Computer Science (Software Engineering)

BSc (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year

The foundation year will provide you with a firm grounding in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills. You'll study the following modules.

Core modules

  • Preparing for Learning in Higher Education
  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Web Skills and Technologies
  • Computer Science in Context Group Project

Optional modules

  • Foundation Maths 1
  • Foundation Maths A
  • Foundation Maths 2
  • Foundation Maths B

BSc (Hons) with a Year Abroad

You will have the opportunity to apply to spend the third year studying overseas at one of our partner universities. During your year abroad, you will follow a programme of study that will be agreed between yourself and us prior to your departure. You will take all assessments set by the host university while you are abroad, for which marks will be awarded and a final transcript released. The year abroad contributes 10% towards your final degree classification.

BSc (Hons) with an Industrial Placement

In your third year, you are given the opportunity to complete a year-long paid work placement, gaining valuable experience by applying the skills you have already acquired in Years 1 and 2 to the workplace. You will spend at least 30 weeks working full-time on an industrial placement of your choosing, learning important skills and submitting written reports, a presentation and keeping a diary of your activities and achievements.

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £15,300

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £10,650

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

*Please note, fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

About the 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.

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. We also give you the opportunity to gain industrial experience through Seed Software, our in-house software development company.

Our degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), meaning you gain full exemption from the BCS’s Professional Examination as well as partial Chartered Engineer accreditation. This is the highest BCS award that undergraduate courses can achieve.


BSc (Hons)

4 years


BSc (Hons)

4 years


BSc (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

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 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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.