Computer Science (with Industrial Experience) MSci Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
G404

Entry Year
2019 also available in 2018

A Level Requirements AAA
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Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

The study of computers and computational systems is a dynamic discipline with a diverse range of career paths. This programme provides you with a unique blend of academic content and exciting industrial experience, working with leading organisations in contemporary technology-based environments.

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. Delivering a broad yet rigorous grounding in computer science, this programme uses both theoretical and practical learning approaches, and provides you with the opportunity to gain high-level professional experience, working with one of our exciting partners in industry. You will gain cutting-edge knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art equipment and expert teaching offered at the School of Computing and Communications.

In your 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.

After gaining an overview of the subject in the first year, you will be motivated by topics that become progressively deeper and more specialised as your skills develop throughout second and third year. In addition to progressing your foundational understanding, programming, and software design skills, you will explore social, ethical and professional issues related to the discipline and will complete a group project. This will prepare you for and give you experience of computing in the real-world.

Your third year will also give you 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.

Your fourth year will present you with a range of advanced modules as well as practical and professional experience. Blending contemporary technical training with advanced professional development, you will complete a variety of integrated industry activities during a dedicated ten-week industry placement. This is complemented with a further seven-week fourth-year project. Together, this will allow you to apply the skills you have learnt while gaining valuable real-world experience.

Assessment

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.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    The study of computers and computational systems is a dynamic discipline with a diverse range of career paths. This programme provides you with a unique blend of academic content and exciting industrial experience, working with leading organisations in contemporary technology-based environments.

    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. Delivering a broad yet rigorous grounding in computer science, this programme uses both theoretical and practical learning approaches, and provides you with the opportunity to gain high-level professional experience, working with one of our exciting partners in industry. You will gain cutting-edge knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art equipment and expert teaching offered at the School of Computing and Communications.

    In your 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.

    After gaining an overview of the subject in the first year, you will be motivated by topics that become progressively deeper and more specialised as your skills develop throughout second and third year. In addition to progressing your foundational understanding, programming, and software design skills, you will explore social, ethical and professional issues related to the discipline and will complete a group project. This will prepare you for and give you experience of computing in the real-world.

    Your third year will also give you 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.

    Your fourth year will present you with a range of advanced modules as well as practical and professional experience. Blending contemporary technical training with advanced professional development, you will complete a variety of integrated industry activities during a dedicated ten-week industry placement. This is complemented with a further seven-week fourth-year project. Together, this will allow you to apply the skills you have learnt while gaining valuable real-world experience.

    Assessment

    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.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAA

    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.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

    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.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    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.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

    Year 4

      Core

    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.

  • Careers

    Careers

    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.

    We provide careers advice and host a range of events throughout the year, including our annual careers fair, attended by exhibitors who are interested in providing placements and vacancies to computer science students and graduates. You can speak face-to-face with employers such as Network Rail, Oracle, and Johnson and Johnson, in addition to a large range of SMEs. 

    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

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,890

    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.

    Funding

    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.
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.

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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.

Compete

Compete

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.

Travel

Travel

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.

Join

Join

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.

Innovate

Innovate

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.

Support

Support

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.

Meet our Students

Edward Thompson

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

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

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."

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