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Computer Science BSc (Hons)

Broaden your prospects with a firm foundation in the practice and theory of core computing principles, with a focus on software development, database design, web technologies and security.

Available in Clearing. Call (0116) 257 7000 or WhatsApp on 07970 655 800 to secure your place

Overview

With the digital era continuing to expand rapidly, the role of computing and its impact on our lives is more important than ever. New and innovative computer technologies are constantly being unveiled, with software engineers, systems developers, programmers and analysts playing a vital role in their creation and development.

Benefiting from more than 50 years of successful teaching, our Computer Science course focuses on modern approaches to software systems development, allowing you to explore both the theoretical and practical skills needed to understand programming language concepts, software design methods, secure web systems, computer architecture and computer networks.

The course prepares you for a wide variety of career opportunities, from programming and developer roles to software engineering, with computer technology closely linked with an extensive range of industries such as medicine, education, entertainment, security and architecture.

Key features

  • This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
  • Our diverse curriculum provides students with an equal balance of theory and practice and is embedded with contemporary technologies designed to tackle modern multi-core platforms.
  • You can gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our #DMUglobal programme. During previous trips, students have gained key insights into San Francisco’s tech industry, while others put their skills to the test at New York’s Spyscape Museum.
  • Our Computer Science research is ranked as the world’s joint first for citations to our articles on the Category Normalized Citation Index, meaning you will have access to internationally recognised academics throughout your time at DMU.
  • 100% of our Computer Science graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17) compared to a sector average of 94.6%.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as ITN, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, BT, RBS, HSBC, DNEG and Experian.

Watch: Kate Lowe, Computer Science graduate, talks about her experience studying while at DMU.


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G400

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G400

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM

Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course

  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing: Pass Foundation, and progression is at the discretion of the programme leader. Refer to the Foundation team for further guidance. 

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited  Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditation

 

 

First year

  • Computer Programming I 
  • Computer Programming II 
  • Computer Ethics
  • Computer Law and Cyber Security 
  • Computer Systems 
  • Computer Networks 
  • Mathematics for Computing 
  • Database Design and Implementation 

Second year modules:

  • Software and Security Management 
  • Object Oriented Design 
  • Object Oriented Development
  • Web Application Development 
  • Agile Team Development
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Concurrent and Parallel Algorithms
  • Introduction to Research

Third year modules:

  • Computing Project
  • Systems Building: Methods 

 

Optional modules:

  • Rigorous Systems
  • Fuzzy Logic and Knowledge Based Systems
  • Secure Web Application Development
  • Web Application Penetration Testing

  • Telematics
  • Multi-Service Networks 1

  • Multi-Service Networks 2

  • Functional Software Development
  • Front-End Web Development
  • Interaction Design
  • Database Management and Programming
  • Information Technology Services Practice
  • Computer Ethics and Privacy
  • Data Mining
  • Big Data and Business Models

 

Teaching and assessment

In the first year, you will normally attend around 12-14 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, split across a variety of lectures, small group activities and practical laboratory work. 

There are a variety of assessment methods, typically including short tests, practical software development tasks, written work, and presentations. Your written and academic reading skills will be developed in the ethics and law topics and you will develop a portfolio that will give you experience of practical development. 

In the second year, the emphasis moves towards more substantive practical assignments and you will practise modern software development techniques. Research and presentation skills are also important in the second year.

In the final year, the individual software development project forms a major part of the practical assessment.

 

BCS

This course is accredited by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT. 

Once you have graduated and begun to work as an IT professional you can apply to become a full member of the BCS and, as your career develops, gain the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP), giving you a recognised industry-relevant qualification.

Facilities and features

Computer Science Laboratories

Our Computer Science laboratories provide computer workstations for students to use, with four interconnected computing laboratories with HP PCs running Windows/Linux.

All the machines are connected to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. Many of the software packages are open source, which means students can download and run the software needed for their course work while at home. The laboratories also include study spaces where you can work individually or in groups.

Library and learning zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures.

This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Computer Science graduates have gone on to work as associate software engineers, computer engineers, systems engineers, database managers, software developers and web developers for companies including HSBC Bank, Sainsbury’s, MMT Digital, RR Donnelley and Serck Controls.

Graduates can also continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study in either research or taught areas, which provides opportunities for further specialisation and the enhancement of existing skills.

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#DMUglobal

Our innovative international experience programme aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our Computer Science students have visited top tech companies in San Francisco to get an insight into the skills and talent needed for careers in the technology sector, as well as visited New York’s Spyscape museum to test out their espionage and surveillance skills.

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course as one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job.

We have links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your interests and aspirations. Students on this course have taken part in placements at companies including Syngenta, Jagex, PepsiCo, HSBC Bank, Honda Racing Corporation and Avis Europe.

Computer Science student Judyta Dabek secured a year-long placement as an automation trainee at Rolls-Royce. She said: “It’s an inspiring place to work and a very important opportunity for me. I’m learning how to use different programming languages and documentation, as well as developing my research skills and knowledge of law and ethics, all of which will broaden my career opportunities after university.”

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