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Computer Science

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 128-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Mathematics, plus one other relevant subject.

128-138 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics based), with a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Mathematics at Distinction.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 52-54, to include a minimum of 3 Principal Subjects, to include M2 in Mathematics, plus one other relevant subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in Mathematics plus one relevant subject at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


To include Higher Level Mathematics at H3, plus one other relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject.

120-136 Tariff points to include a minimum of 3 Advanced Highers, with 40 points from Mathematics, plus one other relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

T Level

M

T Level in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development: Merit // T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning: Merit // T Level in Education and Childcare: Not Acceptable

UCAS Tariff

128-136

128-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Mathematics, plus one other relevant subject.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Computer science

**Overview**

Do algorithm design, artificial intelligence and robotics excite you? On this MEng (Hons) Computer Science degree, you’ll play your part in developing the technology that will define the future. This course is shaped by the latest computer science research and input from industry professionals

You’ll begin your studies with core computer science concepts, and cover everything from information processing to cyber security. You’ll use our multi-platform IT facilities including a networking lab, big data lab and usability lab with eye-tracking software.

You’ll have the chance to go on a placement and follow past students who’ve gained industry insight at leading organisations like IBM and Airbus. If you want to start your own business, we’ll give you the support you need to be your own boss.

You can also take part in a range of extracurricular activities such as fast-paced hackathons and company visits.

After your course, you'll be ready to apply your knowledge and skills to start a career working with the most recent advances in computing. You could also combine your studies with teacher training to graduate with Qualified Teacher Status and receive a £9,000 bursary.

**What you'll experience**

On this degree course, you'll:

- Get a thorough grounding in hardware, software and information processing

- Learn from experts with career experience in computer science

- Get to grips with the technical side of computer systems design and use your knowledge to find solutions to practical problems

- Use the latest tech and apply your skills to real-life problems via our partnership schemes with charities and organisations

- Access equipment such as our high performance computer labs, mobile app development lab and usability labs, including the latest eye-tracking technology

- Build your knowledge in specialist areas of the industry such as cyber-security

Make the most of workplace trips, pop-up lectures and hack days, where you'll join forces with other computing students to collaborate on projects and solve challenging problems

**Careers and opportunities**

You’ll graduate with a diverse skill set that covers programming, software development and network management.

What can you do with a Computer Science degree?

This gives you a foundation for a career in areas such as:

- software engineering

- web development

- computer programming

- network design

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll get career help, support and guidance for up to 5 years after you graduate from our Careers and Employability service.

"I chose to study computer science at Portsmouth because the University is well known for its high teaching standards, modern facilities and diverse culture. Applying as an international student, I was confident settling in would be pretty easy." Hassana Sadiq, Computer Science Student

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Programming
- Architecture and Operating Systems
- Database Systems Development
- Networks
- Core Computing Concepts

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Discrete Mathematics and Functional Programming
- Operating Systems and Internet working
- Programming Applications and Programming Languages
- Software Engineering Theory and Practice

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- 3D Computer Graphics and Animation
- Big Data
- Ethical Hacking
- Web Programming
- Computing Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme
- Institution-wide Language Programme

Placement year (optional)
At the end of your second year, you have the option to take a placement year to get experience working in the field. We’ll help you find a placement that matches your workplace ambitions. Previous students have secured placements at high-profile organisations, including: IBM, Airbus, Veritas.
You’ll get mentoring and support to make sure you’re getting the most out of your placement year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Distributed Systems and Security
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Individual Project (Engineering)

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Advanced Networks
- Engineering Science
- Enterprise Web Architectures
- Fuzzy Systems and Networks
- Graphics and Computer Vision
- Internet of Things
- Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
- Professional and Academic Research and Development (only available to Level 6 direct entry students)
- Robotics
- Security and Cryptography

Year 4
In your final year, you'll carry out a group industrial project utilising the skills learned during your course and your areas of interest within computer science.

Core modules also include:
- Applied Data and Text Analytics
- Computer Vision
- Industrial Team Project
- Parallel Programming
- Scientific Computing and Simulation

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

multiple choice tests
written exams
in-class exercises
mini projects
presentations
written report
review articles
supervised work sessions

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
Year 2 students: 67% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 25% by coursework
Year 3 students: 35% by written exams and 65% by coursework
Year 4 students: 28% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 64% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

69%
med
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
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After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Information technology technicians

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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