About the Department

Bristol is one of the leading universities for the study of computing. Whilst giving students an understanding of the foundations of the subject, we are proud of the symbiosis between our teaching and internationally leading research.

Computing is an interdisciplinary subject, with historical roots in mathematics, physics, electronics, psychology and neuroscience; the interplay between these areas has kept the subject alive over the past half-century and is still very much in evidence today. You will see this diversity within the courses here - Bristol students experience it first-hand from the staff, whose range of interests include quantum computing, microprocessor design, biological computing and wearable computers.

We benefit from the concentration of high-technology industries in the Bristol region which provide us with industrial staff, opportunities for student projects, scholarships, prizes, vacation work and - for many students - their first job after graduating. Recent national assessments have consistently highlighted our excellence in both teaching and research.

If you choose to study computing, you will meet people from many different backgrounds and with a wide range of interests. For some, the attraction is creativity: designing and making things, from programs to electronic products. For others, it is about intellectual challenges: solving problems and finding ways to understand complex phenomena both natural and artificial. For others, the attraction comes from computing's direct relevance to the real world and its importance in many other areas of society.

Computing provides a route to many different career paths, and our graduates have a wide choice in the kind of work they do, their working environment and lifestyle. Our courses provide a balance between leading-edge topics such as high performance computing, cryptography and artificial intelligence, technical skills such as software development, system design and animation, in addition to generic skills such as teamworking, communication and enterprise. Bristol computing graduates are highly regarded; not only by computing-related employers, but also in other sectors of industry, commerce and the professions.

You can view former students profiles. This will give you a taste of what our graduates say about their time in the department and details on what jobs they have gone on to do.

Your choice of course and university is an important decision. This prospectus will give you a brief overview of Bristol's computing courses and what it is like to study here. If you have any further questions, please see our website or contact our Admissions Team who will be only too happy to help.

Bristol computing graduates are highly regarded; not only by computing-related employers, but also in other sectors of industry, commerce and the professions.