Computer Science BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Computer Science
If you’re ready to make a career out of your interest in computer tech, then this BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree course will give you the skills and knowledge you need.
You’ll examine every aspect of computing, from programming to networks, and learn to develop the computer applications that are moulding the future. You’ll be able to explore the latest boundary-pushing technology, such as artificial intelligence and robotics.
With this degree, you can register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). It gives you the platform to launch your career as a specialist in technical computing roles, from the biggest multinationals to the smallest software developers.
What you'll experience
On this degree course, you'll:
- Get a thorough grounding in hardware, software and information processing
- Learn from experts with career experience in computer science
- Get to grips with the technical side of computer systems design and use your knowledge to find solutions to practical problems
- Use the latest tech and apply your skills to real-life problems via our partnership schemes with charities and organisations
- Access equipment such as our high performance computer labs, mobile app development lab and usability labs, including the latest eye-tracking technology
- Build your knowledge in specialist areas of the industry such as cyber-security
- Make the most of workplace trips, pop-up lectures and hack days, where you'll join forces with other computing students to collaborate on projects and solve challenging problems
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.
If you combine your degree with teacher training, you'll do teaching placements as part of your course.
At the end of your second year, you have the option to take a placement year to get experience working in the field. We’ll help you find a placement that matches your workplace ambitions.
Previous students have secured placements at high-profile organisations, including:
You’ll get mentoring and support to make sure you’re getting the most out of your placement year.
Careers and opportunities
You’ll graduate with a diverse skill set that covers programming, software development and network management. This gives you a foundation for a career in areas such as:
- software engineering
- web development
- computer programming
- network design
- teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status)
Whatever you decide to do, you’ll get career help, support and guidance for up to 5 years after you graduate from our Careers and Employability service.
This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). This helps you stand out against the competition when it comes to apply for jobs.
Tuition fees (2018 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,100 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Subjects this year include:
- Introductory Programming
- Architecture and Operating Systems
- Usability and Security
- Network Fundamentals
- Database Design and Development
Subjects in this year include:
- Software Engineering
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Advanced Programming Concepts
- Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
- Operating Systems and Networks
Subjects in this year include:
- Distributed Systems and Security
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
- Advanced Networks
- Graphics and Animation
- Data Analytics
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Maths and stats help
The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory work
- project work
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 26% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 74% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 76% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 18% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 82% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- multiple choice tests
- in-class exercises
- written exams
- mini projects
- written reports
- review articles
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
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:
- Year 1 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 58% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 39% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 22% by written exams and 78% by coursework
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – G400
- our institution code – P80
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.