BSc (Hons) Software Engineering

Software Engineers are programming architects, who apply computer science, engineering and mathematical analysis to the design and development of large, complex, and critical software systems. This programme provides you with a comprehensive grounding in computer science, while equipping you with the specialist skills required for a profession in software engineering and design. Software Engineering has been a major research theme at Lancaster since 1986.

Structure and Fees

First Year Degree

Second Year Degree

Final Year Degree

International €15,000

EU €9,000

International €15,000

EU €9,000

International €15,000

EU €9,000

Degree Facts

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)

Delivery mode: Full time

Language: English


Entry requirements

A Level: AAB

Computing A Level: We are committed to encouraging the adoption of the new A level Computing curriculum. 

GCSE: Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4

IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. 

Other Qualifications
International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC: Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Please contact us if you have any questions!


Intake Dates

23 September 2020


Our programme provides you with a comprehensive grounding in computer science, while equipping you with the specialist skills required for a profession in software engineering and design. You will gain the technical knowledge and experience to manage and develop high-quality, well-designed software systems, along with an understanding of business and system requirements. This programme is accredited by the British Computing Society (BCS) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Based around our dedicated Software Engineering Design Studio, your first year will provide you with the fundamentals of computer science, software development, and digital and information systems, allowing you to gain the essential knowledge needed for analysis and design. You will also begin to develop complex computer programming skills, learning to write, analyse, debug, test, and document computer programmes.

Your second and third years offer advanced modules, including Distributed Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, and Languages and Compilation. In addition to developing your foundational understanding, programming, and software design skills, you will explore social, ethical and professional issues related to the discipline and will complete a group project. These will allow you to develop the working knowledge and skills to overcome the challenges of designing, developing and evaluating real-world software systems.

You will also undertake a variety of software design-based modules, ensuring you gain a broad and robust level of skills and experience. These projects will develop your data analysis, graphical, report writing and presentation skills.

Your final year will also give you the opportunity to undertake an individual project. In this project you will work closely with one of our academics, allowing you to use and further develop the skills acquired throughout your degree.

Year One Modules

Digital Systems
Fundamentals of Computer Science
Information Systems
Software Development

Year Two Modules

Advanced Programming
Computer Networks
Human-Computer Interaction
Operating Systems
Social, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing
Software Design
Software Design Studio Project I 

Year Three Modules

Distributed Systems
Internet Applications Engineering
Languages and Compilation
Security and Risk
Software Design Studio Project II 
Software Design Studio Project III 

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