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Studying computer science in the UK

Computer programmes and systems are linked to almost every aspect of our lives. Computer scientists theorise, design, develop, and apply the software and hardware that lies at the heart of many of the things we do every day.

Computer science graduates are among the most employable. The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey shows that 92% of those graduating with a high-quality degree from a UK university being employed or in further study within six months.

Benefits of a computer science degree

There are many reasons that international students choose to study computer science in the UK:

Cutting edge research

The UK is at the forefront of ground-breaking advances in IT and computing, with many UK university departments conducting research for the world's top companies including Apple, IBM and Sony.

Variety of career choices

With computers playing such a key role in most industries, this gives graduate a wide range of careers to choose from. Students studying in the UK benefit from having renowned international companies on their doorstep working together with universities to produce industry-relevant teaching.

A cross-cultural experience

UK computer science departments benefit from having one of the more culturally diverse student cohorts, with almost 20,000 computer science students coming from countries around the world (HESA).

Your study pathway

Study Group offers a range of pathway programmes to help prepare international students to begin a computer science degree.

International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year prepares international students for undergraduate study, ensuring they meet the entry requirements and begin their studies at university with more confidence. 

  • Students progress to the first year of an undergraduate degree at university. 
  • Offers a tailored combination of subject-specific modules and English language support.

International Year One

The International Year One is an intensive programme equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree.

  • Students progress to the second year of their chosen university degree
  • Offers modules in English and study skills alongside computer science modules.

Progression universities


The University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield School of Computing and Engineering provide an inspirational learning experience, underpinned by pioneering research and a practical emphasis on its teaching.

The University of Huddersfield is among the UK’s top providers of ‘sandwich’ courses, developed in conjunction with global employers and industry to build real-world skills. The University’s 12-month work placement programme ranks in the Top 10 for paid work placements in England (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2013/14).

The University has specialist careers advisors for international students on-campus, which students have access to from day one. Advisors can give one-to-one guidance, CV checking and interview coaching, as well as workshops for international students, covering everything from graduate recruitment to developing professional networks.

Key facts

Pathways to a range of computer science degrees accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS)
TEF Gold rated teaching from academics who are professional teachers accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Top 50 UK university
(The Guardian University Guide 2019)
City campus based in Huddersfield, surrounded by countryside with easy access to cities, such as Leeds and Manchester
Pathway programmes available:

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (minimum of 4.0 in writing), or equivalent*

*If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Fees

Three terms

  • 2019/20: £11,800

Intakes

September and January

English Language Preparation

June and September

 

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (minimum of 5.0 in writing), or equivalent*

*If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Fees

Three terms

  • 2019/20: £11,500

Intakes

January

University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science holds a broad range of expertise in Computing Technologies and Information Systems, from robotics to video games and medical applications. Computer Science at the University of Lincoln is ranked in the top 10% in the UK for learning resources (National Student Survey 2018).

Students and academics carry out ground-breaking research, with nearly two-thirds of its staff’s publications rated as being of “international quality” or “world leading”. University graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety companies in the sector, including world-renowned video games developers like Electronic Arts, Criterion Games and Rockstar.

The University’s specialist facilities include laboratories, computer engineering workshops and workstations with full development software platforms and hardware including Raspberry Pi, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive virtual reality kit and robotics.

Key facts

Ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2019
Achieved Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017
Rated 7th in the UK for overall student satisfaction
(National Student Survey 2018)
Is based on a city campus
Pathway programmes available:

Academic: Completion of secondary school with good grades

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 4.0 in writing)*

*If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Fees

  • 2019/20: £13,290 (3 terms)

Intakes

January or September

Academic: Completion of secondary school with good grades (plus one year of further study for 3 term)

English language:

  • 3 terms: academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (no minimum writing requirement)*
  • 3.5 terms: academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 or equivalent (no minimum writing requirement)*
  • 4 terms:  academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 or equivalent*
* If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Fees

Three terms

  • 2019/20: £12,910

Three and a half terms

  • 2019/20: £15,010

Four terms

  • 2019/20: £17,210

Intakes

Four terms: September

Three and a half terms: October

Three terms: January

The University of Surrey

The University of Surrey’s Department of Computer Science provides a stimulating and challenging teaching environment with a high level of practical content. Computer science degrees at the University of Surrey are ranked highly in the UK and world university league tables, reflecting a strong reputation for conducting leading-edge research and providing an outstanding teaching and learning environment.

By working alongside world-leading academics and researchers in fields such as cyber security and systems, students will develop a breadth of both academic and industry knowledge. Graduates finish their degrees with a solid foundation for designing the next generation of computational systems, and the ability to analyse and resolve complex issues facing today’s software programs.

The University gives students the opportunity to take part in a Professional Training Year at one of over 2,300 employers to further develop their professional and academic skills in a work-based environment. This helps students become more adaptable, resilient and confident, giving them the right skills to become employable graduates.

Key facts

Ranked in the top 10 for computer science in the Guardian University Guide 2019
Countryside campus close to London
7th in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018
Achieved Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017
1st in the UK for work placements and research partnerships (QS World Employability Ranking 2019)

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in writing)**

** If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

One-semester English Language Preparation option

If you do not meet the required English Language level, you can take one semester English Language Preparation before starting their International Foundation Year.
Entry requirements: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 4.0 in all sub-skills) to take this semester.

Fees

  • 2019/20: £16,550

English Language Preparation

  • 2019/20: £4,870

Intakes

January and September

One-semester English Language Preparation (if required)

  • September: leading to January International Foundation Year start
  • June: leading to September International Foundation Year start

Careers in computer science

The UK has been instrumental in the development of computing and continues to deliver ground-breaking innovations in the 21st century. A need for innovation and creative thinking to tackle complicated global issues make computer science graduates highly employable around the world in a wide variety of industries.

University preparation with Study Group

Study Group helps international students reach their goals, by matching them to the right course at the right university. It offers a range of pathway programmes at respected universities to prepare students for international study and beyond. Study Group supports students at all stages of the student journey, from application and visa support at home to English language and subject-specific tuition when they reach their chosen UK university.

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