City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Science

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Course summary

If you are interested in how software technologies are built and work, our Computer Science degree is ideal. You’ll learn about programming languages, coding and solving computational problems. Your practical expertise can lead to careers in development and architecture for software, systems and mobile apps. This degree is suitable for students who are looking for a career with a comprehensive grounding in computing. A strong interest in software technologies is a requisite, together with a desire to understand how they work and are built. Applicants should be motivated to keep up-to-date in a field in which rapid and accelerating change is the rule rather than the exception. The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and fully meets the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science focuses on how software and programming work can be used to solve real-world problems. This degree will enable you to develop a systematic knowledge of computer science, and you will be able to evaluate situations to computer science problems, assess current techniques as well as gaining an appreciation of the foundations of computation, acquire an understanding of the structure of programming languages and develop the skills to use coding creatively in solving computational problems.

  • Elective modules in your third year let you tailor your degree to your developing interests, such as computer vision, AI and advanced game technology.
  • Develop systematic knowledge of computer science, with a focus on how software and programming can be used to solve real-world problems
  • Learn to evaluate solutions to computer science problems
  • Develop commercially valuable skills for your future career
  • Work with City’s internationally renowned research groups to develop knowledge at the forefront of computing science
  • Acquire state-of-the-art approaches to a wide variety of technologies
  • Learn to code creatively and use programming languages accurately
  • Study in City’s computing labs, which include the latest hardware and software, such as state-of-art NVidia GPUs
  • Boost your expertise and employability with an optional one-year work placement
  • Gain three years of professional experience with our innovative Professional Pathway Scheme, combining paid employment and study.
The School has its own dedicated placements team with over 20 years of experience in providing on-hand placement and internship support as well as guidance for students throughout their studies. Placements are highly encouraged at City. Students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary. In recent years students from our computer science courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as IBM, PlayStation, Disney, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Study our common first year for all our computer science students, learning six core topics including operating systems, web development and Java.

  • Introduction to Algorithms (15 Credits)
  • Mathematics for Computing (15 Credits)
  • Systems Architecture (15 Credits)
  • Programming in Java (30 Credits)
  • Databases (15 Credits)
  • Operating Systems (15 Credits)
Year 2 Deepen your knowledge of computer science with core modules such as C++ and data structures. Boost your professional skills with a team project or a work-based project.
  • Data Structures and Algorithms (15 Credits)
  • Language Processors (15 Credits)
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (15 Credits)
  • Professional Development in IT (15 Credits)
  • Team Project (30 Credits)
  • Programming in C++ (15 Credits)
  • Work Based Project (30 Credits)
  • Continuing Professional Development in IT (15 Credits)
  • Computer Networks (15 Credits)
Students have the opportunity to follow two placement routes: a one year placement or the Professional Pathway scheme. The one year placement can be undertaken following successful completion of year 2. Students can join the Professional Pathway scheme after successful completion of year 1 (early entry) or after successful completion of year 2 or a one year placement (late entry). Year 3 Research and develop systems in an area of specialist interest to you with a large individual project. Tailor your degree to your interests with a broad range of elective modules to suit your career aspirations.
  • Individual Project (45 Credits)
  • Theory of Computation (15 Credits)
  • Functional Programming (15 Credits)
  • Games Technology (15 Credits)
  • Advanced Databases (15 Credits)
  • Computer Graphics (15 Credits)
  • Advanced Games Technology (15 Credits)
  • Professional Experience (Placement) Placement Reports (30 Credits)
  • Data Visualization (15 Credits)
  • Digital Signal Processing and Audio Programming (15 Credits)
  • Advanced Programming – Concurrency (15 Credits)
  • Cloud Computing (15 Credits)
  • Information Security Fundamentals (15 Credits)
  • Computer Vision (15 Credits)
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (15 Credits)
  • Programming and Mathematics for AI (15 Credits)
  • Agents and Multi Agents Systems (15 Credits)
  • User Centred Systems (15 Credits)
0 Semantic Web Technologies and Knowledge Graphs (15 credits)

Assessment method

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows: Assessment Year 1

  • Written examination: 41%
  • Coursework: 59%
Year 2
  • Written examination: 35%
  • Coursework: 65%
Year 3
  • Written examination: 35%
- Coursework: 65%

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
G400
Institution code:
C60
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We do accept applications from students who are completing a combination of qualifications. For this course, this would be something like: D* in IT with a grade B in ‘A’ Level Computer Science and a grade B in another ‘A’ Level. We may also take ‘AS’ Level grades into consideration.


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
65%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £18210 Year 1
International £18210 Year 1

Additional fee information

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