MComp (Hons)

Computer Science

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  • UCAS code(s): G410 / G411
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 / 5 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This exciting new four-year MComp course combines undergraduate and postgraduate content.

This course has been designed to cover the computer science foundation subjects and then build on this foundation with postgraduate level material in the final year. You will acquire the skills to become an independent learner and gain advanced skills in specialised areas such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, advanced analysis and design, embedded systems and programming.

A group project to manage and deliver a significant multidisciplinary engineering project will help you to further develop your communication, project management and teamworking skills.

In addition you will undertake a substantive individual project where you will be required to develop software or hardware in an innovative manner.

You have the option to transfer between the MComp degree and the BSc degree during the first two taught years of the course, subject to your performance and your chosen module in year two.

You will also have the opportunity for a year-long paid work placement. The School has strong links with industry, both nationally and internationally. Our industrial partners include representatives such as:

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).

Many of our students join our academics in live project research and regularly co-author research papers. For example, the annual Interactive Technologies and Gaming Conference includes numerous papers based on student projects.

What you'll study

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).

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.

    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 they can be used to solve real-world problems in engineering, operations research and science.

    Plus choose one module from:

    Internet Applications Programming

    Design and produce a static or dynamic website suitable for both desktop and mobile platforms 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.

    (Year Four for sandwich students)

    MComp 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.

    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-real time domains.

    Service-centric and Cloud Computing

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

  • Final year

    Group Design Project

    During this module, you will focus mainly on the technical aspects of developing a crossdisciplinary group design project. The set projects will be taken from areas of advancing technology.

    Embedded Systems

    This module introduces the theory and practice of embedded engineering including performance, limitations, and benefits of micro-controllers and other embedded controller systems. Through the use of a small scale development project on an embedded device, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the communications and integration capabilities of embedded devices.

    Applied Artificial Intelligence

    Learn about a variety of artificial intelligence methods such as machine learning, reasoning and optimisation techniques, and how they can be used to solve real-world problems in engineering, operations research and science.

    Computer Security

    Learn how to critically analyse the security problems affecting computing systems at the operating system and application levels, understand the design patterns for developing secure code and devise security solutions and formulate detailed technical reports.

    Plus, choose two modules from:

    Entrepreneurial Leadership and Project Management

    You will develop your appreciation of entrepreneurship and leadership, and their role in economic development, project management and entrepreneurial business success. You will learn the tools and methodologies for effective project management.

    Global Business Management

    This module includes global business enterprises, global supply chain management, international marketing and the strategic importance of integrated marketing, design, finance, manufacturing and distribution.

    Robotics and Cybernetics

    This module provides an introduction to robotics, including sensors, actuators, feedback control systems, embedded systems programming and algorithm development. You will develop knowledge of the relevant theory, advanced techniques, and practice underpinning modern robotic and cybernetic systems. The module also investigates the issues and ideas associated with robotics including robot design, construction and programming techniques.

    Information Security Management

    This module provides you with knowledge and understanding of the main issues related to information security. Learn about security solutions, risks and computer forensics.

Course specification

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

Careers and employability

Your career development

This course provides a thorough education in computing for industry, meaning you graduate with the knowledge and skills for employment in almost all computing related fields. In particular, you will gain advanced skills in the development of systems based on advanced technology and in specialist areas such as artificial intelligence and embedded systems.

The technical nature of the course will also provide the necessary underpinning to enable you to engage in further scientific and technological research.

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

Many students also choose to go on to further study, teaching and research roles in academia.

Excellent placement opportunities

We encourage students to take the optional placement year at the end of Year Two. This will give you the chance to:

  • gain vital experience
  • 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 both in the UK and internationally at companies including:

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – ABB, including an IT, Maths or Science subject OR
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant IT, Maths or Science modules OR
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B equivalent in a IT, Maths or a Science subject AND
  • GCSE 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 UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – ABB, including an IT, Maths or Science subject OR
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant IT, Maths or Science modules OR
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B equivalent in a IT, Maths or a Science subject AND
  • GCSE 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

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

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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

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For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Once our 2018/19 fees 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.

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