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This course provides a broad education in computer science. Graduates are well equipped to apply software engineering principles within organisations.


Study Computer Science at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This course is offered at the Magee campus by the Faculty of Computing and Engineering. If you are interested in computer software design, how computers communicate and how they actually perform their tasks, then this course is for you. This course will equip you with a varied computer science education based upon the development and improvement of your programming skills throughout. You will also learn to apply best practice in all areas of software development. After you complete this course you will have the skills necessary to pursue a career in computing in a wide range of commercial and industrial organisations.

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About this course

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The Computer Science course covers all the necessary skills you will need to be a computing professional, from idea generation to system implementation.

During the first two years you will develop sound programming skills and acquire the necessary capabilities to design, build, operate and maintain complex computer systems. The modules within the course provide an excellent platform for skill development through practical application. In addition, you are supported fully in your endeavours to secure employment during Year 3.

During the final year, you will get exposed to more advanced topics to consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the different roles in industry in preparation for future employment. Through your Final Year Project you will also gain practical experience in the planning, development and implementation of a computing system, which can be used to showcase your skillset to future employers.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


Four years, including placement.

Each student must complete 120 credits (usually six modules) in each academic year, with the exception of placement year (60 credits). Years 1, 2 and 4 are spent in the University. Modules are taught on campus and are web-supplemented. In Year 3, students undertake a year's work experience.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Mathematics I

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to fundamental topics in mathematics. The material develops the students' competencies in the essential mathematics that forms an integral part of an undergraduate honours degree in computing, games and electronics related subject areas.

Programming I

Year: 1

This module provides students of computing with an initial competence in the development of software through the medium of a modern programming language with facilities for both structured and object-oriented programming

Programming II

Year: 1

This module is a direct follow-on to Programming I. Students are introduced to more advanced features of both an algorithmic programming language and an object oriented language, and will be expected to acquire a higher level of competence in writing software.

Database Systems

Year: 1

The module covers the fundamental principles and theory of database design and provides practical experience in designing and developing database systems using a range of techniques, tools and technologies. It emphasises the important role of databases within an organisation and addresses the use of relational database management systems to facilitate the development of software systems involving large volumes of data.

Computer hardware and organisation

Year: 1

Differences in the internal structure and organisation of a computer lead to significant differences in performance and functionality, giving rise to an extraordinary range of computing devices, from hand-held computers to large-scale, high-performance machines. This module addresses the various options involved in designing a computer system, the range of design considerations, and the trade-offs involved in the design process.

Systems Analysis and Design

Year: 1

This module is devoted to the understanding of organisations as systems, the environment in which they operate and the processes they undertake. It provides the student with knowledge of the tools and techniques of modern systems analysis, essential to the creation of information systems. The module will also give the student sound knowledge of the analysing and designing effective systems in modern industrial and commercial environments.

Year two

Computer Networks and Operating Systems

Year: 2

This module provides an in-depth study of computer, communications and networks. This module will introduce the concepts and principles of computer networks to guide the installation and maintenance of modern, high quality reliable networks. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to learn how to configure and test networks, deploy network based software applications and resolve network infrastructural problems. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of basic skills in networking, and an appreciation for emerging themes that could impact networking in the future. Students will also have a basis for undertaking further development work/research in the area of Computer Operating Systems, a fundamental core and vital area of computing with a particular emphasis on the emerging networking systems paradigm.

Visual Programming

Year: 2

A large number of software have to be deployed on various platforms, and they have to provide a graphical user interface. This module will introduce the key concepts and principles of C# application development using Visual Programming and Event-driven programming techniques in the context of rapid application development of modern, high quality software solutions with Graphical User Interfaces. Programming for both pc windows and mobile platforms will form a core element of the module.

Object oriented programming

Year: 2

This module provides an introduction to object-oriented software development in C++. At completion of this subject students should have an understanding of object-oriented programming paradigm and appreciate the evolutionary nature of current object-oriented languages; understand the issues involved in implementing a system in an object-oriented language and realise how object-oriented languages impact on program performance, reliability and maintenance; and have mastered a programming paradigm and language relevant to current commercial standards

Algorithms and Data Structures

Year: 2

The module builds upon the expertise acquired in Year I algorithmic programming. Students are introduced to the classic data structures and algorithms that are used to process them, the specification of methods and classes and the measurement of algorithm performance.

