Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

G400 BSc Computer Science (3 yrs)

Computer science drives the fundamental technologies of today’s connected world. Take your place to set the agenda for tomorrow’s ever-changing digital world.


Every area of our lives, from healthcare to business, entertainment and communications is dependent on computing technology. As a result, computer science is now one of the fastest growing job fields in the world and skilled computer scientists are in demand.

Globally, computer science systems, networks and applications affect our everyday lives in healthcare, business, entertainment and communications.  At Southampton, our Computer Science graduates have a world-leading reputation for creative solutions based on cutting-edge knowledge and state-of-the-art technical skills.

Our outstanding facilities and renowned teaching staff prepare our students to work in a wide variety of areas and fields.  Key areas of study include:

  • programming languages
  • development environments
  • modelling tools
  • methodologies in capturing requirements, structuring applications and data achieving thorough program testing

Our three-year programme will give you the grounding to work in any area of the computing industry. We have strong relationships with employers, and our graduates are particularly in demand for their understanding of organisations and their practical abilities in the workplace. We have our own Careers Hub website and run an annual careers fair.

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Our BSc in Computer Science is accredited by the British Computer Society.

Programme Structure

Students undertake three years of study. Each year there are compulsory Computer Science modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests.

Key Facts

  • Southampton University has pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years
  • We are ranked in the top ten universities in the UK for Computer Sciences and IT by the 2016 Guardian University Guide and by the 2015 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide
  • Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Computer Science in the 2014/15 QS World Rankings
  • 100 per cent of our Computer Science research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)
  • We are in the top 10% in the UK for the volume and quality of our Computer Science research (REF 2014)
  • Southampton is one of only eleven select universities recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) by the UK Government

Entry requirements


GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:

AAA (Including an A in Mathematics, or equivalent international qualification)

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as one of the three A levels.

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.

Alternative Qualifications:

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC Higher National Diploma, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard (or higher) to an A level applicant.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website.

Mature Applicants:

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are may be eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection Process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application. UCAS code:G400 Course title: BSc Computer Science Course duration: 3 years


Year 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Core Modules

Semester 2

Compulsory Core Modules

Year 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

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Year 3

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Optional Modules

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Semester 2

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Assessment at Southampton means more than just essays and exams.  We use a variety of modern learning and teaching methods involving private study, laboratory and project work, which builds on lectures.

A student-centred approach means that you can pursue your own interests according to your future goals.  We will support you in plotting a route through your degree programme which can be tailored for your interests and you can even personalise assessment paths and styles.

Southampton enjoys a range of modern services for learning and support, including a well-stocked library, a large number of internet-enabled workstations, a Careers Service, Job Shop and Students’ Advice and Information Centre. 

We offer outstanding facilities in our labs and our teaching is based on the latest research, which ensures that your skills will be highly regarded by employers.

Our methods of assessment enable you to demonstrate your strengths by showing what you have learnt. 

Your assessment will be closely linked to teaching and learning, developing throughout the programme.  By the time you reach the end of an assessment, you’ll understand the connection with subjects that were taught.

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Career opportunities

University of Southampton students talk about why they chose ECS.

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture.   We explain the degree skills which are being taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules. 

The technical skills you will obtain are in high demand, as are skills of understanding and analysing problems, together with communicating the results.

Major technology organisations have a special need for computer scientists.  You could end up as part of the team writing the next version of Windows, devising a computer based stock control system for an automotive manufacturer, or writing a secure web-based customer interface for a US music distributor.

Pre-course reading lists