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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years †

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-112 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

I102 without industrial placement, I100 with industrial placement

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Software makes modern life possible. Our BSc (Hons) Computer Science equips you with vital skills that will put you at the forefront of software development and programming.

 

 

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.

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Build impressive practical skills

In your first year, 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 your second year, 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 your third year on placement in industry or progress directly to the final stage of the degree.

The final year focuses 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 in your third year, 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 

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What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • 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
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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 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-112 (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
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

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.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/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

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

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

How to apply

Without industrial placement

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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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

With industrial placement

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.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

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.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

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.

Contact details

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Dave Voorhis d.voorhis@derby.ac.uk +44 +44 (0)1332 591410
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† Additional information about your studies

4 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.

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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