BSc (Hons)

Computer Science

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  • UCAS code(s): G400 / 350D
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

The future of computing lies in the development of increasingly complex and intelligent systems. This accredited course will help develop the combination of skills and knowledge required to carry out research and development work involving technically advanced applications.

Why study Computer Science at NTU?

  • This course is accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT to Chartered Engineer (CEng) and IT Professional (CITP) status.
  • You will undertake a year-long paid work placement. Previous students have worked with prestigious companies such IBM.
  • Our Computer Society will enable you to share ideas with other like-minded and ambitious students in the UK.
  • You will share material in common with the BSc (Hons) Software Engineering and BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Games Technology) in your first year. This will enable you to review your studies and choose the pathway that you enjoy best.
  • Our student work is leading in the field and attracts industry attention. Take a look at what our students have achieved so far.
  • You will work with our highly-regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014).

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What our students say

"I would recommend the Computer Science degree at NTU as it is a very good, varied course, with lots of modules to pick from. The quality of teaching is great and the facilities are very good. I would strongly recommend students make use of the placement year to get an idea of the industry and where they might like to work – it's an excellent opportunity to improve your skills for the final year."

Cat Burton, BSc (Hons) Computer Science (graduate)

What you'll study

You will learn core skills concerning the production of computer programmes and applications, as well as specialist knowledge in areas such as:

  • artificial intelligence
  • service-centric and cloud computing
  • analysis and design.

All of the courses within the Computer Science cluster share a common first year. This will provide you with the flexibility to review your pathway once you have started studying. At the end of year one, you can choose to transfer to BSc (Hons) Software Engineering or BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Games Technology).

What's included in the course fees?

Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed.

  • You will have access to extensive computing facilities, some available 24 hours a day and including technician support.
  • You will have dedicated online storage to support backup of work.
  • You will have access to Microsoft Academic Alliance membership which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
  • As one of our students, you will be able to join the Oracle Academic Initiative as an individual member and get free database software.
  • Students are able to register for a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
  • Extensive equipment is available to loan for coursework and project work. For example, you can borrow cameras and phones.
  • We offer extensive free training software including tutorials on 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, TCP/IP Packet analysis, Java, Javascript, HTML5, Oracle.
  • Most major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite.

About the Computing and Technology Team

We have 35 full-time academic teaching staff with excellent support from our four dedicated technicians. We are very proud to have achieved 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014). Find out more.

We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of system through to hardware aspects such as networking. This involves many uses of computing and considers all aspects including security and management. Our knowledge is built up and maintained through our wealth of industrial experience, our industrial links and our research activity. These are the ingredients for ensuring the relevance and vitality of your course.

Our highly regarded academics are active in a broad range of research areas, particularly in the areas of Games for Learning and in Security. For example, Professor David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Professor Paul Evans' innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.

We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Other examples of our activity are:

  • developing patents e.g. in voice signal processing
  • involvement in the GameCity Festival
  • organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
  • working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
  • publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.


Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

For information on International student support or to see our academic terms times please visit our International Student Support pages.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Foundations of Computing and Technology

    This module has several strands including programming and technical aspects that introduce you to the fundamentals of writing computer programs, as well as numeracy and website development.

    Computer Science Programming

    Learn about programming languages relevant to software with industrial scale, reliability and performance characteristics.

    Computer Technology and Mathematics

    Understand how a computer works, look at issues arising from the hardware architecture and extend your mathematical knowledge and ability.

    Systems Analysis and Design (SAD) with Professional Development

    Introducing you to the fundamental principles of SAD, this module gives you a working knowledge of key systems development methodologies, techniques and tools.

  • Year Two

    Applied Mathematics and Graphics

    Provides you with a range of mathematical skills for implementing computer systems that interact with or model the physical world.

    Information and Database Engineering

    Understand the nature and application of database management systems and acquire skills for database administration and management.

    Practical Project Management and Professional Development

    Continued professional development and lifelong learning are important to your future career. Through this module you’ll improve your time and project management skills, presentations and report writing. This module also includes detailed guidance about the development of your CV and provides experience of selection assessments for industrial placement/graduate employment positions.

