


This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you will work with and have access to

  • modern software IDEs including Visual Studio
  • industry-standard software
  • state-of-the-art hardware
  • AR + VR devices
  • IoT and SBC devices

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

The evidence that you provide in your personal statement and references will influence whether your application is successful. So plan what you want to say and take your time completing the application form.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Databases And System Modelling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Software Projects Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Web Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Introduction To Software Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Networked Software Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Software Projects Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Systems Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Game Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Handling Data In The Cloud Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mobile Applications Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Human Factors Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Management Of It Projects Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project (Technical Computing) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Software Architecture And Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary Software Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Machine Learning Algorithms And Heuristics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Robotics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Secure Software Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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