Computer Science is an exciting and rapidly developing subject that offers excellent employment prospects and well-paid careers. On this degree you hone your skills for paying clients as a student consultant in the Kent IT Consultancy (KITC) as well as on an industry placement.
Our programmes are taught by leading researchers who are experts in their fields. The School of Computing at Kent is home to several authors of leading textbooks, a National Teaching Fellow, an IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) Fellow and two Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) award-winning scientists. Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework*.
This programme has full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Our degree programme
On this themed degree, the specific focus (here, Consultancy) is decided at the time of enrolment and named in your degree title. You can also study our general Computer Science degree, where a subject focus is decided during the course of your study.
Our programme focuses on the technical aspects of computer science. The first language you learn is Java, the standard programming language for many mobile devices and widely used in the industry.
Other areas covered include software engineering, network technology and human-computer interaction. You learn how to develop software, program mobile devices and discover the underlying protocols on which the internet runs.
This degree covers the compulsory elements of Computer Science and offers practical consultancy work in the KITC in your final year. Here you learn how to become an IT consultant, providing computing support to local businesses while earning credits towards your degree.
Registration on the programme does not guarantee a place as a consultant in the KITC. There are limited places available and you need to go through an application process, including an interview. If you are not selected for the KITC, your degree title will be Computer Science.
You can also gain experience in teaching with our Computing in the Classroom module, which gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a school setting.
Year in industry
Your year in industry takes place between your second and final year, giving you invaluable work experience. You earn a salary and there may be the possibility of a job with the same company after graduation.
It is also possible to take this degree as a three-year programme, without a year in industry. For details, see Computer Science (Consultancy).
Facilities to support the study of Computer Science include The Shed, the School of Computing's Makerspace, which houses:
- 3D printers
- laser-cutting facilities
- development equipment, including Oculus Rift and Raspberry Pi.
Students also have exclusive access to a computer room and common room, and we run a peer-mentoring scheme.
Computer Science students often take part in TinkerSoc, a student-run 'tinkering' society which meets in 'The Shed', our collaborative workspace. TinkerSoc welcomes all students who like making things.
Whether a member of TinkerSoc or not, you can spend time in The Shed, making, exploring and sharing. In this informal environment you can build physical devices for your coursework, as well as develop your own interests and hobbies.
The School of Computing also hosts events that you are welcome to attend. These include our successful seminar programme where guest speakers from academia and industry discuss current developments in the field. We also host the BCS local branch events on campus.
Our programmes are informed by a stakeholder panel of industry experts who give feedback on the skills that employers require from a modern workforce.
Our successful year in industry programmes have allowed us to build up excellent relationships with leading companies such as BAE Systems, Citigroup and The Walt Disney Company.
We also have a dedicated Employability Coordinator who is the first point of contact for students and employers.
*The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found here.
For graduate prospects, Computer Science at Kent was ranked 7th in The Guardian University Guide 2018.
Of Computer Science students who graduated from Kent in 2016, over 97% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).
Teaching Excellence Framework
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
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CO320 - Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
This module provides an introduction to object-oriented software development. Software pervades many aspects of most professional fields and sciences, and an understanding of the development of software applications is useful as a basis for many disciplines. This module covers the development of simple software systems. Students will gain an understanding of the software development process, and learn to design and implement applications in a popular object-oriented programming language. Fundamentals of classes and objects are introduced, and key features of class descriptions: constructors, methods and fields. Method implementation through assignment, selection control structures, iterative control structures and other statements is introduced. Collection objects are also covered and the availability of library classes as building blocks. Throughout the course, the quality of class design and the need for a professional approach to software development is emphasizedRead more
CO322 - Foundations of Computing I
Mathematical reasoning underpins many aspects of computer science and this module aims to provide the skills needed for other modules on the degree programme; we are not teaching mathematics for its own sake. Topics will include algebra, reasoning and proof, set theory, functions, statistics.
Introduction: revision of basic mathematical and algebraic concepts and techniques.
Set theory: sets and elements, union, intersection, complement and difference, subsets, tuples, Cartesian product, counting, powersets, strings.
