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Computing and Business (BSc)

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Course details

Please note, this programme is not available for September 2017 entry

Taught jointly by the School of Management and the Department of Computer Science, this joint degree emphasises the successful management of technological change in business. This is far more important than the mere introduction of computer-based systems, so the programme examines the management and organisational issues involved in the introduction and operation of information systems.

The teaching methods include those often associated with postgraduate study – for example, extensive use of case studies and active interaction with practitioners from the business world.

Key facts

Key facts about the course
UCAS code GN41
Qualification Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Duration Three years full time
Department Computer Science; Management

Fees / funding

Please visit the Fees and funding pages for the latest information about tuition fees and the different sources of funding which may be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Further information on making your application through UCAS is available on the Applying section of our website.

If you are interested in applying to Royal Holloway, why not arrange a visit to our campus to see for yourself what academic and student life is like here. The College runs three annual Open days which give you the chance to meet our students and teaching staff, and get a taste of what university life is really like.

Prospective students who receive an offer of a place are invited to attend a UCAS day, where they are shown around the department, given the opportunity to speak with academic members of staff and meet current students.

Entry requirements

Year of entry (select):

Year 1
Year 2

Typical offers - 2016

Typical offers
A-levels ABB including Maths or Physics or Computing
GCSE 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.   
English language
IELTS 6.5 overall with 6 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores, for equivalencies see here
Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level including Maths 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   AABBB at Higher Level including Maths at Higher Level or Physics at Higher Level
Access to Higher Education Diploma  

Other UK qualifications

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International and EU entry requirements

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Typical offers - 2017

Typical offers
English language
Other UK Qualifications Year 2
International Baccalaureate  
BTEC Extended Diploma  
BTEC National Diploma  
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma  
Welsh Baccalaureate  
Scottish Advanced Highers  
Scottish Highers  
Irish Leaving Certificate  
Access to Higher Education Diploma  

Other UK Qualifications

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Please select a qualification

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International and EU Entry Requirements

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The specific offer that will be made will be based on the strength of the personal statement.

We look for students with some aptitude for computer science demonstrated by, for example, experience in programming, or an A-level with an analytical component, such as Maths or Physics. An A-level in ICT is not regarded as being a sufficiently analytical subject.  

Applicants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications in addition to A-levels. Special consideration will be given to mature applicants, and we are happy to consider applicants with other qualifications, including QAA-approved Access to HE courses. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education.

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for further information on the entry requirements from their country and English language requirements.  Royal Holloway offers an International Foundation Programme and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their undergraduate degree.

We make decisions based on achieved or predicted grades, personal statements and references. More information on how your application will be assessed, and tips for your personal statement can be found on our Applying pages.


Why choose this course?

  • This course will enable you to gain an understanding of management in a variety of organisations and functions, and to learn how technology and business work together.
  • Join two departments recognised for their high quality research; in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 95% of the School of Management’s research and 99% of the Department of Computer Science's research publications were judged to be of an international standard.
  • The Computer Science Department offers cutting-edge course units on bioinformatics, information security, computer learning and computational finance.
  • The Management courses have a strong global focus, with 60% of students coming from an international background, allowing greater cultural awareness.
  • Gain a broad spectrum of transferable skills that can be applied in the workplace and enjoy excellent employment prospects.

What you'll learn

Each year you will take two course units (or four half-units) in each subject, including both core and optional units, allowing you to specialise in specific areas of interest. 

The Computer Science course is taught by leading researchers offering cutting-edge undergraduate course units on key topics in computer science, including bioinformatics, information security, computer learning and computational finance.

The range of Management topics covered in the course includes accounting, human resources, information technology, international business, marketing, production and operations, economics and business strategy.

Throughout the course, you will:

  • engage with leading-edge technologies
  • develop project management and presentation skills
  • learn by working on individual and group projects.

All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure. In the case of combined degree courses, this approach also makes it possible to change the balance of your subjects during your time at Royal Holloway.

See the websites of the Department of Computer Science and the School of Management for further information.

View the full course specification for Computing and Business (BSc) in the Programme Specification Repository

How you'll learn & be assessed

Teaching and learning is mostly by means of lectures, small-group tutorials, practical and problem classes, supervised computing laboratory work, group work and coursework. Students support and build on these sessions through private study, guided independent study and research in the stage three independent project.

The degree has a modular structure; most courses in Computer Science are valued at half a course unit, and students normally take 4 course units in total (i.e., 8 half-units) per year. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective, thereby offering flexibility and choice.  

For lecture-based course units, assessment is usually by two- or three- hour examination at the end of the year in which the module is studied. Many course units are also examined by coursework, and students complete assessed project reports and oral presentations as well as the final stage project report. 


Employability & career opportunities

Studying Computer Science at Royal Holloway will equip you with an enviable range of practical skills. You will learn how to operate large and complex systems, solve technical problems, analyse information and manage projects. You will also enhance your team working, communication and time management skills.

Our graduates are among the most employable in the UK and, in recent years, have entered many different Computer Science-related roles including network systems design and engineering, web development and production. Other graduates choose to enter careers with a management or financial slant. Our graduates have found employment at a wide range of organisations including Logica, British Telecom, British Aerospace, Microsoft, Amazon.com, American Express, Sky and Orbis Technology.  To find out more about what Computer Science graduates from Royal Holloway do, please visit the Department’s website.


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