Software Engineering BSc/MSci
Software engineers develop and maintain large-scale complex software infrastructures. Our programme combines theoretical computing science with the principles and practices used in the modern software industry and gives you real world experience.
The Student Tech Society at Glasgow organises regular hackathons and other coding events, bringing together students, staff and industrial software developers to solve exciting problems.
The School of Computing Science launched the pioneering Centre for Computing Science Education in 2017, in recognition of our commitment to leadership and innovation in educational practice.
You will take courses on key areas of the subject, including programming, computer systems, databases and human networks and operating systems interaction.
You will study Java programming, object-oriented software engineering, data structures and algorithms, algorithmic foundations, computer systems and web application development.
Years 3, 4 and 5
As an Honours student (years 3 and 4), you will study courses which present a practical, design-oriented approach to computing, also covering topics such as databases, software project management and real-time systems. In year 3 you will take part in a software engineering team project.
MSci with Work Placement students spend year 4 on a paid industrial internship. Students on the BSc programme undertake a 10-14 week summer placement between years 3 and 4.
The final year includes advanced courses on software engineering and an individual project with a strong software engineering research or product development focus. Students are encouraged to seek final year projects in collaboration with placement employers. BSc students can extend their degree by an additional year and graduate with an MSci.
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.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.
Our international links
You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus+ Programme and the International Exchange Programme. See Study abroad.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2019
About entry requirements
The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).
The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.
Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.
Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.
If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.
Adjusted Entry Requirements
We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.
For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.
A-levels and International Baccalaureate
The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
BSc (Hons), MSci
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
- Other mandatory requirements: Minimum of one relevant Science A-level, including practical assessment. Mathematics A-level at Grades A or B.
- Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB.
- Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: ABBB.
- Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAAAB.
- Other mandatory requirements: Highers in two Science subjects one of which is relevant to the programme applied for. Entry from S5 requires either Higher Mathematics at Grade A or Higher Mathematics at Grade B PLUS Higher Computing at Grade A. Entry from S6 requires a minimum of Grade B Higher Mathematics by the end of S5. In addition entry from S6 requires Advanced Higher Mathematics at Grade B or alternatively Advanced Higher Mathematics at Grade C PLUS EITHER Computing Higher at Grade A or Computing Advanced Higher at Grade B.
We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.
- Adjusted S5 academic entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB.
- Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: AABB-BBBBB.
- Adjusted mandatory requirements: Highers in two Science subjects one of which is relevant to the programme. Higher Mathematics at Grade B or Higher Mathematics at Grade C AND Higher Computing at Grade B.
- Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5
- Other mandatory requirements: Minimum of two relevant Science subjects at HL: SL6 will be considered for one. Mathematics at HL6 or Mathematics at HL5/SL5 plus Computing at HL6.
Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: European requirements: Arts, Science, Engineering, Accountancy, Social Sciences [pdf]
Accepted Science subjects
Accepted Science subjects:
- Computing Science
- Engineering Science
- Environmental Science
- Human Biology
- Lifeskills Mathematics
- Mathematics of Mechanics
Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.
Advanced Entry or Faster Route
Applicants who attain exceptional grades in their Advanced Highers, A-levels or International Baccalaureate may apply for Faster Route. Attending additional classes enables the four-year BSc Honours degree programme to be condensed into three years, or the five-year MSci degree programme into four years. Unique Faster Route UCAS codes should be used when submitting applications. In the event that we are unable to accept your Faster Route application, but you meet the year 1 entry requirements, you will automatically be made an offer without needing to submit an additional application.
The Entry Requirements for Faster Route are:
- A-levels: Three A-levels at Grades A*AA which include Computing and Mathematics attained at one sitting.
- Advanced Highers: AAA including Computing and Mathematics.
- IB: 38 Points with three Higher Level subjects at 6,6,5 including Computing Science and Mathematics.
Faster Route UCAS codes should be used when submitting applications
Glasgow International College
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.
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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- 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 (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* 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.
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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
University of Glasgow Software Engineering students are in demand across all sectors of the industry. Recent graduates work in sectors like media (BBC), financial services (Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan), gaming (Spil) and enterprise (HP). Some students have formed their own startup companies, with support from the University’s entrepreneurship team.
Honours graduates are eligible for membership of the British Computer Society and, after relevant work experience, they can apply to become full Chartered IT Professionals (CITP) and partial Chartered Scientists (CSci)/Chartered Engineers (CEng). MSci graduates are eligible for full CITP and partial CSci. Honours degrees hold the Euro-Inf Bachelor Quality label; MSci degrees hold the Euro-Inf Master
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:
Fees and funding
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 in recent years.
Please note Software Engineering with Work Placement and Software Engineering with Work Placement (Faster Route) are not yet approved for US Federal Loans funding. If you wish to apply for US Federal Loans funding to study on this programme please notify Carol Barnett (email@example.com).
King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMTIL) Glasgow Undergraduate Scholarship
The School of Engineering is offering a discount to students from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang wishing to complete their 3rd and 4rth year of the BSc in Software Engineering at the University of Glasgow. A progression to the MSci may be available depending on the student's performance in year 3 and 4.more information
School of Computing Science: Faster Route International Excellence Scholarships
The School aims to attract academically talented students from around the world to study an undergraduate faster route programme and provide them with an intellectually demanding, research and industry-informed education. Excellence scholarships are available to international candidates who meet the published entry thresholds for acceptance onto one of the faster route programmes in Computing Science or Software Engineering. Separate application for this scholarship is not required.more information
The University of Glasgow offer a 10% discount to student of Sun Yat-sen University who have completed the first 2 years of their undergraduate degree at Sun Yat-sen University and wish to complete their degree at the University of Glasgow.more information
College of Science and Engineering Deans' Award
The College of Science and Engineering is offering ten scholarships worth £10,000 each towards tuition fees for academically excellent students wishing to study an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught programme within the College’s programme portfolio.more information
RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.more information
RUK Excellence Scholarship 2018
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).more information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
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 www.ucas.com 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.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- 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
- 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.
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.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.