Computer Science is concerned with transforming how we live in the future. It will shape the technology that people interact with on a daily basis. In the future, virtually all of the ways we communicate, interact, travel and do business will have been improved by computer science and because of this, the world will need computer scientists. It is particularly concerned with the specification, design, construction and use of computer systems. It embraces subject areas such as software engineering, hardware architecture and design, information systems, communications, graphics, simulation and modelling, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction.
Computer systems are often highly complex in nature and must be reliable in operation, and our Computer Science degree programmes provide knowledge and expertise in many of the concepts and approaches, which are required to design and maintain such systems.
Computer Science Degree highlights
The largest, most dynamic School in the University linked to the fastest growing professional sector in Northern Ireland- Our students enjoy a 90% or better employment rate 6 months after graduating
- Students taking this programme are required to spend a year gaining professional experience in industry in a paid full-time post. Students are helped to obtain suitable places and the School has excellent links with over 500 local, national and international employers such as Citi, BT, Liberty IT, and Kainos in Belfast, IBM in England, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems in Dublin, Fujitsu in Japan and Siemens in Germany.The School benefits from the fact that there aremore software companies located in NorthernIreland than any other part of the UK, outsideof London. This benefits our students on manylevels through providing industrial input intoour degree content, summer and year-longplacements and competitions organised by thecompanies.
World Class Facilities
- In September 2016, Computing at Queen's moved into a bespoke £15 million building, offering outstanding environments to blend technical learning, group projects and research in one centre
- Due to the high demand forComputer Science graduates, some 15-20scholarships are available, including somesponsored by Civica, Citi and Liberty IT, worthup to £25k. All provide for a cash stipendeach academic year, a guaranteed industrialplacement, an opportunity for additionalpart-time work during the academic year,plus the opportunity of a permanent positionon graduation. For further information onthese and other scholarships available, see theSchool website.
Northern Ireland has an excellent international
reputation for the quality and supply of its
software engineers, and many national and
international companies have chosen here
as a base for their computing divisions in
recognition of the high quality of graduates
produced by the local universities.
Career options for Computer Science
graduates include: software engineer; systems
analyst; web designer; games developer;
systems developer; IT consultant; and project
manager. Our graduates are also perfectly
placed to embark on a research career,
with opportunities to study at Master's
level or pursue one of the many topics of
research; see the School website for further
The School has links with over 500 IT companies both here and abroad. We benefit from the fact that there are more software companies located in Northern Ireland than any other part of the UK, outside of London. This offers benefits on many levels for our students, from industrial input to the content of our courses, through to year long and summer placements, as well as activities such as competitions organised by the companies etc.
You should also take a look at www.prospects.ac.uk for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Computer Science Graduates.
Further study is also an option open to Computer Science graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics see the School website for more information.
In 2010 the employment rate of graduates from this degree at Queen's was 93% (graduates employed in graduate level jobs within 6 months of completing their degree).
Northern Ireland has an excellent international reputation for the quality and supply of its software engineers. Indeed many companies, both national and international, have opted for Northern Ireland as a base for their computing divisions in recognition of the high quality of graduates produced by the local universities.
Given this situation, it is not surprising that our graduates have had unparalleled job opportunities over the years, both locally and internationally. Because of the achievements of Queen's graduates already in the software engineering profession, a Computer Science degree from Queen's is a highly respected qualification.
Employers, from large multinational firms to small local organisations, actively target our students, recognising that Queen's Computer Science graduates are equipped with the skills they need. On graduating the majority of graduates take up posts associated with software design and implementation. Opportunities exist in fields as diverse as finance, games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, research, consumer products, and public services virtually all areas of business. Some of the employers include Liberty IT, Asidua, Autonomy, Kainos, Accenture, Citi, and NYSE to name just a few
The types of career open to Computer Science graduates include: Software Engineer; Systems Analyst; Web Designer; Games Developer; Systems Developer; IT Consultant; Project Manager.
Graduate employers include: Deloitte; Bank of Scotland; Accenture; Citi; Microsoft; PwC
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.