Computer Science (Study Abroad) BSc Hons - 2020 Entry
Computer science is a dynamic discipline with a wide range of applications, and our Study Abroad programme allows you to broaden your academic and cultural horizons in another county. As a result, our graduates are highly sought after in industry.
Our Computer Science programme is accredited by the British Computing Society (BCS) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), and provides you with the knowledge and skills required to become a computing professional. You will learn to work effectively in a professional software and systems development environment.
This programme will develop your self-confidence and expose you to new cultures and new ways of learning, while delivering a broad yet rigorous grounding in computer science. You will gain cutting-edge knowledge through both theoretical and practical learning approaches, and will develop a range of well-rounded professional and technical skills through state-of-the-art equipment and expert teaching offered at the School of Computing and Communications.
In the first year, you will receive a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of the discipline, combined with their modern day application. Throughout your study, you will gain skills and experience from a range of modules, including Software Development, Information Systems, and Digital Systems. Taking a practical approach to education, you are encouraged to build and analyse systems and software, as well as work with end user feedback to refine and adapt solutions.
Your second year will be spent at one of our partner institutions in Europe, USA, Canada or Australia, where you will be motivated by topics that become progressively deeper and develop specialised skills. This will provide you with the opportunity to gain valuable experience of a different social and academic environment, while broadening your professional network.
Returning to Lancaster for your final year, you will have the opportunity to explore a range of well-constructed and enriching optional modules, as well as undertaking an individual project. In this project you will work closely with one of our academics, allowing you to use and further develop the skills acquired throughout your degree.
MSci Hons Computer Science (with Industrial Experience)
During your degree, you may choose to move to our MSci Computer Science (with Industrial Experience). This programme includes a fourth year and will present you with a range of integrated industry placement activities, allowing you to gain valuable real-world experience as part of your study.
We offer an excellent range of learning environments, which include traditional lectures, laboratories and workshops. We are also committed to providing timely feedback for all submitted work and projects.
Assessment varies across modules, allowing students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways, including laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions, oral presentations, and formal examination.
A Level AAA
Required Subjects A level Mathematics or Computer Science grade A
Computing A Level We are committed to encouraging the adoption of the new A level Computing curriculum. Students applying with an A level in Computing will receive favourable consideration.
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4
IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics or Computer Science
BTEC May be accepted alongside A level Mathematics or Computer Science
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Computer science is a vast but specialised subject; as a result, our degree equips you with the technical and professional skills necessary to apply yourself to a broad range of careers. Our graduates have gone on to work with major technology companies such as IBM, Google, BBC, and BAE, while others have chosen to take their software design, development and management skills to SMEs, or have set up their own technology-centric businesses. Many of our computer scientists also elect to study for MSc or PhD qualifications.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2019 were:
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.
Programmes are currently accredited up to and including the 2017 intake with future years pending re-accreditation from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and IET, The Institution of Engineering and Technology. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step on the pathway to becoming a chartered IT professional. Students must pass the project without compensation.
Download the latest Computing and Communications brochure, featuring all of the information you could need. The includes detailed course information about each of our courses.
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.
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Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees provide excellent employment prospects. We want you to make the best start to your career.
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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.Learn more
Computing and Communications
- Computer Science BSc Hons: G400
- Computer Science (with Industrial Experience) MSci Hons: G404
- Computer Science and Mathematics BSc Hons: GG14
- Computer Science and Mathematics MSci Hons: GG1K
- Computer Science and Mathematics (Placement Year) BSc Hons: GG1L
- French Studies and Computing BSc Hons: GR41
- German Studies and Computing BSc Hons: GR42
- Management and Information Technology (Industry) BSc Hons: GN52
- Software Engineering BSc Hons: G602
- Software Engineering (with Industrial Experience) MSci Hons: G601
- Spanish Studies and Computing BSc Hons: GR44
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