Course details

A Levels AAA, AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code GG75
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up tuition fee and additional costs
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 ug-compsci@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/dcs/undergraduate

Department of Computer Science

Top 5 Computer Science departments in the UK for research
Research Excellence Framework 2014

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.

You'll also 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. As well as being paid a salary during your placement you will pay reduced tuition fees for that year.

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; AAB including A in Maths and Computer Science
A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, including Maths or ABB, including Maths and Computer Science + B in a relevant EPQ; AAB, including Maths or ABB, including Maths and Computer Science + A in AS or B in A Level Further Maths
International Baccalaureate 36 with 6 in Higher Level Maths; 34 overall with 6 in Higher Level Maths and Computer Science
BTEC DDD in Engineering, IT or Computing + 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; B+AA including Maths and Computer Science
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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:

Cognitive Psychology I
Mind, Brain and Personal Identity

Second year

Core modules:

Automata, Computation and Complexity
Data Driven Computing
Robotics
Systems Design and Security
Functional Programming
Logic in Computer Science
Engineering - You're Hired

Optional modules:

Cognitive Psychology II
Ethics: Theoretical and Practical
Philosophy of Science
Theory of Knowledge
Modelling Brain and Mind
Neural Bases of Learning and Development

Third year

Core modules:

Year in Industry

Fourth year

Core modules:

Dissertation Project
Software Hut
Finance and Law for Engineers

Optional modules:

Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme in Computer Science
3D Computer Graphics
Adaptive Intelligence
Advanced Algorithms
Bioinspired Computing
Cognitive and Biomimetic Robotics
Computer Security and Forensics
Cyber Security Team Project
Managing Engineering Projects and Teams
Modelling and Simulation of Natural Systems
Software Reengineering
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 20%
Independent study 55%
Placement 25%

Assessment
Exams/tests 35%
Coursework 57%
Practical 8%

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 courses are designed to challenge you and prepare you for a career in industry, commerce, research, teaching or management. Our inspirational staff are experts in their fields of research and we are ranked 5th out of 89 computer science departments in the UK for research excellence. This means what we teach you is relevant today and tomorrow.

We have guest lecturers from industry including Microsoft, Google, GitHub, IBM and ARM. You will have access to cutting edge facilities in The Diamond including virtual reality facilities, high-spec graphics PCs and a robot arena. Our computer suites are equipped with the latest hardware, software and operating systems. During your degree you'll work on real projects for real customers as part of core and optional modules.

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 areas including computer security, 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 participate in Genesys as part of your course. Genesys was the first student-led software development organisation in the UK and will give you the opportunity to gain real industrial experience with a great deal of personal responsibility.

Department of Computer Science website

What our graduates do

Some of our graduates have gone on to become IT consultants, software engineers, software developers, project managers, and data scientists in companies such as Amazon, ARM, BT, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Plusnet. Others have begun their research careers by starting a PhD.

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

Our BSc courses are accredited by the British Computer Society. The courses fully meet the requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional and partially meet the requirements for Chartered Engineer.

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Department of Computer Science
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Email ug-compsci@sheffield.ac.uk

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