Department of 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. Computer Science with a personal touch

    • We pride ourselves on the excellent relationship between our staff and our students. 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.

      A member of staff will be your personal supervisor from the outset, and you will have the opportunity to discuss any issues or problems with them throughout your time at University. We also have a student success advisor who is always on hand to offer advice and provide support if you need it.

      We know that everyone is different and that having the flexibility to cater to individual circumstances is important, so we offer a range of courses and subject modules to let you tailor your study to suit your interests.

  2. 2. Opening doors to new career opportunities

    • We place great emphasis on students being able to make an immediate contribution in their chosen field.

      Employers regularly visit the Department to provide guest seminars/workshops, meet with students and provide feedback on our syllabus. Visits have included Microsoft, Sony, Codemasters, Rare, Electronic Arts, Black Marble, and Content Master.

      Many of our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in the computer games industry. Check out our Games Hall of Fame.

  3. 3. 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 enable you to stand out in the competitive employment market.

      You’ll find that the Department 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.

  4. 4. Professional accreditation

    • Our degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), meaning you gain full exemption from the BCS’s Professional Examination as well as partial Chartered Engineer accreditation. This is the highest BCS award that undergraduate courses can achieve.

  5. 5. Cut your industry teeth

    • You can get experience on live projects at Seed Software, our in-house commercial software development company, which was founded with support from Microsoft. Seed's professional software engineers act as mentors and will guide you as you work on real software projects with clients around the UK, including many of the country's fire services.

  6. 6. Courses developed with industry

    • We work closely with companies including Black Marble, Codemasters, Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts and Volvo to ensure that our programmes remain up-to-date and relevant to industry and commerce.

      This close collaboration has led to some noteworthy achievements. We are the only UK university to have an academic awarded the coveted Microsoft Most Valuable Professional status 11 years running, in recognition of contribution to the .NET community.

      We also have a presence on both the Microsoft and Sony Academic Advisory Boards.

  7. 7. Research Internship opportunities

    • We offer the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in a paid 8-week summer Research Internship offered by the Department.

      These Internships provide unique insight into research and development (R&D) work. Interns get to experiment with the latest in cutting edge equipment, from robotics to 3D printers to virtual environments, and work independently or as part of a team to solve real world problems.

  8. 8. 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.

      We were one of the first universities to adopt C# as the entry level programming language and to deploy iPhone development kits in teaching.

      The Department 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.

  9. 9. World-leading, research-informed teaching

    • 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. This research directly influences our teaching and learning.

  10. 10. Our students rate us!

    • Our computer science courses scored an impressive 94% student satisfaction rate in the 2014 National Student Survey, ranking us joint fourth in England for overall satisfaction.

      Come along to an Open Day or Applicant Day where you can meet our current students and talk to them about their experiences so far to find out what they like best about the Department.

      And in the meantime, find out about what our students think about us in these short testimonials.

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