Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You learn and experiment with contemporary technologies such as Web 2.0, distributed and embedded systems, and artificial intelligence. You practise programming games and robots in dedicated laboratories, where you can use all your imagination and creativity. You practise Scrum'based Agile Software Development using state'of'the'art tools in a team project, thus developing key skills that employers value very highly. Enjoy excellent employment prospects ' graduates from the Department of Computer Science have starting salaries that are amongst the highest in the country. You will have an extended project and take part in courses at a more advanced level than a bachelors degree in your final year. 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. Year 4: individual project; 3rd'year options not already taken; cyber security; data analysis; digital forensics; large'scale data storage and processing; on'line machine learning; programming for data analysis; security testing theory and practice; smart cards/token security and applications.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

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