Computer Science

Computer Science is a dynamic, interdisciplinary subject with roots including mathematics, physics and electronics.

Bristol is a leading university for the study of computing, with internationally recognised excellence in research and teaching. We are at the forefront of breakthroughs in science, technology and mathematics, continually exploring new areas of research and drawing on this to inspire our teaching.

A concentration of high-tech industries in the region enables us to provide a range of student projects and work placements.

Why study Computer Science at Bristol?

Our courses will provide you with a thorough understanding of the foundations of the subject and will allow you to progress to advanced specialisations in a variety of practical applications, from artificial intelligence and robotics to cryptography and computer graphics.

Bristol is a research-led university, which means that our teaching is continually updated to reflect new advances. You will gain in-depth knowledge from people who are at the forefront of the subject. This is particularly desirable in a dynamic subject like computing, in which new ideas, techniques and applications are always emerging.

We work with many high-tech industries in the South West, providing many benefits for Bristol's Computer Science students such as scholarships, prizes and internships. Many students work with these companies on their projects and many of our graduates gain employment with them after completing their studies.

Engineering students at Bristol also benefit from a dedicated Industrial Liaison Office, which develops engineering-specific industrial links for students.

Bristol came top of the Russell Group universities for the study of Computing in the 2012 UK National Student Survey.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Our degree courses are especially suited to creative and mathematical students with a strong interest to work in a fast-moving, demanding and rewarding profession.

You have problem-solving skills and enjoy learning the details of how things work and the innovation required to make them better. You are hard-working, enjoy a challenge, and have a desire for a varied degree with direct relevance to many areas of society.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, group work and online resources. Independent study is also expected, combining lecture notes with textbooks and other materials.

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will follow your progress and give you advice throughout your degree.

Assessment is by exams, coursework and project work throughout each academic year.

What are my career prospects?

Computing provides a route into many different career paths. Our courses provide a balance between cutting-edge topics, technical skills and transferable skills.

Bristol Computer Science graduates are highly regarded, not only by computer-related employers, but also in other sectors of industry, commerce and by many professions.

Each year, many of our final-year students choose to exploit their knowledge by starting new companies, supported and encouraged by the department.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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