School of Computing
At the School of Computing, we seek to solve society's challenges by researching new computing technologies, collaborating with private and public sector partners to apply those technologies, and developing highly skilled computing graduates.
Our students are some of the most skilled and employable computer graduates in the country. In 3 out of the last 4 years, 100% of our Software Engineering and Cyber Security and Forensic Computing students found employment within 6 months of graduating (DHLE 2014-18). Our culture of trust and support helps our students achieve their ambitions.
Gender equality commitment
We hold the Athena SWAN Bronze award for gender equality and are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and career development for women and under-represented communities in computing.
We produce graduates who are role models for their discipline, and actively seek to engage in the education of the next generation of computer scientists. Our students learn everything they need to make positive contributions to our society. Our ethos of professional development and mentoring gives them opportunities to follow their ambitions from student to professional.
We support the ambition of our students by providing extra-curricular activities that explore all areas of computing. We nurture their talent and innovation by encouraging project work alongside our main degree programmes. Our students have gone on to big successes – one of our students received an offer from PwC to buy the company they developed as an undergraduate, just 6 months after developing the idea.
We focus on developing workplace skills and job readiness, and encourage our students to seek ambitious and challenging placements. Our students have completed placements with companies including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google and the Swiss investment bank UBS.
Flexibility is also important to how we teach — students have the option to combine teacher training and placement in their final year to gain Qualified Teacher Status along with their degree. We also have Distance Learning and Work-based Learning degrees for students from all places and stages of life.
Several of our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Chartered Institute for IT, and meet the requirements for students to progress to registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). Our courses also meet some of the requirements to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). We pay Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) student membership fees for all our students.
To browse all of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, visit our Computing subject area page.
Computer science is vital for the future of our society, and the computing innovations developed by our researchers have improved and saved lives.
In a cross-discipline effort, we created a new user-friendly control, navigation and communication system for powered wheelchairs. With a built in, interactive AI, this development has improved the lives of wheelchair users, many of whom now have an opportunity for independent mobility, some for the first time.
We're engaged in cross-disciplinary research through our Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics. We're using our information systems and computer science expertise to make the day-to-day jobs involved in healthcare delivery and administration easier. We've also collaborated with the University of Southampton and the University of Oxford to improve NHS and social care services across the country.
Our work with the Royal College of Physicians has set a new standard for assessing the severity of acute illness (known as the "National Early Warning Score" or NEWS). This process is now used by 100% of paramedics and 76% of hospitals across NHS England. We're ranked as the leading computing school amongst young universities, and 100% of our impact has been rated as outstanding or as being very considerable in terms of reach and significance (REF 2014).
We've received research funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Innovate UK, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, UK Space Agency, European Commission, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Welcome Trust, Ministry of Defence, Ufi Charitable Trust, National Institute for Health Research, British Academy, Health Innovation Challenge Fund, British Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, Technology Strategy Board and Portsmouth City Council.
Our areas of expertise
Explore the work we're doing across our four areas of expertise in Computing research.
We're exploring ways of analysing health data to better calculate the risks patients face, and to evaluate new and improved techniques for managing patient care.
We're designing and developing algorithms which can be used to improve machine systems and how they interact with humans.
We're working to improve the security of the systems used to access assets, and to make the way people access them more secure.
Our research centres
Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below.
Academic staff in our school are specialists in computing, computer science, computer networks, cyber security, data science and software engineering. We each contribute to teaching and student life in the School of Computing as course leaders, module coordinators, personal tutors, research supervisors, and the head and associate heads of school.
Explore the other schools and departments that make up the Faculty of Technology.
University Coronavirus Information Line
We're preparing to reopen the campus ready for the new academic year starting on 5 October 2020.
We have set up an information line to manage enquiries from students, parents and guardians, as university life will be a little different in 2020/21 due to the Coronavirus.
Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 5588
The phone line is open Monday–Thursday 8.30am–5.00pm and Friday 8.30am–4.00pm.