Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Combine solid computing skills with the theory and practice of artificial intelligence. A strong emphasis on contemporary technologies such as Web 2.0, distributed and embedded systems, and artificial intelligence. Optional course units include graphics, security, bioinformatics, games and more. Our Computer Learning Research Centre is a major contributor to current research into artificial intelligence techniques and applications. Year in industry;students may choose to spend a year in an approved and supervised placement within the IT industry between their second and final year, at firms such as Microsoft, Logica, Unisys, Hewlett Packard and Vodafone. This degree has been accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT. This entitles you to professional membership of the BCS, which is an important part of the criteria for achieving Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.

Course Modules

Year 1: object'oriented programming; computing lab (robotics); computing lab (games); software design; internet services; mathematical structures; machine fundamentals. Year 2: software engineering; team project; algorithms and complexity; operating systems; introduction to information security; databases; computer graphics; robotics; systems programming; computer and network security. Year 3: individual project; advanced algorithms; advanced data communications; applications of cryptography; bioinformatics; compilers and code generation; compiling for embedded systems; computer games technology; computational finance; computer learning; computational optimisation; concurrent and parallel programming; data visualisation; embedded and real'time systems; functional programming and applications; fundamentals of digital sound and music; image processing; intelligent agents and multi'agent systems; malicious software; software language engineering; software verification.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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89% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 87%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 89%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 79%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 30
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 10
Unknown 5

28% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 70%

Total Coursework: 30%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation