Three years full-time.
Four and a half to nine years part-time.
96 UCAS tariff points (or above)
Our BSc (Hons) Computing degree has been designed to provide you with everything you need for a successful career as a computing professional. At each level of this degree, you will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of different computing topics to create a degree designed to meet your specific interests and career aspirations. Module options include software engineering, web development, mobile applications, networking, cyber security, data science and artificial intelligence.
There has never been a better time to begin a career as a computing professional. In the UK alone, the demand for roles within the digital technology sector has increased by over 150%. It is also estimated that annually over 600,000 ICT jobs remain unfilled. This degree has been designed to equip you with the hands-on experience and knowledge relevant to industry allowing you to take advantage of this demand for highly-skilled computing professionals.
In the first year of the degree, you will gain a solid foundation in computing, web design, networks and programming. You will also be required to choose one optional module from a range of specialist areas including cyber security, data science and artificial intelligence. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to create a substantial product (commonly, a piece of software, a website or mobile app). You will also undertake the degrees core research skills module in preparation for your final year project and dissertation. In addition to this year's core modules, you will be required to choose two optional modules from a wide range of computing topics. During the final year of your degree, you will complete your final project and dissertation. For this, you will be assigned a supervisor who is familiar with your chosen topic. You will also have the opportunity to choose four optional modules from a further range of computing topics allowing you to adapt your learning towards your career aspirations and interests.
Throughout the degree, you are also encouraged to attend an extensive range of seminars and events provided by guest lecturers with backgrounds in technology, business and academia. These same experts often provide real-world briefs for module assessments allowing you to undertake a project specified by industry to meet an organisation’s real needs.
- A flexible computing degree giving you the ability to create a degree with your ambitions and interests in mind. You can choose from modules in software development, web and mobile development, artificial intelligence and data science, networking, cloud computing, big data and more.
- Access to AWS, the world’s largest cloud computing infrastructure. The same infrastructure used by leading technology companies such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Disney and Spotify.
- Access to world-class specialist laboratories at our newly built DigiTech Centre located at Adastral Park, home to over 140 high-tech ICT companies and BT’s innovation labs.
- Opportunities to work on real-world projects using the latest technologies.
- An opportunity to start your own business with the University of Suffolk’s Innovation Centre (IWIC) and gain guidance from business leaders and academics.
On our Computing degree, you’ll learn the technical skills employers want. As you progress through the degree, you’ll begin to develop knowledge and hands-on skills in areas such as cyber security, web development, programming, networking, cloud computing and more. After year two, students have the opportunity to enrol on a year-long paid industry placement.
“The University has a high reputation within the fields of technology especially in relation to the degrees it offers for programming and system design. There is also a clear emphasis on employability after graduation”
Karina Karushkova, Graduate
How will you be taught?
You will be taught by experienced lecturers who use their industry and research experience to demonstrate best practices, industry standards and innovative technologies. You’ll experience a variety of teaching methods including lectures and seminar sessions, totalling at least 12 hours of contact time per week. You’ll also have access to our virtual learning environment, Brightspace allowing you 24/7 access to lecture material and activities, both on and off campus.
How will you be assessed?
Throughout the degree, the emphasis is placed on students completing hands-on projects that they can later present in their professional portfolio to employers. A variety of assessment methods are used, including individual and group-based practical projects, quizzes, technical reports and presentations.
Have a question? Ask one of our second-year students, Richard. Richard is also a Student Life Blogger and uses the skills he's learnt on the degree to assist the university's Web and Digital Marketing team.
Our BSc (Hons) Computing course allows you to choose modules at each year of the degree that reflect your career ambitions and interests. You will have access to modules from cyber security, web and mobile development, network engineering, software development, data science, AI and cloud computing specialisms.
Our cyber security modules will prepare you for a career as a cyber security professional able to attack and defend the security vulnerabilities of today and tomorrow. Throughout these modules, we focus heavily on the practical elements of securing software, hardware and networking systems. We complement these topics with guest speakers, hackathons and mock attack scenarios.
Throughout our web and mobile development modules, you will gain hands-on experience with both front-end and server-side web technologies. You will also learn to create attractive and interactive websites and mobile applications. At all times, you’ll be using the latest in design and development practices informed by advancements in the web and mobile sector.
Our artificial intelligence and data science modules enable you to become an expert in this field by mastering analytics, visualisation, and governance of data. You’ll also experience the true power of artificial intelligence and big data. Whether you’re using data to predict fluctuations in the stock market or to locate objects within images, our data science and artificial intelligence modules are designed to prepare you for one of the most in-demand roles in the technology sector.
Software development and programming is at the core of many successful careers in the computing sector. Our modules in this area enable you to learn a wide range of programming languages and software development methodologies. You will also have an opportunity to develop a large software solution either for industry or a personal project of your choosing.
From the internet to satellite communications, improvements in networking technologies have changed the way we interact and communicate with each other. Students on our networking modules have access to our Juniper lab containing state-of-the-art networking hardware.
The invention of on-demand cloud computing has revolutionised the way we store data, develop software systems, and deliver technical solutions. Our cloud computing modules offer an exciting mix of key technology and problem-solving skills, which are essential for the modern cloud computing professional.
Upon graduation from this degree, students can progress into a range of roles, including:
- Cyber Security Expert
- Web Developer
- Data Scientist
- Mobile App Developer
- Network Engineer
- Software Developer
- Data Analyst
All graduates will also have the opportunity to start their own business within the University of Suffolk Innovation Centre (IWIC). Here, students will have access to hot desk space, networking and collaborative opportunities.
Fees and finance
- Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
- Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
- Full-time International tuition fee: £14,598 p.a
At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for.
* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.
96 UCAS tariff points (or above) CCC (A-Level) MMM (BTEC)
Applicants are also required to have GCSE English and maths grade 4/C or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.
Facilities and Resources
The majority of teaching on this degree will take place on our main Ipswich campus. This location was opened in 2016 and received a £5.5 million-pound investment in both the building and the facilities on offer. The top floor of the Atrium houses 4 high-end computer laboratories complete with industrystandard software and tools.
Specialist modules in data science, artificial intelligence and cyber security mal also take place in the DigiTech Centre at Adastral Park, which was unveiled by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal on 12th November 2019. A collaboration between University of Suffolk and BT, with funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), it has been established to provide training in cutting-edge digital skills for people looking to pursue careers in the nationally-important information and communications technology (ICT) sector, as well as fuelling high tech businesses who increasingly require access to a talented technology workforce. A regular bus runs from the University to Adastral Park (bus route H66) with the average journey taking only 15 minutes.