University of Kent, School of Computing

Introduction

The School of Computing has an excellent reputation for research and for equipping our students for their future careers.

Why choose us?

Some good reasons to choose to study at the School of Computing.

1. Employability

Computer Science at Kent was ranked 12th for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2017 and in The Times Good University Guide 2016.

Of Computer Science students at Kent who graduated in 2015, 92% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE). Of those who went into employment, 95% found professional jobs.

2. Student satisfaction

We have consistent good feedback from our students. In the most recent National Student Survey 91% of BSc Computer Science students were satisfied with their course.

3. Industrial experience

During your degree you can gain industrial experience with leading companies in the UK and overseas as part of an Industrial Placement with support from the School’s dedicated placement office. This experience means that after graduation many of our students go on to work for world-class businesses. The School of Computing can also provide commercial experience working as a student consultant within our KITC.

4. World leading research

Our programmes are taught by leading researchers. The School of Computing was ranked highly in the recent government run Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. 100% of our research impact was ranked as world leading or internationally excellent.

5. Teaching excellence

Kent has developed two leading object-oriented teaching environments for the Java programming language – BlueJ and Greenfoot. Our staff have also written several internationally acclaimed textbooks for learning programming, which are used worldwide.

The School of Computing has been awarded the status of Centre of Excellence in Object-Oriented Programming and two of our staff have received the SIGCSE Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education.

6. Wide ranging courses

We offer a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes ranging from the conversion MSc Computer Science for graduates of any discipline, through to more specialised programmes such as the GCHQ accredited MSc Cyber Security. Our undergraduate programmes include professional accreditation by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT.

7. Attractive campuses

We are based at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses. Both sites have excellent facilities and combine a very safe and friendly environment with a great location, a wealth of cultural links and superb transport connections to London and continental Europe.

8. Excellent study support

We provide excellent support including access to web-based information systems, podcasts and web forums for students who can benefit from extra help. We use innovative teaching methods, including BlueJ and LEGO® Mindstorms for teaching Java programming. The library has over a million books, periodicals and journals, many of which are available online and can be used remotely as well as on campus.

9. Broad range of careers

Our graduates have launched their careers in many different sectors including finance and insurance, technology and IT, commerce, engineering, government, education, and health. Leading companies, such as, BAE Systems, Cisco, IBM, Disney, CitiGroup and BT, are keen to employ our graduates.

10. Specialist research

We excel in several specialist areas including cyber security, computing education and e-health. The School hosts the University's GCHQ/EPSRC accredited Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, one of only 13 in the country.

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Programs

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MSc

MSc Advanced Computer Science

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

If you are a computing graduate whose interests span more than one specialism or you want the freedom to explore a wide variety of advanced topics, this is the Masters for you. [+]

This flexible course offers a largely free choice of modules from our range of Advanced Masters programmes. It is likely to appeal to computing graduates whose interests span more than one specialism and/or those seeking the freedom to explore a wide variety of advanced topics. Depending on the options chosen, this course can serve as a springboard for employment or research. This programme is available with an optional industrial placement. The course duration varies depending on the options taken. Entry requirements - A 1, 2.1 or good 2.2 honours degree in computing or a related subject - A good ordinary Bachelors degree in computing or a related subject For more information visit our online prospectus https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/246/advanced-computer-science [-]

MSc Advanced Software Development

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This highly practical course will appeal to computing graduates seeking careers as professional software engineers and equip them with the skills necessary to succeed. [+]

This highly practical course will appeal to computing graduates seeking careers as professional software engineers and equip them with the skills necessary to succeed. Employers often complain that computing graduates lack real-world practical skills. This course addresses software development for new and emerging platforms such as mobile phones/pads, multi-core processors and cloud computing. Modern development environments, languages and tools are also covered. All taught Master’s programmes at the School of Computing are available with an optional industrial placement. Entry requirements - A 1, 2.1 or good 2.2 honours degree in computer science or a closely related subject with a substantial coverage of programming and software engineering. - A good ordinary Bachelors degree in computer science or a closely related subject with a substantial coverage of programming and software engineering. For more information visit our online prospectus [-]

MSc Computer Science

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This conversion Master's prepares graduates from any discipline for a career in, or involving, computing. No prior knowledge of computer science is required. [+]

