Computer Science - BSc (Hons) / MSci

UCAS Code:
G401
Attendance:
BSc (Hons) - Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
MSci - Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

Do you want to develop the skills to be a leading IT professional? Our Computer Science course will develop your skills in producing computer systems solutions. You will gain a sound mathematical and scientific understanding alongside developing the professional attitude needed in industry.

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You will study the fundamental concepts of computer science in your first year, including computer programming, user interface design, information systems, computer networks and computer architecture.

In your second year, you will consolidate your learning by studying advanced subjects that emphasise software engineering skills. You will also be introduced to topics such as systems fundamentals, data structures and algorithms, discrete mathematics, and web application development.  

In your final year, you will broaden your understanding of computer science by studying specialised subjects like artificial intelligence, cyber security and wearable computing. In addition, you will complete an individual project in order to demonstrate your  technical skills and general employability in preparation for career progression. The individual project simulates typical graduate workplace tasks that require in-depth knowledge and skills in a specific area of computer science. This will include consideration of wider issues and the ability to manage activities and resources, and to generate, implement and report on solutions to meet task objectives.

During your course, you’ll have the opportunity to take a sandwich placement year between your second and third year. This is something we recommend highly, as it will give you an invaluable opportunity to hone your expertise, try out a potential career path and get relevant workplace experience that is valued by many employers. It will also boost your CV.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by our expert teaching staff, all of whom have a wide range of research and industrial experience in areas such as computer security and software engineering, which they use to enhance the curriculum.

Our course has an 81 per cent student satisfaction rating (National Student Survey, 2016), displaying the quality and clarity of our teaching.

What's covered in the course?

This course has been carefully designed to provide you with a comprehensive academic background that combines the professional skills that will set you apart from your peers.

We provide access to the Cisco Systems and Microsoft Academy Centre – one of Microsoft’s top UK, university-based academies.

You’ll be based at Millennium Point building at our City Centre Campus, where you’ll have at your fingertips an array of professional-standard facilities with which to develop your key practical skills and consolidate your academic learning.

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of a variety of programming languages and software paradigms, all of which are underpinned by a solid grounding in mathematics, and you’ll work with advanced software development and computer programming labs, as well as industry-standard development tools and virtual machines.

You’ll also use dedicated facilities for work such as artificial intelligence, user-interface design, and web engineering.

And thanks to our strong partnerships with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the Oracle Academy, you’ll have enviable access to leading industry knowledge. This is complemented by the Cisco Systems and Microsoft Academy Centre – one of Microsoft’s top UK, university-based academies – that are based here.

During your course, you’ll have the opportunity to take a sandwich placement year between Years 2 and 3. This is something we recommend highly because it gives you an invaluable opportunity to hone your expertise, try out a potential career path and get relevant workplace experience that is valued by so many employers. It will also boost your CV.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by our expert teaching staff, all of whom have a wide range of research and industrial experience in areas such as computer security, software engineering, which they use to enhance the curriculum.

My studies helped me a great deal, they gave me the knowledge needed to be a successful developer and an all-round software literate. The great thing about my course is that it focused on all aspects of software which is a great attribute to have when searching for a job. Ansar Nazir

Why Choose Us?

  • You’ll have access to dedicated industry-standard facilities in our own fully equipped laboratory. Based within our Millennium Point building, you’ll be able to undertake work such as artificial intelligence, human computer interaction, mobile and web application development, and project management.
  • We are home to a Cisco Systems and a Microsoft Academy Centre – one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies – and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK.
  • In 2017, we are spending £8.7 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.

  • You can attain a range of vendor certificates, including LPI 1 Beta certification and Cisco networking certificates, while studying for your degree.
  • We have strong links with companies such as Oracle, LPI, Microsoft, AWS and Apple, which ensure that the course is relevant and respected by employers.
  • The average starting salary of a School of Computing and Digital Technology graduate is £21,250 (DLHE 2014/15).

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To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.

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This course is open to International students

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Atif's
  • Birmingham City University
  • Capgemini

And in jobs such as:

  • Programmer
  • IT assistant
  • Intern - Database Administrator (DBA)

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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have achieved or be working towards, GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels, at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 , including a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any Technology units awarded at Merit or Distinction
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 112 UCAS points. In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBCC – must include one from Technology, Mathematics, Sciences or Computing
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher BBC – must include one from Technology, Mathematics, Sciences or Computing
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline
SW 4 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Call Clearing hotline
MSci Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
MSci Sep 2017 FT 4 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Computer Programming
20 credits

Programming is an engineering tool that plays a vital role to drive most of the modern technologies surrounding us, including devices for communication, transportation and entertainment. Moreover, businesses increasingly rely on computers and the software that runs on them.

