Computing in the Infolab at Lancaster University

Undergraduate Degrees

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Software is everywhere - from the phone in your pocket to the Mars Exploration Rover. Software is integral to all aspects of 21st-century life. Computer Scientists and Software Engineers design, create and test this software, on all forms of computer platforms.

Our courses span a wide range of subject areas, from Human/Computer Interaction to Digital Systems. We'll provide you with a unique blend of theory and practical experience. We encourage practical experimentation and hands-on learning through workshops alongside lectures.

The School offers an extensive portfolio of high-quality options for undergraduate study. A team of over 50 acknowledged experts in their field lead your learning experience. You will develop professional skills that will set you up for a wide range of high-end careers.


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Get Involved

There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in extracurricular activities that will enrich your degree and enable you to pursue your interests in computing outside of your classes.


Computing students join national competitions such as the Barclays Technology Challenge. In this, teams are given a selection of problems and must find solutions by creating prototypes and a commercial plan. An expert panel of judges decide the winners. Prizes include work experience with Barclays and the BBC.


Our Students' Union offers a subsidised opportunity for you to expand your academic horizons. Computing students have travelled to the USA for Your Global Exploration. This involves visiting other universities, meeting companies and taking part in technological challenges.


Our Computer Science Society is a student-led society that hosts events - talks, hackathons, and meetups. These are to explore and share ideas in computing, communications and information technology. It offers its members networking opportunities with potential employers. The Society also hosts a forum for discussing topics around computing.


The Innovation Hub offers you the opportunity to develop ideas that could enhance your student experience. We encourage computing students to get involved with developing technological solutions. Our students help to support the development of the iLancaster app - a free app delivering services, resources and information.


We have an enthusiastic team of student ambassadors who provide support at events and help in the local community. You could help to inspire children to learn programming or computational thinking. Help us to encourage the next generation of computer scientists. Our students have been involved in a nationwide network of after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.

Careers and Personal Development

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees provide excellent employment prospects. We want you to make the best start to your career.

Meet our Students

Edward Thompson

MSci Hons Computer Science (with Industrial Experience)
"The enthusiasm lecturers have for their field of study makes the content a pleasure to learn. I’ve always been especially impressed with how the academic staff treat you like a peer, allowing for a pleasant and cooperative learning environment. This led me to get involved with the countless opportunities made available to those who seek more from their degree."

Monica Plotkin

BSc Hons Computer Science
"Since technology has become a fundamental part of everyday life, studying Computer Science presents many future opportunities. So far, my favourite aspect has been the second year Group Project. We collaborated as a team in researching, implementing and developing our own game. The broad range of topics covered here at Lancaster gives students a good foundation to enter a multitude of careers"

András Herczeg

BSc Hons Software Engineering
"Among the many exciting modules, the second year Software Design module stood out for me. Being able to come up with a whole system on our own and develop it into a working product in a year was a very rewarding experience. The best thing about studying here is being able to put all the theories of computer science into practice in our labs and project work."

Transferable Skills

With 97% of all Lancaster University graduates going on to employment or further study within 6 months (DHLE), a degree from the School of Computing and Communications will open up a wealth of career options.

Our graduates are employed in IT and information services, as well as marketing, advertising and PR, business, consulting and management, teaching and education, media and publishing, and retail and sales.

Taught by around 50 world-leading experts, and making use of small, innovative group teaching and individual supervision sessions, our degree schemes are designed to give you a wide range of transferable skills desirable to employers within the computing and communications industries and beyond.

In addition to enhancing your practical understanding of computing and applications, our degrees will allow you to apply this knowledge to modelling and designing computer-based systems for the purposes of comprehension, communication and prediction. By understanding relevant criteria and specifications, you will develop universal problem-solving skills, along with a realisation of the extent to which a computer-based system meets defined requirements.

As a computing and communications graduate at Lancaster, you will become familiar with the theory, practices and tools needed to specify, design, implement and evaluate computer-based systems. This experience will be complimented by a range of communication skills, enabling you to address audiences on a number of levels in oral, electronic or written presentation.

We will enhance your ability to identify the professional, moral and ethical issues involved in exploiting computer technology with appropriate practice guidance, and participating in team-working activities will enable you to develop recognition of the roles involved and ways of organising a group. In addition, we will support you in identifying areas for your personal and professional development and you will learn how to write and maintain an effective CV, compose covering letters and prepare for interviews. 

Our programmes will help develop your understanding of the commercial and economic context of the discipline, whilst enhancing your knowledge of the relevant laws and professional codes governing the computing-related industry. We will address the social and ethical implications of the use of widespread and sustainable use of computing-based systems and technologies and will increase your awareness of risks in computing projects and of social and professional responsibility.

The School has accumulated an impressive track record of graduate destinations, spanning a wide range of roles and businesses. Many of our students have gone on to work for computing businesses as software analysts, IT consultants and software developers, whilst others have used their transferable skills to gain careers as resource analysts, stockbrokers, recruitment consultants and course developers. For students who wish to advance into postgraduate study, we offer MSc programmes in communications and IT and computer science.

We want to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career doing what they wish. Be it on the subject of computing and communications or otherwise, we strive to give you access to a wealth of opportunities.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to prospective undergraduate students. These are to help with fees or living expenses. Academic Scholarships are for students with a strong performance in their A-levels (or equal). Access Scholarships and Bursaries are for students from households with lower than average incomes.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Maths Study Group

The weekly Maths Study Group aims to create a friendly and welcoming environment for discussion and reflection on a variety of mathematical concepts.

We believe that the understanding of mathematics by computer scientists is essential to further developing logical and structured thinking, which are crucial to computer science practice both in industry and academia. A group has been set up that invites speakers to present seminars in different areas of maths. This provides a forum for students and staff to discuss mathematics' relationship and application to computer science. The group meets every week, usually at 2pm on Thursdays.

Everyone is welcome and there is no requirement to sign-up or register, just turn up. For more information contact Dr Leandro Marcolino.