You will study a broad curriculum for two years, before learning about the development of embedded software systems that are fundamental to almost all our use of technology.
Explore different aspects of computing science – such as games design, bioinformatics, and security – in your first two years.
Spend a year on an accredited, paid industrial placement between Stages 2 and 3.
Study specialist modules in Stage 3 – such as software verification technology and real-time and cyber-physical systems – to develop skills and knowledge for your chosen career.
About Software Engineering
Reliable software is fundamental to almost all of our use of technology, from the embedded systems that make a washing machine work to the flight controllers on a passenger jet.
Working alongside programmers who have in-depth knowledge of writing code, software engineers understand and oversee the development of these systems, requiring strong computing science, project management and problem-solving skills.
BSc or MComp?
Some of our degrees are offered at two levels:
- three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- four-year Master of Computing (MComp)
You can transfer between our degrees up to the end of Stage 2 (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.
Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information
Flexible degree structure
At Newcastle, all Computer Science students study the same modules for the first two years, before specialising in the later years. This gives you time to explore the subject and decide which area you want to specialise in. It means you can also transfer between our degrees up to the end of Stage 2.
Quality and ranking
- top 20 in the UK (Computer Science Category) - Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
- 9th overall in the UK for research – Research Excellence Framework 2014
Following a curriculum review, we are seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for our degrees so you can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standard set by the IT industry.
BCS is the Chartered Institute for IT. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for a chartered IT professional, engineer or scientist.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
You'll learn the fundamentals of computer science, with an emphasis on developing your skills in program design and implementation. You'll gain experience in Java programming and develop a broad view of hardware and software architectures.
You'll develop an appreciation of what it is to be a professional working in the IT industry and develop your problem-solving skills.
|Fundamentals of Computing||20|
|Computer Systems Design and Architectures||20|
|Information Storage and Retrieval||20|
|Programming Portfolio 1||30|
|Programming Portfolio 2||30|
You'll study modules in software engineering, algorithm design and the fundamental principles that govern the operation of the internet.
We'll introduce you to requirements analysis and databases, and the formal specification of software systems.
You'll also work in a team to engineer a substantial software product, developing practical teamworking skills.
|Security and Programming Paradigms||20|
|Algorithm Design and Analysis||10|
|Software Engineering Team Project||30|
|Introducing Contemporary Topics in Computing||30|
|Software Systems Design and Implementation||30|
You'll spend a year on an approved work placement. You'll also complete a compulsory module.
|Intercalating Module for Computing Science Programmes||120|
You'll choose from a range of specialist topics covering the skills required for managing large-scale software projects.
You'll develop the practical engineering skills that you need to accurately capture requirements, such as structuring software applications, understanding programming languages, real-time programming and software testing technologies.
You'll also complete an individual project and dissertation, which requires you to research and plan a solution to a real-world software engineering problem.
|Research and Project Skills||20|
|Major Project in Computer Science||40|
|Fault Tolerant and Cyber-Physical Systems||20|
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
Teaching methods include:
- lectures – including guest lectures by visiting IT professionals
- tutorials – from our expert staff
- supervised practical work – which accounts for a significant amount of your time
- project work – to help you develop real-world business skills such as teamworking and project management
Project work includes a team project in Stage 2 to develop a substantial software product and a major individual project in Stage 3.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
In addition to your academic work, employers look for evidence of skills and experience. Our degrees have been created with industry need in mind. In stage 2, you will gain a realistic preview into industry life, being taught in a team environment with real-life industry briefs. You will pick a problem – identified by industry – and develop a project to find a solution. The projects are marked by industry representatives, lecturers and the project sponsor.
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The lecturers are passionate about their specialist areas, making the whole university experience thought-provoking and interesting.
Industrial placement year
Your paid placement year takes place in Stage 3 and provides you with the experience of seeking and securing a job. You'll also gain practical experience, key business skills 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.
Facilities and environment
You will be part of the School of Computing, based in the Urban Sciences Building on our Newcastle Helix area of campus.
Our brand new £58m building offers great facilities for our students, including:
- cyber-physical systems laboratory
- decision theatre for data visualisation
- flat floor teaching facilities
- 315 PCs with a Raspberry Pi3 on every desk
The building and its surrounding area is becoming a living laboratory, underpinning research to make urban centres more sustainable for future generations. Research at Newcastle Helix focusses on:
- cyber-physical systems
- smart grids
- future of our city
- big data
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
Employability at Newcastle
97% of our Computer Science graduates are in graduate-level jobs or in further study within fifteen months of graduation*.
*Guardian University league tables 2021
Preparing you for career success
In the present job market, computing science graduates are better placed than many others to obtain employment in a challenging and fulfilling career, and the employability of Newcastle graduates is particularly high.
An increasing number of employers require digital skills, meaning our graduates are highly sought after. They move into bespoke software development roles in software houses and computer manufacturers and also into corporate organisations that use computers on a larger scale, such as banking, insurance and manufacturing companies and public sector institutions.
Benefit from strong industry links
You'll also benefit from our well-established links with organisations within the industry. Our placement students and graduates are regularly recruited by companies such as:
Local businesses often approach the School to advertise small, part-time or voluntary work opportunities, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience.
Our degree programmes have been developed to ensure that you are gaining the transferable skills that employers like to see alongside your academic study. You will benefit from guest lectures from industry professionals, mock interviews and professional skills workshops.
The school annually hosts a week of intensive employability events. These have included:
- hackathon workshops
- placement discussions
- coding and enterprise challenges
- employer talks
- networking events
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
Apply through an agent
International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.