This introductory computer programming module provides the underpinning knowledge and practice needed to design, build and test software components.  You will learn the key skills of programming and how this relates to technology and communications. 

Module content and assessment will enable you to acquire programming skills in a modern imperative language. Practical sessions will allow you to apply programming principles and constructs to creatively solve problems by developing small programs.  

Computer Systems
20 credits

Within the Computer Systems module, you will gain knowledge and experience of computers and computer hardware. This module presents a holistic view of how computer systems work and provides the underpinning knowledge required for the design of computer architecture, to show how software interacts with hardware, to apply electronics principles, and to use number systems for computer technology.

You will put into practice the learning done through reading, video lecturers, skills building labs and problem based learning for the acquisition of new knowledge and core practical competencies.

Module content and assessment encourages realisation of multi-disciplinary computing, and it will challenge you to interface with the environment by configuring Internet of Things devices and systems for collecting data for the proposed solution.  

Website Design and Development
20 credits

This module provides the underpinning skills necessary to develop an effective web based information system based on a clear understanding of the visual requirements of an interface, a structured design approach and the technical skills necessary to implement a solution.

Data Structures and Algorithms
20 credits

Data structures and algorithms are essential in computer science, software engineering, and computer games and graphics programming. Data structures determine how operations (such as reading to, writing from, modifying, or computing with the data) can be achieved. An algorithm is a set of instructions which can be followed in order to solve a computational problem.

This module will equip you with the necessary background knowledge about common data structures and algorithms. It will develop your skills for writing them and understanding their efficiency and correctness.

You will cover topics such as arrays, lists, sets, queues, stacks, graphs and networks, as well as how to write and analyse algorithms. The module will also prepare you for future programming modules and projects.

Network Fundamentals
20 credits

The module gives you the opportunity to learn and critically reflect on the skills required in building and designing a basic network and the requirements within a network infrastructure, building on the knowledge and underpinning theory of networking systems.

Teaching consists of subject-specific lectures and laboratory sessions to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to network and information systems, and to introduce principles and techniques for effective information communication within a network.

This will help you to develop the ability to find practical solutions to problems, to evaluate and respond to the opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary approaches to the realisation of a task, and to respond flexibly and imaginatively to a brief within a fixed timescale. 

Innovation Project
20 credits

This project allows you to develop and cultivate a creative mindset through collaborative innovative practice, bringing together knowledge and imagination to construct a viable product. You will work in inter-disciplinary project teams supported by innovation mentors, advisers and academics, culminating in you exhibiting your work to an international panel of experts.

You will be encouraged to demonstrate deep thinking (research, thought and action) of your ideas and constructs through the development of an extensive speculative project plan that will encourage you to innovate further. 

The module is semi-structured using lectures, workshops and innovation labs within the student teams, and you will be supported and encouraged to continuously progress your projects for assessment.

Year two

Object Oriented Programming
20 credits

Programming is an engineering tool that plays a vital role to drive most of the modern technologies surrounding us, including devices for communication, transportation and entertainment. Moreover, businesses increasingly rely on computers and the software that runs on them.

This module provides an introduction to object-oriented software development. You will learn to design and implement applications in a popular object-oriented programming language, such as Java.

You will learn about the fundamental concepts of object oriented including class design, inheritance, polymorphism, overloading, dynamic binding and interfaces. Material is also included on the implementation of core data structures such as containers and collections.

Operating Systems
20 credits

A good understanding of operating systems is very important for computer scientists in order to design efficient solutions to a wide range of programming problems including concurrent programming, resource management and performance analysis.

This module will provide an introduction to fundamental concepts associated with operating systems and will lay the foundations for other computer science modules that require a broad understanding of operating systems principles.

You will be introduced to the key components of operating systems, their role and purpose, and historical background. The module will also cover core themes such as concurrency, scheduling, memory management, security, virtual machines, device management, file systems and real time and embedded systems.

Database and Web Application Development
20 credits

The vast majority of web applications are connected to databases for the purpose of storing and retrieving information. On this module you will be introduced to relevant concepts and technologies, applying them to the development of such applications.

You will gain knowledge and skills in data modelling (entity-relationship models) and relational database implementation and administration (using SQL). You will also acquire new programming skills (including writing server-side scripts in PHP).

Teaching will use a combination of lectures, interactive seminars and lab sessions. A case study approach to learning and teaching will be utilised throughout the module and assessment. During the module you will work individually to design and develop a user-friendly database-driven web application.

