Computer Science (with integrated year studying abroad)

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Computer Science with an integrated year studying abroad, 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.

A year of study abroad will enable you to discover another country and culture, while at the same time expanding your knowledge and skills of Computer Science.

Course Overview

Why study Computer Science at Aberystwyth University?

  • Employability embedded in the structure of this degree;
  • A 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 Ardvinos, mobile robots and sailing robots.
Our Staff

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.


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


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Artificial Intelligence CS26520 20
Robotics and Embedded Systems CS26020 20
Scientific Python CS24520 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Major Project * CS39440 40
Professional Issues in the Computing Industry * CS38220 20
Agile Development and Testing CS31310 10


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Algorithms CS31920 20
Computational Bioinformatics CS31420 20
Computer Graphics and Games CS32420 20
Mobile Development with Android CS31620 20

* 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;
  • 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.

Interested in a year in industry?
If you are keen to obtain a year in industry, then you can switch to our Computer Science (G401) degree. This scheme is the same as Computer Science (G400), but we give you an additional year to spend in an industrial placement.

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 and 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 take part in your year of study abroad:

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 to 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;
  • 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.

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.

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:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

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.

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