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Computer science

Why study computer science at Hull? Computer science is an exciting subject of considerable social and commercial importance. A computer science degree gives access to career options in commerce, entertainment, finance, research and development. With an excellent reputation for producing software engineers and game developers, the University maintains strong partnerships with companies like Microsoft, Sony, Rare, Codemasters, Disney (Black Rock), Electronic Arts and Volvo, ensuring that our courses stay up-to-date and relevant. The department houses HIVE (the Hull Immersive Visualization Environment), a multi-million-pound research centre that provides students with access to state-of-the-art technology. There is also SEED Software, a unique commercial software development unit managed by the department, which supplies guaranteed industrial experience across a number of courses. Our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and emphasise a professional approach with depth and breadth of study, reinforced and enriched by the latest research and commercial experience.

The Department of Computer Science Rated in the country’s top 10 for teaching quality by The Guardian’s 2011 University Guide, Hull’s Computer Science Department has an excellent reputation for graduate employability. In fact, 90% of our students are in graduate-level jobs within six months of qualifying – many snapped up by industry giants such as Sony, Microsoft and Electronic Arts.

What will I study? Our degrees range across the entire spectrum, from using computers to support business through general computer science and software development to specialisms in games or systems engineering. Our four-year MEng degrees incorporate an extra year of Masters-level study, including a guaranteed industrial placement, while the four-year BSc variants offer the chance to gain industrial experience or study abroad. Lectures combine with workshops and practical sessions plus supplementary learning resources, many of which are available online. Practical work is an important component, as we focus not only on theory but also on its uses.

What are we looking for? We require evidence of your potential to succeed in university-level studies and the qualities needed in professional software design and development: logical thinking, methodical working and vision. Computing experience is not essential. Please see the following pages for specific entry requirements. If you are undecided about the best programme for you, apply for Computer Science. You may then change your course after a visit to the department.

Foundation year Most of our degrees can incorporate a one-year foundation course (a typical offer for this would be 200 points or more). These four-year degrees are for students who do not meet the normal entry requirements, including • overseas students who may require time to adjust to study in the UK • mature students without recent formal qualifications • applicants who may have chosen A levels inappropriate for the BSc degree

Computer science | 92 Computer software development | 92 Computer science with games development | 93 Computer systems engineering | 94 Computer and business informatics | 94

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Computer science




Computer science

Computer software development

Single Honours / undergraduate Masters BSc (Hons) / MEng

Single Honours / undergraduate Masters BSc (Hons) / MEng

The development of technology is changing the way we live, even though the basic scientific and engineering principles on which computer systems are based have not changed. These principles form the core of our Computer Science courses and provide the essential body of knowledge to which graduates can add their insight, imagination and ability to develop computer systems for the future.

Although programming is at the heart of software development, creating successful computer software involves much more than just writing code. Our Computer Software Development degrees explore the tools and techniques used in the production of quality software and equip students with the skills to be effective software developers.

We offer five variants: Single Honours; Single Honours with an industrial year; Single Honours with a year of study abroad; the MEng route, which includes an extra year of Masters-level taught study and guaranteed industrial experience in a commercial software development unit; and a course with a foundation year (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language and science, or just in science, before beginning a computer science course).

We have developed this course with industrial partners and offer five variants: Single Honours; Single Honours with an industrial year; Single Honours with a year of study abroad; the MEng, which includes an extra year of Masters-level taught study and guaranteed industrial experience in a commercial software development unit; and a course with a foundation year (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language and science, or just in science, before beginning a computer science course).

Requirements

Requirements

Typically 260–280 UCAS points for the BSc (except for the foundation route), 300–320 for the MEng, including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than academic qualifications.

Typically 260–280 UCAS points for the BSc (except for the foundation route), 300–320 for the MEng, including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than academic qualifications.

Structure

Structure

A common first year across all of our courses covers the fundamental aspects of the subject (programming, software development, computer systems, quantitative methods, information systems and professional skills). It is therefore possible to switch degree courses at the start of Year 2, in which specific study themes are developed and new topics introduced. In the final year, advanced studies are complemented by a choice of specialised modules and project work.

A common first year across all of our courses covers the fundamental aspects of the subject (programming, software development, computer systems, quantitative methods, information systems and professional skills). It is therefore possible to switch degree courses at the start of Year 2, in which specific study themes are developed and new topics introduced. In the final year, advanced studies are complemented by a choice of specialised modules and project work.

Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

Single Honours Computer Science

Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

Single Honours 3

n/a

G400

260–280

Computer Software Development

3

n/a

G600

260–280

4

n/a

G602

260–280

4

n/a

G603

260–280

4

n/a

G601

200

4

n/a

G604

300–320

With industrial experience Computer Science

4

n/a

G403

260–280

Computer Software Development

With study abroad Computer Science

4

n/a

G404

260–280

4

n/a

G401

200

With a foundation year

Undergraduate Masters Computer Science

With study abroad Computer Software Development

With a foundation year Computer Science

With industrial experience

4

n/a

G402

300–320

Computer Software Development

Undergraduate Masters Computer Software Development

2

Computer science

For IB Diploma and BTEC ND entry requirements, see page 25.