Discrete Mathematics and Declarative Programming
20 credits

Discrete Mathematics is one of the core foundational topics that underpin the field of Computer Science. By studying mathematical topics such as logic and set theory you are provided with the opportunity to further develop your skills in abstract reasoning.

These skills are vital to a sound understanding of the mathematical/scientific principles underpinning the subject of Computer Science and are key to providing you with the kind of knowledge and skills that can result in major breakthroughs within the field.

This module embeds core discrete mathematics concepts relevant to programmers, within the context of programming. We will use sound abstract reasoning techniques to design and produce computer programs, and these solutions will be tested and evaluated using a number of techniques.

Cyber Security
20 credits

This module provides a foundation for the security consideration required for the design of software expected to perform within a networked and data sharing environment.

You will learn the necessary theoretical framework, foundations and practical support for effectively pursuing security solutions with reference to the requirement for secure application development. This is underpinned by providing an understanding of software-based access control mechanisms, systems and frameworks.

The module also covers attack methods including trojans, worms, viruses, cross site scripting (XSS) and request forwarding (CSRF), buffer overflow and SQL injection, and side-channel software attacks. Teaching is delivered through lectures, practical security exercises and tutor-led class discussion.

Software Engineering Methodology and Project
20 credits

This module covers a wide range of topics in software engineering that underpin the skills needed by developers to create modern software applications. More specifically, it introduces detailed knowledge of how to model, design, implement, test, evaluate, deploy, maintain and manage larger software systems effectively.

You will build on the skills already gained in programming, database design and web application development. In turn, this module will prepare you for more advanced subjects such as mobile app development and wearable computing. 

Teaching will feature both lectures and practical classes on a weekly basis. Your coursework will involve developing a software solution following the steps taught during lectures and practiced during the lab sessions.

Year three

Mobile Application Development
20 credits

Smart mobile devices are now an essential part of modern life. With sales of mobile phones exceeding four billion devices worldwide in 2015, user-programmable smartphones accounted for over 300 million of those devices.

The primary challenge for software developers lies in making the best use of the feature sets of these devices in order to provide easy and context-aware access to data and features for users on the move.

This module aims to equip you with the essential design and programming skills to develop your own robust, usable and ubiquitous applications for at least one of the most popular smartphone and tablet platforms (such as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS).

Data Science
20 credits

Data science is the emerging field of applying modern data analysis and management methods for efficient data manipulation, retrieval and mining. It encompasses a number of areas including new database systems, machine learning and information retrieval systems. These areas work in harmony to extract information and knowledge that enhance business decisions and scientific processes.

In this module, you will learn state-of-the-art data science methods, using modern tools to create and manage new database systems, like graph and document data stores.

You will learn necessary supervised and unsupervised machine learning methods. Modern information retrieval methods using high performance computing adopting MapReduce will also be taught.

Wearable Computing
20 credits

Whether used as a fashion statement, a communication tool or for navigation and even espionage – wearables have the potential to make computer technology ubiquitous. With the emergence of Internet of Things, there are more and more opportunities to exploit computing power on the move and in everyday life.

Although encompassing many forms, probably the most prevalent example of wearables is seen in the emergence of more and more powerful ‘smart watches’.

This module explores the direction that wearables are taking and aims to equip you with the essential design and programming skills to develop your own robust, usable and ubiquitous applications for at least one of the most popular smartwatch platforms (such as Google’s Android Wear or Apple’s WatchOS).

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
20 credits

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a core component of computer science, aiming at developing intelligent agents which mimic humans’ cognitive capability in learning, reasoning and problem solving. As a branch of AI, machine learning (ML) has recently gained attention from technology giants such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and IBM.

This module aims to lay the foundations for you to get into this ever-growing area by exposing you to sophisticated AI and ML techniques that have been adopted by industries, and emergent techniques that are developed and promoted by major technology giants.

You will use projects to guide the learning process and will be expected to play an active role in designing, implementing, and documenting these projects.

This is a chance to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider its relevance to your future academic or professional development.

You will be expected to work independently, with additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress, extra support will be available which may take the form of group seminars, workshops or online materials.

 
Individual Project
40 credits

Year four

Semantic Web and Knowledge Engineering
20 credits

As it stands today, the web needs real people to understand and interpret the information it encompasses. However, the web was originally designed to support not only human interaction, but also automated machine processing of data. The Semantic Web aims to meet this initial aim. In this module, you will explore the next generation of the web using ontologies and knowledge engineering. You will consider the use of semantics to create new, more effective, more intelligent, ways of managing information and supporting applications and gain an understanding of the different aspects of ontology representation, creation, design, reasoning, programming and applications.

