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BSc Computer Science
Broad or specialist learning options with a very low staff/student ratio of 1:12

BSc Computer Science / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

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Through the development of new applications in science, engineering, and business, Computer Science is radically changing the way in which we experience our world. This programme equips students with the skills needed to contribute to this exciting and rapidly evolving field.

Computer Science is our most flexible programme, allowing you to chose course units to reflect your developing and changing interests. Furthermore, a wide range of themes from across the discipline allow you to specialise in the second and third years.

You will gain not only knowledge and practical experience of the latest technologies, but also a grounding in the underlying principles of the subject. It is this combination of skills that enable our graduates to keep pace with this fast moving subject, and secure rewarding careers that can be pursued almost anywhere in the world.

Detailed programme and course unit information is available here

Special features

  • A broad and flexible programme that provides the freedom to choose from an extremely wide range of Computer Science topics. 
  • Equips students with skills that are in high demand from industry

Teaching and learning

At Manchester we aim to provide a unique experience. Studying Computer Science with us will give you the chance to follow your academic curiosity and explore a fascinating subject.

A significant amount of your work will be project-based team work, tackling real problems. You will see how computer science is directly applicable to solving problems, across a broad range of areas.

The emphasis throughout is on independent learning, supported by regular meetings in small groups with personal tutors. You receive practical help and support from experienced staff and postgraduates, with leading experts guiding your learning and stimulating your interest. This approach is supported by conventional lectures and comprehensive on-line learning resources. We also provide excellent facilities, including specialist laboratories to support areas such as engineering and robotics.

Explore our teaching methods further on our website .

Coursework and assessment

Unseen examinations account for about 60% of the assessment . These assess your abilities in the selection and application of knowledge, problem solving, and the design and evaluation of software or electronics. Other assessment is mainly through laboratory-based coursework that provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of computer science of electronic principles by tackling specific problems on a more realistic scale, both individually and in groups.

The remaining assessment is through presentations and essays where, in particular, you demonstrate the transferable skills you have acquired. In the third and final year, the non-examination assessment is mainly made up of the practical project.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
First Year Team Project COMP10120 20 Mandatory
Mathematical Techniques for Computer Science COMP11120 20 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computation COMP11212 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computer Engineering COMP12111 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence COMP14112 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computer Architecture COMP15111 10 Mandatory
Object Oriented Programming with Java 1 COMP16121 20 Mandatory
Object Oriented Programming with Java 2 COMP16212 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Distributed Systems COMP18112 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Databases COMP23111 10 Mandatory
Software Engineering 1 COMP23311 10 Mandatory
Software Engineering 2 COMP23412 10 Mandatory
Operating Systems COMP25111 10 Mandatory
Algorithms and Imperative Programming COMP26120 20 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Management BMAN10011 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Technological Change BMAN10252 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Business Economics BMAN10612 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting B BMAN10621B 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Technology, Strategy and Innovation 1 BMAN20792 10 Optional
New Product Development and Innovation BMAN20821 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Global Contexts of Business and Management BMAN21012 10 Optional
Introduction to Business Information Systems BMAN21061 10 Optional
Logic and Modelling COMP21111 10 Optional
Processor Microarchitecture COMP22111 10 Optional
Microcontrollers COMP22712 10 Optional
Machine Learning and Optimisation COMP24111 10 Optional
Symbolic AI COMP24412 10 Optional
System Architecture COMP25212 10 Optional
Computer Graphics and Image Processing COMP27112 10 Optional
Distributed Computing COMP28112 10 Optional
Mobile Systems COMP28512 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 26 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Third Year Project Laboratory COMP30040 40 Mandatory
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Technology, Strategy and Innovation 1 BMAN20792 10 Optional
New Product Development and Innovation BMAN20821 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Introduction to Business Information Systems BMAN21061 10 Optional
Management of Knowledge and Innovation BMAN30010 20 Optional
Marketing BMAN30021 10 Optional
Strategy BMAN30022 10 Optional
Human Resource Management BMAN30042 10 Optional
Case Studies in Digital Transformation BMAN30202 10 Optional
Investment Economics and Innovation BMAN31212 10 Optional
Implementing System-on-Chip Designs COMP32211 10 Optional
The Internet of Things: Architectures and Applications COMP32412 10 Optional
User Experience COMP33511 10 Optional
Agile Software Engineering COMP33711 10 Optional
AI and Games COMP34120 20 Optional
Natural Language Systems COMP34412 10 Optional
Chip Multiprocessors COMP35112 10 Optional
Advanced Algorithms 1 COMP36111 10 Optional
Advanced Algorithms 2 COMP36212 10 Optional
Compilers COMP36512 10 Optional
Advanced Computer Graphics COMP37111 10 Optional
Computer Vision COMP37212 10 Optional
Documents, Services and Data on the Web COMP38120 20 Optional
Cryptography & Network Security COMP38411 10 Optional
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development MCEL30022 10 Optional
Enterprise Management for Computer Scientists MCEL30031 10 Optional
Managing Finance in Enterprises for Computer Scientists MCEL30032 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 31 course units for year 3

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances. It is estimated that more than a third of our students will receive bursaries of up to £3,000 per year and many will be offered even more generous support. For further information, please visit the University scholarships and bursaries page.

What our students say

Nicolae Caprarescu, BSc Computer Science

'I believe that the course provides me with a very good overview of Computer Science as a discipline, but also goes into the appropriate level of detail within the individual modules. The modules combine both theoretical and practical sessions, making sure that you develop an excellent understanding of the topic.'

David Allardyce, BSc Computer Science

'The best thing about studying Computer Science is the involvement the School has had in computing history over the last fifty years, and the positive effects this has on the quality of teaching.'

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk