Computer Science BSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

computer-science-bsc

Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,691

Course Accredited By

BCS

  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Do you enjoy programming, or are you convinced you would? Do you want to know how to talk to customers and clients, understand their needs, and be able to specify, design, build and test the software they need? How to work by yourself and also in teams? And do you want to know more about the scientific and theoretical foundations of the subject? If you want to do all these things, and also learn about the principles of coding, underpinning mathematics, mathematical models of computation, operating systems and networks, and professional skills, Leicester’s Computer Science programme is for you!
  • Programming is fun! You no doubt have a phone, laptop, tablet and so on; your car may have a navigation system, park itself, and have surround-space scanners; and you may be able to control your heating from a mobile. All of these cool devices work using program code. At the heart of coding such systems are state-of-the-art technologies including Android, C , Haskell, Java, JavaScript, Python, PHP, Prolog and R, and programme development environments such as Eclipse. At Leicester you will be taught to program in a selection of these languages, and have opportunities to learn others in project work. Programming will not only include mobile and web applications and technologies, but also new styles of programming such as functional and logic-based languages.
  • The course covers the methods for developing software, following rigorous engineering practices. You will learn how to plan and manage software architectures for practical large-scale development projects, while adopting an academic and rigorous approach which will support you throughout your career. We cover: how to understand customer requirements; specify, design and code a solution; and test and release your solution to your customer. You will learn about mathematical models of computation such as automata and register machines, and formal language theory.
  • Modules in computer architecture, operating systems and networking cover essential knowledge of modern computing systems (mobile computers to world-distributed computation). And, of course, we cover databases and information systems. In optional modules you can learn about a range of advanced topics including user interfaces, web technologies, mobile applications, security, distributed systems and applications, and concurrency theory.
  • Project work is highly desired by employers. In your second year group project you will learn the demands of working in a professional environment as you endeavour to deliver software that is often commissioned by a real client. In your final year, you undertake an individual problem-based project, exercising your creativity and innovation to design and implement a software solution to the problem; you can also apply the scientific principles you learnt. Previous projects have included 3-D games, mobile phone/tablet apps, security software, internet telephony, programming robots, a sheet music editor, theorem provers, processor emulators, and more.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: Grade B/5 in Maths.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30. Minimum of 4 in HL Maths, or 5 in SL Maths, or 6 in Maths Studies required if grade B/5 not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Extended Diploma with D*D*D*. BTEC must be in IT, Science or Engineering.
  • Other national and international qualifications considered. 
  • If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for:
  • International Foundation Year – Engineering and Technology run by the Global Study Centre. This course is for international students whose academic and/or English results fall just below those required for direct entry to year one of the degree.
  • Computer Science with Foundation Year BSc run by the School of Informatics. This course is for all students whose academic and/or English results fall just below those required for direct entry to year one of the degree.
  • Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed, but an additional assessment test may be required. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Department of Informatics.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • The first year provides a solid grounding in the theories and technologies that underpin software engineering. We will cover Python and Java programming and program development environments (such as Eclipse) along with basic discrete mathematics for applications. You will also learn about the architecture of modern processors and the foundations and history of computer science.

Modules

  • Algorithms, Data Structures and Advanced Programming 
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Foundations of Computation
  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Mathematics Fundamentals
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Requirements Engineering and Professional Practice
  • After the first semester you may be able to transfer to the BSc in Software Engineering.

Year 2

  • During your second year you will become an expert in all aspects of the software engineering process and apply your skills in a software engineering group project. In addition, you will learn about operating systems, networks, user interfaces, human-computer interactions, and artificial intelligence or functional programming or data analytics.
  • You will be part of a team project, working together to develop software, typically commissioned by a real client. You will learn to manage a team. Each team works within a teaching framework, broad enough to allow you to work flexibly and innovatively, but moderated to ensure that teams are performing and progressing. You will learn to prepare written reports, and give a group presentation (these are skills that employers rate very highly).

Core modules

  • Databases and Domain Modelling
  • Operating Systems and Networks
  • Software Architecture and System Development (double module)
  • Software Engineering Project (double module)
  • User Interfaces and HCI

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Data Analytics
  • Functional Programming
  • Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
  • This is the same as Year 2 of the MComp. 

Final Year

  • Your final year is an opportunity to specialise in the areas of computing that interest you. The third year project is a chance to follow your own interests in depth, with one-to-one supervision.

Core modules

  • Computer Science Project (double module)
  • Computers, Society and Professionalism

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Communication and Concurrency
  • Internet and Cloud Computing
  • C Programming
  • Software Measurement and Quality Assurance
  • Mobile and Web Applications
  • Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Analysis of Algorithms
  • Compression Methods for Multimedia
  • Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • Big Data and Predictive Analytics
  • Technology Management
  • This is the same as Year 3/4 of the MComp.

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

UK and EU Students 

Starting in 2021 

  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years 
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year 
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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