Computer Science BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: CS12
Hardware. Software. Explore how it all works. Study new systems, new methodologies and new ways of thinking. Your creativity and originality could help drive technology forward on a degree awarded initial accreditation by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (subject to re-approval).
The computer chip in your phone has over 10,000 times the computational power of the one that took Neil Armstrong to the moon. With such advanced resources at our disposal, we have radically transformed our world for the better using a combination of software, innovative algorithms, and complex interconnected systems. You can be part of the next computing revolution with this computer science degree.
Develop essential skills for a career in computer science. Explore the bedrock of computation and mathematical theory and analysis. Discover which programming languages power global networks. Understand software development along with modern security issues and the importance of databases.
People are always looking for what’s next in computer science. Our £13million Tech Hub has the laboratories and workspaces to help you excel. You’ll apply computer science to intelligent systems, data science and complex systems, and get hands-on experience with industry-standard tools. Then take your skills and knowledge into a wide range of exciting industries and bring the future to life.
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
Work placement opportunity
What you'll study
Build the core foundations of your computer science knowledge in Year 1. Grasp the fundamentals of analysis. Learn what makes up the architecture of programming from systems to multimedia. Explore career possibilities helping you make the right choices for your modules in Year 2 and 3.
Computer Systems Architecture and Networks
Module code: CIS1701
Module code: MAT1001
Foundations of Computer Science
Module code: CIS1700
Professional Practice 1
Module code: CIS1704
Module code: CIS1702
Module code: CIS1703
Develop specialist skills and make yourself more employable in Year 2. Discover databases, security and artificial intelligence. Use statistical techniques and test-structures. We’ll also test your progress and teamwork in a business environment solving real-world issues or making real products. At the end of Year 2, you can choose a 12-month industry placement or year abroad before starting your final year.
Module code: CIS2700
Introduction to Security
Module code: CIS2718
Module code: CIS2702
Professional Practice 2
Module code: CIS2712
Two of:Expand all
Module code: CIS2705
Foundations of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Module code: CIS2719
Module code: MAT2000
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Module code: CIS2717
We’ll help you to become fully independent by the end of Year 3. You’ll show what you can do by creating a piece of software or hardware and explore the forefront of computer science. Develop confidence in your research and development abilities and statistical modelling. Then specialise in security, databases or intelligent systems.
Research and Development Project
Module code: CIS3425
Secure Complex Systems
Module code: CIS3414
Module code: MAT3000
Two of:Expand all
Module code: CIS3401
Module code: CIS3415
Module code: CIS3421
Module code: CIS3404
Module code: CIS3402
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
We will ensure you gain relevant experience and use industry standard equipment. Computing involves considerable practical activity and many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. We introduce theoretical concepts by building on concrete practical activity.
To enhance your employability you will be given opportunities to work together and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability, as well undertake a work placement to enable you to relate theory to practice and build your transferable skills.
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed through a combination of practical exercises, reports, essays and examinations. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, therefore assessment includes both of these forms, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team includes specialists in computing and active researchers in areas including data science, web information architecture, visualisation and intelligent systems. Academic staff are regular contributors to academic conferences and journals.
Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).
Please note, for all programmes in the Department of Computer Science, a level 2 numeracy qualification is not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13million Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science and Engineering students. Our modern computing and engineering laboratories are equipped with comprehensive test and measurement equipment, high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.
A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution. There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.
Where you'll study
Learning resources include digital oscilloscopes, signal generators, robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
A computer science degree opens the door to careers in a wide range of industries around the world. You could work in games development, health technology, banking, media, telecoms, and broadcasting. Almost every industry needs your skills in some way.
Computer science gives you the chance to work for exciting new start-ups or global big hitters. Our graduates have landed jobs with many prestigious companies around the world. We are proud to have alumni at Apple, Samsung, Jaguar Land Rover, Barclays, Very Group, and the NHS.
You could become an app developer or analyst, information or system analyst, or computer programmer. Job titles you could apply for include:
- Research Engineer
- Machine Learning Developer
- Software Developer
- Software Testing Engineer
- Java Developer
- Computer Science Teacher
- Test Analyst
Subject to reapproval, our BSc Computer Science has been awarded initial accreditation by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. Initial accreditation is granted to new programmes which are yet to have a graduating cohort. This is the first step to full membership and to receiving chartered status as an IT professional.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
Change of Modules - 29 September 2022
CIS1700 Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits), CIS1701 Computer Systems Architecture and Networks (20 credits), CIS1702 Programming 1 (20 credits), CIS1703 Programming 2 (20 credits) and CIS1704 Professional Practice 1 (20 credits) replace CIS1107 Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits), CIS1108 Digital World: Information Systems and Design (20 credits), CIS1109 Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits), CIS1111 Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 (20 credits) and CIS1112 Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1. MAT1001 Differential Calculus changes from optional to compulsory. CIS1110 Web Design and Development (20 credits) and TLC1010 Language 1 (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 1.
CIS2700 Database Systems (20 credits), CIS2702 Object-Orientated Programming (20 credits), CIS2712 Professional Practice 2 (20 credits) and CIS2718 Introduction to Security (20 credits) replace CIS2143 Databases (20 credits), CIS2162 Employability (20 credits) and CIS2166 Data Analytics (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 2. MAT2000 Inferential Statistics (20 credits) changes from compulsory to optional. CIS2705 Data Analytics (20 credits), CIS2717 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (20 credits) and CIS2719 Foundations of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (20 credits) replace CIS2149 Object-Orientated Programming (20 credits), CIS2151 Introduction to Security (20 credits), CIS2158 Software Engineering (20 credits) and TLC2000 Language 2 (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 2.
CIS3414 Secure Complex Systems (20 credits) and CIS3425 Research and Development Project (40 credits) replace CIS3140 Research and Development Project (40 credits), CIS3157 Complex Systems (20 credits) and CIS3157 Complex Systems (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 3. CIS3401 Advanced Databases (20 credits), CIS3402 IT Management (20 credits), CIS3404 Interface Programming (20 credits), CIS3415 Distributed Systems (20 credits), CIS3421 Embedded Systems (20 credits) replace CIS3151 Internet Security (20 credits), CIS3155 Advanced Databases (20 credits), CIS3156 Intelligent Systems (20 credits) and TLC3000 Language 3 (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 3.
The above changes take effect for September 2023 entry.
Integrated Language Study - 9 September 2022
With effect from September 2023 entry, it will no longer possible to learn a language as an integrated element of this degree. Language Steps evening classes will be available, however, as a supplement to your studies.
Change of Modules - 22 January 2021
MAT1001 Differential Calculus (20 credits) replaces SUG1023 Understanding Continuous Functions (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 1.
MAT2000 Inferential Statistics (20 credits) replaces SUG2020 Statistical Inference (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 2.
MAT3000 Statistical Modelling (20 credits) replaces SUG3025 Mathematical Models (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 3.