MCOMP

Computer Science (with integrated year in industry)

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Key Facts

Code G419
  • Typical A-level offer

    AAB

  • Course Length

    5 Years

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Computer Science, at Aberystwyth University, covers a vast range of topics including programming, computer operating systems, software design and the engineering of large software systems - with cutting-edge research. It is also our department’s most flexible degree, providing core modules that are key for a career in Computer Science.

The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) accredited course will equip you with specialist skills such as software engineering, graphics and visualisation, artificial intelligence, robotics, telematics, mobile computing and open source computing - that are highly sought out by employers in this industry.

The prestigious MComp in Computer Science is similar to the Bachelors degree but provides two additional years of instruction in the form of an integrated year in industry and an integrated Masters.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

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*)

Overview

Why study Computer Science (MComp) at Aberystwyth University? 

  • Students on this course will taught by lecturers who have close links with the industry and software engineering conferences

At Aberystwyth our Computer Science students have access to: 

  • Regularly updated laboratories providing access to a full range of computing environments including iMacs, Linux and Windows 
  • Core modules in computer science 
  • Use of state of the art research equipment, including mobile robots, sailing robots and manipulator arms, vision and motion tracking systems
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.

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

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction to Computer Infrastructure CS10220 20
Introduction to Programming * CS12020 20
Problems and Solutions CS10720 20
Professional and Personal Development * CS18010 10
Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language * CS12320 20
Web Development Tools * CS15020 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Communication and Technology PH19510 10
Computational thinking CS12910 10
Functional Programming CS12510 10
The Mathematics Driving License for Computer Science CS10410 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Modelling Persistent Data CS27020 20
Program Design, Data Structures and Algorithms * CS21120 20
Software Engineering * CS22120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Sandwich Year CSS0060 60

Employability

Our graduates are eagerly sought by employers, particularly with a Masters-level qualification. The year in industry option on the degree means that students can finish their degree having already had a year’s experience of working in computing, making them even more attractive to employers.

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

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
  • 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:

  • Programming
  • Computer Infrastructure
  • Web development
  • Problems + solutions

In your second and fourth year, you will undertake:

  • Our software development life cycle 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
  • 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

Your year in industry will be undertaken during your third year.

In your final year you will undertake a team and individual projects as well as modules at Master's level. Open-ended challenges are a chance for you to explore and test your knowledge, and success demands an independent-minded, but nonetheless strictly professional and well-organised approach to study. 

How will I be taught?

Our enthusiastic staff will teach you through the medium of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and individual/ 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.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels AAB

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM

International Baccalaureate:
32 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
80% 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 ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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