Functions: functions as rules, identity function, composition, inverses, injections, bijections, surjections.
Relations: equivalence relations, partial and total orderings. Statistics: sample mean and variance, Normal and Poisson distributions.Read more
CO323 - Databases and the Web
An introduction to databases and SQL, focusing on their use as a source for content for websites
Creating static content for websites using HTML(5) and controlling their appearance using CSS
Using PHP to integrate static and dynamic content for web sites
Securing dynamic websites
CO324 - Computer Systems
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental behaviour and components (hardware and software) of a typical computer system, and how they collaborate to manage resources and provide services in scales from small embedded devices up to the global internet. The module has two strands: 'Computer Architecture' and 'Operating Systems and Networks,' which form around 35% and 65% of the material respectively. Both strands contain material which is of general interest to computer users; quite apart from their academic value, they will be useful to anyone using any modern computer system:
[a] Computer Architecture
- Data representation: Bits, bytes and words. Numeric and non-numeric data. Number representation.
- Computer architecture: Fundamental building blocks (e.g. registers). The fetch/execute cycle. Instruction sets and types.
- Data storage: Memory hierarchies and associated technologies. Physical and virtual memory.
- Sustainability. Energy consumption of computer systems: ways that this can be reduced and methods to estimate use.
[b] Operating Systems and Networks
- Operating systems principles. Abstraction. Processes and resources. Security. UNIX-style operating system fundamentals.
- Device interfaces: Handshaking, buffering, programmed and interrupt-driven i/o. Direct Memory Access.
- File Systems: Physical structure. File and directory organisation, structure and contents. Naming hierarchies and access. Backup.
- Fundamentals of networking and the Internet.
- Networks and protocols: LANs and WANs, layered protocol design. The TCP/IP protocol stack; theory and practice. Connection-oriented and connectionless communication. Unicast, multicast and broadcast. Naming and addressing. Application protocols; worked examples (e.g. SMTP, HTTP).Read more
CO325 - Foundations of Computing II
This module follows from CO322 and aims to provide students with more understanding of the theory behind the formal underpinnings of computing. It will build upon the abstract reasoning skills introduced in CO322. Matrices, vectors, differential calculus, probability and computer arithmetic will be introduced.Read more
CO328 - Human Computer Interaction
This module provides an introduction to human-computer interaction. Fundamental aspects of human physiology and psychology are introduced and key features of interaction and common interaction styles delineated. A variety of analysis and design methods are introduced (e.g. GOMS. heuristic evaluation, user-centred and contextual design techniques). Throughout the course, the quality of design and the need for a professional, integrated and user-centred approach to interface development is emphasised. Rapid and low-fidelity prototyping feature as one aspect of this.Read more
CO334 - People and Computing
Design and communication, what makes for good written communication, how people get and process information, Personal Development Project, effective spoken communication, how to work successfully in a group, doing academic research, about preparing and giving a presentation, history of computing and the history of communication, the effects of technology, Health and safety issues with computing, the Business of Computing, Employment in IT, software development and software engineering, preparing for examinations, designing for the web: web usability and web accessibility, the basics of IPR, relevant Laws applying to the use and development of computing, such as the Computer Misuse Act and the Data Protection Acts.
A range of social issues relating to computing, Representative content might include, Digital divide, Cyber bullying, Case studies
Sustainability: e.g. energy consumption, How to estimate? Substantial challenge, Rules of thumb (eg what to upgrade and when, when not to), Legal requirements of sustainability, Economic and ethical constraints.
