Search for courses or information

Bsc Computer science

IQP banner

Course summary

Computer Science Clearing availability

If you’re interested in studying computer science clearing courses and learning about the digital technologies we use on a daily basis you can apply now through Clearing to secure a 2020 course place. You can also visit our clearing page to find out more about the clearing process.

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, Microsoft IT Academy and CompTIA Academy status, so your qualification will be recognised and valued anywhere in the IT sector.

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

Find out more


Optional placement year available


Our Computer Science course is ranked 1st for student satisfaction amongst all London Universities (Guardian 2019)


Our computing courses are 2nd in London and 3rd in the country overall amongst all modern universities (Guardian 2019)


We are accredited by British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT, meaning your degree will be recognised worldwide.

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

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Key Skills
  • Mental Wealth; Professional Life (Group Project)
  • Level 4 Primers
  • Applied Maths
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Business Information Systems
  • Information Systems Modelling & Design
  • Software Development
  • Maths for Computing
  • Computer Systems & Networks
  • Web Technologies
  • Mental Wealth; Professional Life 1 (IT Project Pitching)
  • Database Systems
  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Web and Mobile App Development
  • Mental Wealth; Professional Life 2 (Computing in Practice)
  • Advanced Programming
  • Data Communications and Networks
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mental Wealth; Professional Life 3 (Project)
  • Formal Methods
  • Advanced Topics in Computer Science

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, 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.

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.

Who will teach on this course

Julie Wall

Mike Kretsis

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.


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 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
  • Education
  • 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.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

You may also be interested in

  • Why study at UEL?

  • Student finance

  • Information Advice Guidance

Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

Visit Country Pages