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Aston University, Birmingham

Computer Science and Mathematics

UCAS Code: IG11

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subjects

Computer science

Mathematics

Our BSc Joint Honours Computer Science and Mathematics course is offered as either a three or four year course with integrated placement year. We aim to produce graduate software developers who will use their knowledge of mathematics to support the development of computing applications in that domain. Our course is designed to enable students to acquire a high level of technical expertise so they can contribute to the production of quality computer applications.

Computing Science is the exciting and rapidly evolving discipline that provides the foundation for computers everywhere in the world. It includes how computer systems are organised, how computer applications are developed, and a whole range of tools and techniques like databases, networking, websites, multimedia, computer graphics, and artificial intelligence, i.e. using computers for human activities like vision and reasoning.

Career prospects continue to be excellent for Aston University's computing specialists, with their sound understanding of the principles and practical applications of computing. The vast majority of our graduates have found stimulating and rewarding positions in computing-related activities, with suppliers and users, or within a wide range of careers for which a university degree is a prerequisite, e.g. programmer, systems analyst, systems engineer.

There are also opportunities in non-computing areas with a joint honours degree, and many graduates from the programme often work in these areas where their computing expertise is an added benefit. Management and IT Consultancy are major employers of computing science graduates. Our mathematics graduates are highly sought after and obtain employment in financial institutions, industry and teaching. With a good degree, there are also opportunities for graduates to go into research in mathematics.

Key course benefits:

- Computer Science at Aston is ranked 4th for Graduate Prospects in the UK in the 2018 Complete University Guide

- Computer Science is in the Top 25 for Teaching in the 2017 National Student Survey

- Aston Computer Science graduates go on to earn £3,000 more than the sector average, three years after graduation (LEO, 2017)

- Our placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Engineering and Applied Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Computer science
73%
low
Mathematics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

65%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
18%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computer science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

£35k

£35k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Mathematics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£28k

£28k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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