Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code G404
Duration 5 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Computer Science

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Undergraduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Computer Science
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 1800

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.

You'll learn to program, think analytically, work in a team and develop your communication skills. In the third year, half of your time is spent on a substantial individual project, giving you scope for creative and intellectual input.

You'll have the chance to arrange a year in industry. This will put your academic studies into context, improve your skills and enhance your employment prospects.

In the final year, you'll also get the chance to be part of a research team, working alongside a member of staff in one of our research labs. You'll also have the chance to work in our student-run software company, Genesys Solutions.

Modules: what you study and when

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 AAA including Maths
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including A in Maths + A. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths
BTEC DD in Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology + grade A in A Level Maths
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Maths
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAAAB + A in Maths
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA including Maths
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
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.

Course information on Department of Computer Science website

First year

Core modules:

Foundations of Computer Science
Introduction to Software Engineering
Java Programming
Machines and Intelligence
Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures
Web and Internet Technology
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Optional modules:

Devices and Networks

Second year

Core modules:

Advanced Programming Topics
Automata, Logic and Computation
Bio-Inspired Computing and Robotics
Data Driven Computing
Human Centred Systems Design
Software Hut
Engineering - You're Hired

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation Project
Finance and Law for Engineers

Optional modules:

Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme in Computer Science
3D Computer Graphics
Adaptive Intelligence
Computer Security and Forensics
Mainframe Computing
Modelling and Simulation of Natural Systems
Project Management and HRM for Engineers
Speech Processing
Text Processing
The Intelligent Web
The Internet of Things
Theory of Distributed Systems

Fourth year

Core modules:

Year in Industry

Fifth year

Optional modules:

Darwin Project
3D Computer Graphics
Cloud Computing
Computer Security and Forensics
Machine Learning and Adaptive Intelligence
Natural Language Processing
Network Performance Analysis
Software and Hardware Verification
Software development for mobile devices
Speech Processing
Speech Technology
Testing and verification in safety-critical systems
Text Processing

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

"My advice would be... do a bit of research about the course, find out if you want to do economics and just go there with an open mind and be enthusiastic about the prospect of learning."

Elizabeth Gear
School of Mathematics and Statistics

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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