Computer scientists change the world

Take the first step towards a computer science degree at Durham University

Computer Science at Durham University is ranked 8th in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2020 and 9th in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. The faculty helps students gain valuable industry-standard skills and learn how to solve real-world problems. Teaching and facilities are excellent, and a joint honours option offers students the opportunity to combine computer science with another in-demand subject.

Durham University International Study Centre offers preparation programmes to help international students progress to a computer science degree at Durham University.

Why study computer science at Durham University?

State of the art facilities

New investment in state-of-the-art computing facilities machines provide an inspiring learning environment.

Led by research

Cutting-edge research is integrated into the curriculum, ensuring what you learn is always relevant to the industry.


Courses are accredited by BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT). This reflects the faculty's high standards of teaching and exceptional research. 

A few of my grades were up not to par, and since I wanted to get into Durham University, that’s why I chose to do the International Foundation Year. The subjects themselves are quite helpful and also the teachers, because for Computer Science, you need quite a high level of maths and physics.

Arshjit from India studied International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

Now studying BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Prepare for your degree at Durham University

International Foundation Year

Study in the UK at Durham University

Take the International Foundation Year and receive the specialist  preparation you need to start an undergraduate computer science degree at Durham University.

Entry requirements

Find out about the academic qualifications and English language grades you need to start your pathway programme at Durham University International Study Centre.

Term dates and fees

Find term dates on the programme page. You can find information on fees, accommodation costs and airport transfers on our fees page.

Study in two locations

Queen's Campus Durham University

Start your journey at Queen's Campus in Stockton-on-Tees. Events, sports, restaurants and day trips make student life welcoming and exciting from day one. Set beside the River Tees, Queen’s Campus has an excellent range of world-class facilities but is small enough to feel safe and welcoming. Complete the International Foundation Year and achieve the required grades, and move to study your computer science degree in Durham City.

International Study Centre location

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