If you’re a critical thinker, organized and familiar with computers and computing then you have come to the right place.
Did you know the IT, software and computer industry employs around 775,000 people in the UK, based on figures from 2019? Why not be part of that?
We are here to help guide you!
What is computer science?
Computer science is the study of computers and computing as well as their theoretical and practical applications. It looks at hardware and software as well as algorithms, functions and source code design. It is quite in depth and also covers compilers, software applications and operating systems.
Computer science can be quite hard and challenging for many students and it is recommended that you invest quite a lot of time into it should you study it.
What work is involved in computer science?
The work involved in computer science is dependent on what job in the area you decide to go for. There are a wide variety of jobs in the area which we will get to later but for now, we look at the duties carried out in the general role of computer scientist. They include:
- Use technology to solve problems
- Write and programme software
- Create applications
- Develop models and algorithms
- Test new systems and designs
- Create new computing languages
- Find new methods for working with computers
- Present findings to colleagues
- Improve computer hardware performance
- Conduct research involving experimentation and modelling
- Investigate technological fields such as artificial intelligence and robotics
There are many courses on offer in computer science at a postgraduate level across the UK. Some courses offer the opportunity to study part time or full time basis. With current Covid-19 restrictions, some courses may begin online and finish on the campus of your chosen university. Examples of courses available are:
Courses in computer engineering will introduce students to a wide range of existing and emerging technologies and covers areas such as coding, software development, problem solving, computing, digital technologies and engineering. Students will develop their skills in the field and may also learn to programme robotic devices and develop phone applications.
Data Analytics Engineering
Courses in data analytics engineering will allow students to develop both their skills and knowledge within the technology and data environment. Areas of focus include databases, data management, web technologies, analysis and computing fundamentals. Research skills are important in these courses as well as the ability to think critically.
Cyber Security Engineering
If you are hoping to gain advanced knowledge in computing, networking and information security, a course in cyber security engineering might be the right choice for you. Key focuses include web and software development as well as skills in becoming ethical hackers, penetrate test networks as well as prevent and eradicate malware.
Postgraduate computer science courses will look at a range of topics. They may include cloud computing, cyber security, semantic computing artificial intelligence, modern software systems, computational games and more.
There are also courses available in Big Data Technologies, Cyber Security and Forensics, FinTeach with Business Analytics, Advanced Computer Science, Data Networks and Security and Video Game Development, to name a few.
Entry requirements for different courses will differ from university to university. An honours degree is mostly required. In some cases a 2.2 degree is required while in other cases a 2.1 degree is necessary. Some courses may require an honours degree in computer science specifically while others accept an honours degree in any discipline. Specific entry requirements can be found online on course overviews and university websites.
Like any field, the specific role you decide to work in will determine your salary so it is hard to give an exact number. In the general field, the average salary is around £57,000. That can vary depending on location, exact field you’re working in and your experience. These figures are based on estimates.
- Large computer and software companies
- Research companies
- Local and national government
- Social media companies
- Large manufacturers
- Software Developer – create computer software
- Computer Hardware Engineer – oversee, manufacture, install and test computer systems
- Computer Systems Analyst – research hardware and software and develop new systems to improve or update current ones
- Web Developer – develop world wide web applications using a client-server model
- Computer Scientist
Skills and requirements
Helpful skills or working in computer science include:
- Strong math skills
- Excellent knowledge of computers and technology
- Able to analyse problems and trace them to the origin of the problems
- A problem solver
- Critical thinker
- Analytical skills
- Organized and strong time management
- Attention to detail and accuracy
- Systematic approach to working