Queen’s University Belfast Computer Science

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Queen’s University Belfast Computer Science

Computer Science

The following courses are from the 2017-18 academic year and will commence in September 2017

Pioneering research is the lifeblood of computer science, with this commitment giving rise to the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies, one of the UK’s lead university centres for cyber security research.

Our postgraduate programmes strike a balance between research-led content and providing industry-ready graduates. We have an established approach to integrating with business through the commercialisation of research, which continues to inform our curriculum.

The Course


Computer Science is the way in which we can transform the way we will live in the future. It will shape the technology that people will interact with on a daily basis. In the future, virtually all of the ways we communicate, interact, travel and do business will have been improved by computer science. The world will need computer scientists. It is particularly concerned with the specification, design, construction and use of computer systems. It embraces subject areas such as software engineering, hardware architecture and design, information systems, communications, graphics, simulation and modelling, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. Computer systems are often highly complex in nature and must be reliable in operation, and our Computer Science degree programmes provide knowledge and expertise in many of the concepts and approaches which are required to design and maintain such systems.


Level 0: Computer software; computer hardware; 2 mathematics modules; and 2 other modules. Level 1: 2 computer programming modules; computer architecture and communications; 2 applicable mathematics modules; electronics; communications; solid state electronics; electric circuits. Level 2: Data structures and algorithms; data processing and database systems; networks and communications; software engineering; computation theory; parallel programming systems; multimedia systems. Sandwich year: An industrial placement at an approved location. Level 3: Modules from: formal methods; software engineering; systems software; advanced computer architecture; algorithms; artificial intelligence; multimedia; image processing; neural networks; database technology. A student who is fluent in the French language may spend the final year of study at the University of Rennes and take the final examinations in the French language.




MSc Applied Cyber Security Postgraduate Taught
PgCert Applied Cyber Security Postgraduate Taught
PgDip Applied Cyber Security Postgraduate Taught
MSc Applied Cyber Security with Professional Internship Postgraduate Taught
MSc Software Development (Full-Time) Postgraduate Taught
MSc Software Development (Part-Time) Postgraduate Taught
MPhil Computer Science Postgraduate Research
PhD Computer Science Postgraduate Research

Entry Requirements

Qualification Detailed advice
GCE A-level: BBB–ABB Min. units required: 3. Min. units preferred: 3. Where offers are made the normal target is BBB/ABB at A-level. Applicants offering Mathematics, Computing or Software Systems Development would normally be asked to achieve BBB at A-level. Applicants offering Chemistry, ICT (not Applied), Physics, Technology or Double Award Applied ICT would normally be asked to achieve ABB.
GCE AS-level This qualification is accepted but no typical grades have been provided
SQA Higher This qualification is accepted but no typical grades have been provided
SQA Advanced Higher This qualification is accepted but no typical grades have been provided


Home students: £4,030 per academic year
Rest of UK students: £9,250 per academic year
EU students: £4,030 per academic year
Overseas students: £18,800 per academic year


UCAS Institution Code: Q75
UCAS Course Code: G404

The deadline for the receipt of full-time applications is 15 January; please consult the UCAS website for details. Many universities and colleges may consider applications from international students received up until 30 June. Please check with the individual university or college concerned. You are advised to apply as early as possible.

Postal Address

Admissions Office
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Queen’s University, Belfast
University Road