Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code G401
Duration 5 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Software Engineering Computer Science Engineering

Any questions?

Laura Hogg
Admissions Officer
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 7836
Email sefy@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/sefy

Department of Computer Science

92% of our research work was rated either world leading or internationally excellent
Research Excellence Framework 2014

90% of students say staff are good at explaining things
National Student Survey 2017

Course description

You'll learn to understand the theoretical principles underlying a problem, and how to engineer a solution. You'll also become familiar with the practical issues involved in developing reliable, effective software systems in business or industry.

If your qualifications do not include the subjects we look for, the Foundation Year will give you a grounding in maths and either physics or chemistry to prepare you for the degree. After the first year, your course follows the structure for our standard degree programmes.

You'll learn to program, think analytically, work in a team and develop your communication skills. In the final year, you'll take some Advanced Research Topics - modules based around an area of staff research - and have the chance to work in our student-run software company.

Modules: what you study and when

Foundation years explained

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB with no Maths
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB not including Maths + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33 with no Maths
BTEC DDD in IT/ Software Development including Distinction in Maths for IT units or Engineering including Distinction in Further Maths units
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 not including Maths
Scottish Highers AAABB not including Maths
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB not including Maths
Access to HE Typical requirement of 60 credits overall, 45 credits at Level 3 with 30 at Distinction, including at least 12 credits in Mathematics, and 15 at Merit. Applicants are considered individually
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths and Science grade 6 or grade B
  • An additional Maths test and interview are required for BTEC Extended Diploma and Diploma applicants. Please contact the Department for more information
  • This course is for those who don't have the required Maths or Science A Levels, or equivalent, for the full degree course
  • A Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Computer Science website

Core modules:

Core Foundation Mathematics
Introduction to Engineering
Foundations of Physics
Further Foundation Mathematics

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Department of Computer Science

We're the first computer science department in the UK to launch its own student-run software company. Choose Sheffield and you'll develop skills in programming, teamwork, communication, systems design, management and entrepreneurship.

Our inspirational staff are experts in areas including iPhone and Android app development, virtual reality technology and cyber security. Emeritus Professor Noel Sharkey, who created our Artificial Intelligence degree, is an international speaker on robot drones, and head judge on the BBC's Robot Wars. Professor Guy Brown has won awards for using new technologies in his learning and teaching such as Lego robots, Kinect sensors and NAO robots.

We have guest lecturers from Microsoft, Google, GitHub, IBM and ARM. Our extensive facilities include a virtual reality suite, robot arena and an iPhone development suite. From the second year, you'll work on real projects for external business clients in the Software Hut.

As well as lots of practical experience, we'll give you the first-rate scientific grounding you'd expect from a leading Russell Group research university. You can specialise in web development and mobile apps, robotics and machine learning, speech and language technology, or 3D graphics and virtual reality.

Take one of our four-year MComp degrees and you can work for Genesys Solutions as part of your course. Genesys is the first student-run software company in the UK.

Department of Computer Science website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are IT consultants and software engineers in companies such as Accenture, Amazon, BT, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Google, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, IBM, Logica, Microsoft, Snapchat, Procter & Gamble, Reuters and ZOO Digital.

Student profile


"Computer science in this university is one of the top in the UK. All the modules are really good and are very well organised. It gives you the basis for everything you might want to do."

Raluca Lehadus
Computer Science

You can enhance your career prospects even further by taking a year in industry as part of your degree. We have a dedicated officer who can help you find a placement. You'll be paid a salary and your University fees are reduced for that year.

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Admissions Officer
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Email sefy@sheffield.ac.uk

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