The University of Durham has become the latest in a string of universities to offer a degree in software development for business.
The degree, designed by employers including Intel, IBM and Tata Consulting Services, will also be available at six other UK universities: Sheffield, Surrey, Oxford Brookes, Hertfordshire, Glasgow Caledonian, and the University of the West of England.
The University of Durham’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences will deliver the degree from the 2015/2016 academic cycle.
The course has been designed to equip students with analytical skills and global business knowledge, so they can enter a career in software engineering. The course covers emerging technologies, multi-platform development and open-source innovation and aims to bridge the skills gap in big data, cyber and software development skills.
Experts from Accenture, ARM, BT, BBC, General Dynamics, HP, John Lewis, the NHS, Oracle, SAS, and Quicksilva, among others, devised the course with academics.
Sakshi Munglani, head of strategic hiring at Tata Consulting Services, said: "Durham University, with its outstanding reputation for excellence, is a natural home for the Software Development for Business degree.
“The combination of technical and business acumen is in great demand across the UK, and this degree offers graduates a solid foundation to start their careers. At TCS we’re proud to play a role in creating a degree that has outstanding employability outcomes at its core.”
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Steven Bradley, course director at Durham University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, said: “We are excited to be among the first universities to be endorsed by the Tech Partnership to deliver the Software Development for Business degree.
“Employability, quality and rigour are at the heart of what we do, and this new degree will benefit our students through even closer collaboration with industry and employers.”
Its sister course, the IT Management for Business (ITMB) degree, is now offered at 19 universities across the UK and, like the software development for business course, connects students with a range of employers for work placements, competitions and networking events.
Students on the ITMB course this year have secured summer placements and graduate jobs with organisations such as Barclays, Shell, Procter & Gamble, and Cisco.
Karen Price, representing the Tech Partnership, said: “The Software Development for Business degree is all about giving graduates the best possible start in their careers.
“Employability rates in IT-related degree courses have been too low for too long. Courses like this one that are designed by employers will ensure that young people are equipped with the skills and experience to add value as soon as they graduate. I’m delighted that the degree will be available at the University of Durham from next year.”