Coventry University Computer Science

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Coventry University Computer Science

Coventry University Computer Science

Computer Science MSci/BSc (Hons)


This course runs from 2017/18

Computer Science is at the heart and soul of almost all the technology we rely on in the modern world. It introduces many of the most powerful problem-solving strategies known to mankind.

Our following courses are ideal for you and can be studied as a BSc with the course code G400 or as a MSci with the course code I108:

BSc – G400: 3 years full-time; 4 years sandwich (study abroad or work placement).

MSci – I108: 4 years full-time; 5 years sandwich (study abroad or work placement)


If you choose the course you can benefit from:

  • Accreditation by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional; partially meeting the Academic Requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist; and, on behalf of the Engineering Council, partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer;
  • well-equipped specialist computing labs with high- performance hardware and industry-standard software;
  • the option to join the CISCO Academy Programme leading to an industry-recognised CISCO Certified Networked Associate (CCNA) qualification;
  • strong links with employers, enabling us to offer visits, guest lectures and joint projects with local companies;
  • an excellent social experience with events, trips, LAN gaming and funded computing club;
  • the opportunity to apply for an industrial placement year working with a technology company. Companies that students have worked for in the past include: Microsoft UK Ltd, Intel, Accenture as well as a range of medium sized companies in web, media and the creative industries;
  • free access to Microsoft software for study and development purposes as part of the Microsoft Academy scheme;
  • committed and enthusiastic teaching staff, active in educational development and technical research which informs their teaching;
  • yearly New Wizards Showcase, giving students the opportunity to demonstrate work to potential employers;
  • an international environment, which reflects the globalised nature of the computing industries.


British Computer Society Educational Affiliate

The British Computer Society (BCS)

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


In your first year, you will gain a fundamental knowledge in all areas of the subject, including programming, computer architecture, software system design and usability testing. You will work to develop professional skills through an activity led learning approach. The programme gives a sociable and fun introduction to most aspects of the subject and helps all our students get to know the staff and each other.

By the end of the second year, you should have learned to write and test programs, work in a development team on a real world project, build network systems and have a working knowledge of vital aspects of computer industry ethics and law. In the final year, these skills are combined with an individual project. This normally involves building an original computer system, which will solve one of a range of challenging problems suggested by an expert in the relevant field. We introduce you to the study of the limits of computational techniques for analysing and solving more complex problems and large-scale software systems development. Additionally, you havethe option to study advanced topics in artificial intelligence, computer architecture, concurrent and real time systems, development of enterprise systems and web services.


This material is learned through a range of creatively designed practical tasks, projects, lectures and tutorials. We build our own, unique educational software at Coventry University and use it to teach programming, theoretical computer science and parallel processing.


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows: formal examinations 25%; coursework, essays, project and group work 50%; practical exams e.g. presentations, tests, 25%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week, you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials (or later, individual project supervision) each week.

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical laboratory classes each week.

Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: 22 hours each week studying and project work in your own time – including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements for Computer Science BSc (G400):

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels: ABB-BBB to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or Computing. Excludes General Studies.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM in IT or a technical subject.

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Maths, Physics, Computer Science or Statistics. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 29 points to include either Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, or IT at Higher level

For details of other acceptable qualifications please visit

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

Essential Entry Requirements for Computer Science MSc (I108):

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels: AAB-ABB to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or Computing. Excludes General Studies.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM in IT or a technical subject.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course has a number of features designed to enhance your employment prospects. The technical content is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect what is currently important and in demand in industry. We also ensure that the course allows you to develop graduate skills – through a professional skills module that looks at group work, ethics and the way professionals work.

Successful completion of the final year project takes you to the level of a junior professional working in industry in your specialist field, allowing you to build up a portfolio of evidence that you can present at job interviews to help demonstrate you have the expected expertise.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service (UK 2015) presented by the NUE Awards. 

*Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors’ standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year
  • High-end Tablet device for reading, note-taking and accessing other online resources and development

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
  • Optional personal computer and software: £500+

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students’ employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


You will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement or study abroad for a further year in Europe through the Erasmus Socrates scheme and there will be staff on hand to help you do this.

The opportunity for a sandwich placement means we will endeavour to support you in finding an internship anywhere in the world and in seeking financing for that experience.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

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