This conversion course prepares graduates from any discipline for a career in, or involving, computing. No prior knowledge of computer science is required. A broad introduction is provided, including the key technologies and skills needed for employment. You can explore your personal interests through a variety of optional modules. Advanced intellectual, teamwork, communication and other transferable skills are developed. This programme is available with an optional industrial placement. The course duration varies depending on the options taken. Hundreds of past graduates from this course are now working across the globe for companies such as IBM, Cisco, Logica/CMG, Pfizer, Reuters, Shell and Zurich Financial. Some chose technical careers in leading software houses, advanced technology companies or commercial sectors. Others work at the interface between technicians and clients, as systems analysts or consultants. Many now hold senior positions as project leaders or managers. You might like to follow in their footsteps. Entry requirements (further information) - A 1, 2.1 or good 2.2 honours degree in any subject - No specific knowledge of computer science is required but applicants must have an interest in the subject and possess general honours-level IT, intellectual and communication skills For more information visit our online prospectus https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/243/computer-science [-]

MSc Computer Security

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Computer security remains a hot topic in the media and there is strong demand for graduates with technical skills in this area. The programme addresses computer and information security holistically because vulnerability in any one component can compromise an entire system. [+]

Computer security remains a hot topic in the media and there is strong demand for graduates with technical skills in the area. The course addresses computer and information security holistically because a vulnerability in any one component can compromise an entire system. This includes computer architectures, operating systems, network technologies, data storage and software development processes. A wide range of threats and other security issues (e.g. denial of service attacks, hacking, viruses, worms, etc) are covered along with defences and countermeasures. The course is aimed at computing graduates seeking careers as computer security professionals or interested in research. This programme is available with an optional industrial placement. The course duration varies depending on the options taken. For more information visit our online prospectus https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/254/computer-security [-]

MSc Computing and Entrepreneurship

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This course offers a flexible mix of technical, business and entrepreneurship modules delivered by the School of Computing and Kent Business School. [+]

There is growing demand from employers for graduates who possess both technical and business skills. Such people can play vital leadership roles and function as a bridge between management and technical development and support teams. Moreover, many new graduates are in a position - with guidance - to set up an enterprise of their own. This course offers a flexible mix of technical, business and entrepreneurship modules delivered by the School of Computing and Kent Business School with support from the Enterprise Hub. This programme is available with an optional industrial placement. The course duration varies depending on the options taken. Entry Requirements - A 1, 2.1 or good 2.2 honours degree in any subject - A good ordinary Bachelors degree in any subject - Applicants must have a keen interest in, and sufficient prior knowledge of, information technology (which need not have been gained via formal academic study) For more information visit our online prospectus https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/260/computing-entrepreneurship [-]

MSc Cyber Security

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

On this GCHQ accredited programme you will learn the essential skills to support cyber security within commercial and government organisations. This includes the technical side of encryption, authentication, biometrics, network security, etc as well as information security management and cyber security risk. [+]

On this GCHQ accredited programme you will learn the essential skills to support cyber security within commercial and government organisations. This includes the technical side of encryption, authentication, biometrics, network security, etc as well as information security management and cyber security risk. This MSc is aimed at computing graduates with strong programming skills seeking careers as cyber security professionals or careers that need a systematic and deep understanding of the subject. It would also be an excellent starting point for those wishing to carry out further research in cyber security. About the School of Computing Our world-leading researchers, in key areas such as systems security, programming languages, communications, computational intelligence and memory management, and in interdisciplinary work with biosciences and psychology, earned us an outstanding result in the most recent national research assessment. The School hosts the University's GCHQ/EPSRC accredited Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, one of only 13 in the country. In addition, two of our staff have been honoured as Distinguished Scientists by the ACM and we have also held Royal Society Industrial Fellowships. As an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for programming education, the School of Computing is a leader in computer science teaching. Two of our staff have received the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. We are also home to two National Teaching Fellows, to authors of widely used textbooks and to award-winning teaching systems such as BlueJ. For more information visit our online prospectus https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/1225/cyber-security [-]

MSc in Advanced Computer Science (Computational Intelligence)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This Master's programme combines a wide choice of advanced topics in computer science with specialist modules relating to computational intelligence. The programme is aimed at graduates considering a career in research and development. [+]

The Advanced Computer Science (Computational Intelligence) MSc programme combines a wide choice of advanced topics in computer science with specialist modules relating to computational intelligence, including logic-based, connectionist and evolutionary artificial intelligence, inspirations from the natural world, practical applications and the philosophy of machine reasoning. The programme is aimed at graduates considering a career in research and development, and would also provide an excellent foundation for PhD study. This programme is available with an optional industrial placement. For more information visit our online prospectus https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/249/advanced-computer-science-computational-intelligence [-]

MSc Information Security and Biometrics

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This programme offers an advanced level of learning by providing you with a thorough understanding of the theories, concepts and techniques for the design, development and effective use of secure information systems. [+]

