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Course content

Our computer science conversion course is for those who have little or no experience in computing. You will study the principles and practice of computing. It will include the fundamentals of computing science, database design, network technologies and programming.

This course can also be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), for example by ICT teachers who are switching to the new Computer Science curriculum.

Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment (around 90%). Recent examples include:

-Graduate Trainee, British Airways

-Software Developer, IBM UK

-Graduate Developer, Scott Logic

-Software Engineer, BT

Our research expertise feeds into our teaching. This means that you learn at the cutting edge of the discipline. We incorporate new techniques and knowledge into your learning and have an active research community. We have several research groups and four three research centres.

Delivery

The course is delivered by the School of Computing. You can study over one year full time or two years' part time.

The first nine months of the full time course are devoted to taught modules (120 credits), which are examined by written papers. There will be about 20 contact hours per week. You will also undertake a substantial amount of supervised and unsupervised practical work.

The taught part of the course follows three main threads:

  • programming: introduces the Java programming language
  • computer architecture: covers the basic structure of computers and computer networks
  • software engineering: considers the problems of the design and implementation of large computing systems produced by a team of designers and programmers

The three summer months are devoted to a dissertation project (worth 60 credits).

You can find more information on the School website:

Accreditation

We seek British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all our degrees. This ensures that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry. A BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation. This is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.

The School of Computing Science at Newcastle University is an accredited and a recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

Facilities

You will have dedicated computing facilities in the School of Computing. You will have access to the latest tools for system analysis and development. For certain projects, special facilities for networking can be set up as required.

You will enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support your studies, including:

  • over 300 dedicated PCs running Linux and Windows
  • an immersive virtual reality suite
  • motion capture facilities
  • 3D printing facilities
  • Graphics Processing Unit
  • cloud scale virtualisation facilities
  • Linux based home pages and student hosting services
  • haptic and wearable computing hardware

Our new £50m Science Central building is currently under construction. We are due to move there in Autumn 2017. The move will further enhance the facilities available to our students and academic community.


Visit the Computer Science - MSc page on the Newcastle University website for more details!

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