About Us

The School of Computing and Communications is a hub of world-class research and teaching in computer science and communications systems.

  • #1 in the UK for graduate prospects The Times and Sunday Times (2016)
  • #7 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research REF2014
  • 97% of graduates in employment or full-time study within 6 months The Times and Sunday Times (2016)

Teaching and programmes

We offer a diverse range of programmes that benefit from expert teaching and modern equipment. Our wide-ranging expertise, spanning physical communications technologies to human/societal aspects, enables us to offer comprehensive coverage in our cutting-edge undergraduate degree programmes. In addition to the core Computer Science and Software Engineering programmes, we run a popular degree in IT for the Creative Industries. Our students are also offered study-abroad options along with our traditional three year undergraduate programmes, or they may choose to study MSci variants that feature industry placements.

At postgraduate level we offer a similarly wide range of options, all strongly informed by our research expertise, and addressing both classical foundational themes and emerging concerns, such as our highly successful MSc programmes.

In addition to our MPhil and MSc degrees, we provide exciting PhD research opportunities, scholarships and internships. The School of Computing and Communications houses a strong postgraduate research community with an internationally significant reputation. You'll be encouraged to participate fully, targeting and presenting your work at major international conferences and workshops. There are numerous opportunities to collaborate nationally and internationally through our many research partnerships and links with industrial collaborators. For more information, please refer to our section on postgraduate study.

Our research

Our research is recognised for its exceptional quality and international reputation and is supported by RCUK, EU and industry funding. As a result, our work crosscuts traditional research fields, is strongly multidisciplinary, and focuses on achieving high impact. We have contributed substantially to a wide range of application domains including energy, transport, cyber-crime and social computing, and achieving impact is facilitated by our Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), the School's integrated business services and incubator unit. This comprises around 5 dedicated staff, maintains extensive contacts with local and national businesses, and houses a number of high-tech SMEs.

Our ethos

The School has developed a fantastic reputation with its students, and has been praised for its ambition, positivity and friendly atmosphere. By providing a number of support methods, accessible at any stage of the degree, we strive to give our students the best opportunity to fulfil their potential, in order to attract the very best opportunities for a successful career. Our academics are welcoming and helpful; you’ll be assigned an academic advisor who can offer advice and recommended reading, and our open door policy has been a popular feature amongst our students. We believe in encouraging and inspiring our computer and communications scientists of the future.