This degree in bio-computing includes an industrial placement, equipping you with practical work experience and boosting your CV.
You will learn about the design and development of databases to collect, store, integrate and interpret biological information.
Bio-computing is a new, exciting area of science, blending technologies from computing, mathematics and statistics to manage and manipulate large sets of biological data.
Drug development, medicine, cancer research, neuroscience and robotics are just some of the many areas in which bioinformatics is poised to make a massive impact.
You will graduate able to design and develop databases and algorithms to collect and interpret biological information, ready to meet the growing demand for skilled bioinformaticians.
Computer Science at Newcastle achieved an impressive 92% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2014.
We rank in the top 20 UK universities for Computer Science in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015, The Guardian University Guide 2015 and The Complete University Guide 2016 and we are ranked 9th overall in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
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.
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).
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.
Many of our partners teach in English, so you don't necessarily need a foreign language in order to study abroad.
However, with planning, there is the opportunity of doing so as part of Stage 1 of your degree, and the University has exceptional facilities for self-study of foreign languages.
You will be part of the School of Computing Science, based in Claremont Tower in the heart of Newcastle's city-centre campus.
This degree is approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) for entry to all technical corps.
Find out more on the Armed Forces page on our website.