Modern society has been transformed by computers and mobile devices, and computer science is at the forefront of this transformation. Come to Reading, in the heart of the UK’s 'Silicon Valley', to join the computer scientists helping to drive these changes.
Computer science is about every aspect of computing in our daily lives. As technology advances, the importance of storing, processing and communicating digital information increases. The combination of technical and soft skills we provide means that you will be ready for employment immediately after graduation.
Computer science is constantly evolving, so new ideas and international discoveries are built into our courses. You will gain a grounding in core areas, and will have the option to specialise in the areas that interest you the most.
Our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) – the Chartered Institute for IT. You will learn from expert lecturers who use state-of-the-art methods of teaching, whether it be team-based learning or online learning, building on our highly successful free online courses. In the final-year project you will have opportunities to join live research projects, or work on your ideas to produce workable products that can be used in various applications.
Our excellent facilities and software support your core studies, but also ensure that you are able to pursue your own projects and interests. Our dedicated computing laboratories include approximately 200 workstations, virtual reality headsets, and a big data computing cluster. A wide range of software packages are used to support the Computer Science curriculum, including tools for software/apps development, systems modelling, data science, mathematical manipulation and more.
Links with industry
Major international companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Sony and Nationwide are actively involved in our courses through both student placements and our Industrial Advisory Board, ensuring that our courses match industry requirements.
Many of the world's high-tech and IT industries are located within a short distance of the University, and often employ our students after graduation. Companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard (HP), and Intel have their UK headquarters nearby.
You will be ideally placed to take advantage of the high density of tech businesses in the area by making connections with like-minded industry people at local tech and developer meetups. You can raise your own professional profile while solving real-world problems and talking through the latest discoveries and innovations.
Reading is also home to the Thames Valley AI Hub (TVAI Hub), which pulls together the incredible artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data community of academics, researchers, technologists, clinicians and business strategists in the Thames Valley. This provides an opportunity for everyone to learn, collaborate, share knowledge, and explore and develop business opportunities and partnerships.
Our degrees will prepare you for your chosen career in this constantly evolving field through the development of transferable and subject-specific skills. Overall, 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. .
Our graduates use their skills to innovate in areas such as data science and machine learning, artificial intelligence, programming and software engineering, data management and integration, distributed systems such as blockchain technologies, and cloud computing.
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.
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 Based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2022, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20; includes first degree Computer Science responders.
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I chose to study at Reading due to its strong reputation, both specifically in my degree course and as a university as a whole, as well as its high rate of graduate employment for my course. This is due in part to its excellent location among some of the largest global technology companies.
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