Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Computer Science

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2023

Introduction

In a nutshell

We’re living in an exciting age, when visionary technologies are quickly becoming the everyday. Computing has progressed so far in the last 20 years that the smartphone in your hand is more powerful than the world’s leading desktop computers once were. As technology and converging technology infiltrate and disrupt every global industry, now is the time to study computer science.

Our flagship BSc Computer Science course will provide you with a broad understanding of the field of computing with a core specialism in programming. You’ll develop an understanding of methodical approaches to the analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance of object-oriented systems using the Java language. You'll graduate with a solution-focused approach and a critical awareness of applying the right skills to complete a specific goal.

Accredited by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, you’ll be educated to the highest industry standards. The purpose of accreditation is to confirm that our course meets the required standards for entering a career in the IT industry. We’ll ensure you adopt a professional approach, making you aware of laws, regulations and competences needed to work with other IT professionals.

Start your study journey 

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying computer science, explore our facilities and meet the course team 

You will:

  • Gain programming practice through design, implementation and testing, with appreciation of more sophisticated programming behaviour
  • Learn the principles of relational database management system, measuring their implementation and efficiency using emerging trends
  • Explore the theory and practice of website design, understanding human-computer interaction and designing and analysing user interfaces
  • Use real-time 3D graphics toolkits, and expand your Java knowledge to use C++ programming language
  • Become familiar with AI techniques and terminology for knowledge representation and searching, and gain an understanding of data mining algorithms
International

students accepted

Course accreditations

British Computing Society Accredited Degree logo

This is for you if...

1.

You're passionate about computing and are excited about how it can shape the future.

2.

You're interested in how things work rather than just wanting to use them

3.

You've got a keen attention to detail, enjoy problem-solving and like to use your initiative

Course details

All about the course

Computing student talks with staff

Course Delivery

Delivered across three years - or four, if you choose to include an industry placement, our BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree is designed to develop your in-depth knowledge and understanding of programming, databases and computer systems.

Through core modules you'll look at Java, Linux, databases, artificial intelligence, software engineering and computer graphics. You'll also have the opportunity to choose specialist optional modules in web and mobile development, virtual reality, information security and more. 

Learn more about the course modules in the section below. 

Learning Experience 

Embedding collaboration with industry and working on real-world projects is an essential aspect of studying computing at Salford. In your second year you'll have the opportunity to take-part in our three-week long industry challenge, Hackcamp. Working in a team with other second year computing students, you'll develop a web-hosted dashboard or application to meet a real-life brief, set by one of our industry partners. At the end of the three weeks students also have the chance to present their finished project at our Hackcamp showcase day. 

Working on real-world set briefs alongside your specialist studies will give you the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for an exciting career in tech. You will also bring all of your learning together by completing an individual project in your final year, where you can focus on an area of software engineering of your choice. 

Industry Placement

On this course, you will have the opportunity to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final report.

By completing a placement year, you can add 'with professional experience' to your degree award. Industry placements are an excellent way to enhance your CV, gain hands-on work experience and build industry connections.

Year one

Programming 1

You will be introduced to a practical, hands-on approach to programming where workshops will provide focused practical activity on a managed learning curve. You will learn excellent programming practice through design, implementation and testing, and will be introduced to the basics of structured programming language using an integrated programming environment.

Programming 2

You will strengthen your syntax and semantics base of Java developed in the ‘Programming 1’ module. You will develop an appreciation of recursion as well as your knowledge of dynamic data structures. Additionally, you will learn how to test and debug code, along with an appreciation of more sophisticated programming behaviour.

Database Systems

This module will share fundamental knowledge of database management systems, their design, implementation and applications. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of relational database management system, and how to implement and maintain an efficient database system.

Professional Development and Practices

You will be introduced to the business context and application of computing and information systems. You will explore this through societal, professional, ethical and legal issues surrounding business practices and the theory and process of project delivery to a professional standard.

Web Development and Human Computer Interfaces

You will be introduced to theory and practice of website design and development and develop knowledge and understanding of human-computer interaction and techniques for designing and analysing user interfaces. You will also gain skills and practical experience of designing, developing and testing websites using HTML5 & Cascading Sheets (CSS).

