1. 2016 Entry

Computer Science  BSc (Hons)

City University London’s BSc Computer Science course will give you a broad-based education in computing as a scientific and technological discipline.


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City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science focuses on how software and programming work can be used to solve real-world problems.

You will gain an appreciation of the foundations of computation, acquire an understanding of the structure of programming languages and develop the skills to use coding creatively in solving computational problems.

You will also acquire expertise in state-of-the-art approaches to a wide variety of technologies, learn commercially valuable skills and work with internationally renowned research groups, learning about the latest developments in computer science.

In the final year of the course, you will develop an individual project, either through working with the technology industries, working with a research group or through the realisation of your own ideas.

London’s leading Computer Science degree

This degree is suitable for students who are looking for a career with a comprehensive grounding in computing. A strong interest in software technologies is a requisite, together with a desire to understand how they work and are built. Applicants should be motivated to keep up-to-date in a field in which rapid and accelerating change is the rule rather than the exception.

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This course shares a common first year with the following City courses, giving you the flexibility to change course after a year's study if required (subject to approval):

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City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), exempting students from their professional examinations and offering a pathway to Chartered status.

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points or BBB from 3 'A' Levels; reduced offers may be available to some applicants
  • IB: 32 points, including 6 in all higher subjects
  • BTEC: D*DD - D*D*D* (IT/numerate subjects only)

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:


Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • ‘A’ Level
    • 360 UCAS tariff points, depending on qualifications. Or BBB from 3 ‘A’ Levels.
    • Reduced offers may be available to some applicants.
  • IB
    • 32 points, including 6 in all higher subjects.
  • BTEC
    • IT/numerate subjects only. IT (Software Development) preferred. Typical offers D*DD – D*D*D* to be considered on a case by case basis.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE English Language at grade C and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalents).

Other Suitable Qualifications

  • Access to Higher Education will be considered when combined with substantial work or other experience.
  • Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme in Computer Science. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, to include 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components.
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component
  • GCSE: English Language grade C.

English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
3 years or 4 years with a 1 year placement, or the Professional Pathway Scheme (combining the degree with 3 years of IT work experience)

Course Content

City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree focuses on how software and programming works and how it can be used to solve real-world problems.

As a BSc (Hons) student you will develop a systematic knowledge of computer science, in addition to:

  • gaining an appreciation of the foundations of computation
  • developing  understanding of the structure of programming languages
  • acquiring the skills to use coding creatively in solving computational problems.

You will also:

  • acquire expertise in state-of-art approaches to a wide variety of technologies;
  • learn commercially valuable skills;
  • work with our internationally renowned research groups, learning the latest developments in computer science;
  • develop a large individual project, either with the tech industries, working with a research group or realising your own ideas.

Course Structure

Year one

In year one, you will study six core modules:

  • Computation and reasoning
  • Mathematics for computing
  • Software engineering
  • Systems architecture
  • Programming in Java
  • Business systems.

A common first year syllabus with three other City courses offers flexibility, as you can make your final choice of degree at the end of the first year.

Year two

In year two, you will take a further six core modules and can choose to undertake a project. Professional Pathway students take the core modules over a period of two years.

Core modules include:

  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Programming in C++
  • Language processors
  • Networks and operating systems
  • Object-orientated analysis and design
  • Professional development in IT.

The course is available with or without a placement between year two and year three.

Year three

In year three, you will take core modules in theory of computation and functional programming and a further three electives.

You will also undertake an individual project researching and developing systems in an area of your own specialist interest. Professional Pathway students take these core and elective modules over a period of two years.

Elective modules include:

  • Adavanced programming: concurrency
  • Cloud computing
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer vision
  • Electronic commerce
  • Functional programming
  • Games technology
  • Human computer interaction
  • IT security
  • Project management.

Teaching and Assessment

During the BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree you will learn through a combination of lectures, case studies, seminars and laboratory sessions.

Project and group work aim to develop creativity and problem-solving and play a major part in the course. Learning is also supported by City's online e-learning system.

Assessment is by examination and coursework, although some components, such as the team project, are assessed by coursework alone. Your final degree classification is calculated from the second and final years, with weightings of 40 per cent and 60 per cent respectively.

Recommended Reading

You may wish to undertake some preparatory reading.

Barnes, D. and Kölling, M. (2012) Objects First with Java, Fifth edition, Pearson. ISBN 978-0132835541.

Sommerville, I. (2010) Software Engineering, 9th edition. Pearson.
ISBN 978-0137053469.

Lipschutz, S. and Lipson, M. (2009) Discrete Mathematics, 3rd edition. Schaum’s Outlines. ISBN: 978-0071615860

Note that module leaders may choose to use different or additional texts to the ones listed above.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.


As part of the BSc (Hons) Computer Science, you may gain paid work experience as part of your degree through one of our placement schemes:

  • One-year placement - these are taken after you have successfully completed your second year of studies; students work between nine and fifteen months on placement before returning to City to complete their final year;
  • Professional Pathway Scheme - this scheme is unique to City University London and offers you the opportunity to combine paid placement employment and study.

Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to:

  • Achieve a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
  • Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
  • Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

Careers include programming and software development and research-based careers in the IT industry.

Professional accreditation

City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), exempting you from their professional examinations and offering a pathway to chartered status.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Computer Science, including:

You can learn more about our computer science courses by visiting our Department of Computer Science.

Computer Science

UCAS code: G400

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When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


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