This degree provides a firm foundation in the important field of mobile and distributed systems.
At a Glance
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A Level: AAB-ABB/AAC
IB: 34-35 points
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You study a broad curriculum in your first two years, developing knowledge in different aspects of computing science, and gaining skills in problem solving, program design and implementation.
In your third year, you move onto specialist topics in mobile and distributed systems, developing skills and knowledge for your future career.
Your modules focus on the design and development of advanced systems that allow multiple computers to communicate, for example, in online banking or gaming. These include internet technology and system and network security.
Highlights of this degree
Mobile and Distributed SystemsMobile and Distributed Systems
Mobile and distributed systems involves multiple computers processing data and communicating the results to each other, such as in electronic banking or online gaming, where the users are geographically separated.
Students on these degrees use their computing knowledge to solve the challenges posed by such systems, for example how to move money between accounts online without losing it.
Our degrees draw on three main areas of expertise of our research groups:
- design of the algorithms that drive networked systems
- fault tolerance theory to make sure that if a process fails, the system survives
- formal methods to make sure that the process doesn't fail in the first place
Graduates will be able to design, build and integrate advanced networked computing systems in a range of application areas, such as mobile and wireless communications, computationally intensive financial and health applications, and applications involving multiple business and outsourcing.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
We rank in the top 20 UK universities for Computer Science in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.
We are ranked 9th overall in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
We have a policy of seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all of our degrees. BCS is the chartered institute for IT.
Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.
Our existing degrees are already accredited and we apply for accreditation for all new degrees.
Students who choose to undertake a study abroad exchange as part of their degree do not meet the requirements for BCS accreditation.
Flexible degree structureFlexible degree structure
You might not be sure which area of computing science you want to specialise in yet. Don't worry. At Newcastle, all Computing Science students study the same modules for the first two years, before specialising in the later years.
This gives you time to explore the subject and decide which area you want to specialise in. It also means you can transfer between our degrees up to the end of second year (although transfer from a BSc to an MComp is dependent on your academic performance).
Our MComp degrees involve an additional year of advanced study during which you follow Master's-level modules from one of our MSc programmes. This provides you with a deeper level of knowledge that some employers will look for when recruiting.
If you are unsure whether to apply for a BSc or an MComp, please contact us for more information.
Facilities and support
You will be part of the School of Computing Science, based in Claremont Tower in the heart of Newcastle's city-centre campus.
All of our students enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support their studies including:
- over 300 dedicated PCs running Linux and Windows
- an immersive virtual reality suite
- motion capture facilities
- 3D printing facilities
You'll be supported by a personal tutor throughout your degree