Undergraduate study2017

MSci (Hons) / BSc (Hons)

Computer Science

Department of Computer Science

Year of entry: 2017

Computer Science is a rapidly evolving and increasingly important field, pervasive in almost all areas of science and modern day life. Computer Science graduates are therefore in high demand across an increasingly diverse range of industries.

  • Additional Award
  • Placement Year
  • Industry Accreditation

MSci (Hons) / BSc (Hons)

Computer Science

Department of Computer Science

Year of entry: 2017

Computer Science is a rapidly evolving and increasingly important field, pervasive in almost all areas of science and modern day life. Computer Science graduates are therefore in high demand across an increasingly diverse range of industries.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 6th  for overall satisfaction (NSS 2015)
  • 100% of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles (2014 graduates)
  • Accredited by the British Computer Society
  • Chartered IT Professional registration
  • MSci courses accreditation for Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) registration

 

The Computer Science course is firmly grounded in theory and practice; a strong emphasis is placed on mathematical ability, logic and programming. The course offers numerous quality placement opportunities in industry, and it can be tailored to a variety of career paths via the choice of specialist modules.

Computer Scientists need a diverse set of practical and theoretical skills. This course provides students with a strong foundation in the critical areas of Computer Science whilst also giving the opportunity to tailor the degree to their own strengths, interests and career aspirations via the choice of specialised modules and project work, which are taught and supervised by world leading experts.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MSci (Hons) DPS 5 years full-time sandwich G403
MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time G402
BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich G401
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time G400
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 e-Skills UK. 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 provides 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.

Industry accreditation

The British Computer Society (BCS) has granted accreditation of this course for membership (MBCS) and for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration. In addition, for MSci courses, accreditation has been granted for the educational requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) registration.

Assessment

Assessment may take the following forms: Written examinations (sat at the end of each semester – there are two semesters per academic year), coursework, project work, computer-based testing and verbal presentations.

Selection

You will normally be selected after careful consideration of your UCAS application form and, in some cases, an interview. If you are offered a place, you will be invited to visit the Department giving you the opportunity to meet staff, students, visit facilities and see what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Graduate destinations

Graduate destinations include: Abtec Network Systems, American Express, BAE Systems, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Network Rail, NHS, Syscom, Virtual Technology Ltd.

**British Computer Society (BCS), Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration. In addition, MSci graduates: Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) registration

Course structure

For further details please see the Computer Science module description web pages

Year 1
  • Computer Systems
  • Databases
  • Embedded Systems
  • Introduction to Algorithms
  • Logic and Functional Programming
  • Mathematics for Computer Science
  • Object Oriented Programming & algorithms
  • Programming for the WWW
  • Server-side Programming
  • Software Engineering
Year 2
  • AI Methods
  • Computer Graphics
  • Formal Languages
  • Formal Specification
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Operating systems, Network and the Internet 1
  • Operating systems, Network and the Internet 2
  • Professional Issues
  • Software Engineering 2
  • Team Projects
Optional placement year

Optional salaried professional placement.

Year 3/4

Compulsory modules:

  • Computer Science Project

Optional modules:

  • Robotics
  • Agent Based Systems
  • Algorithm Analysis
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Cryptography and Network Security
  • E-Business Planning and Marketing
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Mining
  • Advanced Networking
  • Computer Vision
  • Computer Animation
  • Business Systems
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Culture and Change Management
Year 4/5 MSci
  • Enterprise Technology for Computer Scientists
  • Group Project
  • Managing a Project Team
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Thesis Project

For further details please see the Computer Science module description web pages

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: G403 MSci (Hons) DPS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA including Maths (or AAA plus A-Level Maths at grade C or AAA plus AS-Level Maths at grade A)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including Maths, plus Highers at majority A grades
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 at HL in Maths
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diplomas: 12 units at Distinction plus A-Level Maths grade A, or 6 units at Distinction plus AA in two A-Levels including Maths
Additional
GCSE Maths grade B

UCAS code: G402 MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
AAA including Maths (or AAA plus A-Level Maths at grade C or AAA plus AS-Level Maths at grade A)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including Maths, plus Highers at majority A grades
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 at HL in Maths
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diplomas: 12 units at Distinction plus A-Level Maths grade A, or 6 units at Distinction plus AA in two A-Levels including Maths
Additional
GCSE Maths grade B

UCAS code: G401 BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB including Maths (or ABB plus A-Level Maths at grade C or ABB plus AS-Level Maths at grade A)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including Maths, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Maths (candidates who already hold an IB Diploma with 32 points are invited to contact the Admissions Office to see if a concession can be made)
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (or related): D*DD profile including Distinction in Unit 26: Mathematics for IT Practitioners (or equivalent)
Additional
GCSE Maths grade B

UCAS code: G400 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB including Maths (or ABB plus A-Level Maths at grade C or ABB plus AS-Level Maths at grade A)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including Maths, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Maths (candidates who already hold an IB Diploma with 32 points are invited to contact the Admissions Office to see if a concession can be made)
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (or related): D*DD profile including Distinction in Unit 26: Mathematics for IT Practitioners (or equivalent)
Additional
GCSE Maths grade B

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

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.

Department / School Key Information Sets

MSci (Hons) DPS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: G403

MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: G402

BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: G401

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: G400

Our students

Karar Haidari

“My course had helped me build a strong foundation and interest in theoretical Computer Science, enabling me to gain valuable skills and techniques for my future career.”

Lizz Olubusi

“I enjoy how much my course challenges me. The content is fun and very interactive, and encourages you to be thorough and precise with your work.”

Rebecca Adams

“In some modules, my course presents the opportunity to put yourself in a real life corporate situation to get the feel of what it would be like to interact with clients within a business.”

Joseph Aderibigbe

“Haslegrave is one of the best computer labs I have seen, with new model macs which are quick and available 24 hours a day.”

Lewis Jenkins

“I enjoy the balance between the IT and Business side of my course. I learnt about designing websites but also get to do HR, accounting and management modules.”

Karar Haidari

“My course had helped me build a strong foundation and interest in theoretical Computer Science, enabling me to gain valuable skills and techniques for my future career.”

Lizz Olubusi

“I enjoy how much my course challenges me. The content is fun and very interactive, and encourages you to be thorough and precise with your work.”

Rebecca Adams

“In some modules, my course presents the opportunity to put yourself in a real life corporate situation to get the feel of what it would be like to interact with clients within a business.”

Joseph Aderibigbe

“Haslegrave is one of the best computer labs I have seen, with new model macs which are quick and available 24 hours a day.”

Lewis Jenkins

“I enjoy the balance between the IT and Business side of my course. I learnt about designing websites but also get to do HR, accounting and management modules.”