Computer Science

Computer Science has a huge impact on the technology that is shaping our society and the way that we live. It is a dynamic and continually expanding subject in both its core areas and in its interaction with other disciplines.

Studying computing at Bristol gives you the skills and knowledge to influence and be part of this future development. Our courses combine the fundamentals of the subject with exploration of its many diverse applications.

Why study Computer Science at Bristol?

You will learn and work with staff involved in the latest research, gaining in-depth knowledge from experts working at the forefront of the subject.

Our courses provide you with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and their application, emphasising rigour and practical relevance.

Project work is central: you will work in teams on real-world applications and in your final year you will focus on a substantial project, either as an individual or as a group.

We work closely with industry, enabling you to gain knowledge from leading companies, including working with industrial mentors and the opportunity to spend time with them on internships.

Choice and discovery underpin our courses. You design your degree around a set of core units, complementing these with choices selected from a diverse and expanding set of optional units.

We value enterprise and creativity and we give you opportunities to excel in a range of areas, from social enterprise projects to starting your own business. The department awards several dozen industry-sponsored prizes each year to exceptional students. Each year we have several real-world, client-led products developed and released by students taking the Software Product Engineering unit in the second year.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

Our degree courses are especially suited to creative and mathematical students with a strong interest in working in a fast-moving, demanding and rewarding profession.

You will have problem-solving skills and will enjoy learning the detail of how things work, as well as the innovation required to make them better. You will be hard-working, enjoy a challenge, and desire a varied degree with direct relevance to many areas of society.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, group work and online resources. Independent study is also expected, combining lecture notes with textbooks and other materials.

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will follow your progress and give you advice throughout your degree.

Assessment is by exams, coursework and project work throughout each academic year.

What are my career prospects?

Computing provides a route into many different career paths giving our graduates a wide range of options for the kind of work they go on to do. Our courses provide a balance between cutting-edge topics and technical and transferable skills, such as teamwork, communication and entrepreneurship.

Many of our students apply their knowledge by starting their own companies, supported by the department. Bristol graduates are highly regarded, not only by computer-related employers such as Google and Cisco, but also in other industry sectors by firms such as Amazon and Bloomberg.

Read more about what students from Computer Science go on to do after graduation.


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