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Computer Science (Distributed and Networked Systems) with a Year in Industry

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Computer Science (Distributed and Networked Systems) with a Year in Industry

  • UCAS code G4T7
  • Option 4 years full time
  • Year of entry 2018

The course

Our year in industry programme with a specialism in distributed and networked systems will give you a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and practical experience to kickstart your career. Your work placement will give you skills and awareness that can only be acquired in a real work environment and will help to set you apart from other candidates when you apply for a job. Distributed and networked systems underpin the proliferation of sophisticated, software-enabled systems that are changing the way we live in the 21st century, from the sensor and actuator networks that connect up cities, to cyber-physical systems, patient-centred healthcare and disaster-recovery systems, to name just a few. This brand new specialist pathway in computer science will give you the knowledge and practical experience you need to achieve your career ambitions. It has been designed in consultation with industry, to help propel you to the forefront of creating and maintaining the distributed systems and networks of the future.

In years 1, 2 and 4 you will cover the essentials of computing and application development, from programming to software engineering, databases to web development, computer graphics to robotics, and the latest in information security, whilst focusing on topics relating to distributed and networked systems. You will learn from leading researchers in the field and the programme’s modular structure gives you the flexibility to choose between optional modules in years 2 and 4. From the outset you be experimenting with programming games, robots, Gadgeteer kits, Subversion, JUnit testing, Scrum-based Agile software and more, in our well-equipped laboratories. Your year in industry will start at the end of year 2. We are ideally located in the famous M4 corridor, known as 'England's Silicon Valley', and we enjoy close links with many of its leading technology companies. If you are unable to go ahead with your placement for any reason, you will have the option of transferring onto our equivalent three-year BSc programme.

We are a highly respected, research-focused department with a friendly approach and award-winning teaching. We offer a summer work placement programme and a dedicated personal adviser to guide you through your studies. You will also be welcome to join our thriving Computing Society. We are one of only seven departments in the UK to hold the Athena SWAN bronze award for our commitment to increasing female participation in computer science. We are also ideally located in the famous M4 corridor and enjoy close links with many of its leading technology companies. If you are unable to complete your year in industry you will have the option of transferring onto our three-year programme.

  • The BCS has distinguished our teaching of Software Engineering as ‘Best Practice’.
  • You will be taught by staff with extensive industrial experience, three of whom are certified Scrum Masters.
  • You will learn to master the process of software engineering, from initial client meetings through to delivery.

in the UK for quality of research publications

Source: THE REF institutions ranked by subject, 2014


of students agreed staff are good at explaining things.

Source: NSS, 2017


of our Computer Science graduates are employed or go onto further study within six months of graduating.

Source: DLHE, 2017

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