Ulster University London and Birmingham branch campuses
The overall aim of the course is to provide a broadly based education in computing systems that will produce graduates equipped to apply best practice in software engineering to the development of a wide range of information systems in organisations. This will enable graduates to embark on a professional career in computing with specific vocational skills relevant to local industry needs. The course will also help meet the industry’s current shortage of high-quality graduates in computing, particularly those with software development skills.
The BSc Hons in Computing Systems course recognises that software development skills need to be complemented with people and process related skills. Consequently, people, process and professional practise are important topics within modules of the course and allow the development of a broad base of skills appropriate to a software engineer.
The research landscape within computing in recent years has seen topics come to the fore on security and the role of artificial intelligence in society both of which feature in the programme.
This programme is also available as BSc Computing Systems (with Diploma in Professional Practice), which includes the option for a year in industry as part of a 4-year programme.
The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2020/21. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons
Response to Covid-19
Our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students. We have taken every measure, in line with Government guidance, to ensure continued access to learning.
As part of our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we plan to deliver this course combining face-to-face, on-campus learning, with online learning activities, continuing to follow Government guidance and social distancing measures as required. As restrictions ease, face-to-face opportunities will be increased as appropriate and it is safe for us to do so. Our plans are based on public health advice and robust risk assessments and will be regularly reviewed and updated in that context.
Please get in touch using the contact form above for the most up to date information regarding start dates.
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Grades CCC at A-Level, or international equivalent
Grade 4 (previously grade C) in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language, or international equivalents
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 with no component less than 5.5, or equivalent
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Graduates from this course have been successful in gaining full Membership (MBCS) of the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT.
Each module is assessed by coursework only.
A variety of assessment methods are used across the programme, including individual and group-based practical assignments and presentations, formative and summative class tests, laboratory logbooks and development of written reports.
You will be taught using a wide variety of teaching methods across the modules including lectures and seminars, totalling between 12-14 hours per week. In addition to your time in class, you will also be expected to engage in approximately 25-35 hours of self-study time per week.
You’ll be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry and research experience to demonstrate how to apply best practice in software engineering to the development of a wide range of information systems in organisations.
You will have access to Blackboard, our online learning environment, where you can access module resources and reading lists that will assist your preparation for classes and self-study.
Mathematics for Computing – 20 credits
Software Development I – 20 credits
Professionalism and Entrepreneurship – 20 credits
Systems Architecture – 20 credits
Database Systems – 20 credits
Human Computer Interaction – 20 credits
Systems Security – 20 credits
Software Development II – 20 credits
Artificial Intelligence – 20 credits
Systems Development – 20 credits
Networks and Communications – 20 credits
Dynamic Web Authoring – 20 credits
Project and Process Management – 20 credits
Data Analytics – 20 credits
Web Applications Development – 20 credits
Cloud-Native Development – 20 credits
Computing Systems Project – 40 credits
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Student finance is available subject to eligibility
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About Ulster University London and Birmingham branch campuses
In light of Covid-19, start dates may vary and these courses may initially be delivered online until a point where normal campus teaching can be resumed. For more information on intakes and delivery, please contact us.
Ulster University has strong links with industry and professional bodies to ensure that the University’s courses meet market needs and that graduates are fully equipped for successful, rewarding careers.
In addition to its 4 campuses in Northern Ireland, the University has a further 2 branch campuses in London and Birmingham. These branch campuses are run in partnership with QA Higher Education offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in professional and modern study facilities.
The courses at the branch campuses are validated by Ulster University and taught by QA Higher Education staff.
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