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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary:

  • Gain the skills needed to write the software of tomorrow.
  • Develop complex software and systems using analytical and mathematical approaches.
  • Understand the fundamental principles behind the software that powers our world.
Computer science provides a deep understanding of practical applications of computation in areas ranging from programming language design to everyday software systems. This course is aimed at anyone who wants to become a programmer, understands and can build on the fundamental principles behind the software that underpins modern society. How you learn: All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. During your first year you will be introduced to programming and the principles of mathematics before moving on to algorithm design and software engineering. You will be assigned an academic member of staff as a personal tutor who will give you guidance and support on academic issues. One of the main themes of this course is problem solving and you’ll achieve this fundamental skill via industry-inspired projects. As part of these projects, you’ll work alongside industry to produce software prototypes using industry-standard software. This will give you an opportunity to work with others in small teams, helping to prepare you for the world of work after you graduate. During your second and final year you’ll have the opportunity to choose elective modules, allowing you to tailor the degree to suit your interests. During your final year, you will then complete a project in an area of Computer Science of your choice. The combination of learning methods across the course allows you to develop a range of skills through problem-solving activities, applied learning and teamwork, providing a practical approach to learning and encouraging self-development. You learn through:
  • lectures
  • practical lab sessions and tutorials
  • regular feedback
  • teamwork and group-based learning
  • applied learning
  • independent study
**Applied learning Work placements** You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to add to your CV and prepares you for your future career. Students from this course have worked with companies such as:
  • IBM
  • Eli Lilly,
  • PlusNet
  • 3Squared
  • NHS
  • Twinkl
  • Bluetree Group
Students have the opportunity to practice development skills while on placement, from web development to mobile applications to backend software and desktop solutions. You are supported by placement tutors and a placement team through the process of successfully getting a placement and then while on placement. Live projects One of the main highlights in year two is working as part of a team to design and develop an application for a real-life client from industry. These projects will challenge you to solve real-world problems, while developing team-working and project management skills. By working with real companies, you can test your interpersonal, time management and technical skills. Students have worked on live projects with industrial collaborators such as Next, XLN, Elanco and Elaros (Digital Health). These projects have involved the use of augmented reality and 3D technologies, machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, cloud services and mobile development. Students have often found placements as a result of being recognised for the excellent work they have done for these live projects with the host company.


Year 1 - Compulsory modules Databases And The Web Fundamentals Of Mathematics And Computer Architectures Programming For Computer Science Software Projects Year 2 - Compulsory modules Advanced Programming Algorithms And Data Structures Networked Software Development Professional Software Projects Elective modules Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 1 Game Development Handling Data In The Cloud Mobile Applications Development Year 3 - Optional modules Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules Concurrent And Parallel Systems Project (Technical Computing) Software Architecture And Design Elective modules Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 2 Contemporary Software Engineering Foreign Language Functional Programming Machine Learning Algorithms and Heuristics Robotics Secure Software Engineering

Assessment method

Coursework Exams

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

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully. Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2022 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Unistats information

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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 are £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fees for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,500-£2000. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Computer Science at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS