Computer Science BSc

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Computer Science BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Start Date:

      26 September 2019

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 9,250 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 12,350

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a very practical, industry-facing BSc degree in Computer Science. Computer scientists are in very high demand in a wide range of industries today, and this program will give you the skills you need to build, design and maintain modern applications, systems and digital security procedures. You’ll also be able to select a specialisation in networking, software development or data modelling, depending on your interests and career goals.

    This course includes the option of taking an industrial placement with one of Hertfordshire’s partner organisations in your third year, or a year studying abroad. An industrial placement will be a wonderful opportunity to build a cache of real world skills within your intended specialty, and also to begin building a professional contact network at a time when other students are still behind a desk. Alternatively, a year abroad will give you new perspectives on a truly global industry.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 3 years at full time, with an optional year abroad or in work placement stretching it to 4 years.

    Year 1 Modules Include:

    • Human Dimensions of Computing (double module)
    • Models and Methods in Computing (double module)
    • Platforms for Computing (double module)
    • Programming (double module)

    Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Algorithms and Data Structures
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Cognitive and Social Robotics
    • Computer Architecture
    • Computer Science Development Exercise (double module)
    • Contemporary Issues
    • Database Concepts
    • Operating Systems and Networks
    • The C Family

    Optional ‘Sandwich’ Year

    You’ll have the opportunity to send a year studying computer science abroad at one of the university’s partner institutions, or working in a paid industrial placement within your chosen specialty.

    Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Artificial Life
    • Computer Systems Security
    • Cyber Security
    • Embedded Systems Development
    • Machine Learning and Neural Computing
    • Mobile Computing
    • Network Protocols and Architectures
    • Networks Project (double module)
    • Programming Paradigms
    • Project Planning
    • Quantum Computing
    • Software Quality

    Learning & Teaching

    Hertfordshire’s teaching methods include extensive use of large lectures, smaller seminars and interactive tutorials, as well as a great deal of group and individual study. As this is a very practical degree program, you’ll also engage in a great deal of work in the computer labs. These include specialised labs for project work, robotics, devices, multimedia and networking applications. Your progress will be assessed on your exam results and on coursework.

    Career Possiblities

    Successful completion of this program will qualify you to work as a cybersecurity consultant, a manager or administrator of a computer science facility or department, a distributed systems developer, an operations administrator or a network designer, at organisations such as Blackberry, HP, John Lewis and T-Mobile.

    Some students have been offered permanent positions by placement hosts. These have included organisations such as Xerox, Microsoft, GSK, Intel, IBM, BT and Apple.

    Entry Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 3 year BSc degree.

    Applicants must typically have earned 72 UCAS Tariff points or the international equivalent. The full list of qualifications can be found here.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. An IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no section lower than 5.5 would qualify, for example.

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