The global economy relies on the expertise of computer scientists. Information technology is now an essential element of effective business management, in organisations of all shapes and sizes. It plays an increasingly crucial role in their ability to grow, complete and meet customer demands. This three-year combined honours programme will help you to explore the practical power and potential of computing whilst equipping yourself with a solid foundation in the latest ideas and methods from the world of management. You will learn to apply your computing expertise to real-world scenarios and appreciate the impact of new technologies on business performance.
Our progressive curriculum is delivered by inspiring computer scientists and management experts and informed by input from business and industry. You will spend 75% of your time learning about computer science, covering all the essentials of application development, from programming to software engineering, databases to web development, computer games to information security. You will also study the fundamentals of computing – what computers do and how efficiently they do it – and we will introduce you to a host of advanced technologies in our well-equipped laboratories, from digital sound and music, to machine learning, bioinformatics, robotics, the semantic web and more. The programme's modular structure gives you the flexibility to tailor your studies to your own interests. In your management courses you will cover a range of generalist and specialist topics, from international business, financial markets, accounting and consumption, to strategic management, marketing and human resource management. You will also gain transferrable skills such as project management, time management, team working, planning, independent research and presentation.
Both departments offer friendly and supportive learning environments with excellent facilities and generous office hours. Our well established School of Management prides itself on its fresh and intellectually challenging approach to management research and education. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015/16. Our Department of Computer Science is renowned for the quality of its research and teaching and is one of only seven departments in the UK to hold the Athena SWAN bronze award for increasing female participation in computer science. We offer short-term summer work placements and a dedicated personal adviser to guide you through your studies. You will also be welcome to join our thriving Computing Society.
- Combine your expertise in computer science with commercial awareness and management skills that will set you apart.
- Enjoy a varied and flexible curriculum, with computer science modules making up 75% and management the remaining 25%.
- Learn from inspirational teachers in friendly departments where the focus is on small group teaching.
- Both departments rank highly for student satisfaction. (National Student Survey).
- This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Computer Science: Object Oriented Programming
Computer Science: Computing Lab (Games)
Computer Science: Internet Services
Computer Science: Mathematical Structures
Computer Science: Software Design
Management: International Business
Businesses face cross-border challenges that need to be taken into account when operating internationally. In this module you will consider the formal economic, political and legal institutions, as well as cultural, religious, and linguistic differences. The global context in which companies now operate in has evolved substantially over time, and you will see how globalisation, in its various facets, has changed the trade environment and foreign direct investment, influencing the internationalisation strategies of companies: why they enter a foreign market; how they enter a foreign market (on their own or with partners); how they analyse the associated risks; and how they negotiate with governments.
Management: Markets and Consumption
In this module, you will consider the relationships between markets and consumption, developing an understanding of how marketing can be seen as both an academic discipline and as a business practice. Markets are embedded within marketing, and the concept of ‘exchange of value’ is central to this. You will look at the role of the consumer as a stakeholder in an organisation, and you develop an understanding of how they make consumption decisions. Treating marketing as a business practice, you will assess its application in various marketplaces and see how it has penetrated all sectors of the economy (private, public, and voluntary / not-for-profit). In addition, you will learn about the sustainability of marketing practices in an increasingly globalised consumer society.
Accounting is referred to as the language of business. This module introduces you to the underlying framework and concepts of accounting and its role in organisations and society. You will develop an understanding of the basic components of financial statements (Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement), the procedures and techniques for the preparation of these financial statements, and an understanding of their purpose and value for businesses. You will also examine the principles of financial decision making, with emphasis on developing skills for analysing financial accounting information.
Management: Organisation Studies
The module offers a thorough and rigorous introduction to organisation studies. Organisation is analysed as both a ‘noun’ or entity (‘the organisation’), and as a ‘verb’ or process (‘organisation’). Within organisation as a process, you will be introduced to key ideas about management as an activity, surveying ‘classical’ ideas about organisation, conceived in terms of nationalisation (bureaucracy and scientific management) and humanisation (human relations theory). You will learn the ways in which these classical ideas reappear in, but are also modified by, contemporary organisations and look at organisational forms and contemporary management techniques (such as culture management, emotional labour, and charismatic leadership). You will look at Max Weber’s distinction of formal and substantive rationality and Anthony Giddens’ formulation of the duality of action and structure, as well as more generic notions from the discipline, in particular the distinction and inter-relationship of formal and informal organisation. You will gain an oversight of micro-, meso- and macro- levels of organisation studies, with exposure to elements from psychology, social psychology, sociology, economics, political economy, political science and philosophy.
