Computer Science (with integrated year studying abroad)

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Key Facts

Code G406
  • Typical A-level offer


  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The information on this page relates to September 2019 entry. For 2020 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

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.

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)

93% overall satisfaction for the Department of Computer Science (NSS 2019)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 8% more than Computer Science graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)


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 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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Diogelwch Data CC11110 10
Fundamentals of Web Development CS11010 10
Hanfodion Datblygu Gwe CC11010 10
Information security CS11110 10
Introduction to Computer Infrastructure CS10220 20
Problems and Solutions CS10720 20
Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language * CS12320 20


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


* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Modelling Persistent Data CS27020 20


* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Sandwich Year CSS0060 60


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Agile Development and Testing CS31310 10
Major Project CS39440 40
Professional Issues in the Computing Industry CS38220 20
Prosiect Hir CC39440 40


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

A Levels BBC

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

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
75% 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

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