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G600 MEng Software Engineering (4 Years)

This four-year MEng Software Engineering degree will enable you to adapt software engineering to new technologies and challenges and create the next generation of software systems. Key areas of study include programming, software design, analysis, quality assurance and project management, giving you skills that are highly regarded by leading employers.

Introducing your degree

Software engineering drives the fundamental technologies of today’s connected world. Take the opportunity to develop the skills to create the next generation of software systems.

Programme Overview

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Our distinctive MEng Software Engineering will build upon the BEng Software Engineering and give you the chance to learn how software engineering must adapt to deal with new technologies and challenges.

You will further develop your skills in:

  • programming
  • software design
  • analysis
  • quality assurance
  • project management

In your fourth year, you will take part in a group design project, working with a real industry customer or solving challenging problems through imaginative application of technology.

Major employers worldwide are keen to employ our graduates – in system development, information technology and communications in the IT sector, and in the finance, service, communications and entertainment industries.

We have strong relationships with employers, and our graduates are particularly in demand for their understanding of organisations and their practical abilities in the workplace. We have our own Careers Hub website and run an annual careers fair.

View the programme specification document for this course


Our MEng in Software Engineering is accredited by the British Computer Society and by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Programme Structure

Students undertake four years of study. Each year there are compulsory Software Engineering modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests. Years 3 and 4 in particular provide opportunities for advanced software development.

This programme can also be offered with a year in industry.

To Apply

All undergraduate applications for Electronics and Computer Science should be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details.

Key Facts

Southampton University has pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years

We are in the top 10% in the UK for the volume and quality of our Computer Science research (REF 2014)

100% of our Computer Science research impact is world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

We have been ranked in the UK top ten for Computer Sciences for over ten years by the Guardian University Guide

Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Computer Science in the 2016 QS World Rankings

We are one of only 13 universities recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the UK Government and our academics are playing a leading role in establishing a European Data Science Academy

We are number one in the UK for graduate prospects in Computer Science in the Complete University Guide 2017

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements


GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:
GCE A-level

A*AA (Including an A in Mathematics, or equivalent international qualification)

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as one of the three A levels

Other Qualifications:

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC Higher National Diploma, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard (or higher) to an A level applicant.

International Qualifications

We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website.

Mature Applicants

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are may be eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application. UCAS code:G600 Course title: MEng Software Engineering Course duration: 4 years


Year 3

In this year, you must take at least two specialised modules.

Part III Individual Project
Engineering Management and Law
Optional (Specialised)
Cyber Security
Cloud Application Development
Advanced Databases
Real-Time Computing and Embedded Systems
Serious Games
Computer Vision
Machine Learning
Social Computing
Advanced Computer Networks
Computational Biology
Principles and Practice of Computer Graphics
Secure Systems
Game Design and Development
Robotic Systems
Advanced Computer Architecture
Operational Research

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are being taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules.

The technical skills you will obtain are in high demand, as are the skills of understanding and analysing problems together with communicating the results.

Major technology organisations have a special need for software engineers. You could end up as part of the team writing the next version of Windows, devising a computer based stock control system for an automotive manufacturer, or writing a secure web-based customer interface for a US music distributor.

What ECS students say

Electronics and Computer Science students talk about their plans for the future.


Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at


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