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Guide to Studying Computer Science

What is Computer Science?

  • How we use computers and computer programmes has utterly defined the world we live in today and its computer scientists whom connect the abstract with concrete creating the products we use every day.
  • With its foundations in maths, computer science spans hardware and software engineering, the user interface, and computer technology's expansion into new areas.

Why study Computer Science?

  • Computing offers rewarding and challenging possibilities for a wide range of people regardless of interests. It requires and develops capabilities in solving deep, multidimensional problems using your imagination.
  • You can launch scientific innovation - the human genome project, AIDS research, and environmental protection are three areas boosted by computer science.
  • Computing jobs are among the highest paid and have the highest job satisfaction. Computing is very often associated with innovation, and those at the front of innovation make the top money.
  • Having a computing major will provide you with knowledge, problem solving skills and logical thinking capabilities that will serve as a competitive advantage to you in your career, wherever you go.
  • Creating high-quality computing solutions is a highly creative activity, and computing supports creative work in many other fields. The best solutions in computing require similar skills to producing a masterpiece of art.

Coursework, Assessment and Exams

  • Computer science degrees and modules are generally assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework, which count for a varying degree of weight in the final marks.
  • There will also be mini-tests, projects and tasks throughout an academic year - many of these will be compulsory, even if they don't count for full marks by the end.

What degree can I get? 

  • BSc Computer Science (3 years)
  • MSc Computer Science (4 years)
  • BA Theatre and Performance with Digital Media Arts
  • BA Computer Science and Philosophy

What qualifications do I need?

  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you are interested in, as they vary with every institution. Requirements are subject to change.

Use our Course Chooser to search through Computer Science courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include MAs in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Computing and IT, Engineering and Informatics, and Computational Life Science.

Graduate job prospects

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*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Computer Science allows access to any good job that uses technology extensively. which, in the modern world, is pretty much all of them. This means a strong degree score puts you in a very flexible position.
  • Particular job areas include, as well as being an IT consultant, a database administrator, a games developer, media programmer, a network engineer, systems analyst, and IT trainer, and teaching.
  • Several professional organisations offer specialised positions for Computer Science graduates, such as Selex.