BSc (Hons)
Computer Science (Software Engineering)

Why study BSc Computer Science (Software Engineering) at Goldsmiths

Develop the skills you need to pursue a career in software design and development, with a focus on software engineering techniques.

  • In this BSc Computer Science pathway, you'll become a specialist in software engineering techniques. This is excellent preparation for a career in software design and development.
  • On the degree you'll learn to develop software using advanced coding techniques, gaining an understanding of the full power of modern programming languages. 
  • You'll explore the security issues raised by the development of networked software systems.
  • You'll develop databases using advanced data storage techniques (such as NoSQL), and you'll build applications using object-orientated programming languages and dynamic web tools.
  • The degree is hands-on and practical from the start. You'll gain experience working on projects using a range of software development techniques, honing technical and teamwork skills for your future career.
  • In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long industry placement (making this programme four years full-time, or eight years part-time). This gives you valuable experience to build confidence and contacts, further develop your skills and industry insight, and enhance your career prospects.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Edward Anstead.

UCAS code

I300

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time; 4 years full-time with a placement year; 6-8 years part-time

Fees

Home - full-time: £9250
International - full-time: £20160

Department

Computing

Computer Science pathways

As well as this BSc Computer Science (Software Engineering), we offer several other computer science degree pathways that allow you to focus on the following specialisms:

Learn by doing
Our practical approach allows you to develop your technical skills and experience from the start of your programme.
Top facilities
As a computing student you'll have access to a wealth of specialist rooms and equipment to create cutting-edge work.
Industry experience
This degree includes the opportunity to undertake a year-long industry work placement, to enhance your career prospects.

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What you'll study

Year 1

In your first year, you'll take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Introduction to Programming 15 credits
User Experience and the Web 15 credits
Logic and Computer Architecture 15 credits
Computing Project 1 15 credits
Graphics 1 15 credits
Algorithms 1 15 credits
Identity, Agency & Environment 1 15 credits
Identity, Agency & Environment 2 15 credits

Note about optional modules (if available): The above is indicative of the typical modules offered, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. The module content and availability is subject to change.

Teaching style

This programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory sessions. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These may include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year.

Facilities

The Department of Computing has a wealth of specialist labs and facilities that enable students and academics to create cutting-edge work.

A close-up of a computer screen showing human motion capture points, with a person holding their arms out in the background.

Computing facilities at Goldsmiths include a VR lab equipped with a full multi-camera motion capture studio, similar to that used in the making of Avatar and The Last of Us.

A Goldsmiths computer suite, featuring rows of shiny iMac computers, interspersed with red chairs.

The Goldsmiths computer suites are equipped with more than 200 iMacs running Windows 10 and MacOS in parallel.

Careers

The explosive and ever-growing use of technology in business and enterprise means that there are a whole range of different career possibilities for computer science graduates, including those with a software engineering specialism.

In terms of job opportunities and salaries, the IT sector is well ahead of most other industrial and commercial sectors.

Where do Goldsmiths computing graduates work?

Some of the recent graduate-level careers for computing alumni have included:

  • Software engineer
  • Data analyst
  • Machine learning developer
  • User interface/user experience designer
  • Mobile developer
  • Full-stack web developer
  • E-learning programmer
  • Application programmer
  • App developer
  • Video game developer
  • Film special effects and post-production
  • Computer music/sound engineer
  • Database manager

Employers include:

The pace of change in the computing sector is rapid, and you may be pursuing careers and using digital methods we cannot yet imagine. You can read more about possible career options after you graduate on our computing careers page.

This programme is also a pathway into Masters-level study in a variety of computing disciplines.

Skills

Throughout the degree you will learn skills including:

  • Software engineering and development
  • Advanced programming skills
  • Advanced data techniques, including the use of SQL and NoSQL databases, and the ethics of gathering data
  • Security design
  • Interaction design
  • An understanding of contemporary computing practice
  • Computational problem solving
  • Critical, analytical, creative, reflective and interpersonal skills that will prepare you for a career in industry or research, including the ability to work independently and in groups
  • Project management
  • Teamwork and collaboration

You'll be supported throughout the programme to understand the different potential career journeys you can follow, and to build a portfolio of work to demonstrate your capability to gain employment or freelance work in that area.

Regular guest lectures from industry support the development of sector knowledge and awareness of different career paths.

Industrial placement year

If you decide to take the industrial placement year, you will develop the practical skills and real-world experience that is sought after by employers.

Some of the companies students have worked at during their work placement year recently include:

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.

Transfers

If you are a University of London student of Computing you may transfer onto the second or third year of this degree.

Alternative qualifications and experience

See our full list of undergraduate entry qualifications.

We welcome students with a range of educational experiences. If you believe you may not meet the standard qualification requirements we would still encourage you to apply because we consider all aspects of your application when making a decision. 

We’ll pay particularly careful attention to your personal statement, which is your opportunity to demonstrate your interest in the subject you’ve applied for. Your referees are also welcome to include any relevant contextual comments around your academic achievements. We’ll look at all these things when making a decision on your application, as well as your qualifications and grades, and may still be able to offer you a place.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the UG fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £20160

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our Careers Service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Placement year

If you choose to do a placement year, the fee for this year will be different to that listed. Please contact the Fees Office for details.

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