The Software Engineering for Business (SWfB) degree is a result of the collaboration between top UK employers and universities. Leading graduate employers have designed the framework for the Software Engineering for Business degree, to give you the mix of technical and professional skills they need. This up-to-date industry-led course combines academic study of a traditional degree with input from businesses throughout the course. The course will give you the knowledge, skills, and professional competency necessary to begin practice as a software engineer in a business environment.
You will get exposure to up-to-date issues facing the IT industry through weekly Guru Lectures and you will also be invited to exclusive employer/university events, competitions, mock interview sessions and industrial placements.
The course will give you the knowledge, skills, and professional competence necessary to begin practice as a software engineer in a business environment. Core topics include software engineering principles, programming techniques, solutions to complex problems, innovative software design, professional practice, software lifecycle, interpersonal skills, business solutions, cyber security and cross-platform web development.
You will learn about new technologies and modern innovations, demonstrating that you understand the changing nature of emerging technologies.
Software Engineering for Business is accredited by the Tech Partnership (a growing network of employers creating the skills for the digital economy) as a Tech Industry Gold degree.
Year 1 Modules
ECS401U Procedural Programming (15 credits)
ECS427U Professional and Research Practice (15 credits)
ECS404U Computer Systems and Networks (15 credits)
ECS407U Logic and Discrete Structures (15 credits)
ECS414U Object Oriented Programming (15 credits)
ECS417U Fundamentals of Web Technology (15 credits)
ECS418U Business Modelling (15 credits)
ECS419U Information Systems Analysis (15 credits)
Semester 1 and 2
ECS422U Skills of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (non-credit bearing module)
Year 2 Modules
ECS501U C Programming (15 credits)
ECS505U Software Engineering (15 credits)
ECS510U Algorithms and Data Structures in an Object-Oriented Framework (15 credits)
ECS524U Internet Applications and Protocols (15 credits)
ECS506U Software Engineering Project (15 credits)
ECS518U Operating Systems (15 credits)
ECS519U Database Systems (15 credits)
ECS522U Graphical User Interfaces (15 credits)
Final Year Modules
ECS635U Project (30 credits)
ECS646U Software Development and Quality (15 credits)
ECS639U Web Programming (15 credits)
Plus one module from:
ECS607U Data Mining (15 credits)
ECS609U Project Risk Management (15 credits)
ECS610U Computer Graphics (15 credits)
ECS640U Big Data Processing (15 credits)
ECS642U Embedded Systems (15 credits)
ECS650U Semi-Structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling (15 credits)
ECS635U Project (cont) (30 credits)
Plus three modules from:
ECS612U Interaction Design (15 credits)
ECS622U Product Development (15 credits)
ECS624U C++ for Image Processing (15 credits)
ECS629U Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)
ECS637U Digital Media and Social Networks (15 credits)
ECS647U Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (15 credits)
ECS655U Security Engineering (15 credits)
ECS656U Distributed Systems (15 credits)
PLEASE NOTE THAT ELECTIVE MODULE AVAILABILITY IS SUBJECT TO TIMETABLING CONSTRAINTS AND THAT MODULES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
2018 Entry requirements
|A-Level||Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.|
|IB||International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.|
|BTEC||See our detailed subject and grade requirements|
|Access HE||We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements. An additional entry Maths test will be required if you do not hold GCSE Mathematics at grade B.|
|GCSE||Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4 and Maths at grade B or 5.|
|Contextualised admissions||We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.|
2017 Entry requirements
Tariff/Grades requirement: ABB GCSE Maths grade B or above.
Check www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk for the most up-to-date information on all our degree programmes.
Vocational or applied A-levels
Acceptability: Accepted and subject to the above tariff requirements for A levels.
Must be in related subject, ICT/Computing.
BTEC Extended Diploma
Pass with D*DD in ICT/Computing with grade B GCSE Maths.
BTEC Diploma (120 Credit)
Pass with D*D in ICT/Computing with grade B in A-level Maths.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (60 Credit)
Pass with D*. These qualifications are acceptable ONLY if offered with two appropriate A-levels, ie Maths/ICT grade B.
These qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
These qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Pass with 45 credits in Access in Computing at level 3, of which 30 credits must be Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or Higher. An additional entry maths test will be required if you do not hold GCSE Mathematics grade B.
Acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications. Subjects and grades required: 34 points overall. Must include either HL English grade 4 or SL English grade 4 or above.
General Admissions Entry Requirements
English Language Proficiency
All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.
Vocational and Other Qualifications
The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application for individual advice.
If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.
We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.
European and International Applicants
Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.
Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to advise you further.
For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
See our information and guidance on how to apply.
Learning and teaching
Classes include lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorial sessions. In lectures, you will learn core material, while in laboratory and tutorial sessions you will work on problem-based learning activities in smaller classes. You will spend 15-20 hours per week in lectures, as well as undertaking independent work and study. You will meet with your personal adviser regularly to ensure that you are settling in and progressing well. Throughout your programme, we highlight issues relevant to the professional context of your studies. We strongly encourage you to get experience of applying your knowledge and skills through paid or unpaid work opportunities or a year-long industrial placement.
For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study and laboratory sessions you attend, along with your reading and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Assessment for most modules is through a combination of examination and coursework. Coursework can take many different forms appropriate to the individual module. Laboratory-based modules are often assessed through practical assignments, while more theoretical modules may be assessed through exercise sheets or written assignments. Project work, both group and individual, forms a significant component of assessment in your programme. During your second year, you will undertake an extended group project and during your final year, you will undertake a substantial individual project. You will be guided in your project work by a supervisor, who will meet with you regularly and advise you on both academic content and project management issues. Projects are normally assessed through a combination of written report, practical demonstration and oral examination.
Fees and finance
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.