BSc (Hons) Computer Science

What is the Course About?

Validated and awarded by the University of Chester, the BSc Computer Science degree is delivered entirely on island, and will provide learners with an excellent opportunity to develop as a computer scientist. Whether you see yourself as programmer, web developer, database or project manager the Computing Programmes are designed to get you where you want to be. Moreover, we take pride in delivering the Computing Programmes to small classes.

Today, there are very few professions that do not rely on the use of computers for information processing and to solve ‘big data’ issues. A degree in Computer Science is an excellent foundation for a wide range of interesting careers in the Manx IT sector. Feedback from businesses across the island highlight just how important our students become within their work environments, as they come back to us year-on-year wishing to employ more of our finishing students.

What subjects will I study?

The BSc Computer Science programme develops the learner to become an expert in various fields of study, which includes professional skills for computing, user experience, data structures and algorithm development, programming in various languages and environments, database development and management, web development and management, project management and systems analysis and design.

You will undertake a five-week work placement (year 2) in an IT-based environment which enables learners to apply learnt skills in the work place within a project team. Additionally, there is an excellent opportunity to develop the Innovation Project (year 3) which is a major systems development project chosen by the learner. Past projects have focussed on areas such as developing bus timetabling systems, e-commerce systems for business, developing user-centred 2D games, and recently machine-learning-based image recognition systems. This final project may be used by the individual to showcase their expertise to prospective employers.

What are my progression and career options?

Academic progression is on to the Postgraduate Work Based Integrated Studies (WBIS) framework that is delivered at UCM. Career options are varied, with previous students taking up job opportunities in a range of positions within the IT, e-gaming and business community.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is mixed and consists of assignments, project work and examinations.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements are 96 UCAS points gained from GCE A Levels (CCC profile) or BTEC Level 3 qualifications (DD or MMM profile) and GCSE Mathematics grade C or above. Other factors may be taken into account, such as other qualifications, relevant work or life experience, and the ability to cope with, and benefit from, this level of study. Students are expected to have their own laptop to use at UCM.

The part-time delivery usually requires students to study three modules per year over six years. This can be managed to suit the needs, experience and education of the student, and adapted as required. Please contact us to discuss your preferred options.