City University London
Computer Science BSc (Hons)
City University London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

If you are interested in how software technologies are built and work, our Computer Science degree is ideal. You’ll learn about programming languages, coding and solving computational problems. Your practical expertise can lead to careers in development and architecture for software, systems and mobile apps.

This degree is suitable for students who are looking for a career with a comprehensive grounding in computing. A strong interest in software technologies is a requisite, together with a desire to understand how they work and are built. Applicants should be motivated to keep up-to-date in a field in which rapid and accelerating change is the rule rather than the exception. The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and fully meets the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science focuses on how software and programming work can be used to solve real-world problems. This degree will enable you to develop a systematic knowledge of computer science, and you will be able to evaluate situations to computer science problems, assess current techniques as well as gaining an appreciation of the foundations of computation, acquire an understanding of the structure of programming languages and develop the skills to use coding creatively in solving computational problems.

  • Elective modules in your third year let you tailor your degree to your developing interests, such as computer vision, AI and advanced game technology.

  • Develop systematic knowledge of computer science, with a focus on how software and programming can be used to solve real-world problems

  • Learn to evaluate solutions to computer science problems

  • Develop commercially valuable skills for your future career

  • Work with City’s internationally renowned research groups to develop knowledge at the forefront of computing science

  • Acquire state-of-the-art approaches to a wide variety of technologies

  • Learn to code creatively and use programming languages accurately

  • Study in City’s computing labs, which include the latest hardware and software, such as state-of-art NVidia GPUs

  • Boost your expertise and employability with an optional one-year work placement

  • Gain three years of professional experience with our innovative Professional Pathway Scheme, combining paid employment and study.

The School has its own dedicated placements team with over 20 years of experience in providing on-hand placement and internship support as well as guidance for students throughout their studies. Placements are highly encouraged at City. Students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary. In recent years students from our computer science courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as IBM, PlayStation, Disney, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 110 graduates of Computer Science BSc (Hons) and other courses in at City University London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
68 /100
110 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Computer Science

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28000 £32500 £39500
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £34000 £21000 - £41000 £26000 - £52500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Computer Science

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27334 £25150 £29857
25-75 percentile range £23230 - £32967 £18886 - £32933 £21689 - £41100

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Computer Science BSc (Hons) at City University London

70% Information Technology Professionals
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Customer service occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Quality and Regulatory Professionals

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows: Assessment Year 1 - Written examination: 41% - Coursework: 59% Year 2 - Written examination: 35% - Coursework: 65% Year 3 - Written examination: 35% - Coursework: 65%

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Grades ABB (preferably to include Computer Science or Mathematics)

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Computer Science

Qualification requirements

Grades ABB (preferably to include Computer Science or Mathematics)

We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an ‘A’ Level offer reduced by one grade.

IB with 32 points to include 6 in all Higher Level subjects

IT/Numerate subjects (e.g. IT(Software Development) preferred

We do accept applications from students who are completing a combination of qualifications. For this course, this would be something like: D* in IT with a grade B in ‘A’ Level Computer Science and a grade B in another ‘A’ Level. We may also take ‘AS’ Level grades into consideration.

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Computer Science, BSc (Hons).


Tuition Fees Computer Science BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
EU £18210 year 1
International £18210 year 1

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of City University London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of City University London in related subject specific rankings.

Computer Science

    • #31 
    • #41 
    Computer Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #32 
    • #301 
    Computer Science
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

See all 30 university rankings of City University London

About City University London

Founded in 1894, City University London (a.k.a. City) is located in Central London. Due to its location, City attracts students from around the world, and as a result offers a diverse campus culture. The facilities on-site have been developed with each student’s future work environment in mind. So Law students have access to simulation courts of law, and future Nurses can expect to make use of mock medical wards. Academics aside, being located in Central London means learners can get around quickly thanks to the numerous public transport options in the area.

Student composition of City University London

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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