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Computer Science
Undergraduate course
MEng

Computer Science

International Scholarships available

Overview

With technology firms around the world crying out for talented and highly-skilled graduates, this course is dedicated to putting you at the forefront of computer science engineering and will enable you to graduate with a masters-level qualification. It aligns with some of the key themes of the increasingly influential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, which have been deemed a major priority by the Government in order to create a skilled workforce and a strong economy.

In a networked and converged world that's packed with opportunities, you will develop the skills to be able to solve computing problems in any industry. You will examine computer systems, understand how they work, the problems that arise and the implications of what companies are developing. You will also hone your expertise in emerging technologies and build your abilities in project management and teamworking.

You will study advanced software engineering, cloud computing, distributed databases, network management, converged networking technologies, industrial control systems, robotics, theories of algorithms, scientific computing and systems integration. Your studies will give you the confidence to be innovative as you work on the development, integration and control of unique systems.

We are committed to giving you hands-on experience that will help you stand out from the crowd and impress employers when you graduate. That's why you will be encouraged to undertake a paid placement during your second year - it will be a fantastic opportunity to gain invaluable experience without adding to the length of your study. In-depth study in your third and fourth years will allow you to critique your skills and ensure they are aligned to both your specific area of expertise and your career ambitions.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.
We have designed this course in partnership with industry, ensuring everything you study will be current and will reflect the latest trends in computer science engineering. Our teaching team has a wealth of industrial and research experience which will feed into your learning, and we also invite leading industry practitioners to deliver guest lectures and share their expertise.

Many of your assessments will be practical. You will give demonstrations and produce projects, reports and presentations that will help you link theory to practice, preparing you for life in the workplace. We also organise an annual event which will enable you to showcase your projects and innovative ideas with industry.

You will be able to put your knowledge and skills into practice in our state-of-the-art sand-boxed laboratories with full administrator access, giving you the freedom to experiment, design and control networks.

To enhance your practical skills, you will have the option to undertake a paid 30-week work placement (subject to availability) during your second year, something that really sets us apart from most other universities. You will be able to tailor your studies to relate to your placement, allowing you to put what you learn into practice straight away. This opportunity means you can graduate with a masters qualification backed up by significant computing work experience in only four years. Many of our computing students also go on to take up full-time positions with the companies where they spent their placements.

Many of our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). We also intend to seek BCS accreditation for this course soon (subject to approval).

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

90.9%
Student Satisfaction
Student satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2018

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Study abroad option
  • Real-life projects
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

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If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
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Careers

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Careers

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BSc (Hons) Computing

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Teaching and learning

Be prepared to work on current future technologies in industry by studying a combination of theory and practice. You will apply your expertise to real-time scenarios and application to problems in industry.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

Understand the core concepts related to modern computing systems, their operation and architecture. You will cover fundamental concepts of programming, object oriented development and look at how computers are networked and how they communicate.
Overall workload
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282 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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918 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
43%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
57%
Core Modules

Develop your skills in report writing and presenting as you enhance your understanding of many aspects of computer science, including software engineering, computer networking, digital media, AI, cloud computing, sustainable computing and big data.

You will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming, including variables and data types, understanding sequence, selection and iteration, basic algorithms, and structured programming and reuse.

Discover the stages involved in the development of database systems and acquire database modelling and implementation skills. You will also examine the ethical and professional issues associated with the database development process.

Gain an insight into computers, operating systems and networks - discover how they work internally and how they work with each other to provide the common computing experience with which we are all familiar.

Extend the basic knowledge of programming you have gained on the fundamentals module by focusing on the concept of object oriented programming and its associated design techniques.

Examine the principles involved in making information sharing possible, efficient and secure. You will gain an understanding of the techniques that networking protocols use to achieve successful communication, including error detection and recovery, multiplexing and security protection.

Further develop the core computing concepts in Year Two. Study the complexities of modern networks that support a range of converged applications. You will also study AI and machine learning, and engage in a team project to showcase your applied knowledge and teamworking skills.
Overall workload
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180 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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896 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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124 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
8%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
17%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
75%
Core Modules

Focus on advanced programming concepts and their underlying principles, along with professional techniques used during development of good quality software products.

Develop your knowledge of operating systems to a level that will allow you to support, administrate and even develop small parts of a live operating system.

Gain a thorough understanding of the various protocols and architectures that apply when creating modern day converged networks. You will learn about various quality of service attributes that apply in networks which support converged applications such as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).

Building on your understanding of digital security, this module will examine various security mechanisms, both physical and policy based, and give you practical experience of hacking and prevention.

