Why Herts?
  • Established in 1965, we're one of the oldest Computer Science departments offering a wealth of knowledge and expertise
  • We are actively engaged in Cybersecurity teaching, training and research
  • Our research is internationally recognised and regularly represented in mainstream British media. Our robot, Kaspar, has been featured in the BBC 2 documentary 'Six Robots and Us', and online in the BBC News and The Daily Mail

About the course

This course is ideal if you have an interest in technology and software development and how they can be applied to benefit individuals and organisations.
Core topics include foundations of computation, programming, multimedia, networks, databases, operating systems, software engineering and professional issues. In addition, you’ll choose from a wide range of specialist modules to tailor your degree to your interests. As well as gaining an understanding of the wider context in which systems operate, you’ll develop your communication and team-working skills. Thanks to the nature of this degree, you’ll develop the broad skills many employers are looking for while keeping your career options open.

What you will learn

You will be taught the fundamental principles of the subject, which will be illustrated with current real-world technologies and applications wherever possible.

First Year: You will be taught the foundations of Computer Science, including a problem solving approach to programming, modelling and representing data, computer design, networks, operating systems and devices.

Second Year: You will deepen your understanding and develop more advanced skills. You will study contemporary issues in the social, professional, ethical and legal aspects of computing. Modules also cover software development, databases, algorithms and data structures, operating systems and networks. The Second Year gives you the opportunity to choose two additional modules.

Work placement/study abroad year: You may choose to undertake a paid work placement or study abroad at one of our worldwide partner universities.

Final Year: There are core modules on computer security, project planning, the user experience and concurrency, plus two modules of your choice. You will also undertake an individual project, typically an extensive piece of practical and written work.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Computer Science
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Modular BSc/MEng Honours in Computer Science and Information Technology

Why choose this course?

  • Flexibility – you may choose this course, which has an emphasis on mainstream computer science and software development, or change to another BSc in our programme.
  • Be part of a highly regarded well established computer science department with excellent facilities, a strong research background, and links to business and industry.
  • Prepare yourself for a career in the IT sector through a mix of academic, professional and practical study, with opportunities for industry certifications and a paid placement year. Previous students have worked placements at companies including Microsoft, IBM, and BT
  • You will join a lively academic community in the School of Computer Science at Hertfordshire, one of the largest and most established in the country.
  • You will be taught by highly qualified staff, most with a PhD or other advanced degree in addition to research, teaching, or professional experience.
  • The School has an excellent research record and strong links with local and national business, in particular with employers.
  • Recent graduates from Computer Science have gone on to work at amazing organisations including Sega Europe, Canon UK, and EE

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (for 1st year entrants only)

Course details

Careers

What job can I get?

There are careers opportunities in many employment sectors, including the IT industry, business, education and government. Our graduates have become software developers, programmers, web developers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and IT consultants, or have studied for postgraduate degrees.

Recent graduates have become software developers, programmers, web developers, project managers, software engineers and IT consultants, or have gone on to postgraduate study. Graduates have landed jobs at companies such as FDM, Deutsche Bank, Oracle, Ford and many other world-class organisations.

Teaching methods

Computer Science is both an academic and a practical subject so you will be taught in different ways such as lectures, smaller group tutorials, supervised practicals (labs) and self-study including experiential learning. Assessment is by a mix of in-class tests, exams, and coursework.

The School has well equipped laboratory facilities, with PCs running Windows 7 and/or Linux and a whole range of industry-standard and educational software from Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, and others. There are specialist labs for networking, multimedia, devices, robotics, and projects.

In addition to scheduled classes, about 16 hours per week in Year 1, you will be expected to spend the same amount of time in self-study taking advantage of the University's extensive and up-to-date facilities. These include the Learning Resource Centres (LRCs), open 24x7, with over 1,200 computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet our versatile online study environment accessible on and off campus, and open access to our labs.

Most of our students own their own PC or Mac, but this is not essential since you can use the university facilities. StudyNet allows you to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world!

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement for your third year. We encourage you to take advantage since on average placement students have a greater chance of finding good employment after graduation and achieve higher grades in their final year.

Work placements are spent in a paid job relevant to your degree. You apply in the second year, with support from the University using our extensive contacts with employers.

Recent placement students have worked at large organisations such as Apple, BT, IBM, Intel, GSK, Microsoft, and Xerox. Others have worked for smaller organisations, perhaps family-run or near home.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Human Dimensions of Computing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Programming 30 Credits Compulsory
    Models and Methods in Computing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Platforms for Computing 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Contemporary Issues 15 Credits Compulsory
    Database Concepts 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Science Development Exercise 30 Credits Compulsory
    Algorithms and Data Structures 15 Credits Compulsory
    Operating Systems and Networks 15 Credits Compulsory
    Artificial Intelligence 15 Credits Optional
    Computer Architecture 15 Credits Optional
    Cognitive and Social Robotics 15 Credits Optional
    The C Family 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Project Planning 15 Credits Compulsory
    User Experience 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Systems Security 15 Credits Compulsory
    Concurrency 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Science Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Work Placement in Computer Science 0 Credits Optional
    Artificial Life 15 Credits Optional
    Software Quality 15 Credits Optional
    Embedded Systems Development 15 Credits Optional
    Machine Learning and Neural Computing 15 Credits Optional
    Programming Paradigms 15 Credits Optional
    Quantum Computing 15 Credits Optional
    Mobile Computing 15 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Study Abroad 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    104 BCC DMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    26/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    26/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    25/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    25/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students