IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
3 years full-time; 4 years full-time with the third year spent on industrial placement; 6 years part-time
Goldsmiths works in partnership with the University of London Worldwide on a distance learning version of this programme. Find out more on the University of London course page.
Develop an in-depth understanding of the key conceptual and technological issues involved in building software systems.
This degree prepares you for a career in software engineering, and covers key technical skills such as algorithmic thinking, full-stack web development, and machine learning, as well as industry-relevant soft skills such as project management frameworks, user-centred design, and digital venture creation.
Create your own projects
The degree is hands on and practical from the start. You will be creating your own web and mobile applications, data visualisations, and games. You will also explore your potential through practical projects whilst learning relevant technical skills for your future career. The programme gives you the option of taking an industrial placement year after the second year - an invaluable experience which enhances your career prospects. By the end of your degree you will have built a portfolio of work to kickstart your career.
Learn skills for the creative industries
We will teach you the skills you need for software engineering, but you don’t need to know how to code before you start. We begin from the basics and bring you up to a professional level over the course of your degree. You’ll program in multiple languages, use industry-standard tools, learn about analytical skills and problem-solving strategies, and explore topics such as machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence. You will also develop professional working practices such as design documentation, testing cycles, issue tracking, and version control.
After your degree
The ever-growing demand for technologists in all industries means you will have many career options available to you after this degree. Our graduates have gone on to work in software engineering, data analysis, machine learning, finance, telecommunications, and user interface design. This programme is also a pathway into Masters-level study in a variety of computing disciplines.
University of London Distance Learning
If you are studying this programme via Distance Learning through the University of London, you may be able to transfer to the campus-based programme. Please visit the BSc Computer Science (University of London transfer) page for more information.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Edward Anstead.
What you'll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
From the start of your degree, you’ll be developing your own projects and digital ventures, which will increase in scale and ambition. During this time, you’ll study a range of relevant technical disciplines including database and server-side programming, computer security, machine learning, data mining, digital business modelling, and mobile development. This work is underpinned by relevant theoretical learning including professional software development practices, analytical skills and problem-solving strategies.
Whilst studying with us you will also benefit from Goldsmiths Computing Department’s unique approach to teaching computing, informed by our wealth of expertise in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. You will notice this through the engaging and accessible way that we teach programming on compulsory modules, but also through optional topics such as physical computing and virtual reality.
|Year 1 compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Introduction to Programming||15 credits|
|Front End Web||15 credits|
|How Computers Work||15 credits|
|Problem Solving for Computer Science||15 credits|
|Numerical Mathematics||15 credits|
|Symbolic Mathematics||15 credits|
|Graphics 1||15 credits|
|Computing Project 1||15 credits|
|Perspectives on Capital: Cultural, Social, Financial, Critical||15 credits|
|Year 2 compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Java for Industry||15 credits|
|Algorithms 1||15 credits|
|Computing Project 2||30 credits|
|Dynamic Web Applications||15 credits|
|Algorithms 2||15 credits|
|Extended Java||15 credits|
|Fundamentals of Computer Science||15 credits|
Optional placement year
Our degrees include an optional industrial placement year after the second year of study. You will be responsible for securing a placement, but we can support you through this process.
Although we encourage you to take the opportunity of a placement year, you can also complete your degree in three years.
Year 3 (or year 4 with placement year)
Your final year consists of compulsory and option modules (term one) and a major Computing project (terms two and three) in which you apply your new technological skills to solve real-world problems in innovative and practical ways.
|Year 3 compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Databases and the Web||15 credits|
Some of the optional modules previously available on this programme have been:
|Year 3 option modules||Module title||Credits|
|Neural Networks||15 credits|
|Computer Security||15 credits|
|Data Mining||15 credits|
|Artificial Intelligence||15 credits|
|Physical Computing 1||15 credits|
This programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory sessions. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.
The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 27% scheduled learning, 73% independent learning
- Year 2 - 24% scheduled learning, 76% independent learning
- Optional placement year - 100% placement
- Year 3/4 - 14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 45% coursework, 50% written exam, 5% practical
- Year 2 - 63% coursework, 38% written exam
- Year 3/4 - 88% coursework, 13% written exam
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for the traditional pathway in 2019/20. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about .
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We accept the following qualifications:
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2
If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.
If you are a University of London student of Computing you may transfer onto the second or third year of this degree.
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Fees & funding
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.
- Home - full-time: £9250
- Home - part-time: £4625
- International - full-time: £17370
If you choose to do a placement year, the fee for this year will be different to that listed above. Please contact the Fees Office for details.
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
Industrial placement year
Our degree programmes include an optional Industrial Placement Year between the second and third year of study. This offers you an invaluable opportunity to gain real world experience and form valuable relationships with employers.
Some of the companies students have worked at during their work placement year have recently included:
Where do Computer Science graduates work?
Our graduates have gone on to develop careers in the following areas:
- Software Engineering
- Machine Learning
- User interface/ user experience design
- Mobile development
- Full stack web development