What is computer science?
We are surrounded by computer technology, whether the traditional desktop or notebook computer, or the computer embedded inside your digital TV or mobile phone. Computer science is the study of how computers and computer systems work and how we can construct and program them to do what we want them to do. It is about how computers store and process information and how humans and computers interact with each other – from how we build large computer-based systems to the very nature of computation itself.
A computer science degree from The University of Nottingham will leave you perfectly placed not only to understand and program today’s computer technology but also to design and create the systems of the future, whether they be traditional computer systems, smartphones, tablets or something completely new.
How will I study?
The school provides high-quality teaching and a well-equipped and supportive learning environment. Hands-on programming sessions, computer-aided learning tools, web-based teaching materials and small-group tutorials support traditional lecture courses.
Project work, both individual and in groups, is a key feature of all our courses. While deepening technical knowledge, the second-year group project develops self- and group-management skills which can be invaluable in the workplace. In your final year you will undertake a significant individual project on a topic relevant to your course and agreed with an academic supervisor.
The single honours degree in Computer Science (G400) has been accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and exemption is granted from Parts 1 and 2 of the BCS examination.
The School of Computer Science was ranked in the top 10 per cent of UK institutions in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. All our research activity was considered of international quality, with 80 per cent of it rated as world-class/internationally leading. This means the work at Nottingham is elite in key areas of computer science including scheduling and optimisation, ubiquitous computing, modelling and analysis, computer vision and image processing, and the foundations of programming. This research feeds into teaching, through specialist modules and undergraduate project work, to provide a cutting-edge insight into the subject.
Studying abroad and industry placements
All our courses provide an opportunity for Home/EU (HEU) students to take a year out working in industry, normally between years two and three.
All G400 or GN42 students can apply to spend the second year at The University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus.
Career prospects and employability
Our graduates have gone on to work at major technology companies, such as Adobe, Google, IBM and Microsoft and are closely involved in creating the latest hardware and software products. Every year, employers from a diverse range of companies work with the school to host external guest lectures and attend careers events. As well as industry, other possibilities include going on to a career in industrial or academic research, or even starting your own company. We have staff members with experience of all these options, who can advise you on them all.
In 2012, 93.1% of first-degree graduates in the School of Computer Science who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,048 with the highest being £48,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
Application and interview
Offers are usually made without interview. Students with non-standard entry requirements, including mature students, may be invited to an interview.
Visit days for students who have been offered a place are normally held between January and March. For University–wide open days, please see the open days page