University of Nottingham Malaysia

Software Engineering BSc (Hons)


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Qualification: BSc (Hons)
Fees: Malaysian – RM38,690 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM43,830 per year
Mode: Full-time, 3 years
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

The software engineering degree is practically-oriented, and focuses on the design and implementation of large software systems – particularly those with interactive or multimedia components. It is built around four themes: the design and implementation of software systems; the use and development of networked and distributed systems; user interface principles; and evaluation and testing.

You will graduate with: general knowledge and understanding of computer and software systems; specialised knowledge of the design, implementation, user interfaces, and evaluation of software systems; experience in using a variety of problems encountered in the area of software engineering; and an understanding of the professional, legal and ethical aspects of the discipline.
Our BSc Software Engineering degree has common modules with our computer science degree, but is tailored to focus more on the design and implementation of large software systems. If you enjoy building things, and want to learn to construct software systems – and that includes considering people as well as machines – then this course would be a good option.

Entry requirements

Our Foundation course route

Our Foundation courses give you another way to study for an undergraduate degree. 

Entry requirements

A level

BBB, including mathematics, excluding critical thinking and general studies

IB Diploma

30 points with 5,5,5 at Higher Level, including 5 points in mathematics at Higher Level


B+B+B+, including mathematics, excluding Pengajian Am


5 As, including mathematics and grade B in 2 other academic subjects, excluding Chinese language


ATAR 86 including mathematics and other relevant subjects

Canadian (CIMP/ICPU)

88% average based on 6 subjects, including mathematics and other relevant subjects

College Placement Test (US Style Curriculum)

Minimum final GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) in High School Diploma with grade B in mathematics plus, 610 in evidence-based reading & writing and 570 in mathematics in SATr and 650,650 in SAT Subject Tests and at least 4 (in AP Calculus) or 4,4,4 in Advanced Placement Tests. If you do not have AP Calculus, we then require a credit in additional mathematics at SPM/GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent in addition to three SAT Subject Tests or Advanced Placement Tests

Advance Placement (AP)

Students who are taking Advanced Placement Tests in addition to another recognised qualification (not US style curriculum), may be considered on a case-by-case basis without the SATr and SAT Subject Tests

Diploma - Other Institutions

Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.33 (out of 4) or 75% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

Foundation - Other Institutions 

Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.33 (out of 4) or 75% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Foundation

Successful completion of the Foundation in Science programme with no failed modules

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

English language requirements


6.0 (with no elements below 5.5)


79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)

PTE (Academic):

55 (with no less than 51 in each element)

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C


grade B+ 

1119 (GCE O): 

grade C 

GCSE O Level: 

grade C 

IGCSE (first language):

grade C

IGCSE (second language):

grade B


grade B3 


Band 4

IB English A1 or A2 (SL or HL):  

4 points 

IB English B HL: 

4 points 

IB English B SL:  

5 points 

IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test


The Foundation in Science is a 1+3 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Science. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, mathematics, critical thinking and study skills.  

Students on this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway such as chemistry, ecology, computer programming or psychology.


Year 1


  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Databases and Interfaces
  • Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
  • Mathematics for Computer Scientists
  • Programming and Algorithms
  • Programming Paradigms
  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Systems and Architecture

Year 2


  • Algorithms Correctness and Efficiency
  • Operating Systems & Concurrency
  • Software Specification
  • Software Maintenance
  • Software Engineering Group Project
  • Languages and Computation

Typical optional modules: 

  • Artificial Intelligence Methods
  • C++ Programming
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Introduction to Image Processing

Year 3


  • Professional Ethics in Computing
  • Software Quality Metrics
  • Computer Security

Typical optional module: 

  • Individual Dissertation
  • Compilers
  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Mobile Device Programming
  • Fundamentals of Information Visualisation
  • Information Visualisation Project
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing


While many computer science graduates do become programmers, others are employed in a wide variety of jobs. These include computer analysts, IT consultants and planners, network/systems designers and engineers, researchers, software designers and engineers, web designers, web developers and producers as well as roles across advertising and marketing, business and financial analysis, accountancy and investment/merchant banking and legal and quality assurance professions. Some of our graduates have gone on to work for traditional computer companies such as Adobe, Google, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft. Others have found jobs with employers such as Accenture, Experian, and Ocado.

New computer science graduates frequently command some of the highest-paid entry-level positions compared to graduates in other disciplines. Many of our graduates continue to further studies in subjects such as machine learning, e-commerce, information security and psychology. The School has a good record for recruiting PhD students from our own graduates and our MSc degrees prove an attractive option.


School of Computer Science
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000  
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005 
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Selangor Darul Ehsan

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