    Software Design and Implementation

    Gain the knowledge and skills in software development techniques to support the development of robust, secure, maintainable and portable software systems.

    Systems Software

    Learn about operating systems theory, network solutions, design and implementation and how computer systems can be connected to form large, complex distributed systems.

    Plus choose one of the following modules:

    Internet Applications Programming

    Design and produce a static or dynamic website suitable for both desktop and mobile platforms and which may contain complex scripted components.

    Software Engineering

    The main aim of this module is to introduce and develop confidence using the structures, techniques and technologies to support the development of robust software systems in a team environment.

  • Year Three

    You have the option to undertake a one year work placements in industry. On successful completion you will gain an additional award – the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

  • Final year

    Project

    Investigate problems in computing, implement solutions, critically evaluate and reflect on your work, and develop your abilities to communicate, self-organise and manage.

    Advanced Analysis and Design

    Study the critical elements of 2D and 3D image capture and display systems.

    Artificial Intelligence

    Learn about the theoretical foundations of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the main methods and techniques and current areas of AI research and development.

    Service-centric and Cloud Computing

    Discover two challenging aspects of implementing distributed computing systems in Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA).

    Choose one of the following modules:

    Advanced Software Engineering

    Develop techniques and strategies to analyse, choose, propose, design and evaluate hardware and software elements to problems in both real-time and non realtime domains.

    Graphics for Games and Dynamic Modelling

    Learn the fundamental principles of advanced 3D rendering and physical simulation and gain an appreciation of “fitness for purpose” and the full implications of hardware choices.

    Information Systems Management

    Learn how to manage the build and deployment of enterprise and Internet information systems in small to medium organisations.

    Interaction Design and Project Management

    By understanding human computer interaction and practical abilities in interface development, you’ll learn the importance of designing and evaluating usability at each stage of software development.

    Mobile Platform Development

    Understand the requirements, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile platform technologies and consider how they can be used to build systems that are outside the traditional desktop paradigm.

    Communicating Science and Technology*

    This module will be of interest to you if you are considering a career in teaching and / or want to develop your portfolio of transferable skills.

    *Communicating Science and Technology will be of interest if you wish to explore teaching as a career route as it involves working with teachers in a school setting.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

Contact time

Scheduled contact time in lectures and seminars is around 12 hours per week and these will be held on Clifton Campus. Lectures are spread across various buildings on campus, including:

  • Erasmus Darwin
  • Teaching and Learning Building
  • Mary Ann Evans.

You will be assessed on a variety components including:

  • coursework and practical (assignments, dissertation, group projects, oral presentations, reports)
  • written (exams)

Assessment methods

Year 1 - coursework (83%) and written (17%)

Year 2 - coursework (67%) and written (33%)

Year 3 - coursework (77%) and written (23%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (28%) and independent study 72(%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (29%) and independent study (71%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (23%) and independent study (77%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

Your career development

This course provides a thorough education in computing for industry, meaning you graduate with advanced skills in the development of software and are able to design and manage complex information systems.

Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Excellent placement opportunities

After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a year's work placement in industry. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Recent placement salaries have ranged from £12,000 to £30,000 and many students impress their placement employers so much they are offered jobs upon graduation.

Our students have secured work placements in companies and in roles such as:

What our students say

As a technical writer at IBM, I supported the team that provides product documentation for one of IBM’s most profitable product – WebSphere MQ (WMQ). As my placement progressed, I was given more independence which led to me single-handedly writing the entire documentation and dynamic for a major feature release on WMQ Explorer called Telemetry.

Working within a huge organisation like IBM exposed me to their business processes and I realised that there was more to the company than just producing software.

Abu Sule, BSc (Hons) Computer Science
Placement – IBM

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB, including an IT, Maths or Science subject; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant IT, Maths or Science modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B equivalent in IT, Maths or a Science subject; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB, including an IT, Maths or Science subject; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant IT, Maths or Science modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B equivalent in IT, Maths or a Science subject; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.  If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Once the fees for 2018/19 have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Science and Technology course enquiries
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