Computer Science
School of Engineering & Computer Science
Students in a Computer Science lab at the University of Hull

Here are our top 10 reasons to choose to study Computer Science with us at the University of Hull:

  1. 1. A postgraduate degree with a personal touch

    • We pride ourselves on our excellent staff–student relations. We foster a friendly atmosphere and provide a supportive environment where staff and students regularly mingle over coffee and all academics have an open-door policy. We are small enough to maintain a friendly and purposeful atmosphere, yet large enough to offer a range of postgraduate opportunities.

      Our postgraduate students are a well-integrated and fundamental part of our research community and contribute a great deal to the shaping of the school. For this reason, we pride ourselves on the individual support we provide for our postgraduate students to make sure that they are each able to achieve their full potential.

  2. 2. World-leading research

    • We are ranked in joint fifth position for research impact nationally in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), with 80% of the research we submitted being assessed as ‘world-leading’.

      The School undertakes high-quality international research in applied, niche areas of the subject domain. Much of this research is multidisciplinary, involving members of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, other universities, commercial organisations or healthcare providers. A key element of our research strategy is a significant involvement with national and international research networks.

      The School’s research is organised within five groups, ranging from artificial intelligence and informatics to simulation and visualization. Each of these groups has dedicated laboratory space with facilities to support research by academic staff, research associates and assistants, and postgraduate research students.

      The school also houses the Hull Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE), a multi-million pound virtual environment & computer graphics research centre, which provides a focus for interdisciplinary research.

  3. 3. Vibrant postgraduate research community

    • We have a vibrant research environment and this continues to grow thanks to the enthusiasm of our staff and student community.

      New students are immediately welcomed into research groups within their school. Students are encouraged to work alongside our professors and lecturers to contribute to scholarship in their chosen discipline.

  4. 4. Unrivalled student experience

    • One of the greatest advantages of studying at Hull is the added value we provide compared to similar degrees across the UK — opportunities and activities that we offer beyond a typical course. Many of these extra activities outside of the taught syllabus will give you the skills to stand out in the competitive employment market.

      You’ll find the School is an exceptionally rewarding and exciting place to study. From Rather Useful Seminars to Game Jams, from Freeside to the Computer Society, taking part is great fun and gives you an extra edge over graduates from elsewhere.

      For example, our students have had outstanding success in the Imagine Cup, a prestigious international competition which showcases student achievement.

      In fact, Microsoft have so much respect for our Imagine Cup experience that one of our lecturers, Rob Miles, became the Worldwide Competition Captain of the Imagine Cup Software Development Challenge.

  5. 5. We adopt the latest technology

    • Our excellent relationship with industry enables us to secure and deploy the latest technology to our teaching and research labs.

      For example, our dedicated games lab provides access to a variety of console development platforms in teaching – including PS3 and PS4 kits.

      The School is also a member of Microsoft Academic Alliance, which enables our students to gain access (for no cost) to virtually the entire range of Microsoft software, including their operating systems and Visual Studio.

      We are part of the PlayStation® First Partnership Programme, a Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Worldwide Studios (WWS) academic partnership programme to inspire innovation across PlayStation. PlayStation® First status is awarded by invitation only to leading university courses, educational organisations and talent incubators.

  6. 6. Courses developed with industry

    • The school has a long-held interest in computer games and the technologies used to create them, and this has allowed us to build up a range of experience and contacts in the games industry. This has also enabled us to become accredited by Skillset, the industrial body for the creative industries in the UK.

      We believe strong links with industry are vital in ensuring the best possible education for our students. We engage with a range of employers to ensure that our postgraduate degrees are world leading and relevant.

      Employers regularly visit the School to provide guest seminars/workshops, meet with students and provide feedback on our syllabus. Past visits have included Microsoft, Sony, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, and Content Master.

      Hull has a reputation for excellence in games development and software engineering, gained as a direct result of the quality of our graduates and postgraduates.

  7. 7. Develop your research skills with the Postgraduate Training Scheme

    • The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) is a specially designed suite of modules and workshops for research students. It is built with flexibility in mind, so that you are able to put together a customised training programme that supports you in achieving your goals. This may involve attending taught modules in our school or elsewhere, or claiming credits for other types of activities, such as teaching, presenting at conferences, or publishing your ideas.

      You can take advantage of this opportunity to not only enhance existing skills but also acquire and demonstrate new skills. This will be particularly relevant if you are undertaking your degree to build your career.

      But for all students the PGTS offers the training required to ensure you successfully complete your degree.

      Once completed, students qualify for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training (PGCert) or Diploma in Research Training (PGDip).

  8. 8. Dedicated labs and facilities

    • We have three dedicated labs for postgraduate students in the School. The labs are open 24 hours a day.

      We also have specialist facilities for graphics research in the Hull Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE) – our virtual reality research laboratory – and strong commercial links via Software Engineering Experience Development (SEED), our in-house software development unit.

  9. 9. Unrivalled experience in SEED

    • One of the most unique aspects about the School of Computer Science at Hull is Seed Software, our in-house commercial software development company.

      Set up in 2005 with the support from Microsoft, Seed Software provides students with the opportunity to work on live commercial software engineering projects, gaining prized project management expertise and sought-after business skills.

      Seed Software has a highly successful product line which provides communication facilities for the emergency services; more than half the fire services in the UK now use software developed by Seed. All interns and students work with Seed Software's full time software developers, who provide comprehensive mentoring and advice.

      Seed works increasingly closely with our research groups to develop ideas and put them into practice, serving as a possible route to market for some of the most promising developments.

      You can find out more about Seed Software on their website.

  10. 10. Opportunities for teaching

    • Many postgraduate research students harbour ambitions to go into academia once they graduate. In this case, having opportunities to gain teaching experience is also invaluable. Therefore, if students wish, they can get involved in teaching undergraduates or mentoring new postgraduate students.

      Most of our postgraduates choose to serve as demonstrators during undergraduate laboratory sessions, helping the students with their work and answering any questions they might have. Others also choose to deliver tutorials or even lectures in some cases. This all provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience, build skills, and earn some money as well.

      Furthermore, our postgraduate students are some of our most enthusiastic ambassadors, and they regularly get the opportunity to represent the School at University open days, school visits, and other major events like our annual Science Festival. Being able to communicate complex ideas effectively is a vital skill, and so it is important that researchers learn to be able to explain their work not just to other academics in their chosen field, but also to other students, children, and the general public.

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