This interesting and challenging course combines hands-on development with the theories behind how and why computers work as they do. You will have full access to the University’s outstanding IT facilities, which include specialist networking laboratories. We provide professional-level developer software and advanced hardware through accreditations with Cisco and other major companies.
Topics include programming, software development, database systems, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity.
- Available as a 4-year sandwich course with a full year spent on placement. BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Sandwich Year received 100% Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018
- Member of the PlayStation®4 Academic Development Programme, which grants us the licence to Sony games console devkit hardware and software
- Accredited by BCS on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer
- Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional
- We have an integrative and holistic approach to the first year of our computing courses. You’ll be taught the fundamentals of computing alongside students from other courses in the School of Computer Science. This course structure allows you to easily change courses at the end of the first year, should a different computer science route appeal to you. For example, you may begin studying BSc (Hons) Computer Science, but then show a greater aptitude for cybersecurity and decide to change to BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics
Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions. Group activities, discussions are facilitated through the University’s virtual learning environment. You will be encouraged to develop independent study skills as well as work with other students on group projects.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also ongoing assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include coursework and exams.
This course has a strong emphasis on real-world learning that boosts employability and equips you to make a bigger contribution in the workplace.
Sunderland has a good reputation with employers and, according to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17, 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers). The top type of job gained by our graduates is ‘information and communication technology professional’.
In your final year of the course, you will undertake a major individual project with research-active staff. This adds to your hands-on experience and, in some cases, leads to a job offer that can be taken up as soon as the course ends.
Our graduates have gone on to become web programmers, IT managers, information analysts and software developers. Employers that have taken on our graduates include Sage, British Airways and the NHS. Other graduates have started their own businesses or become software contractors earning over £50,000 a year.