Computer science with games development Single Honours / undergraduate Masters BSc (Hons) / MEng Our courses in Computer Science with Games Development involve a detailed consideration of the areas critical for the games industry, such as programming, software engineering, and computer graphics and simulation, and include a significant element of project work. Although the skills gained are directly relevant to the computer games industry, they are also applicable to a range of careers which require knowledge of graphics, simulation and visualization. We offer four variants: Single Honours; Single Honours with an industrial year; the MEng, which includes an extra year of Masters-level taught study and guaranteed industrial experience in a commercial software development unit; and a course with a foundation year (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language and science, or just in science, before beginning a computer science course).

Requirements Typically 260–280 UCAS points for the BSc (except for the foundation route), 300–320 for the MEng, including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than academic qualifications.

After my second year I took a step away from games to undertake an industrial placement at SEED Software. This opportunity was offered to me through the University and I gained valuable experience. I believe this helped me secure employment immediately upon finishing my studies. James Ingham BSc Computer Science with Games Development with Industrial Experience

Structure A common first year across all of our courses covers the fundamental aspects of the subject (programming, software development, computer systems, quantitative methods, information systems and professional skills). It is therefore possible to switch degree courses at the start of Year 2, in which specific study themes are developed and new topics introduced. In the final year, advanced studies are complemented by a choice of specialised modules and project work. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

Single Honours Computer Science with Games Development

3

n/a

G490

260–280

4

n/a

G493

260–280

4

n/a

G491

200

4

n/a

G492

300–320

With industrial experience Computer Science with Games Development

With a foundation year Computer Science with Games Development

Undergraduate Masters Computer Science with Games Development

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Computer science

3


Computer systems engineering

Computer and business informatics

Single Honours BSc (Hons)

Single Honours BSc (Hons)

From singing greeting cards to sophisticated digital cameras, all but the very simplest electronic products now use embedded computer systems. Creating these products increasingly requires programming skills, as functions move from electronics to software. This degree integrates software development, computer science and electronics to equip students with the skills to be effective developers of embedded systems. It provides an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in both hardware and programming, with plenty of hands-on experience.

Informatics is the science which encompasses the collection, storage, retrieval and processing of information. Our BSc degree in Computer and Business Informatics focuses on the central role of information technology in informatics and on the ways in which computer systems and informatics support business. Graduates of this course will be able to provide costeffective integrated information solutions to meet the needs of computer users.

We have developed this course with industrial partners and offer three variants: Single Honours; Single Honours with an industrial experience year; and a course with a foundation year (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language and science, or just in science, before beginning a computer science course).

Requirements Typically 260–280 UCAS points for the three-year course, including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than qualifications.

Structure A common first year across all of our courses covers the fundamentals (programming, software development, computer systems, quantitative methods, information systems and professional skills). It is therefore possible to switch degrees at the start of Year 2, in which specific study themes are developed and new topics introduced. In the final year, advanced studies are complemented by a choice of specialised modules and project work. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

H600

260–280

Single Honours Computer Systems Engineering

3

n/a

We offer two variants: Single Honours and a course with a foundation year (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language and science, or just in science, before beginning a computer science course).

Requirements Typically 260–280 UCAS points for the three-year course, including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than academic qualifications.

Structure This degree covers the fundamental aspects of the subject (programming, software development, computer systems, quantitative methods, problem solving, managing people, information systems and professional skills) through a combination of core and optional modules. It may be possible to switch to one of our other computing degrees at the start of Year 2, if the modules you have completed fit the structure of our other degrees. In Year 2, specific study themes are developed and new topics introduced. In the final year, you have a choice of specialised modules and undertake either project work or an internship within SEED (our in-house software development company). Years Other subject(s)

With industrial experience Computer Systems Engineering

4

n/a

H650

260–280

Computer Systems Engineering

4

n/a

H601

200

Computer science

3

n/a

G560

260–280

4

n/a

G561

200

With a foundation year Computer and Business Informatics



Typical offer

Single Honours Computer and Business Informatics

With a foundation year

UCAS code

For IB Diploma and BTEC ND entry requirements, see page 25.


I’m currently in my fourth year studying MEng Computer Software Development, one-third of which is spent working on a commercial project for SEED Software. I’m only halfway through my final year, but it’s been very good working in a new and more work-focused environment – a nice break from the normal lectures. Being an international student, I was a bit worried when I first came here, but the staff have been very helpful and welcoming, regularly arranging social events with games and pizza. One of my favourite parts of uni life is the Freeside student group – it’s an excellent place to be if you enjoy coding and being social at the same time. Kamilla Bremeraunet MEng Computer Software Development

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Computer science

5


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