Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Our year in industry programme with a specialism in distributed and networked systems will give you a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and practical experience to kickstart your career. Your work placement will give you skills and awareness that can only be acquired in a real work environment, and will help to set you apart from other candidates when you apply for a job. Distributed and networked systems underpin the proliferation of sophisticated, software'enabled systems that are changing the way we live in the 21st century, from the sensor and actuator networks that connect up cities, to cyber'physical systems, patient'centred healthcare and disaster'recovery systems, to name just a few. This brand new specialist pathway in computer science will give you the knowledge and practical experience you need to achieve your career ambitions. It has been designed in consultation with industry, to help propel you to the forefront of creating and maintaining the distributed systems and networks of the future.

In years 1, 2 and 4 we cover the essentials of computing and application development, from programming to software engineering, databases to web development, computer graphics to robotics, and the latest in information security, whilst focusing on topics relating to distributed and networked systems. You will learn from leading researchers in the field and the programme’s modular structure gives you the flexibility to choose between optional modules in years 2 and 4. From the outset you be experimenting with programming games, robots, Gadgeteer kits, Subversion, JUnit testing, Scrum'based Agile software and more, in our well'equipped laboratories. Your year in industry will start at the end of year 2. We are ideally located in the famous M4 corridor, known as 'England's Silicon Valley', and we enjoy close links with many of its leading technology companies. If you are unable to go ahead with your placement for any reason, you will have the option of transferring onto our equivalent three'year BSc programme.

We are a highly respected, research'focused department with a friendly approach and award'winning teaching. We offer a summer work placement programme and a dedicated personal adviser to guide you through your studies. You will also be welcome to join our thriving Computing Society. We are one of only seven departments in the UK to hold the Athena SWAN bronze award for our commitment to increasing female participation in computer science. You will graduate with a strong knowledge of distributed and networked computing theories and methodologies, and a wealth of transferrable skills such as advanced IT skills, team working, communication, time management and self'motivation.

+ Gain skills and experience in artificial intelligence that can only be acquired in the real world of work, during a supervised year in industry.

+ Enjoy a varied and flexible curriculum, informed by cutting'edge research and current industrial needs.

+ Join an elite department, ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Research Exercise Framework 2014).

+ 97% of our students said this programme is well organised, and 92% said it is intellectually stimulating, (National Student Survey 2015).

+ This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Course Modules

Our courses cover all the essentials of application development, from programming to software engineering, databases to web development, computer graphics to robotics, and information security. You will also explore the fundamentals of computing – what computers do, and how efficiently they do it – and learn about a host of advanced technologies, from computer games, digital sound and music, to concurrent and parallel programming, machine learning, bioinformatics, the internet of things, computational finance and more. Different courses such as Computer Science (AI) have the corresponding emphasis. For more information, see Course Finder.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £17,500 Overseas Fees