Interactive Interface Design

Year: 2

This module introduces the principles and practice of HCI, ID and UX, such as design guidelines, interface evaluation, analysis and design techniques and tool support. This will enhance their ability to take a professional approach to interface development. This module will aim to give students a depth of knowledge of relevant concepts and to present a practical and pragmatic approach to user interface design and evaluation.

Professional Practice - Computing

Year: 2

This module enables students who have secured a placement job to complete a period of appropriate work experience in a supportive environment. Students will have opportunities to gain employability skills, reflect upon the applicability of their subject specific skills, and gain insight into the graduate job market. Students who successfully complete the module are eligible for the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI).

Professional Issues

Year: 2

The module prepares students for professional work including the responsibilities and obligations of employees, employers and clients as determined in codes of professional conducts. Students will have the opportunity to practise the presentation of themselves in, for example, application forms, curriculum vitae, interview and aptitude tests. In addition the module addresses issues such as intellectual property rights and defamation, data protection, computer misuse and other ethical issues related to working as a professional in the software sector.

Object-Oriented Modelling

Year: 2

This module investigates the concepts, methodologies and techniques used in object-oriented systems development, including coverage of use case analysis, static and dynamic system modelling, and the Unified Modeling Language (UML). The module will also give the student a sound knowledge of the contemporary problems of analysing and designing effective systems in modern industrial and commercial environments.

Year three

Research Studies and Project Management

Year: 3

This module is designed to equip students with the appropriate research and project management skills needed to complete a project within the Computing domain. Firstly, the module provides an underpinning foundation of research concepts, methods and techniques necessary for project development and delivery. Secondly, the different stages of the research process are demonstrated. Thirdly, the students employ skills developed during the module to create a set of project deliverables such as project plan and proposal, critically reviewed literature papers, literature review and project presentation. Embedded in all these activities is the reinforcement of the need for adhering to recognised ethical standards and taking a professional approach to carrying out research.

Final Year Project

Year: 3

Students are required to undertake an individual project during the final year of the course. Its purpose is to provide an experience of developing a software/hardware/engineering solution to a realistic problem. This work combines skills and knowledge acquired previously on the course with those acquired during the project. In particular, students will have an opportunity to (i) strengthen their competence in project management, in taking an initial concept through to a successful implementation; and (ii) enhance their communication skills, in producing a dissertation and defending the work.

Systems' Security

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an in-depth study of secure computer systems. This module will introduce the concepts and principles of secure systems. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to learn how to configure and test application and network security, deploy secure network based software applications and resolve security problems. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of basic skills in security, and an appreciation for emerging themes that could impact secure systems in the future.

Concurrent and Distributed Systems

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides a theoretical foundation in the area of concurrent and distributed systems. This is an increasingly important area of computing as these types of systems are now manifest in a wide range of internet/intranet based application domains. The module first covers the key theory and design principles and then provides a learning path for software development in this exciting and evolving area of computing/engineering. As a consequence it facilitates students to develop expertise in the core skills area of multithreaded, networked and web -enabled computer systems.

Software Engineering

Year: 3

This module is optional

The module provides the student with knowledge, understanding and practical experience of developing software systems using Object Oriented Modeling techniques, industry standard software development tools and technologies. On completion of the module a typical student should have a thorough understanding of the role and function of a Software Engineering professional and be empowered to practise their skills in an ethical manner in the software development arena.

Enterprise Computing

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module will expose students to the world of heterogeneous enterprise computing architecture with an emphasis on networked, distributed applications. This is an increasingly important area of computing as these systems are now manifest in a wide range of web based applications. The module first gives you an understanding of the role and function of the core technologies involved and then addresses the design principles required for developing enterprise computing applications. As a consequence, it aims to meet the needs of today's undergraduate students who wish to equip themselves with expertise in implementing enterprise wide computing systems.

