Our Head of Computer Science, Paul Sant, shares his vision on the future of computing, along with a taste of what to expect from studying Computer Science, from the range of modules we offer to the all-important question of employability prospects.
By Elsa Tatam. Published 30 August 2023.
What is Computer Science?
Computer Science is a part of five sub-disciplines. It looks at the science of computers, computer engineering, software engineering, information technology, and information systems.
Computer Science is a part of every career nowadays (think computers, phones, emails, and spreadsheets) so it is an invaluable skill no matter what you do. It is the study of the principles and use of computers in further detail than everyday typical use whilst looking at the theory and principles behind computers and their programs.
Chat GPT is a recent example of an application that has come as a result of research by computer scientists. Software such as this is something you would study and explore in computer science, including the theory of it and how it applies to everyday life.
What is a Computer Science degree and what do you study?
A Computer Science degree is the study of computers and their systems. It deals mostly with software; however, it is not limited to this and includes learning about:
- Website design and creating
- Software development
- Language Theory (such as Python, Scratch or Java)
- Computer graphics
- Human-computer interaction
- AI and AI design
- Algorithms and data structures
- Networks and security
What job can Computer Science get me?
The job market is particularly strong for new computer scientists at the moment. With just under 3 million people employed in the Technology Industry in the UK and it is continuing to grow year one year, it is currently one of the most in-demand skills in the job market and we don’t have enough people studying it to fill the demand of jobs. He went on to showcase the fact that there are a vast number of impressive careers that you could get into with a Computer Science degree, including but not limited to:
- Software engineer
- Games designer
- Computer programmer
- Business System Analyst
- AI Engineer
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Data Scientist
- IT Support Manager
- Web Developer
- Forensic Computer Analyst
- Machine Learning Engineer
There are a wide range of skills you learn studying a Computer Science degree. These include social skills as well as problem-solving and organisation.
What is the future of Computer Science?
Computer Science as an industry has a bright future with the rapid increase in technology and software that we use and rely on daily. HIVE Home systems and Ring doorbells are all examples of everyday technology that wouldn’t be possible without the work of Computer Scientists. Further products of Computer Science that we’re seeing more and more are driverless cars, virtual reality and AI. It is a constantly changing industry and one that is in a very exciting period to be getting involved.
Broaden your career horizons and learn more about our Computer Science courses today.