Explore the fundamentals of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) here at Aberystwyth University - with an Integrated Industrial and Professional Training Year to jump start your career prospects, upon successful completion.
The degree itself, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, allows you to develop the skills needed to solve complex problems that include analysis, design, solution choice and implementation.
You will be equipped with the appropriate skills for any typical job in the software industry. However, the AI emphasis will give you the head start in job areas of autonomy, AI, medical and/or bioinformatics tasks, computational intelligence, commercial/business programming of softbot applications, intelligent controllers and more.
Department of Computer Science: 92% overall satisfaction for the course Computer Science (NSS, 2017)
98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 8% more than Computer Science graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)
Why study Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Industrial Year at Aberystwyth University?
- Employability embedded in the structure of this degree
- This degree is accredited by the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which gives you a head start when you enter the competitive job market
- The department will give you access to dedicated Linux, Mac OS X laboratories and central servers
- You will be taught by lecturers who have close links with the industry and software engineering conferences
- Students on this course will have access to robotic equipment including arduinos, mobile robots and sailing robots
Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Introduction to Computer Infrastructure
- Introduction to Programming *
- Problems and Solutions
- Professional and Personal Development *
- Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language *
- Web Development Tools *
- Communication and Technology
- Computational thinking
- Functional Programming
- The Mathematics Driving License for Computer Science
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Our degree prepares you for a variety of careers:
- Software design
- Communications and networking
- Computer applications
- Web development
- IT consultancy and management
- Systems analysis and development
What skills do I acquire from this degree?
As part of your degree you will be required to take part in a first year residential weekend where you and other students will have work in teams to solve problems.
This activity will encourage and improve:
- Communication skills
- Analytical skills
- Time Management
- Working Independently and as part of a team
- Organisation skills
- Implementation skills
- Research skills
- Technical skills
Industrial Year students have the opportunity to join a second year residential weekend concentrating on skills to help you find a great placement. This includes:
- CV skills
- Interview practice
- Networking with employers
- Online presence
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.
In your first year you may be introduced to:
- Computer Infrastructure
- Web development
- Problems + solutions
In your second year you may discover:
- C and C++ and Environments
- Our software development lifecycle module. This module will allow you to take a role which exists in the industry i.e. project manager, designer etc, you will be required to produce a working software product, following best current industrial practice at every stage.
- Robotics and Embedded Systems
- Artificial Intelligence
- Data structures and Algorithms
In your third year, you may be taking part in your work placement:
- This with the assistance of the department. By the end of this placement you will have the knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution in the workplace.
- You will also return to University with a greater sense of motivation.
In your final year, you will undertake:
- Agile Methodologies
- Machine Learning
- The development of Internet based applications
- Individual project, where you will develop a piece of software in an area of particular interest to you
- A range of further electives to specialise in areas of your choice
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBC
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
28 points overall
The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org