BEng (Hons) Software Engineering

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Four Years / Two year Accelerated Programme


Colombo / Kandy


Each year organisations worldwide invest millions of dollars to build software systems. This programme is designed to train students to develop high quality software systems ranging from smart phone applications to modern enterprise applications.

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering is a fulltime honours degree awarded by Staffordshire University, UK. It includes up to one year of industry placement. Students who do not opt for the internship/ industry placement may complete the degree in 3 years. The BEng (Hons) Software Engineering (Accelerated) can be completed in 2 years; industry placement will not be offered for the accelerated path.

The curriculum incorporates cutting edge technologies and emergent industry practices. Much of the content is practical in nature and aims to produce software engineers who are able to identify and solve real world problems. The award has a strong focus on communication, teamwork, independent learning and self-management skills and attributes highly valued in the software industry.

You will be introduced to a variety of modern software design methods; innovative development tools; novel programming approaches; techniques for dealing with the complexity of building large software systems; managing design and development teams; and ensuring software quality.

You will study all phases of the systems development lifecycle with an emphasis on business requirements analysis, user experience design, software design, software development, software quality assurance and software deployment.

On successful completion of the BEng (Hons) Software Engineering, students will be awarded with a Staffordshire University degree

Teaching & Learning

You will learn through lectures, tutorials and workshops. Lectures are highly interactive and incorporate group discussions, video presentations, and activity-based learning. Learning activities are designed to develop soft skills as well as your ability to work independently and as part of a group. Your learning experience will be enriched by field visits and guest lectures by industry experts.


Software Development and Application Modelling

  • Introduction to object oriented programming
  • Introduction to object oriented analysis & design using UML

Digital Technologies

  • Elementary computing mathematics
  • Elementary computer & cloud architecture & networking

Networking Concepts and Cyber Security

  • Design and development of commercial network infrastructure (CCNA: Routing and Switching)
  • Introduction to basic cyber security principles

Web Development and Operating Systems

  • Basic website design & development using java script & HTML
  • Introduction to Linux operating system & bash scripting


Commercial Computing for Software Engineers

  • Professional & study skills & research methods
  • Introduction to project management using agile methods

Databases and Data Structures

  • Introduction to database design & development
  • Introduction to algorithms & data structures

Server-Side Programming

  • Enterprise server-side development using web application frameworks
  • Web application testing & security

Mobile App Development

  • Application & user experience design for mobile devices
  • Design & development of cross platform mobile applications

Industry Placement up to 1 Year

  • At the end of the second year you may opt for an internship/ placement to gain industry exposure.

Emerging Technologies

  • Research methods
  • Introduction to cutting-edge technologies

Software Engineering Final Year Project

  • Design and modelling of a solution for a real-world problem
  • Development and evaluation of a solution for a real-world problem

Clean Coding and Networks

  • Multi-threaded, distributed application development
  • Clean coding and test-driven development

Enterprise Cloud and Distributed Web Applications

  • Cloud infrastructure design and deployment for enterprises
  • Design and development of restful web application programming interfaces

Admission Requirements

The minimum qualifications required for admission on the standard route are:

A. GCE Advanced Level

  1. Sri Lankan: 3 passes or
  2. London, Cambridge or Edexcel : 3 D passes or
  3. Any combination totalling to 12 points from the following tariff scheme:
GCE Advanced Level Grade
(Sri Lankan/London/Cambridge/Edexcel) A B C D/S E
Points 10 8 6 4 2


Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology Degree Foundation


B. GCE/GCSE Ordinary Level – Credit Passes (Grade 4) for English and Mathematics


C. Equivalent qualifications

 The minimum qualifications required for admission on the accelerated route are:

  1.   GCE Advanced Level (Sri Lankan, London, Cambridge or Edexcel) – 3 C passes and
  2.   GCE/GCSE Ordinary Level – Credit Passes (Grade 4) for English and Mathematics

You may apply pending A/L results. Applicants with additional qualifications may receive advanced entry. 

Career Opportunities

You will be able to commence your career as an Associate Software Engineer, Application Developer, Web Engineer, Web Developer or Quality Assurance Engineer. You will progress through your career in job roles such as Technical Lead and Software Architect leading to senior positions associated with influencing the technology direction of an enterprise or industry.

Special Remarks

Programme commencement is subject to management approval, for more Information please contact student admission counsellors.

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