The MEng Computer Science programme will provide the advanced knowledge that you will require in order to facilitate the development of computer solutions. The course focuses on applications in industry throughout, and it will ensure that you are able to adapt to any scenario that you find yourself working in after you have graduated.
The difference between this course and our BSc (Hons) Computer Science course is that, as well as specialising in more advanced topics, you will also complete a group industrial project. The MEng qualification is also well suited to students who wish to pursue careers in academic and industrial research.
The course will be a mix of theory and practical work in topics such as:
MEng is an integrated postgraduate qualification. While the entry requirements of the course are slightly higher than undergraduate degrees in general, you’ll end up with a postgraduate level qualification and a head-start in the job market.
You’ll not only benefit from the opportunity to extend your skills and develop specialist knowledge with the tutors, facilities and fellow students that you’ll have become familiar with, but, unlike other postgraduates, you’ll qualify for student loans to support you throughout your studies.
I chose to study Computer Science at Portsmouth because the University is well known for its high teaching standards, modern facilities and diverse culture. Applying as an international student, I was confident settling in would be pretty easy.
Hassana Sadiq, BSc (Hons) Computer Science
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In the first year we aim to supply you with the central skills and knowledge that you will need as a computer scientist. The areas covered will include programming, computer systems and networks.
You will specifically focus on the following areas:
There’s a selection of topics covering more advanced aspects of your first year. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in particular areas of interest, such as computer graphics, and developing web-based systems.
You will specifically focus on the following areas:
In your third year, you will specifically focus on the following areas:
In your final year, you will carry out a group industrial project utilising the skills learned during your course and your areas of interest within computer science.
You will also focus on the following topics:
**This course is also available as a 5-year sandwich (work placement)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
Here at the University, we aim to provide a lively and modern learning environment. During this course you will experience a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory and project work. While lecture classes can be large, the more personal approach of seminars and tutorials offer more one-to-one support from our expert academics.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
We assess you in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills including through:
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
Computer Science has grown from being a small subset of mathematics into a fully-blown complex discipline of its own. Even a four-year course can barely do the subject justice, but this one goes much of the way to prepare students for a long and successful career in the development of information technology solutions. We provide up-to-date course content and highly-interactive teaching; all you need to bring is commitment and passion for learning!
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A full range of industry software will be available for you to use in the computer labs, supported by multi-platform network suites offering a variety of operating systems. You’ll have a range of excellent resources at your fingertips including:
A one-stop academic help and support resource for all School of Computing students. Need help understanding your assessments? Want to talk to someone about your project or about that programming problem? This is the place to go.
Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
On graduating from this course, you’ll be fully equipped to take your first steps towards a career in the technical computing environment. Possible employers include multinationals down to the smallest computer companies including software houses, communications companies, data warehouses and many other types of organisation.
It’s also fairly common for our graduates to be snapped up by the employer they worked for in their placement year. Others continue their study at both MSc and PhD levels, specialising further in areas such as artificial intelligence, parallel and distributed systems, and healthcare informatics.
Overall you will be well qualified for many of the major computing graduate programmes or employment in varied fields of the computing industry.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
On this course you have the option to do a year UK or overseas placement with companies such as IBM or smaller organisations. This is a great opportunity to gain real-world perspective and exciting opportunities.
Our team at the Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) ensures you have access to a range of volunteering and work experience opportunities. We also offer support during your year-long industrial placements, and provide support for the different types of application processes.
Here are some examples of the roles our students have secured for their placements:
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
The course has really changed my life massively. Not many people can say that they've gone from working as a lifeguard to working for the biggest pharmaceutical company in the world at managerial level within four years.
Richard Morris, BSc (Hons) Computer Science student 2013
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates. You’ll also be able to explore course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
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