Department of Informatics

BSc or MComp Computer Science?

We offer two undergraduate degree courses in Computer Science, leading to either a BSc (Bachelor of Science) or MComp (Master of Computing).

Q: What is the difference between the Computer Science BSc and MComp?
A: BSc Computer Science consists of three years of academic study, whereas the MComp consists of four years of study. Both are undergraduate courses, but MComp is a Masters-level qualification. Students from the UK/EU can fund the fourth year of the MComp by extending their existing undergraduate student loan. The University online prospectus contains detailed information on the BSc Computer Science and MComp Computer Science course content and modules.

Q: What are the advantages of doing the MComp compared to the BSc?
A: BSc Computer Science is excellent preparation for a career in the computing and related industries, and graduates have progressed very quickly into senior technical and management positions. MComp Computer Science is appropriate for students who want to apply for jobs in the computing industry that demand deeper knowledge in a specialised area (such as artificial intelligence, digital media, IT management, or mobile systems) and that require complex problem solving and analytical skills. The MComp would give such students an advantage in the jobs market. The MComp is also good preparation for research in computer science and its applications.

Q: Does the MComp have professional accreditation?
A: Yes, the MComp has initial accreditation from BCS – the Chartered Institute for IT as meeting the requirements for Chartered IT Professional and CITP Further Learning, and the educational requirements for both Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist registration. This is a higher level of accreditation than is possible with a BSc – or even a BSc followed by a specialist MSc in computing.

Q: Can I switch between the BSc and MComp Computer Science courses?
A: Up until the end of year 2 the courses are the same. On completion of the 2nd year, students on the BSc whose grades are high enough are given the option of transferring to the MComp. Students already on the MComp must reach this level of attainment otherwise they are transferred to the BSc.

Q: Can the MComp be combined with an industrial placement year or a study year abroad?
A: Yes. The industrial placement or year abroad is usually taken after the second year of the course, just as with the BSc.