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BSc Computer Science

Study programming, software design, computer systems and security, networking and operations, web technology, and more. Carry out a final-year project in your area of interest.

BSc Computer Science with Industrial Year

Undertaking a year in industry gives you paid real-world experience in your chosen field. A dedicated placements officer will help you find a placement and support you with your application.

BSc Mathematics with Computer Science

You’ll complement your maths studies with key computing skills such as programming, making you highly desirable to a range of employers.
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BSc Mathematics with Computer Science with a Placement Year

This technical course will develop your digital and mathematical skills, and give you an insight into industry.

Industry-relevant courses

Major international companies are actively involved in the development of our courses through our Industrial Advisory Board.

All our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society – the Chartered Institute for IT. Our maths courses are also accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Enviable location

You’ll be located in the heart of the UK’s digital tech sector, giving you exciting placement and employment opportunities in your chosen field. 

The Emerging Tech Report 2020 found that Reading has the fourth highest number of digital tech organisations in the UK ("The Emerging Tech Report 2020", The Data City).


Employment prospects

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93% of graduates from Computer Science are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation; of those in full-time employment, 100% are in graduate-level roles.

Source: Based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2022, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20; includes first degree Computer Science responders.

Your career

At Reading, we help prepare you for a rewarding, challenging career in the areas and technologies of your choice, whether that's commercially focused or research based.

Aside from the digital tech industry, studying Computer Science can lead to a career in a range of alternative sectors, such as: aerospace and defence; healthcare; manufacturing; retail; and finance. Potential job roles include software engineering, programming, cybersecurity, network implementation, database design, data analytics, systems testing and integration, website development, and IT consulting.

Our links with nearby multinational companies enable us to host guest speakers and run an annual careers fair so you can network with company representatives.

Read about our industry connections

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Fees and funding

There is a variety of funding support available to our undergraduates. You may be eligible for government loans, grants or bursaries. 

Students from the UK can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. They may also be eligible for grants and bursaries depending on their circumstances.  

Undergraduate fees and funding
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Practical learning

"The course surprised me by being so practical. Every year had memorable sessions that drove home the theoretical learning."

Ross Beale, BSc Computer Science graduate

Read more about how you'll study
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Online courses

Before you join the University, you can experience the challenges and rewards of studying computer science with our free and flexible online courses.


Our Begin Robotics course provides a great introduction to computer science – whether you're learning for fun, to develop a new skill, or to prepare for an undergraduate degree with us.

Data science certification with KNIME

We’ve teamed up with KNIME – the company behind one of the leading data science and machine learning platforms – to create the KNIME Certification Program in Data Science.

Gain certification as part of a core module on our BSc Computer Science and BSc Computer Science with Industrial Year courses. Demonstrate your digital skills and knowledge of this industry-relevant platform to stand out to employers.

Athena SWAN Silver Award
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