Computer Science: Software Engineering
Computer Science: Team Project
Computer Science: Databases
Computer Science: Algorithms and Complexity
Computer Science: Introduction to Infromation Security
Management: Strategic Management
Management: Marketing Strategy in Context
Management: Managerial Accounting
Management: Human Resource Management
Computer Science: Individual Project
Management: International Management - Business in Context
Management: International Management - Leadership and Innovation
In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
Only core modules are taken
Computer Science: Systems Programming
Computer Science: Robotics
Computer Science: Human-Computer Interaction
Computer Science: Operating Systems
Computer Science: Advanced Topics Seminar Course
Computer Science: Bioinformatics
Computer Science: Digital Audio and Applications
Computer Science: Computer Games Technology
Computer Science: Data Visualisation and Exploratory Analysis
Computer Science: Embedded and Realtime Systems
Computer Science: Software Verification
Computer Science: Compilation for Embedded Systems
Computer Science: Compilers and Code Generation
Computer Science: Software Language Engineering
Computer Science: Functional Programming and Applications
Computer Science: Advanced Data Communications
Computer Science: Concurrent and Parallel Programming
Computer Science: Machine Learning
Computer Science: Computational Finance
Computer Science: Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Computer Science: Semantic Web
Computer Science: Applications of Cryptography
Management: International Financial Accounting
Management: Consumer Behaviour
Management: Emerging Markets
Management: Asia Pacific Business
Management: European Business
Management: Corporate Accountability
Management: Globalisation of Work
Management: International Human Resource Management
Management: The Individual at Work
Management: Business in International Comparative Perspective
Management: Brands and Branding
Management: Global Marketing
Management: Strategic Management Accounting
Management: Strategic Finance
Management: Advertising and Promotion
Management: Clusters, Small Business and International Competition
Management: Business Data Analytics
Management: Digital Innovation Management
Management: Enterprise Systems Management
Management: Project Management
Management: Small Business Management and Growth
Management: Entrepreneurship Theory and History
Management: Corporate Entrepreneurship
Management: Innovation, Strategy and the Corporation
Management: Accounting for Sustainability
Management: Coporate Governance
Management: Responsible Entreprenuership
Management: Marketing Ethics and Society
The programme has a flexible, modular structure and you will take a total of 12 course units at a rate of four, 30-credit modules per year. Most of our individual course units are worth 15 credits each, so you could study eight half-units per year. In addition to our compulsory courses in each discipline you will be free to choose between a range of optional modules.
We use a variety of teaching methods and there is a strong focus on small group teaching. You will mostly learn through lectures, small group tutorials, practical sessions and problem-solving classes, supervised computing laboratory work, group work and coursework. Our programming and software engineering teaching is very hands on, allowing you to learn at your own pace, whatever your previous level of experience. You will also be expected to complete private study and revision, team work and independent project work outside of class time, with access to a wide range of resources including Moodle, the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility.
For lecture-based courses, assessment is usually by two or three-hour examination at the end of the year in which the course is taken. Many of our courses also involve an element of coursework, which might be examined through project reports, essays or oral presentations.
With expertise in computer science and up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills in business management you will be well equipped to launch a successful career in any number of fields. During your studies you will learn how to develop large and complex systems, solve technical problems, analyse data, apply logic and critical reasoning, and respond to changes in technology, as well as how to manage information systems, marketing, human resources, accounting, production and business operations. You will also gain valuable transferable skills such as time management, team working, research and presentation skills. Both our Computer Science and Management departments enjoy strong links with business and industry, which helps us to align our curriculum with the latest market needs and trends. It also means we understand what employers are looking for.
Our graduates are highly employable and have entered a wide range of careers, from network systems design, software engineering, computer analysis, IT consultancy and web development, to business management, marketing, finance, Human Resources (HR), management consultancy, retail, logistics, imports and exports, hospitality, event management, market research, teaching and more. They work for organisations as diverse as: Logica, British Telecom, British Aerospace, Microsoft, Amazon, American Express, Sky, Orbis Technology, Airbus, BMW, Ernst & Young, Estee Lauder, Network Rail, PWC, Proctor & Gamble, the British Council, the Ministry of Defence, the British Red Cross and the Financial Services Authority. Find out more about what some of our computer science graduates are doing here, and our management graduates, here.
You will have the chance to apply for a short-term summer work placement to gain valuable experience in the world of work. We also run jobs fairs and a short-term work placement scheme, and your personal adviser and the campus Careers team will be on hand to offer advice on career opportunities. We maintain strong links with our alumni, who can often provide additional advice, contacts and networking opportunities.
- Take advantage of the strong jobs market for computer scientists with business acumen, with opportunities across a wide range of sectors.
- Our strong ties with business and industry mean we understand the latest market trends and know what employers are looking for.
- 85% of our computer science graduates and 79% of our management graduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving (Unistats 2015).
- Take advantage of our summer work placement scheme and benefit from a personal adviser and careers advisers who will guide you through your options.
Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250
International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course
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*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.
**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.
***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.