Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Computer Science and Mathematics

Computer Science

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
MSci (Hons) DPS 5 years full-time sandwich GGL1 AAA 1 October 2018
MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time GGK1 AAA 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich GG4D ABB 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time GG4C ABB 1 October 2018

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£29,678

average starting salary

Computer Science and Mathematics course overview

Many real-world problems are solved by a close-knit combination of mathematical and computational techniques. This degree course aims to equip students with a powerful set of skills to deal with such tasks, providing an excellent grounding for any career at the interface between computing and mathematics, as well as most careers that are traditionally open to single honours graduates in either of the two disciplines.

The course is divided equally into topics from computer science and mathematics so that graduates have a wide range of experience in both areas. This will appeal to students who would like to study applications of logic and mathematics to computer science, and also the application of computational techniques to mathematics.

The core mathematics subjects required for business, industry and academia are studied in the first two years, with a particular emphasis on computational methods. The core computer science subjects studied in the first two years have a particular emphasis on mathematical aspects of computer science.

The final year involves a project that draws on knowledge of computer science and mathematics as well as offering a range of options to allow specialisation in different aspects of both subjects.

Flexible learning

You will be learning a balance of theory and practice, meeting the demands of both a rapidly evolving subject and those of employers. In addition to the academic content, emphasis is placed on the development of your professional, managerial and presentation skills.

Upon graduation, you will possess a sound understanding of the fundamentals of computing and a flexible, well-developed approach to problem solving.

We continually monitor course content for quality and make improvements based on feedback from students, senior industrialists and accrediting bodies such as the British Computer Society and the Tech Partnership. Major companies are directly involved in sponsoring our modules, supporting project work and providing guest lectures and prizes.

The MSCi degree

The Masters in Science (MSci) degrees provide an ideal preparation for research and development work in industry or for a PhD. They are designed to create leaders in the subject area by giving in-depth experience of cutting edge research.

The final year provides a broad understanding and study of entrepreneurship, leadership and management, together with team working skills. There is also a significant, research based individual project conducted with a member of academic staff.

Modules


A typical course structure is given below. Please note that core subjects and options may vary from year to year.

Year 1

  • Computer Applications in Mathematics
  • Databases
  • Geometry and Groups
  • Introduction to Algorithms
  • Introductory Probability and Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Logic and Functional Programming
  • Mathematical Methods 1
  • Mathematical Methods 2
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Software Engineering 1

Year 2

  • AI Methods
  • Analysis 1
  • Analysis 2
  • Computer Graphics
  • Formal Languages and Theory of Computation
  • Formal Specification
  • Mathematical Methods 3
  • Numbers
  • Numerical Methods
  • Team Project

Optional placement year

Optional salaried professional placement.

Year 3/4

Compulsory modules:

  • Computer Science and Maths Project

Optional modules:

  • Software Engineering 2
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Robotics
  • Agent-Based Systems
  • Algorithm Analysis
  • Cryptography and Network Security
  • E-Business Planning and Marketing
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence Systems
  • Data Mining
  • Computer Vision
  • Computer Animation
  • Studies in Science and Mathematics Education
  • Analysis 3
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Vector Calculus
  • Modelling with Differential Equations
  • Probability Theory
  • Number Theory
  • Operational Research
  • Introduction to Differential Geometry
  • Complex Variables
  • Vector Spaces
  • ODEs and Calculus of Variations
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Linear Differential Equations
  • Game Theory
  • Random Processes and Time Series Analysis
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Elements of Topology

Year 4/5 MSci

  • Enterprise Technology for Computer Scientists
  • Learning Evaluation in a Specialised Subject
  • Managing a Project Team
  • Mathematical Modelling 1
  • Mathematical Modelling 2
  • Thesis Project

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, laboratory work, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

GGL1 Computer Science and Mathematics - MSci (Hons) DPS

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) with 6 at HL Mathematics
BTEC
AA in 2 A-Levels including Mathematics plus D* in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
GCSE
Minimum 5 GCSEs Grades A*-B (9-6) including Mathematics

GGK1 Computer Science and Mathematics - MSci (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) with 6 at HL Mathematics
BTEC
AA in 2 A-Levels including Mathematics plus D* in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
GCSE
Minimum 5 GCSEs Grades A*-B (9-6) including Mathematics

GG4D Computer Science and Mathematics - BSc (Hons) DPS

A-Level
ABB including Grade A in Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) with 6 at HL Mathematics
BTEC
AB in 2 A-Levels including Mathematics at grade A plus D in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate, or A in A-Level Mathematics plus D*D in BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
GCSE
Minimum 5 GCSEs Grades A*-B (9-6) including Mathematics

GG4C Computer Science and Mathematics - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
ABB including Grade A in Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) with 6 at HL Mathematics
BTEC
AB in 2 A-Levels including Mathematics at grade A plus D in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate, or A in A-Level Mathematics plus D*D in BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
GCSE
Minimum 5 GCSEs Grades A*-B (9-6) including Mathematics

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

Graduate destinations include:

  • Abtec Network Systems
  • American Express
  • BAE Systems
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IBM, Microsoft
  • Network Rail
  • NHS
  • Syscom
  • Virtual Technology Ltd

Professional placement (sandwich)

An additional professional placement year is available and is highly recommended by both the Department and former students.

Many students in the past have chosen to take this option and have found it a valuable experience that has enhanced their studies and employment opportunities.

Satisfactory completion leads to the additional award of a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

During the placement year, the student is employed in a company and treated as a graduate trainee. Many companies offer regular training opportunities which supplement the course modules, providing experience on a wide range of commercial software and business practice.

Responsibility for finding a suitable placement rests with the student, but assistance is given by the Department’s Professional Placement Tutor who has contacts with a wide range of industrial and commercial organisations.

Many students find employment with IT companies and other major industries, and some placements may be with small establishments, matched on the basis of subject or geographical location.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

MSci (Hons) DPS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: GGL1

MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: GGK1

BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: GG4D

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: GG4C