Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code GG74
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Robotics Artificial Intelligence Computer Science

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Undergraduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Computer Science
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 1800
Email dcs@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/dcs/undergraduate

Department of Computer Science

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

94% overall student satisfaction
National Student Survey 2016

Course description

Our degrees will help you to become more than just a programmer - you will also develop skills in teamwork, communication, systems design and entrepreneurship.

This course is about biologically inspired algorithms, their relationship to living biological intelligence and the nature of consciousness itself. Some modules overlap with the main Computer Science degree, so you get the same solid grounding in the fundamentals.

You'll get the chance to specialise in speech recognition, language processing or robotics. We encourage you to take optional modules in psychology and philosophy to enhance your understanding.

Modules: what you study and when

Accreditation
  • Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
  • Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.
  • Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

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 AAB including Maths
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including Maths + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level Maths
BTEC DD in Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology + grade B in A Level Maths
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including Maths
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B in Maths
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+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.

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:

Discovering Psychology
Mind, Brain and Personal Identity

Second year

Core modules:

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

Optional modules:

Ethics: Theoretical and Practical
Software Hut
Theory of Knowledge
Memory, Skill and Everyday Life
Modelling Brain and Mind
Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology

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

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 26%
Independent study 74%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 47%
Coursework 53%
Practical 0%

Department of Computer Science

We're the first computer science department in the UK to have its own student-run software company - Genesys Solutions.

Our inspirational teaching staff are experts in iPhone, Android and virtual reality technology. Many of them are internationally recognised for their research in areas such as artificial intelligence and speech recognition. We have guest lecturers from IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. Our extensive facilities include a virtual reality suite, robot arena and an iPhone development suite.

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.

Computer science at Sheffield is that rare thing: the perfect blend of advanced science, business experience and creativity.

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, Games Workshop, Google, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, IBM, Logica, Microsoft, Orange, 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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Department of Computer Science
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 1800
Email dcs@sheffield.ac.uk

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