How to make money in the IT industry: Consultancy, Selling software, Business planning, Pricing and estimating (case studies of what (not) to do from KITC).Read more
CO520 - Further Object-Oriented Programming
This module builds on the foundation of object-oriented design and implementation found in module CO320 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming to provide a deeper understanding of and facility with object-oriented program design and implementation. More advanced features of object-orientation, such as inheritance, abstract classes, nested classes, graphical-user interfaces (GUIs), exceptions, input-output are covered. These allow an application-level view of design and implementation to be explored. Throughout the module the quality of application design and the need for a professional approach to software development is emphasized.Read more
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CO527 - Operating Systems and Architecture
This module aims to provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the fundamental behaviour and components (hardware and software) of a typical computer system, and how they collaborate to manage resources and provide services. It will consider systems other than the standard PC running Windows, in order to broaden students outlook. The module has two strands: Operating Systems and Architecture, which each form around 50% of the material.Read more
CB370 - Introduction to Marketing
A synopsis of the curriculum
The module introduces to students the importance of marketing in competitive and dynamic environments.
The key topics of the module are:
The marketing concept
The marketing environment
Market segmentation & targeting
Brand development and management
Management of the marketing mix
o Product; including new product development and the marketing of services
o Promotion; including digital media, advertising, sales promotion, publicity, PR, personal sales et al.
o Extended marketing mix; including people, physical evidence and process
Ethical issues in marketingRead more
CO510 - Software Engineering
13. A synopsis of the curriculum Phase 1 theory and tools:
Introduction to basic design principles of systems;
Software process - concepts & implementation:
o life cycle models (from Extreme Programming to CMM);
o definition, model, measurement, analysis, improvement of software and team (organization) process;
Requirements elicitation, analysis and specification;
Introduction to modelling principles (decomposition, abstraction, generalization, projection/views), and types of models (information, behavioural, structural, domain, and functional);
Basic UML: uses cases, classes, sequence and collaboration diagrams;
Risk & risk management in software:
o risk management: identification, analysis and prioritization
o software risks: project, process and product
o development methods for reducing risk
Training in handling electrical components commonly encountered in computing systems and safe working practices.
Software management: project estimation and metrics, software and process quality assurance, documentation and revision control;
Introduction to project management;
Software engineering tools: configuration control (e.g. SVN, GIT, etc.), project management (e.g Trac), integrated development environments (e.g. Eclipse, NetBeans, etc.), and a UML tool (e.g. IBM Rational Rose).
Phase 2 Practice and techniques:
Introduction to design patterns;
More UML: state, activity diagrams, and OCL;
Project management practice;
Introduction to software testing: unit testing, coverage analysis, black box testing, integration testing, test cases based use cases, system and acceptance testing, and testing tools;
Understanding of a number of business techniques including estimation of time, costs and evaluation of technical alternatives in the business context;
Professional practice (reflective):
o codes of ethics and professional conduct;
o social, legal, historical, and professional issues and concerns;
Design and implement a simple software system to meet a specified business goal.Read more
CO518 - Algorithms, Correctness and Efficiency
Testing, specification, verification
Specifying test properties, and more general logical properties
Pre- and post-conditions, Hoare Logic, loop invariants
Data and Algorithm Design
Dynamic data structures: trees, queues, heaps and priority queues;
Sorting and searching algorithms, both in their own right and as components of more complex algorithms;
Graph algorithms: depth and breadth-first search, union-find, minimal-cost spanning trees;
Estimation and efficiency
Informal estimation and approximate calculations;
Detailed analysis of the time complexity of some simple algorithms including best, worst and average behaviour;
Techniques for analysing and comparing the asymptotic behaviour of algorithms.Read more
CO519 - Theory of Computing
Propositional & Predicate Logic, including proofs
Formal languages: finite automata, regular expressions, CFGs
Turing machines, decidabilityRead more
CO532 - Database Systems
This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of database systems. It extends the study of information systems in Stage 1 by focusing on the design, implementation and use of database systems. Topics include database management systems architecture, data modelling and database design, query languages, recent developments and future prospects.Read more
CO539 - Web Development
Building scaleable web sites using client-side and and server-side frameworks (e.g. GWT, CakePHP, Ruby on Rails).
Data transfer technologies, e.g. XML and JSON.
Building highly interactive web sites using e.g. AJAX.
Deploying applications and services to the web: servers, infrastructure services, and traffic and performance analysis.
Web and application development for mobile devices.Read more
Year in industry
You spend a year working in an industrial or commercial environment between Stages 2 and 3.
