Computer Science BSc (Hons) (Foundation) (4 year route with Carmel College)

Key information

  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: G408
  • Year of entry: 2023

Computer Science

School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science

Ground-breaking developments in computer science have revolutionised our lives. With a seemingly endless demand for new generations of computer scientists to develop apps, algorithms and systems that will continue this revolution, the career prospects for computer science graduates have never been better. Whatever your prior experience of computing, a degree from the University of Liverpool will unlock these opportunities for you and kick-start your career as a computer scientist.

Which degree

Computer Science is now a huge and diverse discipline and we realise that it can be difficult for students to decide upfront on the specific direction that they will take. Therefore, we give you the flexibility to tailor your learning to your own interests as they develop during your studies. You can either maintain a broad coverage of topics, or specialise by choosing from a wide selection of optional modules ranging from software engineering, big data and computer game development to robotics and financial computing.

Based on an extensive analysis of current employment opportunities, and in consultation with both students and employers, we offer specialisms in Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and Optimisation, Data Science and Software Development.

  • Artificial Intelligence is an exciting and revolutionary field of Computer Science, with cutting-edge applications in areas as diverse as intelligent robotics and autonomous vehicles, healthcare, law, climate change, and computer games.
  • Algorithms are at the heart of every computer system. Our Algorithms and Optimisation specialism will introduce you to the fascinating world of design, analysis and the optimisation of algorithms, covering a wide range of relevant areas from finance to information security, and from biological systems to social networks.
  • Many cutting-edge applications of Computer Science are now data intensive, and data scientists are in high demand. Our Data Science specialism prepares you to fill the looming employment gap in the field of big data analytics, especially in the context of the skills required with respect to the application of High Performance Computing capabilities to address large scale data intensive problems that occur in many fields.
  • Software developers bring system designs to life. Our Software Development specialism prepares our students to build commercial-ready systems in prominent domains such as networks, the Web, mobile apps and computer games.

All of our specialisms balance theory and practice, and develop the full gamut of technical and transferable skills that employers want.

Every student has a choice of:

  • Studying for either a three-year BSc or four-year MEng. The four-year MEng is an enhanced BEng programme, which means that you have an extra year to study advanced topics and undertake group projects based on the needs of industry. Computer Science MEng (Hons) is ideal for those students who wish to incorporate a stronger element of research into their undergraduate studies.
  • Exploring work experience opportunities via an optional ‘Year in Industry’. Spending one whole year employed by a host company, this popular option strengthens students’ employment prospects. Indeed, many students that take this option are offered permanent jobs with their host company after their degree.
  • Transferring to our MEng Computer Science with education with Recommendation for QTS. All computer science students have the option to apply to transfer to our MEng Computer Science with Education with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) degree after their second year of study if they wish to supplement their degree with a teaching qualification.

In addition to the core Computer Science programme we offer degrees delivered in conjunction with other departments.

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Ben Stafford

Computer Science BSc (Hons)

The lecturers, tutors and technical staff alike, are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Our lecturers teach subjects that relate to their research field and the research that goes on in this department is cutting edge. I really enjoy getting my head around the mathematical ideas taught in lectures, and I will be able to utilise and develop the skills I am learning here in any sector of the IT industry.

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