Advanced Human Computer Interaction
20 credits

In this module, you will combine theoretical concepts with the practical approaches used in industry and academia to create effective interactive experiences. You will learn about the user-centred design process and explore techniques for understanding the requirements of a target audience, the importance of universal design and accessibility, and methods for undertaking rapid prototyping. You will gain practical experience in designing, conducting and analysing usability studies (using a variety of evaluation techniques) and incorporating key findings back into the design process. You will apply this knowledge to collaboratively design and evaluate an innovative digital prototype using industry standard tools.

Service Oriented Architecture
20 credits

This module covers the fundamental principles of service-oriented design. Service-oriented design and technology is increasingly popular among practitioners and researchers as it offers a way to group the basic functionalities of a system into coherent groups known as services and expose these services over the network, exploiting existing network protocols. Services can be used in a distributed, loosely coupled manner over networks, an approach to integrating systems which cuts across operational infrastructure and organisational boundaries. The advent of cloud computing has made service-oriented architecture (SOA) more popular as clouds are typically based on SOA. This module will equip you with the key skills and knowledge to perform service-oriented systems design and implementation.

Group Project
60 credits

This module will continue to develop both your collaborative and team working skills as you undertake a research or commercial based project leading to the development of a high quality product. As part of your study you will be challenged to develop both your academic research and professional skills which will be necessary for higher level study and enhance your prospects for employability.    

Want to start in Year two or Year three?

If you have completed a Foundation/HND course and want to study this degree with us in 2017, you may be able to start in Year two/three (level 5/6). Please be aware that the modules for a Year two/three start will be different to the ones listed above. You will need to download the 2016/17 programme for more information on which modules you will be studying. 

Download the 2016/17 programme

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Knowledge and understanding are acquired though a mixture of formal lectures, tutor-led seminars and practical activities, with other independent learning activities at all stages.

Emphasis is placed on guided, self-directed and student-centred learning with increasing independence of approach, thought and process.

The course provides access to effective commercial development environments and ensures students have practical awareness of computer systems requirements. You are required to meet strict deadlines, and to manage and plan your overall workload.

Knowledge is assessed formatively and summatively, by a number of methods, including seminars, course-work, viva, presentation, interactive automated assessment, formal examination and project work.

Assessment criteria are published both at a generic course level and to provide guidance for individual items of assessment. Anonymous marking systems are in place for all formal examinations.

You will undertake a major project involving research and application of that research in the solution of appropriate systems problems.

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

A typical week on this course will include 12 hours of contact time over three or four days, plus self study time.

Student stories

Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller always had an interest in computers but a boarding school education saw that fade. After a few years in employment, he rekindled his passion – undertaking a Computer Science degree at Birmingham City University. Since then, he has set up his own successful SEO consultancy company, Bowler Hat.

Marcus enjoyed every element of his course; almost having too much fun. He had some great teachers and was generally very inspired. Our Computer Science BSc (Hons) course sparked his interest in web technologies, which led to the creation of Bowler Hat.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

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Enhancing your employability skills

Our graduates typically design and implement software across such rewarding areas as web development, interface design, security issues and mobile computing.

We know that employers are looking for graduates who have a good balance between in-depth academic knowledge and technical and practical expertise, which is why our course is geared towards employability.

What you learn on our course will help you to stand out when you look for your first professional role and because you’ll know how to use sophisticated, industry-standard equipment and software, you will be able to demonstrate that you can put into practice your deep theoretical knowledge.

We will also prepare you for a career by equipping you with myriad transferable skills, such as complex problem-solving expertise, the ability to analyse in a careful and considered manner, and working as a team member.

In addition, our specialist industry links with the Linux Professional Institute, the Oracle Academy, Cisco, and Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle, plus our world-class facilities, will mark you out as a highly employable graduate.

It’s why our graduates have gone on to pursue computing and software development and designer careers in a wide range of industries, from SME software companies, to industry, government, banking, and healthcare.

Further Study

Successful completion of the course can open up opportunities for employment in IT industry, but you may think to continue your studies at postgraduate level, studying a computer science subject in greater detail by means of MSc or PhD.

Although postgraduate study may appear essential for a career in academia, recent statistical evidence shows that it can also be useful for a range of other careers. For example, in 2014 the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills noted that someone with a Master’s degree earns on average £9,000 more per year than someone with a degree qualification.

According to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (2014) observation, one in seven jobs will require a postgraduate qualification by 2022. All these facts indicate the contribution of postgraduate study to employability is increasingly significant.