Our students go to a wide range of companies including:
- Morgan Stanley.
They have also been to overseas employers in locations including Amsterdam, Hong Kong and the US.
The year in industry forms an integral part of your degree and constitutes 10% of your final grade. Assessment comprises an employer evaluation, a reflective report and a logbook/portfolio.
Although it is your responsibility to find a suitable placement, the School of Computing’s dedicated Placement Team will help to identify suitable opportunities, assist with your application and prepare you for interviews.
To automatically progress onto the year in industry, you must pass Stage 2 at the first attempt. If you fail, you must pass the first resit opportunity in the August of the same year. Students who do not obtain a work placement will have their registration changed to the equivalent three-year programme without a year in industry.
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CO790 - Sandwich Year Assessment
A synopsis of the curriculumStudents spend a year (minimum 30 weeks) working in an industrial or commercial setting, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have developed and studied in the earlier stages of their degree programme. The work they do is entirely under the direction of their industrial supervisor, but support is provided via a dedicated Placement Support Officer within the department. This support includes ensuring that the work they are being expected to do is such that they can meet the learning outcomes of the module. Note that participation in this module is dependent on students obtaining an appropriate placement, for which guidance is provided through the department in the year leading up to the placement. Students who do not obtain a placement will be required to transfer to the appropriate programme without a Year in Industry.Read more
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CO650 - IT Consultancy Project
Students taking this module will undertake two or (typically) more assignments for the Kent IT Clinic (KITC). Each assignment will be of one of three types: .
Work on one of KITCs contracts with an external client. To the extent that client-funded workallows, every student will be given at least one assignment of this type. Wherever practical, astudent will be encouraged to participate in the negotiation and pricing of contracts, under theultimate supervision of KITC management. For each assignment, the student may work on theassignment individually or as part of a group, as directed by KITC.
A contribution to the infrastructure of KITC itself. These assignments work in a similar way to external assignments, but with KITC as the client.
Formulating a costed proposal for the future development of KITC, and presenting reasoned argument in support of the proposal to KITC management, as a candidate for inclusion in KITCs strategic plan for the following academic year. Every student will have at least one assignment of this type.Read more
CO545 - Functional and Concurrent Programming
This module will introduce students to fundamental concepts of functional and concurrent programming, using a suitable language (e.g. Erlang) as a vehicle to put these concepts into practice. The first part of the module will cover basic ideas in functional programming, such as expressions, types, values, lists, pattern-matching and recursion, together with the specific language concurrency model, including process creation, message sending and receiving. Good concurrent design practices will be considered, based on networks of communicating processes (e.g. Actor and CSP models), and avoiding problems such as deadlock, livelock and starvation.
The later part of the module will cover more advanced topics (higher-order functions) and look at alternative concurrency models (e.g. synchronous, channel-based, join-based and shared-memory) and their relationship to the model described in the first part of the module. Alongside this, consideration will be given to the relevance and applicability of functional and concurrent programming for use in real applications.Read more
CO633 - Computer Networks and Communications
This modules contains two main components. It starts with a comprehensive and detailed study of current computer networks and communications technologies. You learn how the various hardware and software components are organised and how they actually work . A selection of key topics are then looked at in even greater depth to reveal the state-of-the-art and issues (problems) that remain to be solved.
Network Architectures and Protocols: This component provides a comprehensive study of network architecture and individual protocol layers, including details of the technologies, algorithms and protocols currently used.
