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BSc (Hons) Software Development

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Studying Software Development at ARU Peterborough

Software development is a dynamic and constantly evolving field that plays a critical role in today's digital age.

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Learn to design and build software applications, websites, and mobile apps using a variety of programming languages, such as C# and Java, and frameworks on our Software Development degree.

Explore various areas of software development, including software architecture, user interface design, software testing and quality assurance, and database management, and gain hands-on experience through internships and final major projects.

You’ll develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration while working on team-based software development projects, supported by industry partner projects which will open doors to a range of career opportunities upon graduation.

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Industry-standard labs and equipment

As a Software Development student at ARU Peterborough, you’ll use:

  • Specialist computing labs
  • Industry-standard equipment and software

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


A degree in Software Development can prepare you for a range of careers, from software developer to data analyst to database administrator.

As a software developer, you would be responsible for designing and building software applications using various programming languages. You could specialise in front-end development, working on user interfaces and designing user experiences, or back-end development, working on the behind-the-scenes infrastructure that supports software applications.

You could also consider pursuing a career in mobile app development, game development, or web development.

As a data analyst, you would analyse large sets of data to identify patterns, trends, and insights that can inform business decisions.

As a database administrator, you would be responsible for managing and maintaining databases, ensuring they operate efficiently and securely.

You could also consider pursuing a career in cybersecurity, working to protect software applications from security threats and breaches.

These are just a few of the many potential career paths available to software development graduates. With the increasing importance of software in our digital world, a degree in software development can open up a range of exciting career opportunities.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters. We’re planning a range of postgraduate degrees at ARU Peterborough, and there is a selection of existing courses in Cambridge and Chelmsford.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.


“The Software Development degree has allowed me to embrace my passion for software engineering and iterate my skills so that I am confident in finding employment in this field.”


BSc (Hons) Software Development student

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Life in Peterborough

Study in the heart of Peterborough, a historic yet thriving city that's a great home for students. ARU Peterborough is easily accessible by public transport, making it ideal for you to live and study locally.

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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