A Computer Science education at the University of Hull is so much more than a degree. It is your first step to career success. Here, you can follow in the footsteps of those who have gone on placements or taken on graduate roles at the likes of industry giants like Microsoft, Sony, and Electronic Arts.
Many graduates go on to create the next generation of software, develop apps or computer games, and even set up their own tech business. Whether you’re already an accomplished programmer or an absolute beginner, a Computer Science degree from the University of Hull can set you up to be part of the next movers and shakers in the industry.
Here’s how a UK university in the top 50 for research impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014) gets this done:
Career-driven programmes producing well-rounded graduates
The university offers several dynamic programmes for aspiring Computer Science enthusiasts to learn and develop their skill sets. These include the BSc/MEng Computer Science, BSc/MEng Computer Science (Software Engineering), BSc/MEng Computer Science for Games Development, MSc Advanced Computer Science, and MSc Computer Science for Games Development. These BSc and MEng programmes are accredited by the British Computer Society and will put you on the pathway to chartered status,
while the MSc taught programmes fully meet the academic requirements for Chartered IT Professional and partial Chartered Engineer status.
The university also offers the BSc/MEng Mechatronics and Robotics and MSc Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. The latter is suitable for STEM and non-STEM graduates without programming experience, as they will learn Python coding as part of the programme.
With a wide range of the latest industry-standard facilities, you can expect a HIVE of activity as a Computer Science student at a university ranked sixth in the UK for learning resources in Computer Science in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2021
At the Hull Immersive Visualisation Environment (HIVE), there is a virtual reality cube, VR theatre, gigapixel wall facilities, and wearable devices. There are also three motion capture environments for drones and VR, AR and MR applications.
Over at the recently refurbished Superlab, you’ll find high-performance work stations, servers and social spaces. It has around 150 seats and is used for tutorials, workshops, extra-curricular activities — students can access this outside of teaching hours for their own extra-curricular activities (such as group projects and external competitions) too.
A range of humanoid robots, including Baxter, Nao and MARC (Multi-Actuated Robotic Companion), as well as swarm and other robots, can be found at the new robotics lab. For 3D printers as well as laser scanners and cutters, head to the Fab Lab. To access dev kits for PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and more, the Wilkes Laboratory has it all.
Community and industry engagement
At the University of Hull, there are many and various extracurricular activities to get involved in. The Gaming Society, Freeside and the Robotics Society host events frequently, while social activities offer specialist programming tutorials, among others. Want more action? Take part in the internal and external competitions and projects.
To get a head start in your professional career, you can opt to do a year in industry during your undergraduate programme. BSc Computer Science student Kaan Uyduran completed a placement year at Microsoft.
As a Technical Solutions Professional, he led technical presentations, demonstrations, workshops, architecture design sessions, proof of concepts, and pilots to explain, demonstrate and prove to Microsoft’s largest customers the capabilities of Microsoft’s products and services and how it could make their businesses more successful. He got to work with companies such as Thames Water, Virgin Atlantic, KPMG, Tesco, NEC, Panasonic, Rolls-Royce and many more.
Besides gaining real knowledge of a commercial environment, he also saw how his university knowledge was implemented in the real world and earned money in the process. “You’ll come back knowing where you want to be after you graduate and hopefully, with a secured job,” he says. He’s now enrolled in the Microsoft Graduate Programme, where he’ll run accounts and meet targets on his own.
University of Hull students have interned at companies such as IBM, BT, Virgin Media and BAE Systems, as well as with a software development company on campus. Whether on or off-campus, rest assured that there is a dedicated placement team to support you in identifying the right placement opportunities and an academic member of staff to guide you during your year in the industry.
The University of Hull’s research impacts the world, with 80% of submitted research impact hitting the four-star “world-leading” benchmark.
More importantly, the University of Hull’s research is helping the world solve some of its biggest challenges. A focus on the real world of users’ needs and aspirations makes this possible, which explains why their impact is both theoretical and application-oriented.
For example, its VIC (Virtual Incident Command) and LIMA (Large Incident Multiple Agency) software applications, developed in conjunction with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFR) and North Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services (NSFRS), deliver training for multi-level emergency incidents. The i-BIT project, on the other hand, combines Virtual Reality and video games to provide a potential treatment for Amblyopia (Lay Eye) in children.
Computer science scholarship opportunities for international undergraduate students
The University of Hull Undergraduate Women in STEM Scholarship 2022-23 is to support female international students to enter undergraduate degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in line with key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It is also aligned with the university’s commitment to the Athena Swan Charter to encourage greater gender diversity.
The University of Hull is offering five 50% scholarships for international, female students beginning year one of a full-time, undergraduate programme in September 2022. The award – a tuition fee reduction — applies for three years of any undergraduate programme relating to Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths.