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.

Why study Computer Science at Bristol?

At Bristol, you will learn from staff at the forefront of research and work on real-world projects with industry mentors in a department that emphasises rigour, practical application and innovation.

Our degrees provide you with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of computer science and their application. Choice and discovery underpin our courses. You design your degree around a set of core units and complement these by choosing from a diverse and expanding set of optional units.

Project work is central: you will work in teams on real-world applications and focus on your own individual project in your final year. We work closely with industry, enabling you to gain knowledge from leading companies, work with industrial mentors and spend time with them on internships.

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 a number of industry-sponsored prizes each year to exceptional students. Each year several real-world, client-led products are developed and released by computer science students.

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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 businesses, supported by the department. Our graduates are highly regarded by computer-related employers such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Logica and Cisco.

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


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