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MEng Software Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

1st Year Team Projects - Computer Science UoM

Software systems are the cornerstones of all modern business. Such systems are often complex and long lived, and must be robust and adaptable. By studying software design and production techniques, this degree programme will equip you with the skills needed to follow a career specifying and developing these systems, and other computer-based solutions.

You will gain not only knowledge and practical experience of the latest technologies, but also a grounding in the underlying principles of the subject. It is this combination of skills that enable our graduates to keep pace with this fast moving subject, and secure financially rewarding careers that can be pursued almost anywhere in the world.

This four-year full-time MEng programme enhances the contents of the equivalent three-year BSc programme by enabling you to study specialised topics to a greater depth and broaden your skills and experience with a period in industry, enterprise related courses, and industrially-focused project work. The enhancements enable you to develop an in depth specialist knowledge across a range of computing subjects, including some covered by the MSc in Advanced Computer Science. They also allow you to understand the business skills needed to develop and manage a successful business exploiting computing technology.

Special features

Prof Steve Furber, ICL Professor in Computer Engineering

Students should leave here bursting with enthusiasm for the subject and with ideas that will transform the world over coming decades.

They'll also gain capabilities that are greatly in demand with prospective employers and PhD supervisors.

Prof Steve Furber / ICL Professor in Computer Engineering
  • Examines the fundamentals of the business environments within which complex software systems are deployed.
  • On graduating from this programme you will fulfil the educational requirements needed to become a chartered engineer. 
  • Course units and themes of particular relevance to software engineering include:
    • Software Engineering Project.
    • Distributed Systems Development
    • Information Systems Modelling.
    • Specification of Software Systems
    • Software Evolution.
    • Software Quality.
    • Agile Methods.
    • Data Integration and Analysis

Teaching and learning

At Manchester we aim to provide a unique experience. Studying Computer Science with us will give you the chance to follow your academic curiosity and explore a fascinating subject.

A significant amount of your work will be project-based team work, tackling real problems. You will see how computer science is directly applicable to solving problems, across a broad range of areas.

The emphasis throughout is on independent learning, supported by regular meetings in small groups with personal tutors. You receive practical help and support from experienced staff and postgraduates, with leading experts guiding your learning and stimulating your interest. This approach is supported by conventional lectures and comprehensive on-line learning resources. We also provide excellent facilities, including specialist laboratories to support areas such as engineering and robotics.

