BSc (Hons) Computer Science

  • 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.

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

What will I study?

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!

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.

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)

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.