The Advanced Topics component takes an in-depth look at a number of advanced topics in the area of computer communications, including details of the current practice and outstanding issues in a number of state-of-the-art areas.Read more
CO634 - Computer Security and Cryptography
Security has always been an important aspect of computing systems but its importance has increased greatly in recent years. In this module you learn about areas where security is of major importance and the techniques used to secure them. The areas you look at include computer operating systems (and increasingly, distributed operating systems), distributed applications (such as electronic commerce over the Internet) and embedded systems (ranging from smart cards and pay-TV to large industrial plant and telecommunications systems).Read more
CO636 - Cognitive Neural Networks
In this module you learn what is meant by neural networks and how to explain the mathematical equations that underlie them. You also build neural networks using state of the art simulation technology and apply these networks to the solution of problems. In addition, the module discusses examples of computation applied to neurobiology and cognitive psychology.Read more
CO637 - Natural Computation
This module enables students to take ideas from the natural sciences and use them as inspiration for new computational techniques. You examine developments in biological-inspired computation and their applications. There is also a practical element to the module; you implement one of the algorithms discussed in the lectures on the computers. Topics covered, include evolutionary computation and swarm intelligence.Read more
CO641 - Computer Graphics and Animation
Computer graphics and animation are important for a variety of technical and artistic applications including web design, HCI and GUI development, games and simulations, digital photography and cinema, medical and scientific visualization, etc.
This module introduces the subject from the perspective of computing. You will learn about technologies and techniques for modeling, manipulating, capturing, displaying and storing 2D and 3D scenes, digital images, animations and video. You will also gain practical experience of 3D modelling and animation tools.
Digital Imaging and Video:
Images, video and 3D
Capture and display
Enhancement and conversion
Formats and compression (e.g. GIF, JPEG, MPEG)
3D object and scene modelling with polygon meshes
Projection, clipping and visible surface determination
Illumination and shading
Ray tracing and photorealism
Warping and morphing
Kinematics, dynamics and collision detection
Particle systems and flocking
Computer-generated human characters and video-realismRead more
CO643 - Computing Law and Professional Responsibility
The scope of the module is outlined below. Note that topics will not necessarily be delivered in this order
Professional issues and professional organisations.
Data privacy legislation, and other UK laws relating to the professional use of computer systems
Criminal law relating to networked computer use, including new Anti-Terrorism legislation; and their application
Intellectual Property Rights, including Copyright, Patent and Contract Laws
Health & Safety issues.
Computer-based Projects, including the vendor-client relationship and professional responsibilitiesRead more
CO646 - Computing in the Classroom
Students will spend one half-day per week for ten weeks in a school with a nominated teacher. They will observe sessions taught by their designated teacher and possibly other teachers. Later they will act somewhat in the role of a teaching assistant, by helping individual pupils who are having difficulties or by working with small groups. They may take hotspots: brief sessions with the whole class where they explain a technical topic or talk about aspects of university life. They must keep a weekly log of their activities. Each student must also devise a special project in consultation with the teacher and with the module convener. They must then implement and evaluate the project.Read more
CO657 - Internet of Things
The module will cover a mixture of theoretical and practical topics in the area of the Internet of Things (IoT), that is, the use of Internet technologies to access and interact with objects in the physical world. This will include coverage of the range of sensor and actuator devices available, ways in which they communicate and compute, methods for getting information to and from IoT-enabled devices, and ways of visualising and processing data gained from the IoT. A practical component will consist of building the hardware and software for a sensor network and a system to visualise data from that network.Read more
CO659 - Computational Creativity
The module aim is to give students an overview and understanding of key
theoretical, practical and philosophical research and issues around
computational creativity, and to give them practical experience in writing and
evaluating creative software.
The module will cover the following topics:
Introduction to computational creativity
Examples of computational creativity software e.g. musical systems,
artistic systems, linguistic systems, proof generator systems,
furniture design systems
Evaluation of computational creativity systems (both of the quality
and the creativity of systems)
Philosophical issues concerning creativity in computers
Comparison of computer creativity to human creativity
Collaborative creativity between humans and computers
Overview of recent research directions/results in computational
Practical experience in writing creative softwareRead more
CO832 - Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
This module explores a range of different data mining and knowledge discovery techniques and algorithms. You learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different techniques and how to choose the most appropriate for any particular task. You use a state-of-the-art data-mining tool, and learn to evaluate the quality of discovered knowledge.Read more
CB612 - New Enterprise Development
This module is designed to provide students across the university with access to knowledge, skill development and training in the field of entrepreneurship with a special emphasis on developing a business plan in order to exploit identified opportunities. Hence, the module will be of value for students who aspire to establishing their own business and/or introducing innovation through new product, service, process, project or business development in an established organisation. The module complements students' final year projects in Computing, Law, Biosciences, Electronics, Multimedia, and Drama etc.
