Computer Science BSc (Hons)
Why take this course?

With computers infiltrating every element of our society, we now need specialist people to create, understand and advance computer science.

Through the study of computer hardware, software, programming, computation and information processing, this course enables you to specialise in the more technical aspects of computer systems design.

 

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of the department’s partnership scheme with charities, local and global organisations
  • Design and develop software, hardware and networks for a variety of fields such as digital forensics and artificial intelligence
  • Opt to do a salaried placement year

 

What opportunities might it lead to?

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). This course also partially meets the academic requirement for registration, either as a Chartered Scientist (CSci) or (on behalf of the Engineering Council) as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Studying this degree will enable you to gain employment in a variety of fields in the computing industry.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • IT management
  • network design
  • software engineering
  • computer programming
  • web development

 

Module Details

Year one

In the first year we aim to supply you with the central skills and knowledge that you will need as a computer scientist. The areas covered will include programming, computer systems and networks.

You will specifically focus on the following areas:

  • introductory programming
  • computer architecture
  • foundations of the web
  • network fundamentals
  • database design and development

Year two

There’s a selection of topics covering more advanced aspects of your first year. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in particular areas of interest, such as computer graphics, and developing web-based systems.

You will specifically focus on the following areas:

  • software engineering
  • data structures and algorithms
  • advanced programming concepts
  • mathematical foundations of computer science
  • operating systems and networks

Year three*

In your final year, you will carry out a final-year project utilising the skills learned during your course and your areas of interest within computer science.

You will specifically focus on the following areas:

  • distributed systems and parallel programming
  • theoretical computer science
  • neural networks and genetic algorithms
  • advanced networks
  • computer security and cryptography
  • fuzzy logic
  • data warehousing and mining

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

 

Programme Assessment

Here at the University, we aim to provide a lively and modern learning environment. During this course you will experience a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory and project work. While lecture classes can be large, the more personal approach of seminars and tutorials offer more one-to-one support from our expert academics.

We assess you in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills including through:

  • multiple choice tests
  • essays
  • written exams
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • review articles

 

Student Destinations

On graduating from this course, you’ll be fully equipped to take your first steps towards a career in the technical computing environment. Possible employers include multinationals down to the smallest computer companies including software houses, communications companies, data warehouses and many other types of organisation.

It’s also fairly common for our graduates to be snapped up by the employer they worked for in their placement year. Others continue their study at both MSc and PhD levels, specialising further in areas such as artificial intelligence, parallel and distributed systems, and healthcare informatics.

Overall you will be well qualified for many of the major computing graduate programmes or employment in varied fields of the computing industry.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • business continuity analyst
  • software engineer
  • web developer
  • systems analyst
  • computer programmer
BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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