We offer a wide range of degrees in Computer Science and our broad curriculum gives you the chance to try lots of different aspects of computing science – such as games design, bioinformatics, and security – before deciding where your interests lie.
Our four-year Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Game Engineering) BSc Honours degree covers a broad range of computing science topics for the first two years before you specialise in game engineering in Stages 3 and 4. It focuses on the design, development and implementation of software that drives computer games rather than the artistic element of games development.
This degree enables you to design, develop and implement computer graphics software and applications on a variety of architectures including games consoles, graphic workstations and advanced 3D reality environments. It also allows you to exploit such software and hardware in entertainment, engineering, design and scientific visualisation.
The North East of England has emerged as a hub for games development over the past few years, making it an exciting place to kick-start your career in the industry.
The quality of the computer science study experience at Newcastle is recognised with an overall student satisfaction score of more than 90% in the 2012 National Student Survey.
We have a policy of seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all of our degrees, so you can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry.
Our existing degrees are already accredited and we apply for accreditation for all new degrees.
BCS is the chartered institute for IT. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.
Please note that students who choose to undertake a study abroad exchange as part of their degree do not meet the requirements for BCS accreditation.
The activities of the School's research groups play an important part in our degrees, giving you the chance to gain knowledge that is at the cutting edge of computing. We also have four research centres that further stimulate our research.
Teaching is through a combination of lectures (including guest lectures by visiting IT professionals), tutorials, and supervised practical work. Practical work accounts for a significant amount of your time.
Your practical skills will be assessed through course work, which includes team and individual project reports. Modules involving key transferable skills will be assessed through written and oral presentations. You will also sit examinations for some modules. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
We understand that you might not be sure which area of computing science you want to specialise in. That’s why we've designed all of our Computing Science degrees so that all students – regardless of which degree they are registered on – study the same modules for the first two years.
You can use this time to explore the subject and decide whether you want to specialise in a particular area or continue with a broad-based degree.
You can transfer between all of our degrees up to the end of second year. Transfer from a BSc to an MComp is dependent on your academic performance.
We put a lot of emphasis on project work to help you develop the sort of real-world business skills that will be invaluable throughout your university career and beyond, such as teamworking and project management.
All students take part in a team project in second year to develop a substantial software product. You also undertake a major individual project in Stage 3 combined with a dissertation. See an example of one of our undergraduate student projects on the School of Computing Science's website.
All of our Computer Science BSc degrees are available with a paid work placement. This extends your degree to four years.
Your placement provides you with the experience of seeking and securing a job, as well as practical experience and industry contacts that will benefit your academic study and longer term career.
We assess your placement by a short report and presentation, though the assessment will not count towards your final mark.
Previous students have found placements with organisations including:
Placement decisions ultimately rest with the employer but the School of Computing Science and our Careers Service will provide support to help you find employers and guide you through the application process.
We have strong links with a number of organisations within the industry:
UK and EU students have the opportunity to gain an international perspective on their subject by taking part in an Erasmus study exchange and studying abroad for one semester.
All of our students enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support their studies including:
Take a virtual tour of our facilities on the School of Computing Science's website.
Study at Newcastle and you will be part of the School of Computing Science. We are a friendly community of staff and students based in Claremont Tower in the heart of campus.
Our student-led Computing Society offers a range of activities throughout the year to help you meet people on your course, ranging from coding and gaming nights to events with key speakers from industry.
We offer three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees and four-year Master of Computing (MComp) degrees.
Employers are increasingly looking to recruit students with skills and knowledge beyond BSc level. Our MComp degrees involve a fourth year of advanced study during which you follow Master's-level modules from one of our MSc programmes related to your area of study.
The advanced nature of our MComp degrees means that progression is subject to you passing your second and third year exams with an overall average of 60 per cent.
Although the fourth year is taught at postgraduate level, the undergraduate fee level still applies for this year. Students who are eligible for financial support, including a tuition fee loan and living cost loan, will also continue to receive this support for this year. This makes it an effective way to achieve a Master's-level qualification without needing to apply for funding for a separate postgraduate degree.