Computer Science Aberystwyth University

Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

Computer Science covers a vast range of topics including programming, computer operating systems, software design, and the engineering of large software systems; meaning it is our Department’s most flexible degree, providing core modules that are key for a career in Computer Science. On our Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) accredited course you will acquire specialist skills such as software engineering, graphics and visualisation, artificial intelligence, robotics, telematics, mobile computing and open source computing, that are highly sought out by employers in this industry. The prestigious MComp in Computer Science is similar to the Bachelors degree but provides an extra year of instruction in the form of an integrated Masters.
The Department of Computer Science research ranked 11th in the UK and 1st in Wales (Times Higher Education). Students on this course will taught by lecturers who have close links with the industry and software engineering conferences.

At Aberystwyth our Computer Science students have access to:

  • regularly updated laboratories providing access to a full range of computing environments including iMacs, Linux and Windows

  • core modules in computer science

  • use of state of the art research equipment, including mobile robots, sailing robots and manipulator arms, vision and motion tracking systems

In your first year you will be introduced to the following areas: programming; computer infrastructure; web development and problems + solutions.

In your second and third year you will undertake the software development cycle module which will allow you to take a role which exists in the industry i.e. project manager, designer etc, you will be required to produce a working software product, following best current industrial practice at every stage ; data structures and algorithms; development processes, techniques and technologies for constructing real operational software; an individual project, where you will develop a piece of software in an area of particular interest to you.

In your final year you will undertake a team and individual projects as well as modules at Master's level. Open-ended challenges are a chance for you to explore and test your knowledge, and success demands an independent-minded, but nonetheless strictly professional and well-organised approach to study.

Our enthusiastic staff will teach you through the medium of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and individual/ group based project work.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practicals, projects, workshops and examinations.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues.

Our graduates are eagerly sought by employers, particularly with a Masters-level qualification. Employability skills are the core values of our degree. As part of your degree you will be required to take part in a residential where you and other students will have work in teams to solve problems.This activity will encourage and improve:

  • Communication skills

  • Analytical skills

  • Time Management

  • Working Independently and as part of a team

  • Organisation skills

  • Implementation skills

  • Research skills

  • Technical skills

Our degree prepares you for a variety of careers:

  • Software design

  • Communications and networking

  • Computer applications

  • Web development

  • IT consultancy and management

  • Systems analysis and development

  • Computer sales and marketing

  • Education

  • Qualification

    MComp

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Start date

    24 September 2018

  • Duration

    4 years


How to apply

Application deadlines

To guarantee the university or college will consider you for this course, you must apply by:

15 January

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code G409
Institution code A40
Campus name Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 136 points
A level AAB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma DDM
Access to HE Diploma Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced B
Cambridge English Proficiency C
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic 55.0 With minimum score of 51 an any component.
TOEFL (iBT) 88.0 With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,000 Year 1
International £15,000 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fee information: Based on the latest information available to us, for new Home/EU students enrolled on full-time undergraduate courses starting in 2018, Aberystwyth University currently intends to charge a tuition fee of £9,000 for the academic year 2018/19. Welsh government is still to confirm arrangements for 2019/20 onwards, which means that for students starting in 2018/19 or after, tuition fees may rise for any successive years of study, mapped according to any inflation-linked maximum tuition fee permitted by the Welsh Government. These increases would also apply for the proportional fees charged for Year Abroad and Year in Industry. We will inform all applicants and students of the fee levels for 2019/20 and any inflation-linked increases for successive years of study as soon as confirmation is received from Welsh Government, and will publish updates on the Aberystwyth University website. You should check the updated fee information on our website before applying. Up to date details of the relevant fees will be set out in our offer documentation, and your terms and conditions with us will describe how we may be entitled to increase or otherwise change fees during the period of your study with us. Costs not included in the tuition fee: The academic provision of the University includes certain elements of study away from Aberystwyth. These involve activities such as field trips in science degrees and visits to theatres, galleries and museums in humanities-based courses. The additional costs of such activities are not included in the overall University fee and you should, therefore, note the need to budget for them. Details of courses that have additional costs can be found on the Aberystwyth University website. These costs are given as an indication of likely cost and will vary as will the location and duration of the activity. Fuller details will be available from the department organising the activity.

Sponsorship information

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.