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International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
- Gain real-world experience that’s relevant to your future career.
- Develop your knowledge of database design and manipulation.
- Study major programming languages and various modern frameworks.
- Learn to produce high-quality, large-scale web, mobile and desktop applications.
- Work on real client software projects
On this course, you’ll learn how to design, implement, and test complex, high-quality and large-scale software applications that can be used in enterprise environments. You’ll develop the skills you’ll need to work as a professional software developer using modern approaches which can be applied to new and emerging technologies.
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.
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How you learn
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 practical skills in creating software applications through 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.
You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate on real-world projects to produce software prototypes 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’ll create your own software application, guided by a dedicated project supervisor. As part of this project, you’ll 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:
- hands-on lab sessions and tutorials
- regular feedback
- teamwork and group-based learning
- practice-based applied learning
You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include
- access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
- access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
- industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities
Course leaders and tutors
Staff profile for Jamie Hufford
You’ll have the opportunity to complete a year-long work placement between your second and third year. A placement is widely recognised as the gold standard opportunity to gain personal and professional development through real-world experience.
You will be encouraged to take up this opportunity, as it will benefit your long-term career prospects and salary level, as well as your academic achievements and degree classification. Your course will prepare you to succeed in your placement and you will be supported throughout it.
Your placement will allow you to apply the knowledge and skills gained on your course, in areas such as web development, mobile applications, backend software and desktop solutions.
Students from this course have worked with companies such as:
- CSE Servelec
- SN Systems
Your placement year will allow you to gain an Applied Professional Diploma in addition to your degree which will enhance your graduate profile and give you the edge with future employers.
You’ll also be supported to take advantage of work experience opportunities throughout your course, through access to a range of support activities, resources, and employer events from your Employability Team. This will further enhance your employability skillset, confidence, and opportunity-awareness to help you succeed in your career after graduating.
In your first and second years you’ll work in a group on a real client-based project. You’ll analyse their requirements, then design, implement and test a prototype which you’ll present to your client. This will allow you to experience the types of demands faced by commercial software engineers – as well as increasing your confidence while you’re applying for your work placements.
Students have worked on live projects for clients including Next, XLN, Elanco and Elaros (Digital Health). These have included using augmented reality and 3D technologies, machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, cloud services and mobile development. Students have often found placements with the client as a result of the excellent work they’ve done for these live projects.
Throughout the course there are numerous opportunities for you to engage with career management, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations, visits and professional advisers.
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:
- Raspberry Pi Foundation
Student's success story
Niall Hogan studies BENG (Hons) Software Engineering with us and has been on placement with technology-driven language and market specialists, Guildhawk in Sheffield. Read more
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.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you’ll work with and have access to:
- modern software IDEs including Visual Studio
- industry-standard software
- state-of-the-art hardware
- IoT and SBC devices
We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.
Learn more about your department
Computing facilities tour
Take a look around the facilities and equipment in the Department of Computing at Sheffield Hallam University.
This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:
- BBC-BBB at A Level.
- DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
- Merit overall from a T level qualification
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies
- 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.
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.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be provided directly to all applicants for September 2023.
You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.
|Module: Databases And System Modelling||Credits: 20||
|Module: Programming||Credits: 20||
|Module: Software Projects||Credits: 60||
|Module: Web Development||Credits: 20||
|Module: Introduction To Software Engineering||Credits: 40||
|Module: Professional Software Projects||Credits: 40||
|Module: Systems Programming||Credits: 20||
|Module: Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 1||Credits: 20||
|Module: Game Development||Credits: 20||
|Module: Handling Data In The Cloud||Credits: 20||
|Module: Mobile Applications Development||Credits: 20||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Development Project||Credits: 40||
|Module: Management Of It Projects||Credits: 20||
|Module: Software Architecture And Design||Credits: 40||
|Module: Contemporary Software Engineering||Credits: 20||
|Module: Machine Learning Algorithms And Heuristics||Credits: 20||
|Module: Robotics||Credits: 20||
|Module: Secure Software Engineering||Credits: 20||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 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.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
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.Additional costs for Computing courses (PDF, 279.8KB)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.