The curriculum is based on the business model canvas and lean start up principles (Osterwalder and Pigneur 2010) on designing a business plan for starting a new venture or introducing innovation in an established organisation. It includes the following areas of study:
The new business planning process and format, developing and evaluating the business idea, producing a business plan, which includes four main sections, namely, business concept, marketing plan, operational plan and financial plan.
Researching internal and external environment market research, value co-creation with customers, companys macro (i.e. PESTEL) and industry (Porters five forces) environment analysis, internal company analysis (Resource Based View), external collaborator analysis, and SWOT
Developing the business concept Identifying/developing the value proposition, specifying the business offer (i.e. use product anatomy analysis for presentation), deciding an appropriate ownership structure, laying out mission, aims and objectives (i.e. using SMART), and identifying legal formalities including intellectual property strategies.
Developing the marketing plan Identifying target customer groups, designing customer relationship management strategies and distribution channels, planning the sales and marketing processes, customer perceptions and customer care, developing quality standards for the business (i.e. using 7 Ps analysis for presentation).
Developing the operation plan Identifying key activities to be carried out, matching key activities with resources for an effective and efficient use of resources, planning and employing staff, planning and obtaining premises, physical and financial resources; phased implementation of the business plan.
Developing the financial plan Identifying appropriate sources of finance, and evaluating and managing the financial viability of a business by developing Forecast cash flow statement, Sales and Profit account and Profit and Loss Account, a description of the composition of the balance sheet, financial indicator- Breakeven analysis, by highlighting underlying assumptions.Read more
CO528 - Introduction to Intelligent Systems
This module covers the basic principles of machine learning and the kinds of problems that can be solved by such techniques. You learn about the philosophy of AI, how knowledge is represented and algorithms to search state spaces. The module also provides an introduction to both machine learning and biologically inspired computation.Read more
Teaching and assessment
Within the School of Computing are authors of widely used textbooks, a National Teaching Fellow and Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Award-winning scientists. Programmes are taught by leading researchers who are experts in their fields.
Teaching is based on lectures, with practical classes and seminars, but we are also introducing more innovative ways of teaching, such as virtual learning environments and work-based tuition. Work includes group projects, case studies and computer simulations, with a large-scale project of your own choice in the final year.
Each stage comprises eight modules. Most modules run for a single 12-week term. Each module has two lectures and one to two hours of classes, making 14 formal contact hours per week and eight hours of 'homework club' drop-in sessions each term.
We provide excellent support for you throughout your time at Kent. This includes access to web-based information systems, podcasts and web forums for students who can benefit from extra help. We use innovative teaching methodologies, including BlueJ and LEGO© Mindstorms for teaching Java programming.
Our staff have written internationally acclaimed textbooks for learning programming, which have been translated into eight languages and are used worldwide. A member of staff has received the SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. The award is made by ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.
Assessment is by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examination and details are shown in the module outlines on the web. Project modules are assessed wholly by coursework.
The marks from stage one do not go towards your final degree grade, but you must pass to continue to stage two.
Most stage two modules are assessed by coursework and end-of-year examination. Marks from stage two count towards your degree result.
Most stage three modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examination. Projects are assessed by your contribution to the final project, the final report, and oral presentation and viva examination. Marks from stage three count towards your degree result.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
In stage three your project counts for 25% of the year's marks.
The programme aims to:
- provide a programme that will attract and meet the needs of both those contemplating a career in computing and those motivated primarily by an intellectual interest in computer science
- be compatible with widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
- provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principles of Computer Science
- provide computing skills that will be of lasting value in a field that is constantly changing
- offer a range of options to enable students to match their interests and study some selected areas of computing in more depth
- provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge.
- provide relevant work experience.
