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Computer Science

Computer Science BSc (Hons)

Computer scientists are integral to modern life, from automating production lines to being the brains behind our smart phones.


G400 BSc/CpS

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Course overview

Accredited Foundation year Work placement

Computing and cyber security courses

Learn more about our courses in computing and cybersecurity.

Computer science skills are in high demand across industries including financial organisations, software houses, communications companies, data warehouses, multinational companies, governmental agencies, computer games, manufacturing and healthcare.

You study programming, mobile development, network management, systems security, and artificial intelligence systems, and develop skills in data processing, storage, and data transmission.

Top reasons to study computer science at Teesside

  • British Computer Society (BCS) academic membership: get free BCS membership to accelerate your career path with CV builder tools, e-learning courses, mentorships programmes, jobs boards and volunteering opportunities.
  • Industry links: work on live industry briefs, competitions and hackathons with companies including Cisco, Cubic Transportation Systems, Sage, TUI, Atombank, HMRC and Waterstons.
  • State-of-the-art facilities: learn in industry-standard computing labs with specialist equipment used to undertake development projects and build innovative prototypes.
  • Career-ready: our ExpoSeries of events allow you to showcase your skills to industry professionals who are seeking to recruit new and rising talent.
  • Graduate success: 90% of BSc (Hons) Computer Science graduates were in work and/or study 15 months after the course (Graduate Outcomes survey 2018-2020,

This course is also offered at our Teesside University London campus. Please note, the structure, content and delivery model is different, visit for full details.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Algorithmic Problem Solving

Learn about the maths, algorithms and data structures that are essential for computer science and computer games – putting first principles into an applied context.

This module is closely linked to our programming modules and prepares you with essential, transferable problem-solving skills.

This is a 30-credit module.

Object-oriented Programming

You consider key aspects of the software development process - designing solutions, writing application code, developing documentation and formal approaches to testing. And you develop the essential skills you need to develop software applications such as following best practices used by industry and the wider programming community.

This is a 30-credit module.

Secure Computers and Networks

Cover a full range of computer and network security issues. Study systematic approaches to managing security risks, identification and authentication, elementary cryptography, network technology and relevant security issues. Learn about the basic network technology including deploying routers, switches, firewalls, cabling and servers as well as communication protocols and topologies. And understand how they're used and how they function in the real world.

This is a 30-credit module.

Systems Design and Databases

To produce a successful, robust, user-friendly system or application, you need to start by analysing your stakeholders’ requirements and developing a detailed design.

Study the concepts and techniques of analysing and designing systems. Then you can break down and simplify complex systems, and represent them visually using industry-standard approaches. In industry, these visual models are used to communicate designs to developers and stakeholders before implementation.

You study other techniques to design and implement relational databases as part of an information system. Using data-modelling techniques, you learn to define how the system stores data and interacts with it.

This module has a strong emphasis on professional practice and transferrable practical skills, such as communicating design, structuring workflows with process models and gathering requirements - this provides you with some of the essential skills you need in industry.

This is a 30-credit module.


Year 2 core modules

Artificial Intelligence

Cognitive technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), are increasingly being used to solve business problems. AI is concerned with understanding and building intelligent entities – machines that can compute how to act effectively and safely in new situations.

You are introduced to AI, discussing real-world applications and its transformative power in our daily life. You consider the fundamental concepts of AI, common frameworks used in analysing and designing intelligent systems, using generic algorithms to implement these systems and major problem-solving techniques. You develop knowledge to understand how to address AI problems, studying a range of AI techniques, applications and developing solutions.

You learn about popular AI applications, including game design, virtual agents and robotics. And you consider the benefits of using AI, such as how to enhance efficiency, productivity and reduce costs.

This is a 30-credit module.

Enterprise Project

You develop a solution, proposal, product or service in response to an enterprise challenge set by industry partners or business clients.

Working in small teams, you determine the project aims, objectives, roles, tasks, deliverables, schedules and documentation. You take a professional approach, informed by innovative industry practice, to deliver a successful project that meets the set challenge.

You develop a solution, proposal, product or service, pitching it to academics and industry experts. You reflect on the project process as a whole and review sustainability, diversity, ethical and legal issues, and evaluate team members’ performance.

This is a 30-credit module.

