School of Computing Science

Degree Programme Handbook

Degree and Module Information


This is a guide to some key terms and their definitions.

You are responsible for making yourself familiar with all regulations and rules affecting you. As a student of this degree programme you are subject to the following regulations.

General Regulations apply to all students and include:

  • payment of fees
  • discipline
  • safety
  • visas

Undergraduate Progress Regulations apply only to undergraduate students while:

Postgraduate (Taught) Progress Regulations apply only to Postgraduate students and include:

  • Unsatisfactory Progress
  • Interruption of Progress

Undergraduate Examination Conventions apply only to undergraduate students while:

Postgraduate Examination Conventions apply only to postgraduate students and include:

  • Boards of Examiners
  • Assessment Irregularities
  • Marking Procedures
  • Progression within the Programme
  • Principles of Compensation
  • Principles of Discretion
  • Reassessment
  • Classification of Degrees
  • Exit Awards

Integrated Masters Examination Conventions apply only to MComp students and include:

  • Progression within the Programme
  • Principles of Compensation
  • Principles of Discretion
  • Reassessment
  • Classification of Degrees
  • Exit Awards

Degree Programme Regulations apply only to students on a specific programme and include:

  • Which modules can be taken
  • Programme-specific progression rules
  • Programme-specific degree classification rules

You can also view the complete module list here.

Modules terminology


An element within a programme of study. 

The size of the module is measured with reference to your learning time. The normal undergraduate academic year is 120 credits. The normal postgraduate year is 180 credits. 

Your total study time is expected to total 100 hours for each 10-credit module.

Compulsory modules

Modules that you must take to fulfill the requirements of the Degree Programme.

Core modules 

Modules that you must pass to be allowed to proceed.

Optional modules

Modules that you can choose to take because they suit your interests and career aspirations.

Programme terminology


Each programme will have a set of aims that explains the overall goals of the programme. 

These aims relate to programme structure, student outcomes, placements, and accrediting bodies. 

Modules also have a set of aims to explain the primary objectives of each specific module.

Learning outcomes 

Each programme will have a set of learning outcomes. These specify the skills and knowledge you're expected to develop over the course of the programme. 

Modules also have specific skills outcomes and knowledge outcomes. These outline what you will learn and what skills you will develop on each module.

Degree programme specifications 

The specifications for each degree programme contain information on its particular:

  • aims 
  • learning outcomes
  • teaching and learning methods 
  • assessment strategies

All degree programme specifications are available online. 

Module Choice

Find out more about choosing your modules.

Modules are either compulsory, core, or optional. Your Degree Programme Regulations will explain what type each module is. 

Module catalogue

You can look up information on each module in the Module Catalogue. All module information is also listed here.

The module outline explains the aims and learning outcomes of each module. It gives you an overview of the syllabus.

For each module, this catalogue tells you:

  • the number of credits
  • the types of assessment
  • the types of teaching activities
  • the number of contact hours

It also explains how many hours you are expected to spend in independent study. This includes lecture follow-up, completing coursework, doing background reading, and revising for your exams.

Stage One students

You'll choose your modules during your Induction Week. You'll get information to help you make your choice. 

Before submitting your selections, you should meet with your personal tutor. They'll help you make sure the modules are appropriate and that they fit with the Degree Programme Regulations.

Continuing students

All continuing students (except for final year students) use S3P to register for your next stage. You'll do this around Easter each year.  

The S3P system knows what programme you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. 

The system will only let you select the modules associated with your programme, and only to the value of the credits for the stage of your programme.

Graduate Skills Framework

Newcastle University provides training in transferable skills and personal development. The University maps these skills according to the Graduate Skills Framework.

Download more information about the Graduate Skills Framework‌ (PDF: 276 KB).

Each of your modules will be clearly linked to a series of graduate skills. Some of these skills will be present in your learning and teaching activities. Others will be assessed. 

You can see which skills are present in each module in its module catalogue entry

Knowing which skills you're covering in each module will help you. You'll be able to recognise which key skills you're developing, and then you can mention these in interviews and on your CV.


Work Experience

Find out what your options are for getting work experience while you study.

Work experience during your degree can be:

  • a 12 - 15 month industrial placement 
  • shorter summer internships
  • part-time work during term time 

Each option gives you a period of practical experience. This will help you during your studies, and your longer term career.

An official industrial placement also lets you recognise and record the development of workplace skills.

Industrial placement

To do an official industrial placement as part of your course, you need to be on the correct degree course.

You have to be on a course which includes a placement. For example, G401 BSc Computer Science with Industrial Placement. 

We can help you, but we do not guarantee that you will find a placement.  

How to find a placement

You are responsible for finding, and applying for, the placement.

You can get help from the School and the Careers Service by:

Once you've secured a placement, you must complete a Placement Approval Form.

Further information about placements can be found in the Undergraduate Placements Handbook 2016.

How to change programmes

If you are not on a programme that includes a placement, you can complete a DPD approval form to change programme.

You should wait until after you’ve secured a placement to do this. The form is available from Reception and needs to be signed by the Degree Programme Director.

Placements and Jobs Online

We have a jobs blog. This gives you current information about placements, events, graduate recruitment and advice. It also has a searchable archive. 

This information is also posted on our School Twitter feed and School Facebook page.


You can get sponsorship for your studies through the Sevcon Scholarships.