You are viewing this course for September start 2024
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.
Why study Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Industrial Year at Aberystwyth University?
- Employability is 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 are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new lecturers 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 September start - 2024
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.
|Fundamentals of Web Development *
|Information security *
|Introduction to Computer Infrastructure
|Introduction to Programming *
|Problems and Solutions
|Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language *
|Study Skills for Computer Science *
|Algorithm Design and Data Structures *
|Modelling Persistent Data *
|Software Engineering *
|Professional Issues in the Computing Industry *
|Fundamentals of Machine Learning
|Agile Development and Testing
* 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 and solutions.
In your second year you may discover:
- C and C++ and environments
- software development lifecycle (This module will allow you to take a role which exists in the industry i.e. project manager, designer etc, and 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, 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 workplacem, and 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
- an 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
UCAS Tariff 120 - 96
A Levels BBB-CCC
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.
Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.
The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.