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What Is a Computer Science Degree?

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.

Benefits of a Computer Science Degree

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.

Computer Science Degree Structure

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.

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    Academic excellence and tradition

    Oxford has a long tradition of academic excellence which attracts the best students and instructors, thus adding to and continuing this tradition. This is why it is still at the top of the international universities ranking year after year.

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    Degree: Master's
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    Exceptional in every way

    It’s the real life version of Hogwarts. Magical and inspiring. I particularly liked the quirky bops and posh formal hall dinners which are not found at your average university. I would certainly recommend it and encourage the choice of Christchurch or Magdalen in your applications.

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    Degree: Master's
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    Studying for an MSc in Software Engineering

    The course material was useful academically and professionally. Different options were available based on the interest of students. The instructors are well informed about the taught courses. The courses provided relevant professional networking opportunities with colleagues. I would recommend studying at the University of Oxford.

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    Degree: Master's
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    Quality of teaching

    Studying at Oxford was a unique experience and the quality of teaching was top of the notch!
    I also had the opportunity to join the university track and field team for some great training. Sport facilities are excellent and students have a wide range of choice.

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