Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities for computer science with an excellent employability rate for graduates.
Our BSc Computer Science course will provide you with a solid foundation for designing the next generation of computational systems, as well as enabling you to analyse and resolve issues with today’s software programs.
You’ll be taught by academics at the forefront of their field and have opportunities to attend lectures from industry experts.
What you will study
Our BSc Computer Science course will develop your understanding of the concepts and principles that form the basis of computing systems.
We’ll provide you with the balance of knowledge and skills you need to design, implement and troubleshoot software and complex systems to a professional standard.
You may choose to take a Professional Training placement year, which will give you invaluable industry experience and opportunities to apply theory to real-world scenarios.
You’ll explore a wide range of topics including object-oriented programming, artificial intelligence, computer security and computational mathematics, using languages and tools such as Java, C++, Android, SQL, Python, MATLAB and assembler, and specialist hardware such as Arduino microcontrollers.
BSc (Hons) - BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
BSc (Hons) - BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.
BSc (Hons) - BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Computing skills are the foundation of numerous professional careers in many dynamic sectors, such as technology, business, finance, health and the games industry.
Our courses are designed to prepare you to work at the cutting edge of computing and its applications.
The combination of technology, industrial relevance and professional training we offer means that our graduates are among the most employable of any university.
Our BSc Computer Science graduates will be highly sought after for a wide range of roles, including within the software, consumer electronics, telecommunications and security industries among others.
Former Surrey students are now involved in many different fields, from software development and building simulation systems to devising IT strategies and managing organisations.
Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
- Software Engineer, Xceptor
- Computer Programmer, Stanhope-Seta
- Technology Associate, Morgan Stanley
- Forensic Data Analyst, PwC
- Technical Architecture Consultant, Accenture UK Ltd
- Analyst Programmer, Avco Systems Ltd
- Software Developer, ID Business Solution.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Teaching styles vary, from large group lectures to small group tutorials, computing laboratories and drop-in sessions for programming.
You’ll benefit from an integrated range of learning methods ranging from tutorials, case studies, projects and coursework, to practical and discussion classes, including the use of interactive voting handsets.
In the early stages of the courses, the methods of teaching and assessment aim to ensure you gain the relevant knowledge and skills.
The methods adopted in your final year are influenced by the need to broaden and deepen the knowledge that you have gained at the earlier levels and to develop the higher order skills that you’ll need as a professional.
This allows you to see that the knowledge and skills you gain on your course is relevant and being used in industry and research.
Year coordinators are also available throughout your period of study at Surrey, to help with matters concerning your course or personal life. You can discuss your exam results or options with them, or get any other academic advice you may require.
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
As a student at Surrey, you can also sign up to our free courses in the following areas:
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Other international qualifications
If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
We normally make offers in terms of grades.
If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
UK and EU £9,250
BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)
UK and EU £9,250
Professional training £1,850
- Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms.
- Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
- Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
- Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
- Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
- International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
- 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
- 50% in January of the same academic year.
The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.
If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.
Professional Training placement fees
If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.
See the information about 2019/20 academic year Professional Training placement fee.
Scholarships and bursaries
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You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Computer Science placements
The experience and skills gained on placement equip our students for success, and their enhanced job prospects are reflected in our outstanding employment record.
Many students continue working with their placement employers by basing their final-year project on work related to their placement. This results in a project with a strong industrial focus that can demonstrate their ability to apply their academic knowledge to real-world problems.
The Professional Training placement year counts towards the experience required for professional membership of the British Computer Society (BCS).
Every year, our students take up placements at a wide range of companies, in a broad variety of roles.
Companies that have participated in the scheme include:
- Eli Lilly and Company
- BAE Systems Detica
- Sky TV
- Sony Europe Ltd
- Avco Systems Ltd
- Nintendo of Europe GmbH
- Cisco Systems Ltd.
At the end of the Professional Training placement, many students receive offers of graduate employment from their placement employers. This lets you focus on completing your course without worrying about the graduate recruitment cycle - a concern for many of today’s graduates.
Applying for placements
You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.
Find out about more about the application process.
Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your professional training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With over 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
You may wish to spend your Professional Training year working in another country. Students on this course have worked at Movilitas in Germany, Pfizer in the US or Yokogawa Europe in the Netherlands. If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to gain valuable work experience but also improve in, or learn, another language.
It may also be possible to spend one semester of your second year abroad at one of our partner universities in the US (Central Florida), Canada (Brock in Ontario) or China (the Hong Kong Institute).
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.