University of Ulster 

B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science
University of Ulster – G401

4 year full-time course

Course Overview

This course is offered at the Magee campus by the Faculty of Computing and Engineering. If you are interested in computer software design, how computers communicate and how they actually perform their tasks, then this course is for you. After you complete this course you will have the skills necessary to pursue a career in computing in a wide range of commercial and industrial organisations; for example, you will be able to contribute to the invention of new computer-based applications or the creation of computer-based data processing tools. You will also develop skills in project management and teamwork.


Course content

Students study six modules in each of the first two years of the degree. In Year 1 subjects covered include programming, databases, systems analysis and design, mathematics, and computer hardware.

Year 2 subjects include algorithms and data structures, object-oriented programming, networks and operating systems, and human-computer interaction.

In Final Year, students will complete a major project and dissertation. The project involves the analysis, design, implementation, testing and evaluation of a substantial computer-related problem. There are optional modules to choose from including Mobile Technology, Enterprise Computing and Systems’ Security.

Work placement/Internship

In Year 3 students undertake a year’s work experience, and can choose to work in the UK, Ireland or Europe. Students can also study in the USA. These options lead to either the Diploma in Professional Practice (placement year), or the Diploma in International Academic Studies if the year is spent in study abroad.


Career prospects; Further studies

Graduates with computer science and communications technology skills will find many career opportunities available to them, in developing new software, as project managers, in systems analysis, in planning and technical management, or in information management and database environments. Skills developed in the course will always be in strong demand, as virtually every modern enterprise needs increasing numbers of computer-literate graduates.

Opportunities for postgraduate study in computing, engineering or related areas are substantial. The course has been designed to enable students who graduate with a good honours degree to apply for postgraduate study towards a PhD, MSc, MRes or other higher qualification.


Entry requirements

Irish Leaving Cert: Offer in range 280-300 UCAS tariff points at Higher Level to include grades B1, B2, B2, C2, C3. All subjects considered. English and Mathematics IO at minimum Grade C3.


Contact details

Faculty office: Jordanstown

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305

Course Director
Mrs Mairin Nicell
Tel: 028 7167 5148