Computer science

Learn the intricate science behind information systems and acquire the skills to address some of the world's most significant technological challenges, opening the door to a realm of innovation and possibilities.

Computer science

Find your perfect degree in Computer Science

Blending theories with hands-on programming skills, our Computer Science degrees will help mold you into a tech-savvy problem solver. With courses in algorithms, artificial intelligence, assistive technologies, big data and data analytics, computer games, databases, robotics software and web development, and more.

You'll learn the expertise necessary to thrive in the fast-paced, ever-evolving landscape of technology and equip yourself to contribute to groundbreaking developments, leaving an indelible mark in the expansive world of computing.

Why study at Essex?
  • We have exceptional business links with many of our graduates having gone on to work for companies such as the BBC, HSBC, BT, Deloitte and many others. We are proud that 94% of our School's graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023).
  • We have exceptional laboratory facilities designed to give students the tools they need for their learning, including dual-boot Windows and Linux machines running specialist software such as Java, Prolog, C++, Perl, Mysql, Matlab, and DB2.
  • We are Top 25 in the UK for Computer Science in THE World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

Career prospects

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering provides a cutting-edge learning experience, giving students and our alumni the skills for success in the dynamic tech landscape.  Some of our Alumni now work for some of the world's biggest companies, others created their own companies and solved solutions to technological problems. Explore the career opportunities our School can provide you and learn more about our Alumni.

CSEE graduate Ecaterina Gamanji
"Studying at the University of Essex helped me to develop a strong and solid skill set that is desirable by many employers"
Ecaterina Gamanji BSc Computer Science (with placement year) graduate, now Cloud Platform Engineer at American Express.

Why study a Postgraduate Taught degree in Computer Science?

  • Specialise and build your expertise: Our Postgraduate Taught programmes offer courses in Advanced Computer Science, Networks and Security, Computer Games and Engineering, AI, Algorithmic Trading, Big Data, Financial Technology, and Computational Finance. This is your chance to specialise and hone your skills in your chosen field.
  • Career Advancement: Postgraduate Taught programs open doors to higher-level positions, and many leadership roles in Computer Science often require or prefer candidates with advanced education. Our courses will help you take that next step so you stand our from the crowd once you graduate.
  • Skill Development: You'll acquire a diverse set of skills, including advanced problem-solving, enabling you to address complex real-world issues and devise technological solutions.
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Interested in starting your own tech venture or company? With the dedicated support of our entrepreneurial team, The Essex Startups and your Postgraduate degree you'll have the skills you need to excel after you have finished studying with us?

Apply your skills to change the world

Our degrees are about more than research. You will gain experience in project management and communication, as well as support to develop your numerical and data analysis skills. All of this will help you in your future career, whether you're looking to join academia or intend to move into the private sector. You'll also have access to a range of different facilities and specialist laboratories, that ensure you have the tools needed to carry out ground-breaking research.

At Essex we offer several research degree types, from a one year Master of Science by Dissertation (MSD) through to a full PhD.

Start your application with us

Explore our Computer Science research by theme or your area of interest and find a supervisor that can support your through your studies. More information can be found about research degrees on our school pages. Our courses below will help guide you through the various research degree programmes we offer.

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