Secure information systems are critically important to modern day businesses and societies. Whether they be banking systems, medical systems, power infrastructures, or a simple home PC, ensuring their security is vitally important since they are usually all interconnected directly or indirectly via the Internet or telephony system. This programme offers an advanced level of learning by providing you with a thorough understanding of the theories, concepts and techniques for the design, development and effective use of secure information systems. Graduates of this programme are then capable of adapting to changes in the field and of leading it in innovation. The School of Engineering and Digital Arts successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting new field of digital media. The School was established over 40 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments. The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff form teams providing an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a notably friendly and supportive teaching and research environment. We have research funding from the UK Research Councils, European research programmes, a number of industrial and commercial companies and government agencies – such as the Ministry of Defence, and many others. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide. [-]

MSc IT Consultancy

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The course will appeal to you if you are looking for a career in consultancy or if you are a practising consultant wishing to achieve formal academic recognition. [+]

This unique course prepares graduates for a career in information technology (IT) consultancy, particularly in relation to small and medium enterprise (SME) clients. It provides: - The opportunity to learn consultancy skills in the environment of a real IT consultancy, the Kent IT Consultancy (KITC), working for local SMEs. - The development of knowledge and skills that are highly sought after by employers and which open up a wide range of careers to graduates, within computing and other professional fields. IBM UK has been a strong supporter of the work of KITC since its inception, precisely because of the skill set it imparts to students. - A firm grounding in computing including up-to-date coverage of key industrially relevant topics. - The opportunity to combine modules relating to computing with a selection of modules taught by the Kent Business School as part of their Management MSc programmes. This programme is available with an optional industrial placement. The course duration varies depending on the options taken. The course will appeal to you if you are looking for a career in consultancy or if you are a practising consultant wishing to achieve formal academic recognition. For more information visit our online prospectus https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/265/it-consultancy [-]

MSc Networks and Security

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This Master's will appeal to computing graduates seeking careers in the network or network security industries, or those who wish to carry on with this topic as an area of research. [+]

The Internet carries huge volumes of personal, business and financial data, much of which is accessed wirelessly through mobile devices. Security measures are increasingly essential to protect systems and data from attack (e.g. interception) and abuse (e.g. junk email). This course provides a broad coverage of computer networks, computer security and mobile device technologies. It looks in depth at some of the security issues that fixed and wireless networks are subject to and the current solutions employed to address these problems. This course will appeal to computing graduates seeking careers in the network or network security industries, or those who wish to carry on with this topic as an area of research. This programme is available with an optional industrial placement. The course duration varies depending on the options taken. For more information visit our online prospectus https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/259/networks-security [-]

Research degrees (PhD / MPhil / MSc)

Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

We offer a wide variety of research projects suggested by our research groups. We also welcome research suggestions from you and would be keen to support these if we are able to provide appropriate expertise and technical support. [+]

Overview The School of Computing welcomes applications for our Computer Science research programmes. Your research should produce an original contribution in your chosen field of study. You work closely with your supervisor, a member of academic staff, who is your principal source of support. If you choose a research area that has interdisciplinary aspects, you may have more than one supervisor. In addition to regular supervision, you will be supported by a supervisory panel of three academic staff who provide further structured input and guidance. Supporting your research We offer an extensive support framework to all our research students. We support you in becoming an effective researcher through a series of weekly workshops taken in the first year. These cover research-specific subjects including how to access journals and review research publications, how to write and publish academic articles and how to present your work at seminars and conferences. You may also attend workshops on key transferable skills including communication, time management and teamwork. You join one or more of our well-integrated, active research groups where you will be able to test and discuss your ideas and place your research in a broader context. We host a seminar series for visiting speakers as well as holding regular seminars within our research groups where research students are encouraged to participate. We also host an annual postgraduate conference where you have the opportunity to both present your work and to gain experience as a conference organiser. Many of our research students earn money by teaching on our undergraduate programmes. We provide teaching development courses in your first year to give you the skills to teach effectively. About the School of Computing Our world-leading researchers, in key areas such as systems security, programming languages, communications, computational intelligence and memory management, and in interdisciplinary work with biosciences and psychology, earned us an outstanding result in the most recent national research assessment. In addition, two of our staff have been honoured as Distinguished Scientists by the ACM and we have also held Royal Society Industrial Fellowships. As an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for programming education, the School of Computing is a leader in computer science teaching. Two of our staff have received the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. We are also home to two National Teaching Fellows, to authors of widely used textbooks and to award-winning teaching systems such as BlueJ. We have strong links with industry including Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle and are among the top ten in the UK for graduate employment prospects. National ratings In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by the School of Computing was ranked 12th in the UK for research intensity. An impressive 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality, with 81% of this judged world-leading or internationally excellent. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence. [-]

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