What Is a Computer Science Degree?
Computer science is a vast field which and graduates can enjoy careers across commerce, government, the arts, healthcare and education. Computer scientists specialise in software development, cyber security or systems analytics, to name just a few. Computer Science degrees can be three-year BSc or four-year MSc courses, and most offer an optional year in industry.
What will I study?
You will learn about networks, security and applications. You will learn the necessary skills to develop cutting edge technologies, and gain an understanding of the wider context in which computer science exists. You will study one or more programming languages such as C++, Java and SQL to enable you to develop applications of your own.
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In year one you will gain a solid foundation in operating systems, programming (including C++, SQL and Java) and networking. You will also undertake modules in computing law and ethics. You will take multi-disciplinary modules in mathematics for IT and professional skills.
The second year focuses on networking and security. You will continue to develop programming knowledge alongside this. Elective modules begin in the spring term and options include artificial intelligence, robotics and manufacturing. You will undertake a group project during which you will design develop and evaluate a security application.
In the final year, students diversify further by selecting specialist modules. You may choose to study penetration testing and cyber security, intellectual property law or programming for robotics. Simultaneously, third year students gain key employability skills through the study of legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks in computing. A large personal project is undertaken during this time.
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