About Us

The School of Computing and Communications is the home of Lancaster's world-class research and teaching activities in computer science and communications systems. We currently comprise of around 50 academic staff, 400+ students and around 120 researchers. Our ethos combines research excellence with practical, experimental approaches to the discipline to deliver real world impact.

Our teaching

We were assessed at 24 out of 24, achieving a rating of "excellent" in the most recent Periodic Quality Review of teaching. Our wide-ranging expertise, spanning physical communications technologies to human/societal aspects, enables us to offer correspondingly 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 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 the MSc 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 in Cyber Security.

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.