At a glance
- Learn skills and technologies that are used today as well as the fundamental principles of computing that will serve you throughout your career
- Take an optional year in industry or work placement as part of your computer science course with employers such as Adobe Systems, BT, Google, IBM and Microsoft
- Undertake specialist modules and exciting project work based on our world-class research*
* Research Excellence Framework, 2014.
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?
Our course structures are designed to be compliant with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). We are one of the first higher education institutions in the country to be in line with these internationally recognised educational recommendations. Therefore 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 School of Computer Science was ranked in the top 10% of UK institutions in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. All our research activity was considered of international quality, with 80% of it rated as "world-class" and "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 insight into the subject.
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 2016, 89.1% of undergraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,172 with the highest being £55,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
As well as having courses that incorporate a year in industry or an international year, we offer support and advice to all our computer science students who want to undertake one of these options.
All Computer Science students can apply to spend all or part of their second year at The University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus, and there are opportunities to spend part of your second year studying at a range of partner institutions which include; Monash, New South Wales in Australia; Tec de Monterrey in Mexico; McGill, British Columbia and Toronto in Canada and Auckland in New Zealand.
Application and interview
Offers are usually made without 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.