Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years, Part-time: 6 years.

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

Software makes modern life possible. Featuring a foundation year to build your confidence, this degree equips you with vital skills that will put you at the forefront of software development and programming. 

You can also take the BSc (Hons) Computer Science without a foundation year. Find out more.

Software is everywhere – running everything from our desktop computers and mobile phones to home appliances, game consoles, cars, planes and industrial machinery. This degree will help you become a skilled computer programmer, adept at developing software and fully aware of the tools and methodologies that underpin software.

A thorough understanding of computer science

To be a successful, knowledgeable and highly employable computer programmer, you need to know computer science – the subject that underlies computer programming and software development.  

On this course, you will study applied computer science with a strong emphasis on practical programming skills using cutting-edge software development tools in our industry-standard laboratories.

You will be taught by experienced computer scientists and former industry professionals who continue to maintain active links with employers in the sector.

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Why you should study Computing at the University of Derby

Build impressive practical skills

In the first stage of the honours degree, you will discover the foundations of computer science and software development. We cover computer programming, together with some vital mathematics, and you will find out what makes both good and bad software.

In the second stage, you will explore core topics of computer science such as computer graphics, software engineering and databases. We also equip you with the skills needed to work in software development teams.

You can then choose to spend a year on placement in industry or progress directly to the final stage of the degree.

In your final year you will focus on advanced topics including enterprise systems, systems programming, distributed systems, computer language design and programming language implementation. You will also undertake an Independent Study to develop a large-scale project or conduct a research study into an area of your own choosing.

Industrial placement

If you opt for a placement, you will have the benefit of working alongside industry professionals and seeing how the knowledge and skills you have gained so far are put into practice. This experience will give you a distinct edge when you are applying for jobs after you graduate. More and more employers are now seeking new recruits with work experience, so a CV featuring a placement will help you to stand out.

Our Placements Officer will help you to find a position and support you throughout the placement period. We offer a full range of guidance to enhance your employability while you are studying and to help you secure graduate roles. For more information, please contact our 

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Preliminary Mathematics
  • Scholarship for Technologists
  • Technology Project (double module)
  • Introduction to Computational Mathematics
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Programming I
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Programming II
  • Networks and Security
  • Graphics I
  • Databases
  • Software Engineering
  • Application Development
  • Team Project
  • Optional Placement Year
  • Independent Studies - double module
  • Distributed Systems
  • Systems Programming
  • Language Design and Implementation
  • Cryptography and Coding

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. We also provide a considerable amount of e-learning support material. There is a strong emphasis on practical programming skills and you will use cutting-edge software development tools in our industry-quality labs.

You can also choose to spend a year on a placement working alongside industry professionals, which will give you a distinct advantage in the job market when you graduate.

How you are assessed

Assessment is mostly through coursework, although in each year there may be a small number of computer-based exams. In the final year, one third of the assessment is for a personal project.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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When you graduate, you will discover there is a strong industry demand for your new advanced skills in software development. The majority of computing jobs require software development abilities and experience. So – whether you want to be a software engineer, project manager, technical architect or chief technology officer – this degree will help you achieve your goals.

While the BSc (Hons) Computer Science is geared towards careers in the software industry, the knowledge and training you receive will prepare you for almost any future career as well as further studies at postgraduate level in computing.

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† Additional information about your studies

5 years with placement year

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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