- provide an opportunity to develop knowledge understanding and skills of relevance to computer science within an industrial or commercial organisation
- develop general critical, analytical and problem solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of different computing and non-computing settings.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- hardware: the major functional components of a computer system
- software: programming languages and practice; tools and packages; computer applications; structuring of data and information
- communication and interaction: basic computer communication network concepts; communication between computers and people; the control and operation of computers
- practice: problem identification and analysis; design development, testing and evaluation
- aspects of the core subject areas from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
You gain intellectual skills in:
- modelling: knowledge and understanding in the modelling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the trade-off involved in design choices.
- reflection and communication: presenting succinctly to a range of audiences rational and reasoned arguments.
- requirements: identifying and analysing criteria and specifications appropriate to specific problems and plan strategies for their solution
- criteria evaluation and testing: analysing the extent to which a computer-based system meets the criteria defined for its current use and future development
- methods and tools: deploying appropriate theory, practices, and tools for the specification, design, implementation, and evaluation of computer-based systems
- professional responsibility: recognising and be guided by the professional, economic, social, environmental, moral and ethical issues involved in the sustainable exploitation of computer technology
- computational thinking: demonstrating a basic analytical ability and its relevance to everyday life
- applying some of the intellectual skills specified for the programme from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- design and implementation: specifying, designing, and implementing computer-based systems
- evaluation: evaluate systems in terms of general quality attributes and possible tradeoffs presented within the given problem
- information management: applying the principles of effective information management, information organisation, and information retrieval skills to information of various kinds, including text, images, sound, and video
- tools: deploying effectively the tools used for the construction and documentation of software, with particular emphasis on understanding the whole process involved in using computers to solve practical problems
- operation: operating computing equipment and software systems effectively
- applying some of the subject-specific skills specified for the programme from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
You gain transferable skills in:
- teamwork: being able to work effectively as a member of a development team
- communication: making succinct presentations to a range of audiences about technical problems and their solutions
- information technology: effective use of general IT facilities; information retrieval skills.
- numeracy and literacy: understanding and explaining the quantitative and qualitative dimensions of a problem
- self management: managing one’s own learning and development, including time management and organisational skills.
- professional development: appreciating the need for continuing professional development in recognition of the need for lifelong learning.
Graduates who have both IT knowledge and business skills can expect excellent career prospects. Our graduates have gone on to work in:
- software engineering
- mobile applications development
- systems analysis
- web design and e-commerce
- finance and insurance
Recent graduates have gone on to develop successful careers at leading companies such as:
- BAE Systems
- The Walt Disney Company
Help finding a job
Employers are always keen to employ graduates with experience of the workplace, so your year in industry gives you a real advantage when it comes to starting your career.
The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:
- apply for jobs
- write a good CV
- perform well in interviews.
The School has a dedicated Employability Coordinator who is a useful contact for all student employability queries.
You can gain commercial experience working as a student consultant within the Kent IT Consultancy. You can also gain teaching experience by taking the Computing in the Classroom module.
You graduate with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of computer science and a range of professional skills, including:
To help you appeal to employers, you also learn key transferable skills that are essential for all graduates. These include the ability to:
- think critically
- communicate your ideas and opinions
- analyse situations and troubleshoot problems
- work independently or as part of a team.
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
Our Computer Science degree has full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Of Computer Science students who graduated from Kent in 2016, over 97% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).
According to Which? University (2017), the average starting salary for graduates of this degree is ‘high’ at £27,000.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
New GCSE grades
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
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Mathematics grade C
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The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)||
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
34 points overall or 16 points at HL including Mathematics 5 at HL or SL, or Mathematics Studies 6 at SL
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
Meet our staff in your country
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
English Language Requirements
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
General entry requirements
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The 2019/20 tuition fees have not yet been set. As a guide only, the 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
Your fee status
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for Year in Industry
For 2018/19 entrants, the standard year in industry fee for home, EU and international students is £1,385.
Fees for Year Abroad
UK, EU and international students on an approved year abroad for the full 2018/19 academic year pay £1,385 for that year.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
General additional costs
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
For 2018/19 entry, the scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.