Placements

We aim to have you employer-ready by the time you graduate and, as part of your Computer Science course, you have the option of undertaking an industrial placement after the second year of study.

If you decide to do this, it will extend the duration of your course to four years.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and working relationships with some of the UK’s leading companies, you have the chance of undertaking a high-quality industrial placement with leading organisations such as IBM, Dignity Plc, Mortgage Brain, and Griffiths-Waite.

Learn more about some of the prestigious organisations that our students are placed with:

Full details can be found on the School placements page.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Firewalking

BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Because our course is uniquely designed to meet employers’ needs, you’ll be highly sought-after when you come to graduate. It is why many of our graduates have gone on to work for top companies including IBM, Griffiths Waite, Capgemini and Birmingham City University.

Our course covers cutting-edge topics in computer science that will leave you well-prepared to take on any of a diverse set of roles, including Software Developer, Usability Engineer, Security Expert, Mobile Application Specialist, Network Administrator, Database Administrator, IT consultant, Information Systems Manager, Systems Analyst and Teacher.

Student stories Tammy Yeshua

12 Months at IBM

Tammy Yeshua described undertaking a year-long placement as part of her BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree as the "best decision she has ever made". Her work for technology giant IBM led to her securing a place on a two-year graduate programme with the same firm as a Technical Consultant after she graduates. In her role as a Maximo Support Dispatcher, she got to interact with big-name clients around the world, including Cisco, BP and Heathrow Express, building up her confidence and communication skills.

PRINCE2 Training

Industry-recognised training

Our computing students have the opportunity to attend training for the PRINCE2 Foundation Level exam. This three-day course gives you the opportunity to achieve an industry-recognised qualification and add another desirable qualification to your CV.

More on PRINCE2 training

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our computer science course is most popular with international students from:

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

As a student at the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.

Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.

Computer networking

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.

Software development and computer programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.

Systems laboratories

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.

Electronic Systems

Electronic systems

To underpin the basic principles of electronic systems, we have a well-equipped laboratory of general and specialist test and measurement kits, including powered prototyping development boards, dual power supplies, frequency generators and counters and digital multi-meters to name but a few.

Forensic computing

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.

More on our facilities

Dr Khaled Mahbub

Lecturer in Software Engineering

Khaled started his academic career, in September 1999, as a Lecturer (US hierarchy) in Computer Science & Engineering at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he worked until March 2001.

From May 2006 to July 2007, Khaled served as Research Assistant at City University London. During this period he was involved in several EU funded projects including Serenity (System Engineering for Security & Design, FP6 EU Project); SeCSE (Service Centric System Engineering, FP6 EU Project).

Between August 2007 and July 2008, Khaled worked as an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Information & Communication Technology, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Between July 2008 and July 2014, Khaled worked as a research fellow at City University London and was a member of the ASE@City group. During this period he has actively contributed in several EU funded projects including: CUMULUS (Certification Infrastructure for Multi-Layer Cloud Services, EU FP7, STREP Project); ASSERT4SOA (Advanced Security Service cERTificate for SOA, EU FP7, STREP Project); S-CUBE (The Software Services and Systems Network - FP7 EU Project); SLA@SOI (Empowering the Service Economy with SLA-aware Infrastructures, EU FP 7, Integrated Project) and Gredia (Grid enabled access to rich media content - FP6 EU Project).

In August 2014, Khaled joined Birmingham City University as a Lecturer in Software Engineering.

Ron Austin

Associate Professor

Senior lecturer Ron Austin is the Associate Professor of the MSc Data Networks and Security course and teaches all network-related courses.

His expertise and areas of interest include: Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), security technologies, and forensic and ethical hacking.

Prior to joining Birmingham City University, Ron spent 17 years in network management systems for companies including Telewest and Cable & Wireless. 

Harjinder Singh

Senior Lecturer

Harjinder is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Digital Technology.

He joined Birmingham City University (BCU) in 2000 and has 10 years experience in teaching and consultancy, proir to joining BCU Harjinder worked in Industry as a software developer mainly in C++.

Previously employed as Software Development Engineer (FKI Engineering), Systems Analyst/Programmer (Alcan Plate Ltd.) and IT Consultant (POCL).

Richard Kay

Senior Lecturer

Richard worked on the telecommunications development and related commissioning, manufacturing and CAD/CAM from 1976 to 1979. He worked on IT user and systems support and programming from 1979 to 1995 at UCE (previously Birmingham Polytechnic). Since then he has worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at BCU (previously UCE).

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295