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Computer science is the study of computers, computing systems and computational theory. Computer scientists can be designing and developing new technologies, solving computer problems and programming the software and hardware we use every day.
Today’s modern and connected world sees the use of computer science in everything, from the cars we drive and smart technology in our homes to airport security and genome testing.
There are many different areas of computer science you can study. Some fields of computer science include:
There are a number of benefits to studying computer science at undergraduate level:
Computer science is at the heart of ground-breaking technologies, from wearable tech and robots to medical advances that support doctors to diagnose patients.
Computers are part of everything we do, impacting healthcare, industry, trade, transport, communication, entertainment, education and security.
Businesses are dependent on technology and they will always need computer scientists who can drive innovative solutions to everyday problems.
Key players in improving experiences such as online shopping, delivery services, train timetables and fitness apps, computer scientists write new algorithms and help society move forward.
With a Computer Science department ranked 8th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020), Durham University is an excellent choice for an undergraduate degree in computer science.
New investment in state-of-the-art computing facilities and lab-based machines provide an inspiring learning environment. While cutting edge research is integrated into the curriculum, ensuring what you learn is scientifically, technologically and industrially relevant.
Courses are accredited by BCS – the Chartered Institute for IT, and many offer the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad. You will be taught through a mix of lectures, research-led teaching and team development projects. As a Durham student you can also join the University computing society, CompSoc, to meet students passionate about technology at regular meetings and events.
Studying computer science will give you a number of skills that will help you succeed in your studies and career beyond:
If you are thinking of studying computer science at Durham University then you can choose the three-year BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree. This broad degree teaches academic and transferrable skills, fundamental technical knowledge and applications of recent research. You will cover a range of modules that, in recent years, have included programming languages, computational theory, algorithms and computing systems. Additionally, this course offers the opportunity to study for one year abroad at a partner university.
If you need to boost your academic skills or English language skills before you start your degree, study at Durham University International Study Centre. Prepare for a computer science degree with the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering. This will give you the confidence and knowledge you need for an undergraduate degree at the University.
for Computer Science (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
I want to specialise in artificial intelligence because that’s the next big thing. AI is like a supplement. So the aim is not to replace human jobs, it’s to help them, to make life easier.
Arshjit from India
Studied International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering
Now studying BSc (Hons) Computer Science
Find out more about the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering.
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After graduating with a degree in computer science you will have many career opportunities. You could choose to follow a path directly related to your degree, pursue further study such as a Masters degree or take a graduate job that utilises your broad skillset.