About Us

We are a world-leading department, highly-ranked for research and teaching. Our academic staff have worked in some of the most prestigious institutions in the world.

Welcome

Professor Adrian Friday, the Head of Department, welcomes you to Lancaster University.

At no point in history has Computing and Communications been more central to innovation. Tiny sensor-rich devices, the Internet, data and computation are revolutionising science, healthcare, business and society. Life is increasingly digitally mediated, so having the skills to shape this is essential! Computing at Lancaster University places you at the centre of these revolutions.

Imagine being able to possess the computing skills to bring your creative ideas into a reality. A computing degree will push your ability to solve complex problems and develop your understanding of how to create software that provides new, genuinely valuable technologies to society.

We are passionate about helping you discover the fascinating and wide-ranging skills and knowledge computing can provide to help you unlock your potential and open up the gateway to an incredible range of careers. Our courses take you from programming, analysis and computational thinking, through system architecture, internetworking, graphics, human interface and interaction design, artificial intelligence and cyber-security, and beyond, to creating robust, secure and useable software to meet real needs.

We are proud of our heritage of offering a balanced programme which combines deeper theory with plenty of hands-on practical experience. This blend equips you for a highly dynamic workplace and ensures immediate value to you and employers upon graduation, as well as a lasting foundation for the future.

We work hard to go beyond the curriculum to offer opportunities to enrich your studies. Dedicated Knowledge Business Centre staff match you with businesses for placements and internships, or even help you start your own business! Our student-led Computer Science Society’s activities bring in speakers from industry, giving you the latest commercial perspectives. Our world-leading research offers you the chance to push the subject to its absolute limits, and get you involved in exciting projects: for example, one of our students wrote code for the BBC micro:bit, recently distributed to one million Year 7 children throughout the UK (and beyond)!

I strongly recommend you come and discover what we can offer for yourself—Lancaster is a great place to study!

Professor Adrian Friday
Head of Department, School of Computing and Communications

Athena SWAN

Addressing issues of gender equality is one of the School’s top priorities and we aspire to have a diverse, inclusive and fair working environment. We designed a four-year action plan targeting a myriad of issues relating to recruitment, development, and retention. To support this, a self-assessment team meets regularly to monitor and actualise the action plan, and the School is committing dedicated resources to effectively implement this.

We are also keen to see improvement of gender equality issues across the computer science field and across the higher education sector. As such, we share our submission for the Athena Swan Bronze Award as a resource that might help others plan their Athena Swan strategy.

School of Computing and Communications - Bronze Athena SWAN

Our Teaching, Research and Ethos

Undergraduate

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.

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Masters Degrees

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.

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PhD and Postgraduate Research

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.

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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.