Computing underpins modern life, and the link between current research in computing and commercial product is critical to the continuing success of the IT industry. This course will equip you with the core technical and problem-solving skills to tackle current and emerging challenges in this crucial and fast-changing field.
You'll start with the fundamentals of programming and the underlying mathematical principles of computer science, before developing skills in software engineering and algorithm design and exploring challenges in cloud and mobile computing and robotics and graphics that will shape the future. You'll learn to work with state of the art technologies and select optional modules that suit your interests and career plans, from cloud computing to bio-computation and machine learning.
You'll be taught by experts in world-class facilities and undertake project work in every year, to build the range of skills you'll need throughout your professional career.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BSc) or the three-year Bachelor's (BSc) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BSc and BSc
You'll have access to specialist facilities including well-equipped labs containing Linux and Microsoft platforms.
For final-year project work you'll also be able to make the most of our research facilities, such as a 53-megapixel powerwall display and dedicated 3D virtual reality suite, a new testbed for cloud computing and dedicated labs with high-spec, dual-display Linux workstations, iPad, Mac and Android development areas.
This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited computer science course must meet the quality standards set by the BCS.
Completing this degree course fulfils the academic requirements associated with becoming a member of the BCS. By completing our MEng, BSc degree course you will have exemption from the Engineering Council professional examinations, the first step towards becoming a chartered engineer.
Our courses in Computer Science, and Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence share a common first year, which focuses on the fundamentals of programming and the mathematical principles that underpin computer science. This gives you the flexibility to switch easily between the three courses if you choose.
Year 2 allows you to deepen and broaden your knowledge of computer science, with core modules introducing you to topics such as artificial intelligence and developing your understanding of algorithms and operating systems. You'll also select optional modules to focus on topics that suit your interests or career plans, such as data mining or web application development.
You'll build on this in Year 3, when you'll have far greater choice in your optional modules. You could study robotics, build your skills in computer graphics or mobile app development, or explore cryptography and the challenges of secure computing among others.
If you continue onto Year 4 to gain the MEng qualification, you can also select modules on topics such as natural language processing, knowledge representation or bio-computation, and you'll take part in a substantial group project on a specific engineering problem that allows you to apply everything you've learned during the course.
Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
Find out more about our Projects
You'll study computing ethics as part of your course. This is taught using real life case studies, with input from specialist ethicists as well as your tutors and lecturers. The team responsible for the ethics taught in computing has produced educational material used to stimulate debate in class about topics such as ethical hacking, open source software, and use of personal data.
Not only will this enhance your reasoning and decision making skills which are crucial to employers, but it will help you identify and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas that you will encounter in your professional life in the IT industry.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including Mathematics or Computing. Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics is required if no Mathematics A-level is taken.
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Graduates from the School of Computing have excellent job prospects. With the continuing application of computer technologies, rapid growth of hardware and software technologies, their allied industries, and widespread application, the demand for our graduates is set to continue for the foreseeable future.
Our graduates find employment in the IT industry, ranging from start-ups to international organisations, and across a range of other sectors including technology, retail, finance, public authorities and consultancies. We have close links with companies such as IBM, Accenture and Hewlett Packard, and employers ranging from small/medium enterprises to large multi-nationals consistently target our graduates.
90% of our recent graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of graduating. Many have launched careers as software developers and engineers, mobile solution engineers, technology consulting analysts, production project managers and business system analysts at organisations like Amazon, BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, Deloitte, Gazprom, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, IG, Microsoft, Saudi Aramco, Toshiba Research Europe and Transport for London.
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working
You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
As a BEng student you have the option to undertake the placement between years 2 and 3. MEng, BEng students can choose to do this either between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.
Find out more about work placements
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