Learn to design and build computer systems – and gain in-demand technical, development and engineering skills – by studying for our accredited Computer Science degree in Cambridge.
Whether you want to work in software engineering, programming, application development, computer design, graphics, gaming or artificial intelligence, studying our BEng (Hons) Computer Science degree will give you the knowledge and skills to succeed.
As a computing student at ARU, you’ll learn how to work in a team, think independently, and solve problems creatively in our state-of-the-art computing labs.
Our specialist facilities include a Cisco lab and a virtual Netlab. They're the perfect places to develop practical skills and get experience of working with industry-standard tools, such as Microsoft Imagine Premium and VMware IT Academy. We encourage collaboration, so you’ll also learn through activities with your peers, and lectures and seminars from industry experts.
Employability is embedded in the curriculum throughout the course, starting with 12 months access to Pluralsight professional online training courses for programmers, within the Introduction to Programming module. This gives you enhanced opportunities to experience real-world professional training as part of your academic course.
Our Computer Science degree gives you the opportunity to specialise in areas such as software development, mobile applications, computer security, cloud computing, network administration and technical support.
Some of our optional modules offer you the training needed to apply for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) status after you graduate, boosting your employability with a recognised certification in a specialist area.
You can also choose to take a placement year and put your skills into practice at one of the many top technology firms based in Cambridge.
Our accredited degree course is ranked in the top 25% in the UK for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020), and will help you stand out to employers in a range of industries, both in the UK and overseas. Once you graduate, you’ll be able to register as an Incorporated Engineer.
With further study, you can become a Chartered Engineer, or you might choose to continue your academic career with a PhD in Computer Science.
Our BEng (Hons) course focuses on equipping you with software engineering skills with a slight edge given to networking principles, so if it’s the ability to configure complex network systems that excites you, this is course for you. If you're interested, however, in software engineering skills with a slight edge given to programming languages, the BSc Hons will give you the tools to enable you to bend software to your will.
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As part of your Computer Science degree at ARU, you’ll have access to top-of-the-range equipment including:
This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
It is also accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer
Study with us and gain the skills necessary to gain the Cisco CCNA certification. As a Cisco Network Academy for more than ten years, our industry links ensure that you’ll be equipped to meet the needs of the fast and ever-changing world of computing.
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Almost every organisation needs computing expertise, so our graduates work in a variety of industries. You might follow a career in telecommunications, aerospace, financial services, marketing, public service, the creative industries or teaching.
Some of our optional modules allow you to apply for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) status after you graduate, boosting your employability with a recognised certification in a specialism.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. You might choose to stay at ARU and study for a Masters degree, such as our MSc Computer Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
“My lectures in Image Processing, Data Structures and Algorithms were the best part of my university experience and were always engaging and entertaining. They helped me grow and learn a plethora of new things I never thought I could. It always felt natural, like I was having fun doing something I loved.”
BEng (Hons) Computer Science
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You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.Your guide to placements
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