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Overview

Learn how to develop the next generation of software tools and systems, and gain the knowledge and techniques required to design and exploit computer technology.

This programme is designed for those with a passionate interest in technology, and wish to progress to careers such as software engineer, system administrator, data scientist, financial analyst, app developer, or IT consultant.

The BSc (Hons) in Computer Science draws on our outstanding research strengths and expertise. As one of the oldest computing departments in the UK, we have a strong heritage within the subject.

This programme shares a common first year with our other Computer Science programmes, allowing you to transfer before the start of the second year if you feel an alternative course suits your emerging interests or career aspirations better.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society for full CITP (Chartered IT professional) and partial CSci status.

Entry requirements

 

Typical offer – 112 UCAS tariff points.

We take into consideration a number of factors when assessing your application. It’s not just about your grades; we take the time to understand your personal circumstances and make decisions based on your potential to thrive at university and beyond.

A levels

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DMM.

Applicants on Access Programmes

There are no specific subject requirements.

International Baccalaureate requirements

112 points to include at least 2 HL subjects plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths.

Plus minimum of

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

Course Content

All module information is subject to change.

First year

Core

Mathematics for Computing (COS4014-B)

Technical and Professional Skills (COS4015-B)

Fundamentals of Programming (COS4016-B)

Computer Architecture and Systems Software (COS4001-B)

Internet Technologies (COS4018-B)

Software Design and Development (COS4017-B)

Second year

Core

Artificial Intelligence (COS5028-B)

Database Systems (COS5020-B)

Data Structure and Algorithms (COS5021-B)

Numerical Analysis (COS5018-B)

Enterprise Pro (COS5019-B)

Computer Communications and Networks (COS5025-B)

Final year

Core

Final Year Project (COS6006-D)

Numerical Methods and Computer Graphics (COS6021-B)

Concurrent and Distributed Systems (COS6012-B)

Option

Cyber Security (COS6008-B)

Large Scale Data Driven Applications (COS6009-B)

Mobile Application Development (COS7025-B)

Machine Learning (COS6026-B)

Principles of Security Technologies (COS6025-B)

Software Verification and Testing (COS6027-B)

Elective*

* Choice for Elective is one 20-credit module at level 6 or 7 with no timetable clashes once in programme.

 

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Computer Science is a subject that is constantly growing and fast changing in a modern, knowledge and technology based world, and is in great demand. It concerns the understanding of computer systems and networks in great depth. Computers are what underpin, support and transform science, business, society and every aspect of modern life.

Our graduates have been highly regarded and sought after. Recent graduates have gone on to work in a varied range of positions, working for companies such as IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett- Packard (HP), Cap Gemini, FDM Group, Centrica, BBC, British Sky Broadcasting, Rolls Royce, JP Morgan, NHS trusts and a range of other local and regional companies.

Employment statistics

87.5% of our 2017 Computing graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

 

Learning and assessment

Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment.

Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Some modules offer the opportunity to work on live industry project through our Computing Enterprise Centre, where your learning and assessment are strongly linked to a real word project with all the benefits to your CV and experience that you would expect.

Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules.

Study support

We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need. In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7. Our Personal Tutor system provides students with a specific academic staff member to support them through regular meetings and interactive activities, acting as an independent source of advice and guidance on making the transition to Higher Education and assisting them with any questions or problems they encounter. University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree courses. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students’ Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.

Research

Most of our staff are research active, and contribute to the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Bradford has a strong pedigree of world leading research, and our aim is to ensure that students benefit from our staff’s insight into the future of their subject.

The integration of new and innovative research findings into our curriculum, known as research informed teaching, is a core value and one of the key principles driving the design of our courses and our modules. Particularly in the final year, but throughout their course from the very first day, students are given insight into the future of Computing and Business, and the opportunities presented when they come together.

 

 

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