Computer System Internals and Linux

This module will provide you with an in-depth low-level knowledge of computer systems, concentrating on computer architecture, operating systems and communications technology. You will also start to develop skills in the use of Unix-like operating systems at command-line level, writing and using simple scripts and batch files and the simple system administration of a standalone Linux PC.

Year two

Data Structures and Algorithms

In this module you will be introduced to some of the most important data structures used in the design and implementation of computer software and shown how these are implemented using Java. You will then learn to analyse the requirements of algorithm resources to allow you to provide a sound basis for objective choice when dealing with competing algorithms.

Networking and Security

You will learn in detail how the Internet works, from local area networks to global networks. This will include designing and troubleshooting networks, and configuring and testing network applications. You will also look at security vulnerabilities, cryptographic principles, protocols, C-I-A trade-offs, firewalls and legal implications. You will apply these principles to designing solutions for some realistic case studies.

Design Patterns

You will receive a broad overview of software development methods and techniques, focusing on various modelling and design approaches. You will develop understanding of the application of generic pattern-based strategies for resolving common high-level problems in object orientated design. You will develop problem recognition and categorisation and learn how (and when) established pattern-based solutions can be identified and applied as solutions.

Career Development

You will develop a range of employability 'soft skills' to give you an advantage when applying for (and carrying out) a placement as well as graduate roles. Employers value a combination of technical and interpersonal skills. This module will draw from our extensive industry contacts to demonstrate the range of skills needed to succeed in your career and to help you develop a career plan.

Software Project with Agile Techniques (Salford HackCamp)

This module combines technical work in computer programming with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of using an “agile” software development technique. You will work in a group to design, develop, document and demonstrate a solution to a problem, working to a professional standard, often under the direction of an external client. This module starts with an introduction to agile techniques and methodologies followed by the opportunity to apply, evaluate and reflect on these techniques.

AI & Data Mining

You will be introduced to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Mining (DM) techniques for problem solving. You will become familiar with AI techniques and terminology for knowledge representation and searching, and gain an understanding of DM algorithms, and learn how these techniques are used in real world applications.

Client Server Systems

You will develop data-driven interactive web applications, with client-side and server-side components, using industry-standard software development tools and techniques. You will design, create, test and demonstrate software implementing a data-driven web application, programming, industry standard scripting languages (such as PHP and Javascript), connecting to industry standard databases, identifying security risks, and working within legal constraints such as data protection, accessibility and copyright.

Year three

Software Quality Management

You will study more advanced software engineering techniques including reuse, security, component-based and service-oriented software engineering. These more advanced topics will help you to understand how recent technical innovations are affecting the practices you need to build high quality software. You will undertake some online research to explore a practical, industry-based scenario involving advanced software engineering decision-making. You will have to think about the trade-offs between software product quality and developer productivity.  

Project for Computer Science

You will undertake an individual project that will demonstrate your understanding of computer science. You can select your own area of study, identify and develop a realistic problem and, working independently and in a professional manner, organise, sustain and report on your project in a way which is both detailed and reflective.

Computer Graphics

You will learn about aspects of object-programming applied to high-level real-time 3D graphics toolkits using the C++ programming language. You will study the mathematics of graphical transformations and apply this within computer laboratories in which real-world applications can be demonstrated.

Optional modules (choose two):
 

Virtual Reality and 3D Games

This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, practices and measures of virtual reality technology and the development of interactive 3D worlds. Applications of the technology that will be used are from across sectors including the computer games industry, medicine, energy, engineering and science. You will develop your programming to an advanced level of understanding and experience of modern interactive 3D engine development.

Business Development

This module aims to provide students with business and enterprise concepts to allow them to analyse and evaluate business practices, concepts, theories and frameworks and their relationship to the strategic and operational management of an enterprise or a project. This is intended to complement the technical project management content of the course and provide a real-world context linked to current enterprise activities at the university. You will also learn about freelancing.

Mobile Development

The module will provide an introduction to the key technologies used to provide interactive web sites and interactive applications for use with mobile devices, taking into account the unique environment in which these applications operate. Consideration will be given to how to use these technologies whilst still maintaining web standards, particularly accessibility.

Information Security Management

This module will prepare you for the creation and implementation of information security policies in organizations, with an emphasis on risk management and business continuity planning, taking account both of the practicalities of implementation in a real-world setting, and the various legal and ethical issues involved. You’ll learn to identify assets, vulnerabilities, threats and controls and to consider issues of security culture.

New

Deep Learning

Introducing you to the field of deep learning and its applications, you will learn about the deep learning architectures and algorithms that are used in applications such as face recognition, speech recognition and medical diagnosis. You will also have the opportunity to develop your professional skills using the Python programming language and utilizing a deep learning framework to develop predictive models and applications. 

Advanced Web Development

You will learn the common stages of creating a large-scale web application. This consists of the following: development of a scalable web application using design patterns, frameworks and other industry best practices; discussion of the concepts of APIs; designing a fully RESTful API for the application; and create a client to consume the application API .

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

You'll develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Practical laboratories
  • Case studies
  • Group work
  • Project work

ASSESSMENT

You'll be assessed using a combination of formats. These include:

  • Examinations which will assess your immediate response to a set of unseen problems
  • Assignments which will assess your response to a larger problem
  • Practical tests which will assess your ability to apply appropriate skills to a problem
  • Projects which will assess your ability to create a plan, identify possibilities, make decisions, carry out the plan, and reflect on the choices and outcome
  • Software development tasks will which will demonstrate your work

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.

Facilities

 As a computer science student you will learn in our specialist computing suites and laboratories, including a networking laboratory and dedicated final year project laboratory. You can also use Cisco-enabled facilities with the option to gain Cisco Certified Network Associate status.

Industry Collaboration and Research

When you start this degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of local and global computing and informatics issues and challenges.

Discover how you are part of something bigger.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Computer scientist

EMPLOYMENT

Once you complete the full honours degree, you'll graduate with exciting and rewarding careers opportunities ahead of you. With demonstrable programming skills, supported by a large portfolio of practical work, you'll have a skill set applicable across many industries.

We’re living in an exciting age, when visionary technologies are quickly becoming the everyday. Converging technology is creating amazing opportunities for talented computing professionals. The unique skillset you will acquire as a computer science student is in great demand in many different areas. 

Many graduates choose to work as programmers and software developers, but others progress to other IT-based roles including consultancy, system development, or as computer analysts. Our computer science alumni have found employment with leading national companies across a range of industries, such as Sainsburys, Cisco, Microsoft, SIS, Autotrader, HMRC, Ferranti and Civica, plus local firms emerging in the fast-growing North West tech community.

FURTHER STUDY

You might find you want to learn more about computing. Building on our expertise, we offer postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni also receive a significant fees discount.

Cyber Security, Threat Investigation and Forensics (MSc)

Data Science (MSc) 

 

A taste of what you could become

A programmer

A software developer

An IT consultant

A computer analyst

A systems administrator

And more...

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

We're looking for applicants with a strong interest in computing, a good work ethic and attention to detail. You will have an interest in understanding how computers work, rather than just wanting to be a user of them. With such exciting opportunities emerging in computer science, we're seeking applicants who have the initiative to take their learning beyond the tasks that are part of the coursework.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

COURSE ACCREDITATION 

This degree is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for ITAn accredited degree provides a valuable contribution towards professional membership and evidencing breadth of knowledge. Some employers give preference to applicants who have accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Maths at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

112-120 UCAS points, to include a mathematics, numerate science or computing-related subject

A-Level

112-120 UCAS points, to include a mathematics, numerate science or computing-related subject

BTEC National Diploma

DDM from a computing-related subject. Engineering or science subjects are accepted with distinctions in mathematics modules.

Access to HE

Pass with 112-120 UCAS points from a QAA-approved computing-related programme with Level 3 mathematics content.

Scottish Highers

112-120 UCAS points, to include a mathematics, numerate science or computing-related subject

Irish Leaving Certificate

112-120 UCAS points, to include a mathematics, numerate science or computing-related subject

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60%, to include a numerate subject or engineering.

International Baccalaureate

30 points with 14 in Higher Level subjects to include engineering, science or technology.

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you could take the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.  

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.  To be considered for the scheme, you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

Learn more about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2022/23 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15,900per year
Full-time home 2023/24 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £16,380per year

Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

International Student Scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2023

UCAS information

Course ID G400

Institution S03