Mobile Technology

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module addresses and develops key and emerging concepts in Mobile Software Applications Development and is essential knowledge for electronic and computer science graduates

Mobile Robotics

Year: 3

This module is optional

Robotics brings together a wide range of disciplines, from mechanical and electronic engineering, computer science to artificial intelligence and cognitive science. This module will introduce these foundations of robotics, presenting fundamental knowledge as well as advanced research topics such as robot learning, robot navigation, and multi-robot systems. The module will be accompanied by laboratory exercises to provide an appropriate balance between theory and experiment in mobile robotics

Intelligent systems

Year: 3

This module is optional

Having completed this module, the student should have an understanding of the research area of intelligent techniques. The module will address important implementation issues and describe the benefits of intelligent techniques in practical applications.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The GCE A Level requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including grades BBC. All subject areas considered.

Desirable Subject Offer
20 UCAS tariff point reduction and one grade drop (or equivalent) for those applicants offering desirable subjects at A level (Mathematics/Physics/Chemistry/Software Systems Development/ Computing (not ICT)). Applicants offering qualifications as an alternative to A-levels will receive the equivalent reduction when those qualifications include a significant proportion of mathematics, software development and/or physical science


The requirement for this course is BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with overall award profile of DDM to include at least 9 unit distinctions. All subject areas considered.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including B1B2B2B3B3 (typical grade profile). All subject areas considered.

Minimum Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Grade C3 in English and Mathematics also required.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including AABCC. All subject areas considered.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including BBB. All subject areas considered.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum 27 points (13 at higher level). Grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of a Ulster University validated Access route with Overall 70% and 70% in Mathematics. Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.

Other Access courses considered individually, please contact the Faculty Office 028 90366305.


GCSE (or equivalent) profile to include minimum of Grade C or above in Mathematics.

The General Entry Requirements for English Language must be met. Please check the following link

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements


BTEC changes reflecting Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/ Extended Diploma can be viewed on the Equivalence of Qualification table online at:

Higher National Diploma

A HND at an appropriate overall standard. If in a Computing subject, advanced entry (year 2) may be considered. Please contact the Faculty Office 028 9036 6305 or email advice.

Any other subjects refer to the Faculty Office.

The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent). Please check the following link:

Teaching and learning assessment

Lectures are used to present theory and concepts, and are supported through a combination of tutorial discussion and practical, laboratory exercises.

Modules are either assessed by coursework only or by a combination of coursework and formal examinations (January and May). Coursework assessment is carried out using any combination of written assignments, class tests, presentations, and group assignments as appropriate to meet the learning outcomes of each module.

Exemptions and transferability

Transfer between this course and other similar courses within the Faculty of Computing and Engineering may be possible on the basis of academic performance and availability of places.

Exemption from parts of the course may be considered based on appropriate performance in a related, designated course or other approved experiential learning (APEL).

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Computer science graduates have many career opportunities available to them, for example in developing new software, in project management, in systems analysis, in planning and technical management, or in information and database management environments. Skills developed in the course will always be in strong demand, as virtually every modern enterprise needs increasing numbers of computer-literate graduates.

Opportunities for postgraduate study in computing, engineering or related areas are substantial. The course has been designed to enable students who graduate with a good honours degree to apply for postgraduate study towards a PhD, MSc, MRes or other higher qualification.

Work placement / study abroad

All students normally spend one year on industrial placement (Year 3) working in some aspect of the software industry for a minimum period of 25 weeks. On satisfactory completion of the placement period you are eligible for the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP). Students who complete their industrial placement abroad receive the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (International).

Alternatively, students may apply to study abroad in another academic institution for a year. Satisfactory completion leads to the award of Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS).

Professional recognition

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Academic profile

Members of the teaching team are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and Members of the industry professional body - the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Through their research, knowledge transfer and placement activities, teaching staff are also actively engaged with the local software and IT industry, and many modules on the course are directly informed by staff research activities.


How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The Faculty prize list is available at:

Follow the links to the Faculty of Computing and Engineering.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


For admission related queries please contact:

Mrs Mairin Nicell, Courses' Coordinator

T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5700



Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305