To succeed in the design, implementation and management of networked computer system and mobile communications, you need a grounding in theory and practice, which this degree provides. You'll have the opportunity to learn about networks and how they work in large organisations.
Why choose this course?
It will provide you with a detailed understanding of how the communications and networking involved in large computer installations operate to underpin a system's ability to deliver what is required. The course is vendor neutral, giving you practical experience in a range of technologies (including Microsoft and Cisco) and is excellent preparation for specialist networking and computer systems roles.
Your learning will be enabled by extensive laboratory sessions and project work using our specialist isolated networking laboratories and communications equipment. You will also study techniques for programming and databases to enable you to understand whole systems and be able to write scripts and undertake a broad range of roles in industry.
- Our computing degrees are accredited by the bcs, The Chartered Institute for IT to Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.
- placement and the School has strong links with local industry representatives such as Siemens, Her Majesty's Governments Communications Centre (HMGCC), Experian and Excel.
- This course shares a common first term with BSc (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering and BSc (Hons) Computer Systems (Forensic and Security) allowing you the flexibility to review your pathway once you have started studying.
- Our student work can be groundbreaking, innovative and consistently attracts industry attention.
- You will work with our highly-regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014).
You may also be interested in:
- BSc (Hons) Digital Media Technology
- BSc (Hons) Information and Communications Technology
- BSc (Hons) Computer Science
- BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Games Technology)
- BSc (Hons) Software Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Computer Systems (Forensic and Security)
- BSc (Hons) Information Systems
- BSc (Hons) Computing
What you'll study
What will I study?
The Computer Systems degree clusters focuses on 'behind the scenes' infrastructure aspects of computer systems. All students learn about the infrastructure components involved in networks, communications and operating systems as well as learning about the types of systems that they support.
By offering a common first term with BSc (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering and BSc (Hons) Computer Systems (Forensic and Security) you can review your pathway at the end of Year One.
What's included in the course fees?
Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed. This includes the following:
- You will have access to extensive computing facilities, some available 24 hours a day and including technician support.
- You will have dedicated online storage to support backup of work.
- You will have access to Microsoft Academic Alliance membership, which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
- As one of our students, you will be able to join the Oracle Academic Initiative as an individual member and get free database software.
- Students are able to register for a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
- Extensive equipment is available to loan for coursework and project work. For example, you can borrow cameras and phones.
- Most major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite.
Learn from expert academic staff
Computing and Technology comprises 35 full-time academic teaching staff. We and our students have excellent support from our four dedicated technicians. We are very proud to have achieved 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014). Find out more.
We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of system through to hardware aspects such as networking. This involves many uses of computing and considers all aspects including security and management. Our knowledge is built up and maintained through our wealth of industrial experience, our industrial links and our research activity. These are the ingredients for ensuring the relevance and vitality of your course.
Much of our research is internationally recognised, particularly in the areas of games for learning and in security. For example, Prof David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Prof Paul Evans' innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.
We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Other examples of our activity are:
- developing patents e.g. in voice signal processing
- involvement in the GameCity Festival
- organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
- working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
- publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.
Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.
For information on International student support or to see our academic term times please visit our International student pages.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
Foundation in Computing and Technology
This module has four strands, including programming and technical aspects that introduce you to the fundamentals of writing computer programs, as well as numeracy and website development.
This foundation module in programming uses high-level languages and how to apply these to produce scripts or programs for networking and forensics-related applications.
Learn the key principles, underlying technologies and practical application of computer networks. You'll be introduced to embedded systems, fundamentals, operation and hardware components.
System Analysis and Design (SAD) with Professional Development
Introducing you to the fundamental principles of SAD, this module gives you a working knowledge of the key systems development methodologies, techniques and tools.
Network Design and Administration
Network infrastructure has become key to the effective operation of most organisations. This module will enable you to plan, configure and manage networking solutions to support business needs.
Computer Security Management
Manage the security of computer-based information and systems within organisations and develop the ability to make informed choices based on business drivers.
Analyse and test communication technology applications and understand their constraints and limitations.
Distributed Network Architectures and Operating Systems
Introduction to operating systems running on single machines and how they can be put together to form a large scale system comprising of many networked machines.
Information and Database Engineering
Understand the nature and application of database management systems and acquire skills for database administration and management.
Practical Project Management and Professional Development
Continued professional development and lifelong learning are important to your future career. Through this module you'll improve your time and project management skills, presentations and report writing.
Optional work placement for sandwich students. Please see our excellent placement opportunities section.
Investigate problems in computing, implement solutions, critically evaluate and reflect on your work, and develop your abilities to communicate, self-organise and manage.
Wireless and Mobile Communications
Continuing from Year Two's Communications Technologies module, you'll study and examine a range of current and emerging wireless communication systems and their applications.
Mobile Platform Development
Gain an awareness of the requirements, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile platform technologies and consider how they can be used to build systems which are outside the traditional desktop paradigm.
Service-centric and Cloud Computing
Discover two challenging aspects of implementing distributed computing systems in Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA).
One from the following modules:
Introduces fundamental principles of security and provides you with some core technologies of information security that are extensively used in both industry and academia.
Computer Crime and Forensics
Covers different types of computer crime and how they occur. It also shows how you can investigate a crime and generate documentary evidence necessary for legal proceedings.
Understand the design and operation of business systems and investigate the principles, role and practice of business modelling as it's applied to business operations.
Information Systems Management
Develop an understanding of how to manage the build and deployment of enterprise and Internet information systems in small to medium organisations.
Communicating Science and Technology
This module will be of interest to you if you are considering a career in teaching and / or want to develop your portfolio of transferable skills.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Careers and employability
Your career development
As one of our graduates, you will possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills, including investigative and analytical techniques, problem-solving, planning, organisation and communication skills, all of which are invaluable for a number of careers.
Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:
- American Express - business analyst
- Esendex - software development
- Experian - product consultant
- UK 2 Net - dedicated software engineer
- Wipro Technologies - associate consultant.
Graduates can expect to gain employment with government departments and institutions, software companies, consulting engineering companies, network management and in any organisation with significant computing installations. Other pathways open to them include working as designers and managers of effective networked solutions to maximise efficiency and security.
Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.
Excellent placement opportunities
After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a one-year work placement in industry. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Recent placement salaries have ranged from £12,000 to £30,000 and many students impress their placement employers so much they are offered jobs upon graduation.
Our students have secured work placements in companies and in roles such as:
- Nerf Games - programmer
- Schlumberger (Oslo) - software engineer
- A3 Media - web design
- Microlise - project management / systems tester
- Logobrand - programmer
- Intercede Ltd - software tester
- ARM (System Design Division) - software engineer.