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Scope of studying computer engineering in UK

This article examines the computer engineering courses offered by institutions in the UK and how they differ from computer engineering courses in India

Mahesh Ramani

The future of computing is not restricted to hardware and operating systems alone. Statistics, cyber-security and human computing are some of the exciting things that computer technology has to offer

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Ever wondered why although the USA has been at the forefront of development of computer technology; some of the biggest names in revolutionary designs and programming in computer science are from the UK? Some of the legends of computer science from the UK are:

  • George Boole - mathematician and pioneer of Boolean Algebra that is the basis of digital logic.
  • Alan Turing - mathematician, computer scientist and cryptanalyst credited with formalizing the concepts of the computer algorithm.
  • Tim Berners-Lee - scientist known for inventing the World Wide Web.

Institutions from the UK consistently feature in the Top-100 Institutions in the world.

Some of the popular top-ranking institutions offering a full-time degree course in computer science in the UK are:

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Manchester
  • UCL (University College London)
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Birmingham

Traditionally, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford have been constantly trying to outdo each other in University rankings and always feature in the Top-10 institutions of the world. 

Some Popular Picks:

University of Oxford offers highly reputed undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Computer Science; combination courses as a mix of Computer Science and Philosophy and Computer Science and Mathematics. The MSc in Computer Science remains one of the most popular courses offered by the department. The MSc in Computer Science is intended for graduates in Computer Science as well as graduates in other numerate disciplines who have some training or experience in programming or have been employed professionally in a related industry. 

University of Cambridge offers the flagship three year undergraduate Computer Science programme; students can opt for one more year of integrated study and earn a Masters of Engineering MEng degree. The two main professional computing societies in the UK, the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), have both accredited the Computer Science degree from its inception.

In recent years, Imperial College London has steadily emerged as one of the best institutions of higher learning in the UK. The College offers a popular three-year BEng in Computing course. The course is a mix of compulsory and optional modules and offers a firm foundation in the magical world of computer engineering.  Four-year Master of Engineering courses are also offered in Computing; with specializations in Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Game Design, Computational Management and much more. The College offers some of the most innovative and exciting courses in Computer Engineering in the UK.

University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked among the Top-20 universities of the world. The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh offers the coveted BEng Computer Science and BEng Software Engineering degrees. Equally popular Bachelor of Science courses are offered in the core disciplines of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Computer Science. The Master of Informatics or MInf is also gaining popularity.

University of Manchester offers a comprehensive list of undergraduate and postgraduate science and engineering courses in computer science and related subjects. Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Computers and Business Management, Computer Science and Human Interaction are just some of the popular options on offer.

University College London - UCL offers the following courses - BSc Computer Science, MEng Computer Science, MEng Mathematical Computation, MSc in Computer Science and a whole range of MSc courses in allied subjects like Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Graphics, Machine Learning, etc.

University of Southampton offers a top-rated BSc Computer Science and Software Engineering course and the MEng in Computer Science and Software Engineering course. With a strong focus on research MSc courses are offered in subjects like Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Systems and Signal Processing and Web Science & Web Technology.

The School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Birmingham is one of the finest schools of its kind in the UK offering top-notch research-centric courses. BEng and MEng degrees in Computer Systems Engineering are available. The courses are also offered with a combination of Business Management studies. MSc in Electronic and Computer Engineering with an option for Industrial Studies is a coveted postgraduate study option.


The courses and institutions listed above are just some of the most popular ones in the UK. There are many more options to fit various budgets and subject streams related to computer science that you can pick and study. The future of computing is not restricted to hardware and operating systems alone. Statistics and big-data, cyber-security, human computing and four-dimensional gaming are some of the exciting things that computer technology has to offer for the future. 

Visit the UK webpage and find a course and institution of your choice to study computer science and engineering.


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