Department of Computer Science


Excellence scholarships

A full list of scholarships can be found on the University's funding pages.

Thinking of studying for a computer science degree?

We offer four undergraduate programmes, please see our e-prospectus web pages for more details on entry requirements, placements and other key information:

Play the video Our students and staff talk about the Department, explore the University and give a taste of life at Bath.
Play the video Rupert McKay, a Computer Science Undergraduate, talks about why he chose his programme.

Sam Cove, placement student at Microsoft

Sam Cove - Microsoft placement student

“I had a brilliant time – from meeting Microsoft’s CEO to testing Xbox Kinect and Windows Phone before public release. And best of all, the experience landed me a job offer before I even began my final year. Doing a placement is a no-brainer; it gives you the edge to succeed.”


Studying here

Studying computer science here is an exciting and varied experience.

The first year provides you with a robust grounding in the theory and practice of computer programming.

These elements continue in the second year when you work on a group project to develop an interactive application - from requirements analysis to end-user evaluation and incorporating theory and methods concerning the interaction between humans and computers. At the same time, your technical and scientific skills are extended with topics such as graphics and computer vision.

In the final year you can choose areas in which you are particularly interested and develop your own research project with the support of a supervisor, whose own research is close to your chosen topic.

The Computer Science community

We work hard to build a strong community to support and encourage you during your studies. The student group - Bath Computer Science Society (BCSS) - is very active in organising lunchtime lectures and workshops from influential professional computer scientists.

Strong links are also maintained with past students who help future graduates in a number of ways providing skills sessions, seminars and talks about their experiences both as students here and within their careers.

Additionally, you will be supported throughout your studies by a full-time Director of Teaching and Personal Tutor.

Optional placement year

We offer a fully supported, one year placement with a prestigious employer after your second year.

Placements are at the heart of our superb graduate employment record. Companies know how well this works and how valuable our students are as employees, offering us many more places than we can fill and providing over half of our students a job offer during their placements.

The opportunity to earn a full salary during the programme is another big bonus!

After graduation

Our graduates are highly sought after and are placed in world leading companies and institutions. Major employment industries include:

  • computing and communications companies
  • software houses
  • accountancy
  • banking and finance institutions
  • management and computing consultancies
  • government departments
  • research laboratories
  • media

The media industry has offered our graduates employment in publishing, games software, virtual reality, multimedia applications for film and video, computer animation, internet hardware and software support and development.