Relational and NoSQL Databases

Learn how to design and implement database applications to meet business needs using industry-standard database technologies. Use a case study to follow the system development lifecycle, and develop a server database application for a real-world scenario. Explore rational and NoSQL database technologies to design and build solutions.

This is a 30-credit module.

Web Apps and Services

Design and construct web applications and web services, and understand the role they play in the architecture of enterprise-style software systems.

Compared to traditional static sites, web applications serve dynamic content or fully asynchronous single-page applications to bring the web alive. Web services use industry-standard interfaces to make their capabilities reusable by third parties, particularly apps running on mobile devices. These technologies are the cornerstone of the modern web.

Explore the underlying technologies of how the web works and investigate how to use professional tools to construct web apps and web services. Study the principles, patterns, libraries, frameworks and techniques to engineer good-quality software components ready to use in enterprise-style software system architectures. Build on and extend your previous programming experience, and knowledge and understanding of data modelling and persistence.

This is a 30-credit module.


Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

You gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment, including communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits include:

· improved job prospects
· enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
· a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
· a better degree classification
· a richer CV
· a year's salary before completing your degree
· experience of workplace culture
· the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.


Final-year core modules

Applied Machine Learning

Machine learning is an important part of artificial intelligence learning to adapt to unforeseen circumstances.

Machine learning draws from statistics and probability theory as the fundamental task is to make inferences from data samples. It's essential to have contributions from other areas of computer science to represent efficient tasks, learning algorithms and inference procedures.

You're exposed to a range of tasks and techniques in machine learning. And you get a practical introduction to neural networks, investigating their use in deep learning.

This is a 30-credit module.

Cloud-native DevOps

Cloud computing enables companies to avoid the infrastructure and maintenance costs associated with buying and running their own dedicated hardware and software platforms. Moving software and software development to the cloud creates new challenges and opportunities for software developers.

You explore cloud-native software architectures, use cloud-based platforms and infrastructures, and study professional DevOps practices used to develop and deploy complete software systems.

This is a 30-credit module.

Computing Project

Produce a substantial artefact related to the computing field, and write a report and commented walk-through video, with supervision from our academic staff.

You are guided to develop your work-discipline and your professional outlook. Taking full responsibility for your project, carry out an in-depth exploration of a chosen subject area that demonstrates your ability to scope the project, plan, research, analyse, synthesise, and creatively apply and execute what you've already studied. Consider its risks, security and sustainability as well as the legal, social, ethical, equality, diversity and inclusion issues.

You develop your professional skills in time management, communication, problem solving and critical thinking.

This is a 60-credit module.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through lectures, seminars and practical sessions.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through coursework assignments, project reports and formal exams.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

96-112 points plus maths GCSE grade 4, Level 2 Key Skills (Application of Number) or Level 2 Functional Skills.

If you have Level 4 credits in a related subject from previous study, then credit transfer towards your new course may be possible.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS tariff calculator. If your qualifications are not listed, contact our admissions team as we may accept alternatives.

We may also be able to help you meet the entry requirements through our Winter and Summer University modules.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

There are varied job roles available to computer science graduates including IT consultant, information systems manager, systems analyst, software developer, computer network architect, web developer, and IT project manager.

Our graduates have secured jobs in organisations including IBM, Amazon, Schlumberger, Ordnance Survey, Codemasters, npower, Cisco, HMRC, NHS, Traceco and Clicksco.

The optional work placement year allows you to keep up-to-date with the latest technical developments and techniques. Our students have been placed in organisations such as Dupont, Accenture, General Electric, Nissan, Nicander, Red Embedded, Microsoft, Intel, Thomson Reuters, Glaxo Smith Kline and GCHQ.


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Professional accreditation

bcs Accredited Degree

This degree is accredited by British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT, demonstrating a mark of assurance that the course meets the BCS standards. An accredited degree entitles you to professional membership of BCS, which is an important part of the criteria for achieving Chartered IT Professional status through the Institute. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised internationally.

Other course routes

Foundation year

Study this course with a foundation year if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1.

BSc (Hons) Computer Science (with Foundation Year)

Work placement

Study this course with an optional work placement year, at no extra cost. Alongside this, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.

Work placements


Entry to 2024/25 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: G400 BSc/CpS
  • Start date: September or January
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS



2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: Up to 6 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Start date: September
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