Coursework and assessment

Unseen examinations account for about 60% of the assessment. These asses your abilities in the selection and application of knowledge, problem solving, and the design and evaluation of software or electronics. Other assessment is mainly through laboratory-based coursework that provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of computer science or electronic principles by tackling specific problems on a more realistic scale, both individually and in groups. The remaining assessment is through presentations and essays where, in particular, you demonstrate the transferable skills you have acquired. In the third and final years, the non-examination assessment is mainly made up of the practical project.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
First Year Team Project COMP10120 20 Mandatory
Mathematical Techniques for Computer Science COMP11120 20 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computation COMP11212 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computer Engineering COMP12111 10 Mandatory
Data Science COMP13212 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computer Architecture COMP15111 10 Mandatory
Operating Systems COMP15212 10 Mandatory
Programming 1 COMP16321 20 Mandatory
Programming 2 COMP16412 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Database Systems COMP23111 10 Mandatory
Software Engineering 1 COMP23311 10 Mandatory
Software Engineering 2 COMP23412 10 Mandatory
Programming Languages & Paradigms COMP26020 20 Mandatory
Algorithms and Data Structures COMP26120 20 Mandatory
Distributed Systems COMP28112 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Management BMAN10011 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Technological Change BMAN10252 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Business Economics BMAN10612 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting B BMAN10621B 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Technology, Strategy and Innovation BMAN20792 10 Optional
Managing Business Operations BMAN20811 10 Optional
New Product Development and Innovation BMAN20821 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Global Contexts of Business and Management BMAN21012 10 Optional
Chinese Business BMAN24501 10 Optional
Organisations and Employment BMAN24521 10 Optional
Logic and Modelling COMP21111 10 Optional
Processor Microarchitecture COMP22111 10 Optional
Microcontrollers COMP22712 10 Optional
Introduction to AI COMP24011 10 Optional
Machine Learning COMP24112 10 Optional
Knowledge Based AI COMP24412 10 Optional
System Architecture COMP25212 10 Optional
Introduction to Visual Computing COMP27112 10 Optional
Introduction to Arabic ULAR10032 10 Optional
British Sign Language 1 ULBS20011 10 Optional
British Sign Language 1 ULBS20012 10 Optional
Introduction to Chinese ULCH10022 10 Optional
Introduction to French ULFR10022 10 Optional
Introductory Spanish ULSP10021 10 Optional
Introduction to Spanish ULSP10022 10 Optional
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Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Third Year Project Laboratory COMP30040 40 Mandatory
Enterprise Management for Computer Scientists MCEL30031 10 Mandatory
Managing Finance in Enterprises for Computer Scientists MCEL30032 10 Mandatory
Implementing System-on-Chip Designs COMP32211 10 Optional
The Internet of Things: Architectures and Applications COMP32412 10 Optional
User Experience COMP33511 10 Optional
Agile Software Engineering COMP33712 10 Optional
AI and Games COMP34120 20 Optional
Cognitive Robotics COMP34212 10 Optional
Natural Language Systems COMP34412 10 Optional
Chip Multiprocessors COMP35112 10 Optional
Algorithms and Complexity COMP36111 10 Optional
Mathematical Systems and Computation COMP36212 10 Optional
Compilers COMP36511 10 Optional
Advanced Computer Graphics COMP37111 10 Optional
Computer Vision COMP37212 10 Optional
Documents and Data on the Web COMP38211 10 Optional
Cryptography & System Security COMP38411 10 Optional
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Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Summer Industrial Project COMP40901 25 Mandatory
Business Feasibility Study MCEL40042 15 Mandatory
Data Analytics for Business Decision Making BMAN60422 15 Optional
Strategic Project Organising BMAN70391 15 Optional
Knowledge Management and Digital Strategy BMAN71652 15 Optional
Decision Behaviour, Analysis and Support BMAN73272 15 Optional
Automated Reasoning and Verification COMP60332 15 Optional
Modelling Data on the Web COMP60411 15 Optional
Introduction to Health Informatics COMP60542 15 Optional
Data Engineering COMP60711 15 Optional
Foundations of Machine Learning COMP61011 15 Optional
Representation Learning COMP61021 15 Optional
Text Mining COMP61332 15 Optional
Computer Vision COMP61342 15 Optional
Cryptography COMP61411 15 Optional
Cyber Security COMP61421 15 Optional
Querying Data on the Web COMP62421 15 Optional
Agile and Test-Driven Development COMP62521 15 Optional
Component-based Software Development COMP62532 15 Optional
Essential Risk Management for Business MCEL63402 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please visit our  undergraduate student finance pages .

What our students say

Student Ambassadors working on an Open Day
Student Ambassadors working on an Open Day

Geraint North: BSc Software Engineering graduate

'The degree programme at Manchester ensured that I built a broad understanding of the fundamental aspects of computer science, which I could apply to any technologies that I would end up working with. The software industry moves so fast that a course that taught only the current hot technologies wouldn't be of much use to you five years down the line. This meant touching on some quite esoteric subjects, even in the first year, such as SML and LISP. Although very few people will find the concepts introduced in these programmes immediately applicable in their future careers, I've found that they taught me some alternative ways of thinking about software problems that have led me to solve them in pretty innovative ways. The effects of this kind of teaching, which gives you the mental tools to solve any problem that you come across lasts much longer than training on the specific tools of the day.'


Students working in Collabs in the Kilburn Building
Students working in Collabs in the Kilburn Building
As you would expect from leaders in the field, we offer some of the most up to date facilities in the world. Amongst the wide range of facilities available to you are:
  • Newly refurbished computing labs furnished with modern desktop computers, available with Linux and Windows
  • Access to world leading academic staff
  • Collaborative working labs complete with specialist computing and audio visual equipment to support group working.
  • Over 300 computers in the Department dedicated exclusively for the use of our students.
  • Access to a hardware library, with top of the range equipment, including drones, robots and oculus rifts.

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