The passion for technology can lead you to choose the specialisation of Computer Science. This field has become increasingly popular in recent years, the development being so rapid that people are trying to keep up with it.
A Computer Science degree deals with the theoretical and practical foundations of information technology and computers. The scientific part merges with the practical one in various algorithms, information processing or in computational models. This specialisation often aims to study methodological processes, making representations on a computer, storage, or accessing information.
At the same time, the study of Computer Science focuses on the learning of programming languages, which are extremely important for any student. Python, C ++, Java are just a few of the programming languages that are explored in depth by students in order to solve the applications received from the faculty. Furthermore, on the labour market, programming languages are highly appreciated and integrated, being a useful tool for optimal performance of industries.
The most important skill that young people learn following this degree is the use of programming languages. Once they grasp the logic of programming, they will easily be able to master the languages and build or develop WEB applications. Additional skills that are acquired can be: network design and engineering, software engineering, multimedia design. In addition, classical skills such as teamwork, leadership, problem-solving or time management are also gained by students.
According to recent studies, 6 of the 10 best jobs chosen by graduates are linked to Computer Science. These include Web Design, Computer Support Specialist, IT Operations Technician or Database Administrator. Moreover, the employment rate is favourable to the students, being over 70%. Due to the rapid advancement of technology, it is expected that the supply will grow in the future, requiring computer science specialists in any field.
To study Computer Science, students can either pursue university courses or follow courses online, depending on their availability and income. Online or outside-university courses include disciplines such as: Information Systems Management, Game Programming, Web Development, Network Fundamentals. They usually have a duration of 2 years. Although these courses provide important skills in this specialisation, students may be disadvantaged when competing with a student who has a Bachelor’s Degree. Some of the most important campuses in the world include Penn State World Campus, University of Massachusetts, Lowell (The Division of Online Learning and Continuing Education), Saint Leo University.
The Bachelor in Computer Science lasts around 3 to 4 years, depending on the university. Throughout the programme, students acquire mathematical knowledge, theoretical and practical foundation in programming. Some of the subjects discussed are: Computer Programming, Data Structures, Databases, Algorithms, Linear Algebra, Probability Theory or Statistics. These vary according to the curriculum of the university.
A Master’s program complete the students’ necessary career skills. In this way, they have a greater understanding of computing softwares, tools, packages, and computer architecture.
There are Master programs that can be followed even by those who have not undertaken undergraduate studies in Computer Science, such as those offered at the University of Birmingham for example. These programs can take either 2 to 5 years.
A PhD program is especially dedicated to those who want to research or become university professors and can last between 4 to 5 years.
It has got a lovely community, very understanding administration and a great teaching staff. It is situated bang in the middle of the city. The career opportunities from what I’ve heard are great, my industrial year shall certainly be a testimony to that.View more
I am a student in computer science and mathematics and so far my experience is really great. Being an international student it may be daunting to move to a new place but Manchester is a really great city and the professors and staff at the university are really helpful. Staying in the student accommodation is not compulsory and I did not stay there, but from my understanding, you either love it or hate it. The teachers are really good and always available for email. In my degree, we have a lot of contact hours and plenty of support. I have an overall tutor, a maths tutor and computer science tutor, so we are really getting helped and catered to. The course is really great for people wanting an overall understanding of computer science and mathematics. There is so much careers help, we constantly have companies in our school and plenty of people to talk to about interviews, applications, etc. There are too many clubs and societies so if you want to do something you will never get bored. Overall, apart from the accommodation which is not ideal (I don’t know how they compare to others), it is a pleasure to study here.View more
Quite good uni with good opportunities and nice people and some good lecturers. The weather is not amazing, but apart from that the city is fun. Get a bike and don’t buy the bus pass because it is not worth the money.View more
Currently a first year computer science student after spending an initial year enrolled on the University’s Science and Engineering Foundation Year.
As a student who had received numerous other offers to enrol at other universities in the UK, I would highly recommend taking this extra (foundation) year to anyone who has not quite obtained the grades high enough to enrol straight into their desired degree program.
The School of Computer Science is located inside the Kilburn Building on main campus. Although the Kilburn Building itself is incredibly ugly, and has limited natural light inside, the school and teaching here is fantastic. Being one of (if not) the largest school of computer science in the UK, the computer science programme at UoM gives students an incredibly wide variety of topics in the field to study. The school also has a “hardware library”, where students can borrow a wide variety of hardware, such as Raspberry Pi’s and AR Drones.
Students from the University’s School of Computer Science are also incredibly sought after by employers, as workplace skills and techniques feature heavily in the school’s curriculum. Regular “Job Fairs” are also hosted inside the Kilburn Building, tailored especially for students enrolled on a Computer Science related course, with a diverse range of tech companies, including larger ones such as Amazon, Bloomberg and Google regularly in attendance.
The school also has an incredibly active Computer Science Society (UniCS), who host regular hackathons, workshops and social events throughout the year.
Outside of the school, there are more than 300 clubs and societies students can get involved with. One society in particular, Manchester Entrepreneurs, also hosts regular workshops and events that allow students to network, and be inspired by successful entrepreneurs around the UK. I would definitely recommend this society to anyone looking to start their own business.View more
I really like how international the uni is, many different cultures and nations are represented in my course. This creates many interesting discussion and learning experiences. Also, the university has great research and lab facilities, which help me to perform to my best abilities.View more