Our comprehensive BSc Computer Science degree programme enables you to combine analytical knowledge and technical skills as you research and develop software solutions to real-world problems.
At the University of Newcastle we recognise that today’s computer scientists are in high demand and have a range of expertise. We also know that at this point in time it is essential that the course you choose meets your future career aspirations, that’s why our BSc Computer Science degree offers a balance of general computer science with practical software engineering and the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals so that you leave us prepared for a career in industry or research.
Our flexible three-year BSc Computer Science degree is structured to provide you with a thorough understanding of a wide range of computational systems to ensure you are equipped to meet the challenges of your individual and group projects – as well as a life and career beyond university.
The transition to University level learning can be difficult and that is why in your first year we ensure you study the key components of computer science to ensure you have a firm foundation in the principles of algorithms, AI, software engineering and relevant maths. We understand that not everyone who wants to study computer science will have exactly the same interests, that’s why from as early as your first year you will be given the chance to pursue your own interests and most importantly shape your degree to suit your future career aspirations.
We are committed to ensuring you develop key skills needed to boost your future prospects. That’s why in your second year you will work in a team to produce software and also learn new styles of programming in Java, a language widely used in business and industry, and a second language. Your third year enables you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and strengths with a wide range of modules to choose from and an individual project, either developed from your own idea or from a wide selection offered by staff members.
Why study Computer Science BSc at Newcastle?
- State-of-the-art facilities which include: research labs for Medical Imaging, Intelligent Robotics, HCI and security; Computer Science reference library; Robotics teaching labs and exclusive computing labs just computer science students
- We are a leading centre for Computer Science teaching and research in Europe and we are home to many acclaimed research groups which filter into teaching on the course
- Year in Industry and Year Abroad opportunities are available for you to gain skills and experience which will help to prepare you for a career after university
- Fantastic careers and industry links and relationships – employers want to come to our School specifically to meet and recruit our students
- Friendly and sociable department, where staff and students harness great relationships
- Flexible module choices throughout your degree allow you to tailor your education to suit your interests and strengths
University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.
Computer Science BSc
Undergraduate, Single Honours
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 years)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Your first year is common to several of our degree programmes, so at the end of the year you’ll be able to choose to specialise in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Artificial Intelligence. You’ll be given an overview of the subject and gain a firm foundation in the principles of algorithms, artificial intelligence, software engineering and relevant maths. You’ll also learn computer programming in Java – a language widely used in business and industry.
Even as early as your first year you’ll be given a chance to pursue your own interests, with a choice of modules between processing and presenting information on the Web and programming robots. These both include group work as part of our commitment to preparing you for the world of work.
- Artificial Intelligence 1 (20 credits)
- Data Structures and Algorithms (20 credits)
- Logic and Computation (20 credits)
- Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits)
- Object Oriented Programming (20 credits)
- Full Stack Application Development (20 credits)
You’ll move on to study enabling technologies such as databases, graphics and the formal basis of programming languages. Teaching these together with programming allows you to put the theory into practice, giving you a much deeper understanding. You’ll also learn to work in a team to produce software, and you’ll learn new styles of programming in Java and a second language. The choice of modules includes an Introduction to Nature Inspired Computation, Software Engineering, Computer Vision and Natural Language Technologies
- Functional Programming (20 credits)
- Security and Networks (20 credits)
- Software Engineering and Professional Practice (20 credits)
- Systems Programming in C/C++ (20 credits)
- Team Project (20 credits)
- Artificial Intelligence 2 (20 credits)
In your final year you’ve got a huge amount of choice so you really can tailor the degree to your ambitions and interests. You’ll spend one third of your time on a project, either developed from your own idea or from a wide selection offered by staff members. This usually involves writing a large piece of software and gives you the freedom to extend and demonstrate your skills in your own way.
In the other two thirds of your time, you can choose freely from over 20 optional modules, including practical subjects such as operating systems, computer networks and graphics, and some of the latest research in areas such as evolutionary computation, neural computation, intelligent robotics and natural language technologies. Some modules allow you to gain further programming skills in specialised areas such as systems programming in C and C++.
- Computer Science Project (40 credits)
Choose 80 credits of optional modules, examples listed below:
- Advanced Networking (20 credits)
- Complex Adaptive Systems (20 credits)
- Computer Graphics (20 credits)
- Computer Vision and Imaging (20 credits)
- Computer-Aided Verification (20 credits)
- Human-Computer Interaction (20 credits)
- Individual Study (20 credits)
- Intelligent Robotics (20 credits)
- Language and Cognition (20 credits)
- Machine Learning and Intelligent Data Analysis (20 credits)
- Programming Language Principles, Design and Implementation (20 credits)
- Security of Real-World Systems (20 credits)
- Teaching Computing in Schools (20 credits)
- Theoretical Foundations for Security (20 credits)
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
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USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
Our courses are especially designed, at every stage, to equip you with the knowledge, academic skill and transferable skills you need for a successful career in industry or research.
The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 shows that 93% of our Computer Science graduates are in graduate-level employment or further study six months after graduation.
We hold specialist careers fairs throughout the year for computer science students to help you network and find opportunities to secure placements and graduate employability once you leave us.
Graduates who have studied our courses:
- Goldman Sachs
- Rolls Royce
- Artificial Intelligence Engineer
- Cloud Computing Engineer
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Systems Designer
- Applications Developer