What will I learn?
Computer Science is a rigorous discipline fundamentally related to mathematics and physical science. The course assumes no prior knowledge of Computer Science or programming but will harness your talent and passion for technology, and your desire to understand computing principles. It is fully accredited by the British Computer Society and the Master’s degree meets the requirements for Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist status.
You’ll acquire technical skills in software engineering, algorithm analysis and system design, as well as experience of project management, research and scientific method. Working closely with industry leaders will enable you to develop industrially relevant subject knowledge and transferable skills such as communication, team work and planning, which are highly valued by employers. For example, your second-year Group Software Project, currently taught in conjunction with Deutsche Bank, allows you to apply your skills to real-world problems.
Your first year lays the foundation for a deeper knowledge of Computer Science and your second year will further your understanding of areas such as operating systems and computer networks, computational theory and software engineering. In your third year you’ll undertake an individual project, where you will apply your learning to an area of your choice under the supervision of world-leading academics.
Throughout the course, you can also select from optional modules including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Computer Security. Regardless of whether you were admitted onto the BSc or MEng programme, you have the option to transfer between the two courses up until the end of your second year (subject to UK visa regulations). You will need to achieve a 2:1 or higher in your second year to move from the BSc to the MEng course.
How will I learn?
Our courses offer a balance of core material delivered through lectures, small-group seminars and hands-on laboratory sessions. Approximately a quarter of your time is spent in timetabled classes, with the remainder being used for private study, completing assignments and projects, and practical work in the dedicated computing laboratories, which are open 24/7.
How will I be assessed?
Your performance on most modules will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The coursework may be individual or group work involving programming, research, writing and presentation. The final-year project work is fully assessed by a presentation and project reports.
Each year contributes to the final degree classification, typically in the ratio of 10:30:60 for a BSc degree and 10:20:35:35 for a Master’s degree.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A Level AAA, including Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 38 points, including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days Offer holders are invited to a Departmental Open Day. These are held between early November and early March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. Candidates living outside the UK are welcome to visit at any time.
What modules could I study?
Year 1 lays the foundations for you to develop a deeper understanding of computer science. You will study core modules in advanced mathematics, programming, algorithms and computer architecture, as well as a range of optional modules in areas of your choosing.
Year 2 builds on your knowledge and skills by giving you the chance to explore areas such as operating systems, computer networks, software engineering, artificial intelligence and the theory of computation. You will further your scientific view of the discipline and acquire a set of industry-ready skills, most notably through a group software engineering project undertaken with one of our international industrial partners.
Year 3 exposes you to cutting-edge topics in computer science. You will complete an individual project, where you will apply your skills to an area of your choice under the supervision of our world-leading academics. Alongside your project you will select from an extensive range of optional modules, including those in areas such as machine learning, wireless sensor networks, neural computing and social informatics.
For further module information, please see the Department of Computer Science website.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Where can my degree take me?
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: BAE Systems, GCHQ, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, IBM.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Application Developer, Analysis Programmer, Graduate Software Developer, Computer Security Specialist, Risk Assessor.
A level: AAA including Mathematics
IB: 38 points including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Computer Science
Rob Hannay - Computer Science
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.