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St Mary's University

Computer Science (with a Placement Year) BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

UCAS code

G401

Duration

4 years

UCAS points

128 - 112

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A Computer Science degree where industry practice meets academic excellence

Immerse yourself in a hands-on curriculum and boost your employability. Our Computer Science degree focuses on real-world application and industry practice while covering topics like:

  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • cloud computing
  • cyber security
  • data analysis
  • software development
  • user experience (UX).

Specialist facilities

We ensure you have the tools needed to thrive. During your Computer Science course, you will access specialist resources and facilities, including:

  • high-performance computers
  • advanced software suites.

Expert teaching and support

You will learn from experts dedicated to your growth. Because we’re a small university, they’ll also offer one-to-one support throughout your degree.

We are:

  • 1st in London for ‘Academic Support’ (National Student Survey (NSS), 2023).
  • 2nd in London for ‘Teaching on My Course’ (NSS, 2023).

Study in the capital

You’ll study in London – Europe’s largest and fastest growing tech hotspot – and engage with partners, such as the Ministry of Defence and FIFA.

Gain extra qualifications as you study

With our Computer Science degree, you can gain added qualifications associated with:

Exceptional graduate outcomes

Our Computer Science BSc is hands-on. We focus on employability. As a result, 98% of Simmies are in employment, vocation, or further study within 15 months of graduation (HESA, 2023).

About the Placement Year

A placement year enables you to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between your second and final year.

It will enable you to:

  • apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
  • build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in
  • develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
  • get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job.

Support from St Mary’s every step of the way

Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and Careers Teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities.

Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the three year version of your degree programme.

Prins Butt

Subject Lead - Computer Science BSc

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Course content

Modules

The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Computer systems and networks

Mathematics for computer science

Programming principles and techniques

Database systems

Object-oriented programming

Web design and development

Entry requirements

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

128 - 112

GCSE

Grade 4/C or above in Maths and English Language.

We offer GCSE equivalency tests for those who need to improve their GCSE grades.

UCAS Personal statement support

Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Home

£9,250

International

£16,320

1100 during placement year)

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Scholarships

Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 60%

Independent study - 40%

*Contact time includes 42% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

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Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

On our Computer Science degree, you will develop essential transferrable skills like communication, flexibility, and creative problem-solving.

Contact our Career Services at careersnetwork@stmarys.ac.uk for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of undefined include:

programmingcyber securityforensic computer analysisgame developmentapp developmentdata management

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