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Applied Computer Science MEng, BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    Computing is critical to all areas of modern life. This course will give you insight into key theoretical aspects of the subject but also places great emphasis on the practical skills needed to develop computing infrastructure and solve computational problems in areas such as engineering, healthcare and the business world.

    You'll learn the fundamentals of software development and how to build secure and efficient systems for desktop, web and mobile environments. You will also be able to develop skills in more specialized areas such as data science, cloud computing and robotics.

    A wide range of optional modules are available, allowing you to study topics that relate to your own interests and career ambitions. You'll also undertake project work at every level of the course, equipping you with the problem-solving and team-working skills that you will need in your future career.

    You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BSc) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BSc) degree on this course.

    Find out more about the MEng, BSc and BSc

    Specialist facilities

    You’ll have access to specialist facilities including well-equipped labs containing Linux and Microsoft platforms.

    For final-year project work you’ll also be able to make the most of our research facilities, such as a 53-megapixel powerwall display and dedicated 3D virtual reality suite, a new testbed for cloud computing and dedicated labs with high-spec, dual-display Linux workstations, iPad, Mac and Android development areas.

  • Course content

    Your first year will introduce you to the foundations of the subject. You will study the basic principles of programming, develop your mathematical skills and learn about computer architecture. Optional modules will introduce you to fundamental web technologies.

    Year 2 will build on this knowledge base, taking you deeper into more theoretical areas such as algorithms and artificial intelligence whilst also giving you practical skills in software engineering and user interface creation. Options at this level cover topics such as data mining and the development of fully-fledged web applications tailored for mobile environments and social media.

    In Year 3 you will have a much wider choice of modules, giving you the chance to study specialist areas such as data analytics and visualization, security, distributed systems, mobile computing and robotics. You will also undertake a major individual project – an opportunity for you to specialise in an area of your choice, working for an extended period with a member of academic staff.

    If you study the MEng qualification, you will continue into Year 4. Options available here cover advanced topics drawn from our research strengths, including big data systems, machine learning, semantic technologies and cloud computing. You will take part in a substantial group project on a specific engineering problem that allows you to apply everything you’ve learned during the course, and you can choose to undertake a further individual research project.


    Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.

    Find out more about our Projects


    You’ll study computing ethics as part of your course. This is taught using real life case studies, with input from specialist ethicists as well as your tutors and lecturers. The team responsible for the ethics taught in computing has produced educational material used to stimulate debate in class about topics such as ethical hacking, open source software, and use of personal data.

    Not only will this enhance your reasoning and decision making skills which are crucial to employers, but it will help you identify and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas that you will encounter in your professional life in the IT industry.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Databases 10 credits
    • Computer Architecture 10 credits
    • Computer Processors 10 credits
    • Fundamental Mathematical Concepts 10 credits
    • Introduction to Discrete Mathematics 10 credits
    • Procedural Programming 10 credits
    • Object Oriented Programming 10 credits
    • Professional Computing 20 credits
    • Programming Project 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • Programming for the Web 10 credits
    • Introduction to Web Technologies 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Operating Systems 10 credits
    • Networks 10 credits
    • Formal Languages and Finite Automata 10 credits
    • Artificial Intelligence 10 credits
    • Algorithms and Data Structures I 10 credits
    • User Interfaces 10 credits
    • Requirements Engineering 10 credits
    • Systems Thinking 10 credits
    • Software Engineering 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Web Application Development 10 credits
    • Social and Mobile Web Application Development 10 credits
    • Data Mining 10 credits
    • Numerical Computation 10 credits
    • Algorithms and Data Structures II 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Secure Computing 10 credits
    • Individual Project 40 credits

    Optional modules

    • Web Services and Web Data 10 credits
    • Distributed Systems 10 credits
    • Parallel Computation 10 credits
    • Mobile Application Development 10 credits
    • Cryptography 10 credits
    • Programming Languages and Compilation 10 credits
    • Intelligent Systems and Robotics 20 credits
    • Information Visualization 10 credits
    • User Adaptive Intelligent Systems 10 credits
    • Decision Modelling 10 credits
    • Computer Graphics 10 credits
    • Combinatorial Optimisation 10 credits
    • Graph Algorithms and Complexity Theory 10 credits
    • Functional Programming 10 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Group Project 30 credits

    Optional modules

    • Big Data Systems 15 credits
    • Bio-Inspired Computing 15 credits
    • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning 15 credits
    • Parallel and Concurrent Programming 15 credits
    • Cloud Computing 15 credits
    • Semantic Technologies and Applications 15 credits
    • Image Analysis 15 credits
    • Advanced Software Engineering 15 credits
    • Scientific Computation 15 credits
    • Graph Theory: Structure and Algorithms 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Applied Computer Science MEng, BSc in the course catalogue

    For more information on typical modules, read Applied Computer Science BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    You’ll study among academics who are leading their fields. Our research feeds directly into our teaching, meaning you’ll learn about the very latest developments in your subject while gaining the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the IT industry.

    To help you benefit from our expertise, we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, lab classes, tutorials and example classes. Together they will equip you with in-depth knowledge and key practical skills that will put you in a good position to compete in science and technology-related careers. You’ll also work with an academic supervisor on your projects.

    Our personal tutorial system will provide academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.

    In addition, our excellent student support team is based close to where you’ll work and study to help with anything from academic advice to timetabling and project submission enquiries.


    You’ll be assessed using various methods including formal exams, lab practicals and project reports. Throughout the year, you’ll also be assessed using coursework, worksheets, in-module tests, example sheets and presentations to develop your knowledge and allow us to monitor your progress.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA GCSE Mathematics grade B or above is also required.

    Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

    Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

    GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including Mathematics) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.

    • BTEC

      D*D*D and GCSE Mathematics grade B or above.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level including 6 points in either standard level Mathematics or Computing. If only Computing is offered from the IB, Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics is required.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2, including Mathematics.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AABBB overall with AA in 2 Advanced Highers to include Mathematics or Computing.

    • Other Qualifications

      IT or Engineering Diploma: A (plus A or above in Mathematics or Computing in A-level).

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where candidates can demonstrate interest and aptitude for the subject, we may make a lower offer (usually AAB or equivalent). Where Maths or Computing are required this must be at grade A.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    Foundation year

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

    - University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

    - Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

    - Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

    If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each section.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Next steps

    Suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, for which we strongly encourage attendance, as this gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic and admissions staff, and find out more about your course. You’ll take part in a practical computing activity followed by a student-led tour.

    An interview with an academic will normally form part of this process. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

    Admissions policy

    Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £20,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    The School of Computing offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

    Find out more about our Scholarships

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates from the School of Computing have excellent job prospects. With the continuing application of computer technologies, rapid growth of hardware and software technologies, their allied industries, and widespread application, the demand for our graduates is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

    90% of our recent graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of graduating. Our graduates find employment in the IT industry, ranging from start-ups to international organisations, and across a range of other sectors including technology, retail, finance, public authorities and consultancies. We have graduates working for example at Barclays, BT Group – Openreach, CSC, EMIS, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu, Goodrich ISR Systems, Imagination Technologies, Microsoft and PepsiCo.

    We have close links with companies such as IBM, Accenture and Hewlett Packard, and employers ranging from small/medium enterprises to large multi-nationals consistently target our graduates.

    Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working

    Careers support

    You’ll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

    You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

    Find out more about careers support and employability

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    Work placements

    With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

    As a BEng student you have the option to undertake the placement between years 2 and 3. MEng, BEng students can choose to do this either between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.

    Find out more about work placements

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