Published: 26 May 2020

Five reasons to study computer science at Surrey

What makes our computer science degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ success? Here we reveal five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your computer science degree.

Computer science students
Students working in one of Surrey's well-equipped computer labs.
1. Fantastic work placement opportunities

Over half of our computer science students take advantage of our renowned Professional Training placement programme which enables them to get a year’s valuable work experience with a company like:

  • Sky TV
  • Sony Europe
  • IBM
  • Cisco Systems.

See student Balraj Panesar’s placement experience in 5 pics at Accenture.

Read more about our students’ placement experiences.

2. Teaching informed by research

Surrey’s Department of Computer Science is at the forefront of research in areas such as:

Our research directly informs our teaching, and you’ll learn about it at first hand from the internationally-recognised academics who are leading the way in these fields.

3. Get involved outside your course

We encourage you to ‘go the extra mile’ and explore areas you find particularly fascinating. Many of our students decide to do a summer internship within the Department which enables them to get involved in a research project, sometimes funded by industry or government.

There are also opportunities to take part in industry-sponsored hackathons and enter prestigious competitions. Read about student Darina Georgieva’s success in the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Award.

4. Great job opportunities

Our students gain a combination of technical and professional skills that means they’re in high demand across numerous sectors including technology, business, finance, transport, health and the games industry. Recent graduates are now in roles such as:

  • Software Engineer at Xceptor
  • Forensic Data Analyst at PwC
  • Technology Associate at Morgan Stanley.
5. Explore cutting-edge topics

At Surrey you’ll learn about the latest developments in:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile computing
  • Machine learning
  • Computer security
  • Modern software engineering technologies
  • Distributed system and blockchain
  • Formal verification.


Discover our courses in computer science.

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