Computer Science

Computer Science has a huge impact on the technology that is shaping our society and the way that we live. It is a dynamic and continually expanding subject in both its core areas and in its interaction with other disciplines.

Studying computing at Bristol gives you the skills and knowledge to influence and be part of this future development. Our courses combine the fundamentals of the subject with exploration of its many diverse applications. 

Why study Computer Science at Bristol?

You will learn and work with staff involved in the latest research and will gain in-depth knowledge from people working at the forefront of the subject.

Our courses provide you with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and their application, emphasising rigour and practical relevance.

Project work is central to the course; you will work in teams on real world applications and in your final year you will focus on a substantial project, either as an individual or as a group.

We work closely with industry, enabling you to gain knowledge from leading companies by working with industrial mentors and spending time with them on internships.

Choice and discovery underpin our courses. You design your degree around a set of core units and you can also study outside of computing, taking advantage of the diverse range of subjects offered across the University.

We value enterprise and creativity and we give you opportunities to excel, from social enterprise projects to starting your own business. The department awards several dozen industry-sponsored prizes each year to exceptional students. There have been twelve real-world, client-led products developed and released by students taking the Software Product Engineering unit in the second year.

What kind of student would this course suit?

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

You will have problem solving skills and will enjoy learning the detail of how things work, as well as the innovation required to make them better. You will be hard working, enjoy a challenge, and desire 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 giving our graduates a wide range of options for the kind of work they go on to do. Our courses provide a balance between cutting edge topics and technical and transferable skills, such as teamwork, communication and entrepreneurship.

Each year many of our students apply their knowledge by starting new companies, supported by the department. Bristol graduates are highly regarded, not only by computer related employers such as Google and Cisco, but also in other industry sectors, by firms such as Amazon and Bloomberg.

Read more about what students from Computer Science go on to do after graduation.

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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Download the Computer science leaflet 2017 (PDF, 286kB)


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