Study part-time at the UK’s leading university for Enterprise to develop the confidence and networks you need to successfully build a business, and your own career.
This course is ideal if you have ambitions to start your own business, are working in an existing organisation or already run your own company. You'll learn to identify new products, processes and markets, and adopt innovative techniques to exploit opportunities.
The course is supported by award-winning academics and an influential network of highly skilled entrepreneurs, giving you access to their expertise and experience as well as providing valuable connections for the future. They help to deepen your understanding of the challenges faced by people in enterprise.
We aim to equip you with a practical toolkit to support the knowledge you will gain, providing immediate relevance and the tools to launch your career or business. You will develop the skills to identify promising opportunities that are right for you, and to create a business that will exploit these opportunities.
You’ll work on a range of projects to gain practical experience and connect with successful entrepreneurs, including creating your own pop-up business, as well as visits to small businesses to explore their approaches to growth. Then we use theory to deepen your understanding and to shed light on complex issues and challenges faced by enterprising people.
Part-time delivery enables you to work while you learn and leaves you with time for other commitments.
Academic and entrepreneurial excellence
The University of Leeds offers a diverse learning environment for people from a range of backgrounds who have a keen desire to learn and practice enterprise.
The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies is the focal point for enterprise education on campus at the University of Leeds. It provides exceptional research-based enterprise teaching and practical support.
The Centre can help you locate enterprise opportunities and get involved in entrepreneurial activities outside of your studies, such as joining a student enterprise group, starting a business, taking on a social project or entering a national competition.
You will also benefit from our excellent connections with business, locally, regionally and nationally. The Centre’s network of Enterprise Ambassadors provide real-world projects and deliver workshops as part of the programme. They come from a wide range of business sectors, helping you to understand how to apply your enterprise education in practice.
The University of Leeds is recognised as a leading entrepreneurial University in the UK. We have won the title Entrepreneurial University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2015), received The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship (Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2015) and The Guardian University Award for Entrepreneurship (2016). Kairen Skelley, Head of Spark, the University's business start-up service, has also been named Higher Education Enterprise Champion (National Enterprise Educator Awards 2015).
In year one you’ll explore successful enterprise and entrepreneurship and their role in society worldwide. You’ll explore how enterprise is seen around the world, and how different geographical and economic contexts create challenges for new ventures.
You’ll consider contemporary challenges and debates during guest lectures with successful entrepreneurs, hearing first-hand about their experience of the latest topics. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply what you have learned to your own business idea or an existing business, whilst drawing on their expertise.
In year two, you’ll take an in-depth look at social enterprises and alternative business models, including how best to grow an existing small business.
You’ll also work alongside our full-time students on a consultancy project for a local small-medium enterprise, building relationships with the founders and staff (you can read a student case study about a recent project). Some examples of recent projects include: ‘helping an ethical gifts retailer turn their sales performance around’; ‘undertaking a market and brand analysis for a luxury camping business’ and ‘researching the Jordanian and Indian market for a healthcare software company’.
You’ll be introduced to research methods, developing understanding of how to gain important market insights and analyse the viability of a business idea.
In the final semester of year two, you’ll complete the Enterprise Dissertation, an individual project that can be used to explore opportunities for your own business venture, develop a plan for growth in an existing business you are connected to, or to research in-depth an area of interest.
This part-time course enables existing entrepreneurs to continue to develop their business, whilst professionals and budding entrepreneurs can work alongside their studies. Combining work and study can often be to your advantage, since the experiences gained in your professional life will add depth and relevance.
You’ll study over two years, attending classes for one day per week from late September to early May with one-month breaks at Christmas and Easter. In year one, you'll also study for five days across June and July. In year two, you’ll attend meetings with your dissertation supervisor from April to September. You can expect to attend for approximately 27 days in year one and 17 days in year two (plus dissertation meetings).
Year 1 Compulsory modules
Year 2 Compulsory modules
We use a variety of different teaching methods such as lectures, small group seminars, personal tutorials, consultancy fieldwork, market research fieldwork, and company visits. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.
You’ll also be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.
Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Computer Science: Informatique at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
The MSc in Computer Science: Informatique is a Dual Degree scheme between Swansea University and Université Grenoble Alpes for computer science.
The MSc in Computer Science: Informatique Grenoble dual degree scheme is a two year programme that provides students with an opportunity to study in both Swansea, UK and Grenoble, France. One year of the Computer Science: Informatique programme students study at Swansea University and the second year of the programme students study at Université Grenoble Alpes. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive an M.Sc. in Advanced Computer Science from Swansea University and a Master from Université Grenoble Alpes.
- We are top in the UK for career prospects [Guardian University Guide 2018]
- 5th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2018]7th in the UK for student satisfaction with 98% [National Student Survey 2016]
- We are in the UK Top 10 for teaching quality [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]
- 12th in the UK overall and Top in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]
- 92% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [HESA data 2014/15]
- UK TOP 20 for Research Excellence [Research Excellence Framework 2014]
- Our Project Fair allows students to present their work to local industry
- Strong links with industry
- £31m Computational Foundry for computer and mathematical sciences will provide the most up-to-date and high quality teaching facilities featuring world-leading experimental set-ups, devices and prototypes to accelerate innovation and ensure students will be ready for exciting and successful careers. (From September 2018)
- Top University in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]
Modules on the MSc in Computer Science: Informatique may include:
Critical Systems; IT-Security: Theory and Practice; Visual Analytics; Data Science Research Methods and Seminars; Big Data and Data Mining; Data Visualization; Human Computer Interaction; Big Data and Machine Learning; Web Application Development; High Performance Computing in C/C++; Software Testing; Graphics Processor Programming; Embedded System Design; Mathematical Skills for Data Scientists; Logic in Computer Science; Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition; High-Performance Computing in C/C++; Hardware and Devices; Modelling and Verification Techniques; Operating Systems and Architectures.
The Department of Computer Science is well equipped for teaching, and is continually upgrading its laboratories to ensure equipment is up-to-date – equipment is never more than three years old, and rarely more than two. Currently, Computer Science students use three fully networked laboratories: one, running Windows; another running Linux; and a project laboratory, containing specialised equipment. These laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog among many; integrated programme development environments such as Visual Studio and Netbeans; the widely-used Microsoft Office package; web access tools; and many special purpose software tools including graphical rendering and image manipulation tools; expert system production tools; concurrent system modelling tools; World Wide Web authoring tools; and databases.
As part of our expansion, we are building the Computational Foundry on our Bay Campus for computer and mathematical sciences. This development is exciting news for Swansea Mathematics who are part of the vibrant and growing community of world-class research leaders drawn from computer and mathematical sciences.
All Computer Science courses will provide you the transferable skills and knowledge to help you take advantage of the excellent employment and career development prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry.
94% of our Postgraduate Taught Computer Science Graduates were in professional level work or study [DLHE 14/15].
Some example job titles include:
Software Engineer: Motorola Solutions
Change Coordinator: Logica
Software Developer/Engineer: NS Technology
Workflow Developer: Irwin Mitchell
IT Developer: Crimsan Consultants
Consultant: Crimsan Consultants
Programmer: Evil Twin Artworks
Web Developer & Web Support: VSI Thinking
Software Developer: Wireless Innovations
Associate Business Application Analyst: CDC Software
Software Developer: OpenBet Technologies
Technical Support Consultant: Alterian
Programming: Rock It
Software Developer: BMJ Group
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Swansea Computer Science ranked 11th in the UK for percentage of world-leading research, and 1st in Wales for research excellence. 40% of our submitted research assessed as world-leading quality (4*).