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Software Engineering MEng (Hons)

Level 1 options for September 2021

Information iconIf you wish to take an external unit which is not listed on your programme course unit list (such as, for example, from University College) you must get permission from your Year Tutor. This applies for every year of your programme. If your choices do not meet the Department's course unit and theme requirements you will be contacted and be required to change your choices.

Level 2 options for September 2021

Information iconTo undertake this course 2 themes must be completed from the following list.

  1. Agile Methods (COMP23311 COMP23412 )
  2. Rigorous Development (COMP21111 )
  3. Software Engineering (COMP23311 COMP23412 COMP33511 )

Information iconYou have 80 credits of compulsory course units listed in the table "compulsory units" below.

Out of the remaining 40 credits of free choice:

You must choose at least 20 credits of optional COMP course units - maximum 20 from "option pool 1" below and of maximum 20 from "option pool 2" below. The minimum number of credits selected from both "option pool 1" and "option pool 2" is 20, the maximum is 40 credits.

If you take a 20 credit whole year course unit you are not permitted to drop this unit when course unit selection reopens at the start of semester 2.

You can also choose up to 20 credits of optional course units that are external to the Department. You can choose any Level 1 or 2 options for which you meet any pre-requisites and fits with your timetable, these may be:

- Business and Management course units: https://ughandbook.portals.mbs.ac.uk/Non-AllianceMBSstudents.aspx
- University College course units
- Language course units: https://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/university-language-centre-leap-courses/course-information/leap-courses/courses-for-all/
- HSTM20282 Information Visions https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/2021/00485/bsc-biology-with-science-and-society/course-details/HSTM20282#course-unit-details

Please note: to enrol on some external course units (such as Language) will require permission from the associated School/Department.

To select any external course units outside of the list given above will require permission from the 2nd Year Tutor.

You must ensure your credits are balanced over the academic year (60 credits in each semester).

Level 2 - compulsory units

All of the units in this pool are mandatory.
CodeTitleCreditsTheme
COMP23111 Database Systems10Web and Distributed Systems
COMP23311 Software Engineering 110Software Engineering / Agile Methods
COMP23412 Software Engineering 210Software Engineering / Agile Methods
COMP26120 Algorithms and Data Structures20Programming and Algorithms / Computer Languages
COMP28112 Distributed Systems10Web and Distributed Systems
COMP26020 Programming Languages & Paradigms20

Level 2 - option pool 1

From this option pool choose a maximum of 20 credits and a minimum of 10 credits.
CodeTitleCreditsTheme
COMP21111 Logic and Modelling10Rigorous Development
COMP22111 Processor Microarchitecture10System-on-Chip
COMP24011 Introduction to AI10

Level 2 - option pool 2

From this option pool choose a maximum of 20 credits and a minimum of 10 credits.
CodeTitleCreditsTheme
COMP22712 Microcontrollers10None
COMP24112 Machine Learning10
COMP24412 Knowledge-based AI10Natural Language, Representation and Reasoning
COMP25212 System Architecture10Computer Architecture
COMP27112 Introduction to Visual Computing10Visual Computing

Level 3 options for September 2021

Information iconTo undertake this course 2 themes must be completed from the following list.

  1. Agile Methods (COMP23311 COMP23412 )
  2. Rigorous Development (COMP21111 )
  3. Software Engineering (COMP23311 COMP23412 COMP33511 )

Information iconYou have 80 credits of compulsory course units listed in the table "compulsory units" below.

Out of the remaining 40 credits of free choice:

You must choose 40 credits of optional COMP course units from option pool 1 - 2 below. 20 from "option pool 1", 20 from "option pool 2".


You must ensure your credits are balanced over the academic year (60 credits in each semester).

Level 3 - compulsory units

All of the units in this pool are mandatory.
CodeTitleCreditsTheme
COMP30040 3rd Year Project (Single Honours 40 Credits)40None
COMP33312 Agile Software Pipelines10
COMP33511 User Experience10Software Engineering / Interactive Systems Design
MCEL30031 Enterprise Management for Computer Scientists10
MCEL30032 Managing Finance in Enterprises for Computer Scientists10

Level 3 - option pool 2

From this option pool choose 20 credits.
CodeTitleCreditsTheme
COMP34612 Computational Game Theory10
COMP34812 Natural Language Understanding10
COMP35112 Chip Multiprocessors10Computer Architecture
COMP36212 Mathematical Systems and Computation10Programming and Algorithms
COMP37212 Computer Vision10Visual Computing
COMP38412 Cyber Security10Mobile Computing and Networks
COMP32412 The Internet of Things: Architectures and Applications10Web and Distributed Systems
COMP34212 Cognitive Robotics10

Level 4 options for September 2021

Information iconYou should aim to do 45 or 60 credits in each of semester 1 and
semester 2.

Pools 1 to 4 map to periods 1 to 4 in the PGT timetable. You must
pick exactly one module from Pool 5 avoiding timetable clashes.

Mandatory units - 40 credits
Optional units - 90 credits (6 course units)

Level 4 - compulsory units

All of the units in this pool are mandatory.
CodeTitleCredits
COMP40901 UG MEng Industrial Project25
MCEL40042 Business Feasibility Study15

Level 4 - option pool 1

From this option pool choose a maximum of 30 credits and a minimum of 15 credits.
CodeTitleCredits
COMP60411 Modelling data on the web15
COMP60711 Data Engineering15
COMP61011 Foundations of Machine Learning15
COMP61411 Cryptography15

Level 4 - option pool 2

From this option pool choose a maximum of 30 credits and a minimum of 15 credits.
CodeTitleCredits
COMP61021 Representation Learning15
COMP61421 Cyber Security15
COMP62421 Querying Data on the Web15
COMP62521 Agile and Test-Driven Development15

Level 4 - option pool 3

From this option pool choose a maximum of 30 credits and a minimum of 0 credits.
CodeTitleCredits
COMP60332 Automated Reasoning and Verification15
COMP60532 Principles of Digital Biology15
COMP61332 Text Mining15
COMP62532 Component-based Software Development15

Level 4 - option pool 4

From this option pool choose a maximum of 30 credits and a minimum of 0 credits.
CodeTitleCredits
COMP60542 Introduction to Health Informatics15
COMP61342 Cognitive Robotics and Computer Vision15
COMP63342 Software Security15