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BSc (Hons) Mobile and Web Development

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Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.


Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).



Every organisation understands the importance of having an effective online and mobile presence. Our degree in Mobile and Web Development ensures you graduate with the skills and expertise needed to meet the demands of this exciting and influential industry.

  • Access to your own dedicated space on our web server allowing you to create production websites and mobile applications as you would in industry.
  • Prepare yourself for a successful career in the industry with lecturers who have years of experience working with large online organisations.
  • Opportunities to work on real-world web and mobile projects from industry.
  • An opportunity to start your own web or mobile development business with the University of Suffolk’s Innovation Centre (IWIC) and gain guidance from business leaders and academics.

Our degree in Mobile and Web Development combines a solid grounding in software design and computer science with the expertise required for a successful career in the field of web and mobile development. Throughout the degree you will have many opportunities to grow your professional portfolio allowing you to stand out from the crowd and forge a rewarding career in the industry.

Your degree begins with a solid foundation in web design, programming and software engineering; gaining skills in HTML, CSS, JavaScript as well as problem solving, logical thinking and design theory. In your second year of study you build on your ability to develop application for web and mobile, honing your abilities in front-end and server-side web development, native mobile development and research. The final year allows you to undertake a major web or mobile project alongside specialist modules including distributed systems, big data and cyber security.

With the market for well-trained graduates entering the mobile and web sectors set to increase by over 50% between now and 2024, this degree has been designed for you to fulfill this increasing demand.

Course modules

The first year of your degree provides you with a solid foundation in web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It also ensures you have an excellent core understanding of the key concepts within computer science.

In your second year, we deepen and specialise your knowledge of web and mobile development. We will also be preparing you for your final year by helping you to focus on your research skills.

In the final year, you are offered a range of options in topics which are of current interest for mobile and web developers. We expect you to liaise with industry by undertaking one of our Design Masterclass briefs that we provide you with.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Web Design (Requisite)

The module introduces the concepts of web design, with a focus on designing responsive web sites that are targeted at mobile platforms. Students are introduced to HTML, CSS and JavaScript to provide with them the understanding of what goes into the front end of modern web sites. Using a series of case studies, students will analyze the design and layout of a range of existing sites using a number of common analysis techniques.

Introduction to Programming (Requisite)

This module introduces students to the concepts and practice of computer programming.  It is aimed at providing students with an understanding of the fundamentals of computer programming by having them work through a range of tasks focused upon layout, structure and functionality. The core language taught is Python but C++ is also introduced.

Computing Fundamentals (Requisite)

This covers the principles of computer systems, hardware components, computer networks, and relevant computing-related mathematics. This module will provide the foundational underpinning to enable students to progress deeper into the disciplines of computing, and a grasp of the history of computing, recent developments and its possible future.

Software Engineering and Design (Requisite)

The module provides students with an understanding of the process of planning a software project, from gathering requirements to testing and maintenance.  Students will be required to plan and implement a simple software project, using standard approaches for all aspects of the process.

Algorithms and Data Structures (Requisite)

The module introduces the concept of data structures and algorithms, providing an understanding of the scope of applications with algorithmic solutions.  Students will be introduced to the concept of complexity; the analysis of time and space efficiency and the techniques used in the design of algorithms.  Relevant theoretical concepts will be covered in the lectures, with students implementing a range of algorithms in the practical workshops.

Operating Systems (Requisite)

This module will introduce the concepts of operating systems, including their structure, memory and storage management, protection and security. Designed with software developers in mind, it will look closely at real-world operating systems such as Windows and UNIX.

Advanced Web Design (Requisite)

The module builds upon the content delivered to the students in Introduction to Web Design, providing students with an advanced understanding of front-end web development and design technologies. Essential for any career in the web industry, students will utilise advanced frameworks, pre-processors and design patterns to create interactive, accessible and mobile-friendly web interfaces. Through interactive hands-on sessions, students will develop their own online portfolio of work and become familiar with the prototyping and agile development methodologies common to the web industry.

Advanced Web Application Development (Requisite)

The module will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop scalable server-side applications utilising a range of influential web technologies. Throughout the module, there is an emphasis on preparing students for the web industry by ensuring best practices are followed and industry-standard software and tools are used. Additional topics such as security, ethical hacking, APIs and encryption will also be taught to ensure students have the skills required to design and develop large-scale web infrastructures.

Programming for Mobile (Requisite)

The module is intended to provide students with an understanding of development for mobile devices with a focus on the constraints of mobile hardware, including interface and networking. Students will learn to integrate input from hardware sensors and work with networked data and services.

An Introduction to Relational Databases (Requisite)

Database systems, particularly those based on the Relational Database Model, play a significant role in the world of Information Technology. This module provides essential knowledge and appreciation of the role of relational database systems, including basic principles and practice of design, implementation and development for both system designers and software engineers. It will include practical exercises in Structured Query Language.

Group Project
Computing Research Skills, Practice and Ethics (Mandatory)

Research skills are an essential set of capabilities in the toolkit of a professional software engineer. In this module, students will develop knowledge and understanding of the purpose, processes, methods (surveys, experiments, interviews, case studies, etc.), analysis (qualitative and quantitative), and outputs of research and will be able to apply them. This module also delves into the professional, legal and ethical standards and guidelines that inform and guide best practice in business and computing.

Cyber Security: Attack and Defence (Requisite)

On one hand, this provides insights into the mindset of cyber attackers, a secure understanding of the ethics and legal issues in this area, and knowledge and skills in attack technologies and techniques. On the other hand this module provides a detailed knowledge and understanding of the techniques and tools available to a security professional, and the practical skills in selecting, evaluating, designing, implementing and deploying defences to protect vulnerable software, networks and systems.

Design Masterclass (Requisite)

This module will provide an opportunity for students to work on a web / mobile related design brief supplied by a commercial company or for an outside organization, competition etc.  The module serves as an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained so far on the degree to a commercial brief and to achieve innovative and sophisticated outcomes. 

Distributed Systems (Requisite)

This provides a systematic understanding of distributed operating systems, software services and applications in terms of their architectures, functionality and behaviour. It includes case studies on the “Internet of Things” and cloud computing as well as topics on parallel programming.

Information Engineering (Requisite)

This covers the full range of skills and knowledge required for “Big Data” including parallel and NoSQL databases, statistical modelling and programming, machine learning, data analytics and visualisation.

Final Project

A degree Final Project should represent the culmination of a student’s ability to undertake extended self-directed study.  As a graduate student it is absolutely crucial to have a significant piece of work that represents the specialist skills developed on the course that can be presented in a portfolio to potential employers.  This module offers the opportunity for this work to be produced.

Career opportunities

Our degree in Web and Mobile Development will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to become a career-ready graduate. The University of Suffolk’s Innovation Centre (IWIC) provides students will the opportunity to start a business with business and academic guidance, facilities and support. Students who graduate on this degree could also pursue a career in one of the following roles:

  • Web Developer
  • Web Design
  • Mobile Developer
  • Front-end Developer
  • Back-end Developer
  • Full-stack Developer
  • Mobile Developer
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Software Engineer

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.  

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Facilities and Resources

This degree is taught in the Atrium at University of Suffolk. This location was opened in 2016 and received a £5.5 million-pound investment in both the building and the facilities on offer. The top floor of the Atrium houses 4 high end computer laboratories complete with industry-standard software and tools for web and mobile development.