Our technological world has created a tremendous demand for professionals who can design, build and maintain computer programmes, databases. This four-year, year in industry programme with a specialism in software engineering will give you a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and practical experience to kickstart your career in software. Your extended work placement will give you skills and awareness that can only be acquired in a real work environment, and will help to set you apart when you apply for jobs. Our software engineering teaching has been hailed as a‘best practice’ example of computer science education by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Developed in consultation with industry, our progressive curriculum will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of computing and application development. You will learn from software professionals and leading academics to apply engineering principles to the design, development, implementation and maintenance of all kinds of software. We cover the whole process of software development, from initial client briefs through to costing, scheduling and efficient delivery. From the outset you will be experimenting with programming games, robots, Gadgeteer kits, Subversion, JUnit testing, Scrum-based Agile software and more, in our well-equipped laboratories. You will develop team working, time management and communication skills, and a strong professional ethos. Your year in industry will start at the end of year 2. We are located in the famous M4 corridor, known as 'England's Silicon Valley', and we enjoy close links with many of its leading technology companies. If you are unable to go ahead with your placement you will have the option of transferring onto our equivalent three-year BSc programme. In your final year you will also have the flexibility to choose between a range of optional courses. We are a highly respected, research-focused department with a friendly approach and award-winning teaching. We offer a summer work placement programme and a dedicated personal adviser to guide you through your studies. You will also be welcome to join our thriving Computing Society. We are one of only seven departments in the UK to hold the Athena SWAN bronze award for our commitment to increasing female participation in computer science. + Gain skills and experience in software engineering that can only be acquired in the real world of work, during a supervised year in industry. + Enjoy a varied and flexible curriculum, informed by cutting-edge research and current industrial needs. + Join an elite department, ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Research Exercise Framework 2014). + 97% of our students said this programme is well organised, 92% said it is intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2015). + This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.