The module will provide you with an in-depth and systematic understanding of AI, the principles of knowledge elicitation and knowledge representation, as well as principles of logic programming and reasoning. This will be followed with the application of logic programming in AI.

Further your professional and entrepreneurial skills by working within a small group to design, develop and present a solution to a real or case-study based problem.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Undertake a major team project in which your research skills influence the development of a team product. Many of your technical skills developed in Years One and Two will be appropriate foundations for the core modules in Year 3, such as your programming skills supporting the Developing Mobile Applications module and networking and communications supporting Cloud Computing Servers.
Overall workload
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207 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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993 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
14%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
32%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
54%
Core Modules

Investigate the architectures, platforms and techniques available to build applications for mobile devices.

Gain an in-depth, systematic and critical understanding of the current research on data intelligence and issues concerning data analysis and knowledge discovery. You will look at techniques for data analysis from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

Examine how to build cloud services and explore the technologies required to provide these to client side systems. You will study the established protocols that are used to communicate with server side software and consider aspects such as security and n-tier systems.

A team-based module, you will further your professional and entrepreneurial skills by working in a small group to research, design, develop and present a solution to a real or case study-based problem.

Option modules may include:

Extend your programming skills and knowledge to a more advanced level and develop transferable programming and design abilities which will permit you to confidently work within industry.

Focus on current developments, standards, tools and technologies within the area of internet application systems. You will learn to build professional web-based systems using a variety of current techniques.

The final level of the course allows the students to focus on a major individual piece of work in the dissertation. The networking and programming themes are also continued alongside the project management module which is core to all our master’s awards in the school. Electives again provide an opportunity to broaden out and allow students to follow their interests.
Overall workload
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126 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1074 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
24%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
76%
Core Modules

Undertake an advanced piece of research in a subject area of particular interest to you.

Develop the skills required to initiate, plan, execute, manage and sign off a project. You will focus on appropriate methodologies, standards, legislation and the nine core knowledge areas associated with project management.

Enhance your understanding of the tools and techniques used by modern network managers to collect management data, look for faults on the network and to identify diagnostic procedures that are on par with industry standards.

Examine the application of intelligent systems in everyday life and how they can be used to automate complex scenarios. You will look at prototyping of smart systems and the tools and techniques used to develop them.

Option modules may include:

Use a simple robot (Delta Robot) to learn about the fundamental principles of intelligent systems, autonomous behaviour, sensing and control. You will work practically with the robot and develop software for simple behavioural and reaction patterns.

Gain the skills and knowledge that will enable you to develop, implement, monitor and control an organisational strategy in order to achieve green objectives.

Develop a thorough understanding of mobile networks and wireless networking by studying a range of wireless networking technologies, different generations of mobile cellular networks and satellite telecommunications.

The module will provide you with an understanding of the new paradigm of service computing. It covers a unique set of principles that is used to create software which is designed as units of services.

Study the techniques involved in systems programming. You will look into the various approaches of design and programming modern day computer systems at a very intricate level.

 Kiran Voderhobli
Kiran Voderhobli
Course Director
Kiran's teaching and research interests are in the areas of networking and sustainable computing. Before entering academia, he worked in industry developing a bespoke secure Voice over IP (VoIP) solutions which created a secure cryptographic communications tunnel for voice and data communications. His most recent research was on including malicious signature detection into networking protocols to create a ubiquitous security system.
Our Computer Science course creates engineers geared to deal with future challenges in advanced and converged computing. Graduates from our MEng courses stand out from the crowd with a specialist skill set and expertise ideal for careers in computer science, an area where there is currently a significant skills shortage.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • All software used on the course if a student version is available

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Accommodation / travel / commuting costs incurred during any placements
    (Payments for these costs should be negotiated as part of the placement itself, or considered as any other normal outgoing while working would be. Placements are usually paid)

Course-specific optional costs

  • A laptop running Windows 10
    (Laptops can be borrowed from the university for free should you choose not to purchase your own and all computer labs at the university run Windows 10)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • All software used on the course if a student version is available

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Accommodation / travel / commuting costs incurred during any placements
    (Payments for these costs should be negotiated as part of the placement itself, or considered as any other normal outgoing while working would be. Placements are usually paid)

Course-specific optional costs

  • A laptop running Windows 10
    (Laptops can be borrowed from the university for free should you choose not to purchase your own and all computer labs at the university run Windows 10)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • IT Labs
    IT Labs

    The University is home to a number of modern specialist IT labs equipped with all the up-to-date hardware and software our computing students could need.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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