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Computer Science with Management BSc

This programme will not be available for entry in September 2018
UCAS code G4N2
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length 3 years full time
Department Computer Science »
Management »

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).

Core modules

Year 1

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.

Management: Accounting

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.

Year 2

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

Year 3

Computer Science: Individual Project

Management: International Management - Business in Context

Management: International Management - Leadership and Innovation

Optional modules

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.

Year 1

Only core modules are taken

Year 2

Computer Science: Systems Programming

Computer Science: Robotics

Computer Science: Human-Computer Interaction

Computer Science: Operating Systems

Year 3

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.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels AAB-ABB 
Required/preferred subjects

Required subject: either Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science or Mathematics
                                                                                                      The offer given will take into consideration:
• Subjects taken at A-level
• The educational context in which academic achievements have been gained
• Whether the Extended Project Qualification is being taken.

At least five GCSE passes at grade A*-C, including English and Mathematics. For applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma, a grade B in Mathematics is required. 

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level including Maths, Computer Science or Physics, with a minimum of 32 points overall 
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject (with significant programming content) and at least B in GCSE Maths 
BTEC National Diploma Distinction, Distinction plus an A2 grade B in Maths or Physics or Computing 
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Distinction plus A2 grades B, B including Maths or Physics or Computing 
Welsh Baccalaureate Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core. 
Scottish Advanced Highers AB including Maths or Physics or Computing (only acceptable when combined with the required Scottish Higher grades as published) 
Scottish Highers AABBB (only acceptable when combined with the required Scottish Advanced Higher grades as published) 
Irish Leaving Certificate H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 including H3 in Maths or H3 in Physics 
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit 

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
IELTS - 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each subscore. For equivalencies, see here

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. Royal Holloway offers an International Foundation Programme and pre-sessional English language courses, allowing students to further develop their study skills and English language before starting their undergraduate degree.

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

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*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.

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