BSc (Hons) Computer Science
Architecture, Computing and Engineering
Computer Science incorporates a number of specialist areas underpinning the digital technologies we use every day. Our course is taught by leading researchers who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in this rapidly changing field to ensure you’re up to date with the latest developments.
You’ll learn the main areas of the discipline, including Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Information Security and Data Analytics, as well as Computer Systems, Computer Architecture and Data Structures.
In addition to the technical knowledge you’ll need to pursue a career in this field, you’ll learn about the impact of technology on individuals, organisations and society. With a work-based learning module embedded within the course, you’ll also have the chance to develop your skills in the workplace and enhance your CV.
At the University of East London we have BCS Accreditation (subject to confirmation), Microsoft IT Academy and CompTIA Academy status, so your qualification will be recognised and valued anywhere in the IT sector.
Degree + Foundation year
A work placement is embedded within the course at level 5 to ensure students have the chance to develop their skills and enhance their employability.
The course provides the opportunity for students to travel to and study for one term in China, plus a 2 months internship at an international technology corporation.
Real world projects
Students have the opportunity to work on real world projects in their final year. For example, research carried out during a summer internship by a final year student has successfully attracted public interest and was published on the front page of the Times and major newspapers in the U.K. and Malaysia.
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What you'll learn
Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged to apply your skills to a range of practical problems. In your first year, you’ll gain a solid grounding in computer science fundamentals, including information systems modelling and design, software development, networks, web technologies and mathematics tailored to computing.
In your second year you’ll learn about databases, operating systems and data structures, and will complete a 70 hour work placement.
For your final year you’ll have the chance to specialise in areas such as mobile application development, network security, distributed systems and artificial intelligence.
You’ll be encouraged and supported to find work experience to enhance your practical skills, and we’ll help you to find a work placement if you choose to work for a year in the industry during your course.
In addition to your practical skills, you’ll learn about the social and cultural implications of the digital revolution, gaining an understanding of professional and ethical issues in computer science.
What you'll study and when
Business Information Systems (core)
Introduction to Computing (core)
Applied Mathematics (core)
Introduction to Software Development (Core)
Introduction to Computer Systems and Networks (Core)
Introduction to Web Technologies (Core)
Maths for Computing (Core)
Database Systems (Core)
Operating Systems (Core)
Computing in Practice (Core)
Advanced Programming (Core)
Data Structures and Algorithms (Core)
Data Communications and Networks (Core)
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
Computers and Network Security (Core)
Formal Methods (Core)
Distributed Systems (Core)
Artificial Intelligence (Core)
Mobile Application Development (Optional)
How you'll be assessed
We’ll assess you through a combination of coursework and exams. Coursework will include presentations, software demonstrations, research-based assignments and practical exercises involving system or program specification, coding and testing. You’ll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve.Course specification Foundation Year Specification
How you'll learn
As a computer science student, you’d expect a lot of your learning to take place via technology, including a free tablet – and you’d be right! Our Docklands campus has excellent computing resources, including specialised labs to study networking and operating system environments such as Windows and Linux.
You’ll be given software tools for programming, database development, computer-aided software engineering, internet access and web-based development.
But let’s not forget the personal touch, computer science may involve the study of robotics, but we’re not robots and neither are you. Our teaching staff will give you a great deal of personal attention and feedback as you get to grips with the course content. You’ll have a personal tutor to oversee your progress, module leaders for different parts of the course and tutors for each year group.
We also have, as you might expect, a virtual learning environment to keep you connected with your tutors and fellow students.
To be successful, you’ll need to do a lot of work outside formal teaching time - supported by the Kortext application provided with your free tablet – although the stimulating course content will leave you wanting to learn more.
A significant proportion of your time will also be spent working in groups with your fellow students. Experience of group working is essential for graduates who wish to work in the IT industry.
You’ll gain insights from our industrial partners through guest lectures and visits which ensure that you stay on top of what this dynamic industry demands.
Your future career
Think of almost any business sector that exists and then imagine it without computer systems. Tough, isn’t it? That’s because industries as diverse as agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and financial services all rely on computers and software to function effectively.
As a graduate from the University of East London, you'll have a solid understanding of the main disciplines that fall under the computer science banner. With a BCS accredited degree (subject to confirmation) and our status as a Microsoft IT and CompTIA Academy your degree will be respected within the IT sector and further afield.
A computer science degree is the perfect springboard for a career in almost any sector, in addition to the tech and digital industries.
The kinds of role you could go into include:
• Information Security
• Software Design
• Data Analytics
• Software Engineering
• Network, System or Database Administration
• Systems Architecture
• Technical Sales
This qualification also lends itself to postgraduate study and research. Or, if you have an entrepreneurial impulse, we can support you with that too and give you help and advice on launching your own start-up.