Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)

Entry Year: 2020

Key information

BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2020
UCAS code
Institution code
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None - your employer pays your tuition fees. In addition, you will earn a salary while you study.
Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)


Earn while you train to be a software engineer, and graduate with both a BSc and four years of work experience.

Software engineers design, build and test high-quality software solutions. They apply engineering principles to all stages of the software development process, from requirements, analysis and design to development, always ensuring security is robust. They typically work as part of a collaborative team.

This degree apprenticeship will give you all the skills and experience you need to work as a software engineer. You’ll study part-time on campus at Queen Mary, learning alongside students on our standard BSc programmes.

On the other days of the week, you’ll carry out work-based learning with one of our partner employers:

  • the BBC
  • Broadridge Financial
  • Experian
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Global
  • Goji Investments
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • John Lewis
  • KPMG
  • Sapphire Systems
  • Xantura.

How to apply

You apply for degree apprenticeships either through the National Apprenticeship Service or via the employer’s own website, rather than through UCAS.

See our list of live vacancies and application links.

There is no limit to the number of apprenticeships you can apply for, in addition to your five UCAS choices.

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Year 1

  • Procedural Programming
  • Professional and Research Practice in EECS
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Business Modelling
  • Object-­Oriented Programming
  • Information Systems Analysis

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Database Systems
  • Internet Protocols and Applications
  • Logic and Discrete Structures
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Engineering Project

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Algorithms and Data Structures in an Object-­oriented Framework
  • Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Graphical User Interfaces
  • Interaction Design
  • Software Development and Quality
  • Web Programming

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data Processing
  • Project
  • Security Engineering
  • Semi-structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Additional Costs

You may be expected to cover the cost of any resit exams.


Teaching and learning

You’ll attend Queen Mary two days per week during term-time for lectures and laboratory sessions, and spend the remaining three days with your employer.

On campus you’ll receive approximately five to 10 hours of weekly contact time, comprising lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorial sessions.

For every module taught, you'll complete a further eight to 10 hours of independent study.


Assessment typically includes a combination of  examination and coursework. There are practical assignments for laboratory-based modules, and exercise sheets or written assignments for more theoretical modules.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • an award-winning informatics teaching laboratory with more than 300 PCs
  • an antenna measurement laboratory
  • a listening room
  • a control room
  • media and arts technology studios
  • a performance lab.


Your employer will pay your Queen Mary tuition fees.

You will be paid for your work with the employer. Degree apprentices typically start on an annual salary of £14,000 – £21,000.

Visit the government apprenticeships website to access advice and resources for students, parents, teachers and employers.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


After successfully completing a BSc, most degree apprentices continue on their career path as a member of staff within their organisation.

Career support

The Queen Mary careers team can offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science carries out world-class computer science research – and applies it to real-life problems. Being taught by someone who is changing the world with his or her ideas makes for exciting lectures and ensures you stay fully up to date. 91 per cent of our computer science research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

We are proud of our excellent student-staff relations, and our diverse student body: around a quarter of our students are women and 47 countries are represented.

The School has an energetic student community, taking part in programming competitions and hack events.

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