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BSc or BEng in Software Engineering?

Hi!
Can someone please explain the difference between these two degrees (apart from the science/engineering)?
I have been researching both but I am unsure whether it makes a difference when deciding which masters I take i.e. do they have different pathways or is one more in demand than the other when applying for jobs? What do most employers look for in big corporations?
Any help would be great, thanks! :smile:
(edited 3 weeks ago)
Original post by kiaraaaa
Hi!
Can someone please explain the difference between these two degrees (apart from the science/engineering)?
I have been researching both but I am unsure whether it makes a difference when deciding which masters I take i.e. do they have different pathways or is one more in demand than the other when applying for jobs? What do most employers look for in big corporations?
Any help would be great, thanks! :smile:

Hey, Coventry University Student Ambassador here! 👋

That's such a great question! You'd be surprised how many computer science students didn't look into software engineering before starting their degree 😣 I'll be graduating next month from Coventry University and I've completed a placement as a software engineer and secured a graduate role, so I have some insight into both degrees.

Computer Science BSc and Software Engineering BSc at Coventry University have the exact same first year. You will start learning the fundamentals of programming concepts and algorithms, develop this into a professional level, mathematics in the scope of computing, get an understanding of computer systems, data science, and apply all of your newly learned skills into practical project modules. The two degrees branch off mainly in the second year.

Computer Science students explore integration with artificial intelligence, gain a greater understanding of computation theory, advanced algorithms, operating systems, security and networks, and touch on data science and software engineering. The course effectively introduces modules that could pique your interest in potential careers, such as data analyst, network specialist, and, of course, software engineering. The final year is very similar. You'll choose two optional modules of your interest, such as mobile development, web API, or more computer science topics like parallel and distributed programming or advanced programming paradigms.

Year two for Software Engineering students includes web development (which is an excellent skill to have in this day and age), people and computing, and system analysis. This helps you gain a more industrial, people-oriented approach to your design choices, whether it's UX design, ethical and professional standards, or sophisticated techniques for system design. You'll also learn data science and software engineering like Computer Science - they are very similar. My reason for choosing Software Engineering is that I enjoyed programming more than theory and It's really as simple as that! Because the degrees are so similar, only a few modules were my deciding factors.

I really liked the app and web development skills that came with Software Engineering, as they are in demand at the moment and give you a great understanding of front and back-end development—useful in any technical role! Career-wise, both degrees are great and share similar roles. You can go into quality assurance, networks, data analysis, tech consultancy, IT engineering, technical writing, application engineering, software development, and much more. During my placement, I expressed interest in data science and got the chance to work with the data team despite being a Software Engineering intern. Our courses are great at introducing branching roles through modules so you can slowly figure out what you're good at and what you enjoy. By the end of your degree, you'll know your specialty and can pursue such career paths. In summary, both courses are excellent and lead to many roles!

Aside from looking at the curriculum, to narrow down your decision, go to open days! Speak to the lecturers and ambassadors like us, explore the facilities they have to offer, and get inspired 🤗 And while you're at it, check out Coventry University too!

Hopefully, this broke down the differences between the two! Best of luck 😁

Dorna | Coventry University Student Ambassador

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