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Royal Holloway, University of London

Computer Science (Information Security).

UCAS Code: G407

Bachelor of Science - BSc

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

AAB-ABB Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants Required subject: Computer Science or Mathematics or Physics. General Studies and Critical thinking A-levels are not accepted At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics. Please note that for students taking the BTEC Extended Diploma, GCSE Mathematics is also required at minimum grade B or 6.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

Pass in a relevant subject with at least 24 level 3 credits at Distinction and the remaining level 3 credits at Merit. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics. Please note that for students taking the BTEC Extended Diploma, GCSE Mathematics is also required at minimum grade B or 6.

Applicants with the Cambridge Pre-U are strongly encouraged to apply to Royal Holloway. Offers will be made on the basis of equivalent A-Level grades as follows: D3 = A, M1 or M2 = B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

6,5,5 at Higher Level including either Higher Level Mathematics or Higher Level Computer Science or Higher Level Physics, with a minimum of 32 points overall.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 including H3 in either Maths or H3 in Physics

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

Distinction, Distinction plus A-level grade B in either Mathematics or Physics or Computer Science. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics. Please note that for students taking the BTEC Extended Diploma, GCSE Mathematics is also required at minimum grade B or 6.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

Distinction plus A-level grades BB including one of Mathematics or Physics or Computer Science. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics. Please note that for students taking the BTEC Extended Diploma, GCSE Mathematics is also required at minimum grade B or 6.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction, in a relevant subject (with significant programming content) and at least B or 6 in GCSE Mathematics At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics. Please note that for students taking the BTEC Extended Diploma, GCSE Mathematics is also required at minimum grade B or 6.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B-A,B,B

AAB-ABB including either Maths or Physics or Computer Science

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

AAABB including either Maths, Physics or Computer Science

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

UCAS Tariff

128-160

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

67%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Computer science

The creation, transmission and storage of huge volumes of electronic data is one of the defining features of our age. It brings us untold benefits but it also exposes businesses, governments and individuals to repeated threats such as cyber theft, sabotage and blackmail. As a result, societies increasingly rely on the expertise and innovations of information security specialists, without which many aspects of our daily lives would grind to a halt.This three-year programme with a specialism in information security will give you the skills you need to pursue a computer science career, and the knowledge and practical experience to manage and improve the smooth running and security of systems, applications and organisations. You will learn from leading researchers in the field, covering topics such as cryptography, computer security, fraud detection and the study of how security itself can best be managed. All this will be underpinned by a solid grounding in the fundamentals of computing and all the essentials of application development, from programming to software engineering, databases to web development, computer graphics to robotics. From the outset you will be experimenting with programming games, robots, Gadgeteer kits, Subversion, JUnit testing, Scrum-based Agile software and more, in our well-equipped laboratories. Alongside our core modules you will have the flexibility to tailor your studies to your own interests in your final year.We are a highly respected, research-focused department with a friendly approach and award-winning teaching. We offer a summer work placement programme and a dedicated personal adviser to guide you through your studies. You will also be welcome to join our Computing Society, a thriving community of more than 400 computer enthusiasts from across the College. We are one of only seven departments in the UK to hold the Athena SWAN bronze award for our commitment to increasing female participation in computer science. You will graduate with an advanced knowledge of computer science and information security theories and methodologies, as well as transferrable skills such as team working, communication, time management and self-motivation.+ Gain a solid grounding in all the main aspects of computer science but with a career-focused specialism in information security.+ Enjoy a varied and flexible curriculum, informed by cutting-edge research and current industrial needs.+ Join an elite department, ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Research Exercise Framework 2014).+ 97% of our students said this programme is well organised, and 92% said it is intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2015).+ This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Modules

With almost a third of our students joining us from outside the UK, Royal Holloway is a diverse community with a strong international spirit.
Ranked highly in the UK and the world for international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Royal Holloway’s position recognises our global research impact and partnerships as well as student and staff diversity.
Our alumni are found in 160 countries, working in industry, the arts, public sector and other areas, Royal Holloway is truly international both in ethos and impact.
Within the 9,850 students enrolled at Royal Holloway, over 130 nationalities are represented, making our campus truly cosmopolitan. In addition, of the 104 societies and associations which enrich the post-study social life of our students, a quarter have an international flavour. We know a diverse community makes for a more creative and harder-working environment which benefits all our students, wherever they are from.

Students from overseas can apply for all of our undergraduate degrees. We offer a range of additional support specifically for international students, including through our Centre for the Development of Academic Skills. For example, ‘Academic English’ for international students is provided for non-native speakers of English. The courses are designed to help you meet the challenges of academic work, including writing essays, following lectures, taking part in academic discussion and giving presentations. We also offer additional degree preparation courses for international students. See our website for full details.
We have a number of scholarships that are dedicated to international students to help with tuition fees for undergraduate degrees. You can find a list of our current scholarship opportunities on our website.

Assessment methods

We firmly believe that how we teach you is at least as important as what we teach, and we know the importance of giving you the time and space to experiment and put theory into practice. We encourage you to use your creativity, both in project teams and independently, and to have fun while you learn. We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, small-group tutorials, supervised computer lab classes and problem-solving sessions. You will also be expected to complete guided independent study and group work. Our programming and software engineering teaching is very hands on, allowing you to learn at your own pace, whatever your previous level of experience. You will also attend laboratory classes on games and robotics in year 1, giving you the chance to develop real applications with imagination and creativity from the outset.

We are proud of our award-winning teaching. Professor Dave Cohen won a College Excellence Teaching Prize for the re-design of our second-year software engineering courses, and he was shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year. The British Computer Society (BCS) has distinguished our software engineering teaching as an exemplar of 'best practice' in computer science education.

Assessment is through a mixture of examinations and coursework. Most course units have a two or three-hour written examination taken at the end of the year in which they are taught, but around half of your final award will come from assessed coursework, which could include project reports (including your individual project in year 3), essays, oral presentations and software submissions.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Holloway, University of London

Department:

Computer 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.

84%
high
Computer science

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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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

79%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
52%
2:1 or above
8%
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.

£28,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
55%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

77%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
4%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
4%
Sales, marketing and related associate 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.

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.

£26k

£26k

£32k

£32k

£36k

£36k

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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