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University of Southampton

Computer Science with Distributed Systems and Networks

UCAS Code: G4G5
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

152

% applicants receiving offers

50%

Subjects
  • Computer science
  • Information systems
Student score
84% HIGH
84% HIGH
% employed or in further study
96% MED
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£30k HIGH
£30k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
A*AA

Mathematics at grade A.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA

Mathematics at grade A.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 152 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

50%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Taking specialist courses similar to those for our MEng Computer Science (G401), you will begin to understand the practical industrial applications of distributed systems and networks, and undertake individual research projects. All Computer Science and Software Engineering programmes at MEng level are accredited by the British Computer Society, which allows you to achieve Chartered Engineer status is the shortest time.

Modules

Year 1: programming 1; computer systems 1; data management; foundations of computer science; algorithmics; professional development; programming 2; software modelling and design; personal tutorial. Year 2: computational systems; human-computer interaction; software analysis and design; operating systems; theory of computing; professional and legal issues; database systems; distributed computing; communications and networks; compiler engineering; software engineering group project; artificial intelligence. Year 3: management 1; scripting languages; principles of computer graphics; interactive multimedia systems; hypertext and web technologies; e-business techniques; intelligent algorithms; computational biology; security and information technology; industrial law for engineers 1; operational research; computer vision; real-time computing and embedded systems; machine learning; software quality assurance and project management; advanced computer networks; critical systems; advanced databases; large scale distributed systems; advanced computer architecture; new venture planning; elearning and learning technology; industrial law for engineers 2; management 2; individual project a and b; Chinese language stage 1 for engineers; Chinese for engineers stage 2; French for engineers; French language stage 3 for engineers; French language stage 4 for engineers; German for engineers; German language for engineers stage 6; German language for engineers stage 3; German language for engineers stage 4; German language stage 5 for engineers; Italian for engineers stage 4; Spanish for engineers; Spanish for engineers stage 4; Spanish for engineers stage 3; French language stage 5 for engineers. Year 4: group project a; enterprise web development; advanced topics on web services; evolution of complexity; types and programming languages; advanced web development; wireless networks; assistive technologies and universal design; applications of security in information technology; internet law: e-commerce; numerical methods; statistics for engineering systems; individual research project b; formal design of systems; intelligent agents; semantic web technologies; from aspect-oriented programming to program generation; advanced machine learning; social networking technologies; advanced computer vision; cryptography; biologically-inspired robotics (a); e-business strategy; rich internet applications; internet law: privacy, crime and security.

University of Southampton

The campus

The University of Southampton is a place of transformation. Through education and research, innovation and enterprise, we unlock creative potential and provide opportunities that transform the lives of our students, our community, society and the economy. Did you know...Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is Chair of Computer Science here.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
30%
70%

Year 1

29%
71%

Year 2

30%
70%

Year 3

29%
71%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
54%
37%
9%

Year 1

50%
47%
3%

Year 2

51%
49%

Year 3

54%
46%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 84% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

85%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

56%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

83%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
49% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
19% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
450 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
90% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £30k HIGH
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

62%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

5%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade – unemployment rates for graduates with good grades can be half those of graduates with slightly poorer degree classes. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 84% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

85%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

56%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

83%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
37% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
24% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
402 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
84% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary £30k HIGH
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

61%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

6%

Graduates who are information technology technicians

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2012 – computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good – particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. Be realistic with these degrees – opportunities are not spread throughout the country and you might struggle, for example, to get an information systems job outside the larger cities.
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