Software Engineering


Software engineering involves the specification, design, construction and verification of large software systems.

You will undertake a summer placement of at least ten weeks’ duration which provides valuable work experience.

Computing Science at Glasgow is ranked second for student course satisfaction in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2015.

Programme structure

Year 1

You will take a course that emphasises the principles of programming and a course on computing fundamentals.

Year 2

You will study Java programming, object-oriented software engineering, data structures and algorithms, algorithmic foundations, computer systems and web application development.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Degrees in Arts, Life Sciences, Science and Social Sciences.

Years 3, 4 and 5

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4), you will study courses which present a practical, design-oriented approach to computing. These courses cover software engineering itself and related topics such as databases, human–computer interaction and real-time systems. You will also take a particular set of courses in your final year.

Practical work is an essential part of the degree programme and in third year you will take part in a software engineering team project. 

Fourth-year individual projects have a software engineering focus. These practical projects carry considerable weight in the final assessment.

Software Engineering can be taken as an MSci, which includes an additional year. 

Faster route

If you have exceptional grades it is possible to follow a faster route, which allows you to complete a standard BSc (Hons) or MSci degree in one year less than usual, by being exempted from most of the first-year computing science material.

Our international links

You may apply to study abroad in your second year.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2016


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Mathematics at B or above.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA or AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2016.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Mathematicss at grade B or above, or alternatively Maths at C AND Computing at B or above. Please note that ICT is not acceptable as a substitute for Computing.

See Access Glasgow for pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include 3 HL subjects at 6,6,5. Must have Mathematics and one other Science subject at minimum HL5/SL6. Maths Studies is not acceptable for entry.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Science European Requirements [pdf]

Accepted Science subjects

Accepted Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Human Biology
  • Information Systems
  • Managing Environmental Resources
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science (Double Syllabus)
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

Faster route

  • A-levels: AAA, including A in Computing. Also Mathematics at Grade B.
  • Advanced Highers: AAA, including A in Computing. Also Mathematics at Grade B.
  • International Baccalaureate: 38 points overall with 6,6,5 at higher level including Computing Science and Mathematics.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

University of Glasgow Software Engineering students are in demand across all sectors of the industry. Recent graduates work in sectors like financial services (Goldman Sachs, J P Morgan), gaming (Spil) and enterprise (HP).


Our single honours graduates in Computing Science and Software Engineering and joint honours graduates in Electronic & Software Engineering are recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist (CSci). Honours graduates are recognised by the BCS and the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) for partially meeting the requirement for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). These programmes have also been awarded the Euro-Info Bachelor Label.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


  • KIS
    Software Engineering: G430
  • KIS
    Software Engineering (Faster route): 0P31


  • KIS
    Software Engineering: G610
  • KIS
    Software Engineering (Faster route): 0VB3

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.