Bristol Scientific Computing (BriSC)

Scientific computing is an interdisciplinary field that uses computer science, data science and digital technology to solve problems across a wide range of subject areas, including maths, engineering, biology, physics, chemistry, geography and earth sciences.

BriSC brings together experts from across the University of Bristol whose teaching and research focus on applying the latest computational techniques to key scientific problems, such as changes in the earth’s atmosphere, the reactions of molecules or how galaxies are formed. We rely on Bristol’s unique strengths and facilities as a world-class centre for supercomputing, data science and data-intensive research.

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Our degrees provide students with a broad range of computing skills, including: programming, data science, high-performance and cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, advanced visualisation (including virtual reality) and software engineering.

Unlike traditional joint-honours computing courses, the scientific and computational aspects of our degrees are fully integrated, allowing us to consider the best ways to apply computing to each scientific subject. In their first two years, our students cover many of the same modules as a standard Chemistry or Physics course, alongside introductory Scientific Computing modules, before going on to develop their interests with specialist Scientific Computing modules.

Scientific computing graduates are highly valued by employers because they have a firm grounding in their chosen scientific field, with strong problem-solving and analytical skills, plus specialised computer science skills that make them stand out.

Courses and entry requirements

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