Computer Science (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Natural Sciences

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Course Overview

At Keele, you’ll learn the underpinning theories of software, hardware and computing techniques – and how to apply them in the real world.

You’ll learn to use technology to create new opportunities and to solve a wide range of problems, benefiting every aspect of society from the home to business, government and beyond. This means your skills are likely to be in high demand when you graduate. Our teaching is informed by our cutting-edge research, and we also reflect what’s happening now in industry; you could learn about things like artificial intelligence, computer game development, human-computer interaction and cyber security. There’s a strong emphasis on programming – but don’t worry if you don’t have Maths A-level, because the course covers what you need to know. You’ll have 24/7 access to our own computing labs, based on Microsoft Windows and Linux, plus a wide range of application and networking software.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Computer Science.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Programming I - Programming Fundamentals
  • Requirements, Evaluation and Professionalism
  • Natural Computation
  • Information Systems and Interaction*
  • Computer Animation and Multimedia*

Elective modules: 

  • Cybercrime
  • Systems and Architecture

Second year

Core modules: 

  • System Lifecycles and Design*
  • Programming II - Data Structures and Algorithms*
  • Database Systems*
  • Mobile Application Development*
  • Computational Intelligence I*
  • Web Technologies*
  • Advanced Programming Practices*

Elective modules:

  • Virtual Worlds*

Third year

Core modules:

  • 30-credit Project

Optional core modules: 

  • Software Engineering Project Management*
  • Advanced Information Systems*
  • Advanced Databases and Applications*
  • Games Computing*
  • Computing in Education*
  • Computational Intelligence II*
  • Communications and Networks*
  • IT Architectures*
  • Electronic Commerce*

*These modules have a pre-requisite. See the Course Information Document for more details. 

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Computer Science.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Programming I - Programming Fundamentals
  • Requirements, Evaluation and Professionalism

Optional core modules:

  • Natural Computation
  • Information Systems and Interaction*
  • Computer Animation and Multimedia*

Second year

Core modules:

  • System Lifecycles and Design*

Optional core modules: 

  • Programming II - Data Structures and Algorithms*
  • Database Systems*
  • Mobile Application Development*
  • Computational Intelligence I*
  • Web Technologies*
  • Advanced Programming Practices*
  • Virtual Worlds*

Third year

Core modules:

  • 30-credit Project

Optional core modules:

  • Software Engineering Project Management*
  • Advanced Information Systems*
  • Advanced Databases and Applications*
  • Games Computing*
  • Computational Intelligence II*
  • Communications and Networks
  • IT Architectures*
  • Electronic Commerce*

*These modules have a pre-requisite. See the Course Information Document for more details.

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Computer Science.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Programming I - Programming Fundamentals
  • Requirements, Evaluation and Professionalism

Optional core modules:

  • Natural Computation
  • Information Systems and Interaction*
  • Computer Animation and Multimedia*

Second year

Core modules:

  • System Lifecycles and Design*
  • Computational Intelligence I*

Optional core modules: 

  • Programming II - Data Structures and Algorithms*
  • Database Systems*
  • Mobile Application Development*
  • Web Technologies*
  • Advanced Programming Practices*
  • Virtual Worlds*

Third year

Core modules:

  • 30-credit Project

Optional core modules:

  • Software Engineering Project Management*
  • Advanced Information Systems*
  • Advanced Databases and Applications*
  • Games Computing*
  • Computational Intelligence II*
  • Communications and Networks
  • IT Architectures*
  • Electronic Commerce*

*These modules have a pre-requisite. See the Course Information Document for more details. 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 29%
  • Guided independent study – 71%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 31%
  • Guided independent study – 69% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 20%
  • Guided independent study – 80%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

This degree builds the essential skills which are in demand from employers looking for systems analysts, software engineers and consultants. You’ll graduate with a wide range of computing skills plus a highly developed approach to problem solving. Recent Keele graduates have gone to work for companies as diverse as Apple, BAE Systems, Barclays, Capgemini, EA Games, Experian, Microsoft and the Ministry of Defence. You’ll also have the solid grounding you’ll need to apply for postgraduate study.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Computer Science with Foundation Year: G401 View KIS Stats

For overseas students who do not meet direct entry requirements, we offer the opportunity to take an intensive International Year One in Computing leading to second year degree entry.

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Computer Science Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the University’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Our typical offer for 2017 entry is ABB.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Fundamentals of Computing 
  • Programming I – Programming Fundamentals
  • Requirements, Evaluation and Professionalism 
  • Natural Computation
  • Information Systems and Interaction
  • Computer Animation and Multimedia

Second year

  • System Lifecycles and Design 
  • Programming II – Data Structures and Algorithms 
  • Database Systems • Mobile Application Development
  • Computational Intelligence I 
  • Web Technologies 
  • Advanced Programming Practices
  • Virtual Worlds

Third year

  • Computer Science Project 
  • Software Engineering Project Management
  • Advanced Information Systems 
  • Advanced Databases and Applications
  • Games Computing 
  • Computing in Education 
  • Computational Intelligence II 
  • Communications and Networks 
  • IT Architectures 
  • Electronic Commerce

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.