This degree provides a firm foundation in the important field of mobile and distributed systems.
You will study a broad curriculum for two years, before learning about the design and development of advanced systems that allow multiple computers to communicate, for example, in online banking or gaming.
Mobile and distributed systems involve multiple computers processing data and communicating the results to each other, such as in electronic banking or online gaming, where the users are geographically separated.
Students on these degrees use their computing knowledge to solve the challenges posed by such systems, for example, how to move money between accounts online without losing it.
Our degrees draw on three main areas of expertise of our research groups:
Graduates will be able to design, build and integrate advanced networked computing systems in a range of application areas, such as mobile and wireless communications, computationally intensive financial and health applications, and applications involving multiple business and outsourcing.
Computer Science at Newcastle achieved an impressive 91% overall student satisfaction score in the 2013 National Student Survey 2013.
We have a policy of seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all of our degrees, so you can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry.
Our existing degrees are already accredited and we apply for accreditation for all new degrees.
BCS is the chartered institute for IT. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.
Please note that students who choose to undertake a study abroad exchange as part of their degree do not meet the requirements for BCS accreditation.
A combination of teaching methods are used, including:
Project work includes:
See an example of one of our undergraduate student projects on the School of Computing Science's website.
You also benefit from research-informed teaching. The School's research expertise feeds into our degrees, incorporating cutting-edge knowledge into your learning. We have an active research community, comprising several research groups and four research centres.
Assessment methods include:
You might not be sure which area of computing science you want to specialise in yet. Don't worry.
At Newcastle, all Computing Science students study the same modules for the first two years, before specialising in the later years.
This gives you time, in your first two years, to explore the subject and decide which area you want to specialise in. It also means you can transfer between our degrees up to the end of second year (although transfer from a BSc to an MComp is dependent on your academic performance).
We offer degrees at two levels:
Our MComp degrees involve an additional year of advanced study during which you follow Master's-level modules from one of our MSc programmes. This provides you with a deeper level of knowledge that some employers will look for when recruiting.
If you are unsure whether to apply for a BSc or an MComp, please contact us for more information.
Most of our Computer Science degrees are available with a paid work placement. This extends the length of your degree by a year.
Your placement provides you with the experience of seeking and securing a job, as well as practical experience and industry contacts that will benefit your academic study and longer term career.
We assess your placement by a short report and presentation, though the assessment will not count towards your final mark.
Previous students have found placements with organisations including:
Placement decisions ultimately rest with the employer but the School of Computing Science and our Careers Service will provide support to help you find employers and guide you through the application process.
We have strong links with a number of organisations within the industry:
UK and EU students have the opportunity to gain an international perspective on their subject by taking part in an Erasmus study exchange and studying abroad for one semester.
You will be part of the School of Computing Science. We are a friendly community of staff and students based in Claremont Tower in the heart of Newcastle's city centre campus.
All of our students enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support their studies including:
Take a virtual tour of our facilities on the School of Computing Science's website.
In addition, our student-led Computing Society offers a range of activities throughout the year to help you meet people on your course, ranging from coding and gaming nights to events with key speakers from industry.
This degree is approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) for entry to all technical corps.
DTUS is a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation.
Newcastle is one of only 10 UK universities taking part in DTUS.
Find out more on the Armed Forces page on our website.