BSc Software Engineering

Course Details

Course Details

About the BSc

The programme is offered as a 2+2 programme, with students spending the first two years in the Caribbean at The UWI and the succeeding two years at GIST in China, where students have an opportunity to complete an internship at an IT company in Suzhou, one of China's most tech-friendly cities. English is the primary language of instruction for the programme, however Chinese language and cultural training will be provided as a part of the curriculum. Students completing two years at GIST will also receive a GIST diploma in addition to The UWI degree.

This unique programme offers:

  • Core software engineering training which is aligned with the latest ACM/IEEE Software Engineering standards;
  • Training in research methods and technical writing;
  • Training in ethics and professional conduct;
  • A concentration in mobile application technologies which includes training in both the Android and iOS development environments;
  • Chinese language training which is aligned with the Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK) Chinese language proficiency standard;
  • Exposure to and knowledge of Chinese society, traditional culture, governance and business (with special emphasis on information technology (IT) based businesses);
  • IT certifications, which will be issued by the given IT certification body;
  • The award of a degree from The UWI and a diploma from The GIST), delivered in a 2+2 format.

Programme structure

An Introduction to Computing I
An Introduction to Computing II
An Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
Computing in Society
Current & Future Trends in Computing for Software Engineers
Mathematics for Software Engineers
Mobile Web Programming
Research Methods for Software Engineers
Software Engineering Essentials
Technical Writing for Software Engineers
An Introduction to Requirements Engineering
An Introduction to Software Engineering
An Introduction to the Analysis of Algorithms
Beginner Chinese Language & IT Business Environments
Beginner Chinese Language, Culture & Society
Computer Networking & Security
Computer Organisation
Database Systems
Discrete Mathematics for Software Engineers
Object Oriented Design and Implementation
An Introduction to Software Modelling
An Introduction to Software Testing
Android Application Development I
Android Application Development II
Application Development for iOS Devices
Advanced Application Development for iOS Devices
Software Architecture
Software Reliability & Formal Methods
Web & Mobile Application Development I
Web & Mobile Application Development II
Project Management for Software Projects
Advanced Android Application Development
Advanced Database Systems
IT Certification I
IT Certification II
Mobile Cloud Computing
Mobile Game Development
Software Engineering Capstone Project I
Software Engineering Capstone Project II

Years 1 and 2 are offered in the Caribbean by The UWI.

Years 3 and 4 are offered in China by the GIST.

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About The University of the West Indies (UWI)

For over 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada- Caribbean Studies Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport.

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. Times Higher Education ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018. The UWI was the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. For more, visit

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)

The Global Institute of Software Technology, Suzhou (GIST)

The Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST) is the host institution for the programme offered in China. GIST has a strong record of collaborations with universities to jointly create a conducive environment for international students to gain and enrich their knowledge of contemporary China.

GIST is a Jiangsu government approved IT specialist college. Its IT syllabus was set up in conjunction with Microsoft (China) Co Ltd and with Suzhou Science City in the Hi-Tech Park. In June 2016, Wuzhong Group, one of the top 500 enterprises in China, participated in the collaboration and became a new host of GIST. GIST has two campuses. The Suzhou New District (SND) campus is located in Suzhou Hi-Tech park area in the western part of Suzhou. Its facilities can accommodate 10,000 students. While the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) Campus is located at No. 567 Linquan Street, Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, SIP Suzhou, P.R. China.

Creating tomorrow's tech leaders

The UWI China Institute of Information Technology (UWICIIT), was formed through an agreement between The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Suzhou Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST) and was officially opened in September of 2016. Both universities have come together to pave 'a silk road for education', linking China to the Caribbean and the rest of the western world.

The UWICIIT is the first institute of its kind in the hemisphere, which aims to foster collaboration between the Caribbean and China. It has the endorsements of regional governments, CARICOM and the Chinese Government. The Institute offers state-of-the-art software engineering training, development, research and services. It will have its main offices in Barbados, with additional sites across the Caribbean.

The University of the West Indies is recognised as an approved foreign university by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.