Computing is critical to all areas of modern life. This course will give you insight into key theoretical aspects of the subject but also places great emphasis on the practical skills needed to develop computing infrastructure and solve computational problems in areas such as engineering, healthcare and the business world.
You'll learn the fundamentals of software development and how to build secure and efficient systems for desktop, web and mobile environments. You will also be able to develop skills in more specialized areas such as data science, cloud computing and robotics.
A wide range of optional modules are available, allowing you to study topics that relate to your own interests and career ambitions. You'll also undertake project work at every level of the course, equipping you with the problem-solving and team-working skills that you will need in your future 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.
Your first year will introduce you to the foundations of the subject. You will study the basic principles of programming, develop your mathematical skills and learn about computer architecture. Optional modules will introduce you to fundamental web technologies.
Year 2 will build on this knowledge base, taking you deeper into more theoretical areas such as algorithms and artificial intelligence whilst also giving you practical skills in software engineering and user interface creation. Options at this level cover topics such as data mining and the development of fully-fledged web applications tailored for mobile environments and social media.
In Year 3 you will have a much wider choice of modules, giving you the chance to study specialist areas such as data analytics and visualization, security, distributed systems, mobile computing and robotics. You will also undertake a major individual project - an opportunity for you to specialise in an area of your choice, working for an extended period with a member of academic staff.
If you study the MEng qualification, you will continue into Year 4. Options available here cover advanced topics drawn from our research strengths, including big data systems, machine learning, semantic technologies and cloud computing. You will take part in a substantial group project on a specific engineering problem that allows you to apply everything you've learned during the course, and you can choose to undertake a further individual research project.
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.
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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 GCSE Mathematics grade B or above is also required.
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.
90% of our recent graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of graduating. 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 graduates working for example at Barclays, BT Group - Openreach, CSC, EMIS, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu, Goodrich ISR Systems, Imagination Technologies, Microsoft and PepsiCo.
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.
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.
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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.
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