BSc

Computer Science / Physics

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Key Facts

Code FG34
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In choosing to study a Computer Science and Physics Degree at Aberystwyth University, you will be immersed in the fundamentals of computer science and the very latest scientific developments and technological innovations. With a thorough grounding in the core principles of each scientific discipline, the structure of the Computer Science and Physics Degree allows you to develop the skills needed to solve complex problems that include analysis, design, solution choice and implementation. You will develop the skills and capabilities sought by the main employers in these disciplines, and on completion of your Computer Science and Physics Degree you will graduate with the competences necessary to undertake the career you choose.

Department of Computer Science: 92% overall satisfaction for the course Computer Science (NSS, 2017)

99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 9% more than Computer Science graduates nationally(DLHE 2017)

95% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 15% more than Computer Science graduates nationally, (DLHE 2017)

Department of Physics: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

85% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 21% more than Physical Science graduates nationally. (DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study Computer Science and Physics at Aberystwyth?

  • A degree 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.
  • Physics has been taught at Aberystwyth University since its foundation and it continues to be an innovating learning experience for all. 
  • Our research ranked 11th in the UK and 1st in Wales (Times Higher Education).
  • Students will be able to use our facilities and equipment that contain  Linux, Mac OS X laboratories and central servers.
  • Taught by lecturers who have close links with the industry and software engineering conferences.
  • Our researchers in the Physics Department are currently involved with the ExoMars project 2020, which is run by the European Space Agency. 
  • Students on this course will have access to robotic equipment including Ardvinos, mobile robots and sailing robots
Our Staff

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.

Department of Physics Lecturers are all qualified to PhD level and have a track record of research in their fields of specialisation.

Modules

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.

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Career prospects

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
  • Computer sales and marketing
  • Education
  • Medical Physicist
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Radiation Protection Practitioner

What skills do I acquire from this degree?

Employability skills are the core values of our degree.

As part of your degree you will be required to take part in a residential 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

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In this joint honours Computer Science and Physics degree course, you will divide your time equally between each subject.

In the first year you will take core modules in:

  • Software development
  • Programming
  • Communications and telematics
  • Classical dynamics
  • Algebra and calculus
  • Modern and laboratory physics. 
  • Your numerical and computational skills are easily transferable between the two disciplines.

In the second year you will explore:

  • Program design
  • Data structures and algorithms. 
  • All students participate in the Software Development Lifecycle module which includes a group project where, taking one of the roles which exist in industry, such as project manager, designer, or quality assurance manager, you will produce a working software product, following best current industrial practice at every stage. 
  • You will also study mathematical and thermal physics alongside quantum mechanics and your choice of optional modules from both departments.

In the third year your core modules include:

  • Agile methodologies
  • Condensed matter
  • Electromagnetism, and atoms and molecules. 
  • You will also undertake projects in which you will develop and implement a piece of software, and investigate a problem of an experimental, theoretical, data analysis, instrumentation or computer modelling nature under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a complementary set of teaching and learning methods and approaches, ranging from formal lectures, seminars and tutorials to workshops, practicals and individual and group-based project work.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practicals, presentations, workshops, lab reports, lab diaries, and examinations.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

Computer Science is a very engaging and diverse subject with emphasis on a wide range of subjects for example: software engineering, web development, networking and career planning. The course is very enjoyable and can be tailored to anyone's preferences and abilities. Oliver Roe

Everyday Physics enhances your understanding of the universe and everything we experience. Passionate scientists inform you of their contributions to science at the forefront of physics. Your time is split between gaining hands-on laboratory experience using exciting equipment including lasers, oscilloscopes and spectrometers, and lectures that will inspire and interest you. Each module challenges your intelligence and allows you to gain knowledge that most people benefit from but do not know exists. Students achieve excellence, and stretch their minds. It requires time and effort, but the skills and understanding you gain are second to none. Sarah Chandler

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subject and B in A level Mathematics

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in Physics and 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
Pass overall with 60% in Physics and 60% in Mathematics

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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