Computer Science, here at Aberystwyth University, covers a wide range of fundamentals - infrastructure, programming, web development, communication, technology and more.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which allows you to develop the skills needed to solve complex problems that include analysis, design, solution choice and implementation.
Skills acquired from this course are taught from cutting-edge research, in a supportive learning environment and are highly sought after by future employers - with the Integrated Industrial and Professional Training Year you will jump start your career prospects.
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. (HESA 2017)
95% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 15% more than Computer Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2017)
Why study Computer Science with an Integrated Industrial Year at Aberystwyth University?
- Employability embedded in the structure of this degree
- Degree accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which gives you a head start when you enter the competitive job market
- Access to dedicated Linux, Mac OS X laboratories and central servers
- Taught by lecturers who have close links with the industry and software engineering conferences
- 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
- Computer sales and marketing
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 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 will be introduced to:
- Computer Infrastructure
- Web development
- Problems + solutions
In your second year you will discover:
- 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.
- Data structures and algorithms
- Plus, other exciting elective modules
In your third year, you will 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:
- Development processes, techniques and technologies for constructing real operational software
- 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
How will I be taught?
You will be taught by enthusiastic staff through a complementary set of teaching and learning methods and approaches, ranging from formal lectures, seminars and tutorials to practicals and individual and group-based project work.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practicals, projects, workshops 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.
Computer Science is a very engaging and diverse subject with an 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
I have found my course truly interesting and very rewarding. Undertaking an industrial year has boosted my practical programming skills tenfold, if not more. The lecturers are professional and helpful and the course provides a wide variety of subject knowledge. The first year of the course is a very nice, manageable introduction to the field of computer science. As a student who had no previous experience in the field I was rather tentative when first coming to University, but within a few weeks I had hit the ground running with the implementation of a challenging, yet rewarding project. Daniel William James Drave
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBC
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
28 points overall
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org