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Computer Science (Distributed and Networked Systems)

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Computer Science (Distributed and Networked Systems)

MSci
  • UCAS code G4T6
  • Option 4 years full time
  • Year of entry 2018

The course

Distributed and networked systems underpin the proliferation of sophisticated, software-enabled systems that are changing the way we live in the 21st century. The implications for our global economy and societies are vast, 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 new specialist pathway for our undergraduate Computer Science students 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.

You will learn from leading researchers in the field, covering contemporary technologies such as Web 2.0, distributed and embedded systems, and artificial intelligence. This will be underpinned by a solid grounding in the fundamentals of computing and all the essentials of application development, from programming to software engineering, databases to web development, computer graphics to robotics. 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. Alongside core modules in all three years, you will have the flexibility to choose between a range of optional courses, according to your interests.

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 Computing Society, a thriving community of more than 400 computer enthusiasts from across the College. 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. You will graduate with a strong knowledge of distributed and networked computing theories and methodologies, and transferrable skills such as advanced IT skills, team working, communication, time management and self-motivation.

  • 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 fourth-year team project, you will run a start-up.
11th

in the UK for quality of research publications

Source: THE REF institutions ranked by subject, 2014

95%

of students agreed staff are good at explaining things.

Source: NSS, 2017

94%

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

Source: DLHE, 2017

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