- TUITION FEES UK – £9,250 / EU & INT – £14,750 / US – $38,000
- SCHOLARSHIPS Find out more >
- DURATION 4 Years (Full-time) / 4 Years with Foundation inc additional semester (Full-time)
- START DATES September & January
- LOCATION Chiswick Park Campus
- ACCREDITATION Richmond University QAA / Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)
UCAS CODES: 4 YEARS – C100
NEW: 4 YEARS WITH FOUNDATION – RF08
Ever wondered how Amazon uses artificial intelligence to ship things before you even think about buying? Or how Uber has harnessed data analytics to become the world’s biggest taxi company? If you are fascinated by questions like these and more, our BSc in Computer Science is the perfect degree for you.
This programme will provide you with a strong foundation in the critical areas of computer science, with core modules in such areas as programming, cyber security and artificial intelligence, while also giving you the opportunity to tailor the degree to your own strengths, interests and career aspirations through specialised electives covering areas like data mining, human-computer interaction and games technology. All of which are highly attractive to potential employers. You will conduct your own senior research project supervised by a member of our academic staff, giving you the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of interest.
Top reasons to study this programme:
- Learn within the flexible Liberal Arts framework. Choose your own path – find out more about the Liberal Arts
- Get ahead in the graduate jobs market and increase your earning potential. Graduate roles in computer science often have relatively high starting salaries
- Our strong focus on the sustainable and ethical implications of computer science will help you make informed choices about innovation and development as a future computer scientist
- Gain invaluable knowledge in highly current, industry topics from artificial intelligence to cyber security
- Combine Computer Science as your major with a minor in a subject of your choice, which could be International Business, Marketing or Psychology, opening up multiple career choices when you graduate
- Capitalise on internship opportunities created by our excellent industry contacts, making our students highly employable
- Gain a global education by studying abroad through Richmond’s international partner organisations – choose from a wide range of destinations from the US to Australia, Thailand to Spain
Enhance your employability
Our students have gone on to a range of successful careers in finance, business, media and not-for-profit organisations thanks to the unique teaching experience at Richmond. We spoke to those alumni as well as faculty members and employers about career prospects for future students graduating with a dually accredited liberal arts degree.
About the programme
At Richmond we aim to provide a unique experience. Studying Computer Science with us, in a new IT lab at our brand new campus building in Chiswick Park, you will gain cutting edge technical skills and transferable knowledge which are in high demand from industry.
With emerging tech that influences everything from healthcare to agriculture, you could be at the heart of the latest innovations. By the time you graduate as a skilled computer scientist, you’ll have had the opportunity to develop the skills that employers want, as well as the connections and experience to stand out in the jobs market.
Our BSc in Computer Science also offers several distinctive features:
- Sustainable and ethical computing is an increasingly hot topic and this programme will develop your knowledge and skills so you can play a key role in developing sustainable and ethical Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strategies. You will assess the environmental impact of computer science and investigate green technologies, while researching and designing practical alternative strategies to implement sustainable computing within a legal and ethical framework
- Our strong emphasis on the liberal arts tradition means that you will gain an excellent foundation of knowledge across the humanities, arts and sciences as part of your degree in Computer Science. These courses are designed to give you work and study skills, support your critical thinking, problem solving, communications and citizenship. Employers and graduate schools are actively seeking interdisciplinary knowledge and this is built into your programme of study
- We also offer diversity as you study a global curriculum in London taught by international faculty with students from across the world. Our relatively small class sizes combined with a personal academic advisor for every student mean we offer a more personal approach to teaching with plenty of pastoral care
- Widen your skills and knowledge with an internship which counts towards your degree and creates more career opportunities
Computer Science graduates with up-to-the-minute skills and abilities are in high demand across a diverse range of industries. You will have many career options available to you after this degree, such as programming, software engineering, user interface design, data analysis and general IT-related employment in the private or public sector. This programme is also a pathway into Masters-level study in a variety of computing disciplines.
The tools and software on this programme include use of shell terminals such as Bash, Code editors (such as VS Code), IDEs (such as IntelliJ), MongoDb, MySQL, GIT and Adobe XD (for HCI) .
What you will study
Richmond is the only university in the UK where the degree programmes are based on the US educational approach which is a four year pathway. Every undergraduate degree student will first enter our Liberal Arts programme before specialising in their Major.
The entry requirements for all undergraduate programmes at Richmond are the same, regardless of your chosen Major.
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In addition to the courses outlined above, there are open electives in each year. Course content and delivery can be subject to change. For more detailed information on the programme specification, please find more details here.
A normal course load per academic year is 30 US credits, equivalent to 120 UK credits. Students complete 120 UK credits at Level 6 in their chosen major.
Computer Science (BSc) with Foundation
There are many reasons why taking this programme with a Foundation option could be the ideal choice; you may not have the exact subjects or grades at A level to meet the entry requirements, you may have tried other options such as apprenticeship and want to change direction or have been living abroad.
Whatever your starting point, studying this programme with a Foundation option offers you a great opportunity to gain both a UK and US degree and start the adventure of a lifetime, studying with us in the world’s top student city.
This is what our Foundation option can offer you:
- Start this programme with lower entry qualifications, see below
- A four year, full-time degree programme with an extra summer semester in Year 1 included for free, so you can study at your own pace
- Timetabled English and study skills classes to enhance your knowledge and skills
- Great student support including a Personal Academic Advisor, with help on housing, health and wellbeing, financial guidance and careers advice from our award-winning Student Affairs team
At Richmond our undergraduate degree programmes, which are based on the US educational approach, are offered on a four year pathway. Every undergraduate degree student will first enter our Liberal Arts programme before specialising in their Major.
This programme can also be taken as a three year pathway depending on previous qualifications. The entry requirements for all undergraduate programmes at Richmond are the same, regardless of your chosen Major.
Academic Entry Requirements
Below is information on our entry requirements for both 4 years and 4 years with foundation programmes.
- A Levels: 96 UCAS points
- US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
- International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1)
- BTEC National Diploma: MMM
- Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English.
4 YEARS W/ FOUNDATION
- GCSEs: 5 at grade C or above / grade 4-9 (or equivalent)
We understand that not every student is in the same situation, if you have any questions about your qualifications, please get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org.
English Language Entry Requirements
For more information on English Language Requirements for your country visit our How to Apply webpage.
Fees & funding
Undergraduate tuition fees for students starting their programme this academic year can be found in the table below.
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*This includes a scholarship award upon successful application
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For more information visit our Tuition Fees & Funding webpage.
The University offers personal development seminars, leadership opportunities and access to work experience, volunteering and internships. There is also a dedicated, personalised service for assistance with CV writing, interview preparation tips and much more.
Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to build links with industry experts and Richmond alumni, connecting you to a vast and influential worldwide network.
We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Whether you are interested in gaining work experience in London or internationally, we will be here to help you find the best possible opportunities.
Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment.
All students at Richmond University have the opportunity to study abroad. You can either study at one of our campuses for a semester to a year or study overseas at any of our partner locations across the world giving you an unique experience.
How to apply
You can apply one of three ways, either apply directly through us, apply through UCAS and for our US students, via the Common Application ($50.00).
In order to submit your application you will need the following information
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate
Visit our How to Apply webpage for more information regarding Entry Requirements, admissions processes and to start your application.
When to apply
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable.
If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended.