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Scope of studying computer engineering in the UK
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Scope of studying computer engineering in the UK

This article lists the scope of studying computer engineering in the UK and explores the popular universities in the UK offering them.

01 Jul 2019 751 Book icon 4 mins Share
Scope of studying computer engineering in the UK

So, you have plans to study computer engineering in the UK! Have you ever wondered why despite the US being 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 - Pioneer of Boolean Algebra that is the basis of digital logic
  • Alan Turing - Mathematician, computer scientist and cryptanalyst credited with formalising the concepts of the computer algorithm.
  • Tim Berners-Lee - Scientist known for inventing the World Wide Web.

Now besides that – what makes so many Indian students study computer engineering in the UK? There are multiple factors but mainly: the ROI is good, there’s good scope after you graduate and of course, there are plenty of prestigious top-ranking universities to study in the UK. Let me break it down for you.

First, what's ROI?

A Return on Investment indicates the salary you are more likely to draw after graduation in a field against the money you invest to graduate in that field. According to, the average salary of a junior software engineer in the UK is nearly GBP 28,028 (London) per year and that of a computer programmer is nearly GBP 30,199 per year. The average pay for a Software Engineer is GBP 35,647 per year.

Good to know: Here’s a breakdown of tuition fees and living expenses during your study in the UK

Career scope and job prospects

With a degree in Computer Science from the UK, you can apply for the following jobs:

  • Application analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • SEO specialist
  • Systems specialist
  • UX analyst/ UX designer
  • Technical author

Now, let’s take a look at the some of the popular and high-ranking universities in the UK that offer computer science engineering programmes:

(FYI: Traditionally, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford have been constantly trying to outdo each other in the World University Rankings every year and always feature in the Top-10 institutions of the world.)

1. University of Oxford

The University of Oxford offers highly reputed undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Computer Science; combination programmes as a mix of Computer Science and Philosophy and Computer Science and Mathematics. The MSc in Computer Science remains one of the most popular programmes 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.

2. University of Bristol

The University of Bristol ranks 9th in the UK and 51st in the world, according to QS World University Rankings 2019. It was the first academic institute in England to admit women and men on an equal basis. Its school of engineering offers a variety of computer science programmes such as BEng Computer Science and Electronics (3 years) – which is a joined programme between Department of Computer Science and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering – designed to prepare you for both computing and electronic industries.  Other programmes include MEng Computer Science and Mathematics, MEng Computer Science with Study in Continental Europe (1 year in a partner university) and MEng Computer Science with Innovation – all of which are 4 years long.

3. University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge offers the flagship three year undergraduate Computer Science programme called Computer Science Tripos. After completing the first three years and receiving the BA honours degree, students can opt for one more year of integrated study and earn a Masters of Engineering (MEng) degree as well. 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.

4. University of Glasgow

Named the Scottish University of the year 2018 (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide), the University of Glasgow is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities. Its MSc Computer Systems engineering is a one-year master’s programme that provides you with complementary software and hardware knowledge along with an in-depth introduction to smart device technology. Other programmes on offer at Glasgow include: Software Engineering (available at both bachelor’s and master’s level) and Electronic and Software Engineering (available at both bachelor’s and master’s level).

5. Imperial College London

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. Both the courses – on completion – will present you with Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI).

6. University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield has been named one of the most international universities, featuring in the top 50 international universities in the world and is among the top 5 universities in the UK for overall student experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2013-2018). Its department of Computer Science offers both BEng (3 years) and MEng (4 years) in Software engineering. You’ll learn software engineering, programming, computer systems, human-computer interaction and theoretical foundation – among many other modules. Typically, third-year students work on a research project for the 50% of their time. However, Fourth-year students get involved in Genesys – a unique software development organisation led by students.

7. Queen Mary University of London

One of the 24 Russell Group institutions in the UK, Queen Mary University of London is ranked 130th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019. The university offers BEng (Hons) Computer Science Engineering programme (3 years) and BEng (Hons) Computer Science Engineering with Industrial Experience programme (4 years).

8. University of Southampton

University of Southampton offers a BSc Computer Science and BEng Software Engineering under undergraduate programmes, and the MEng in Computer Science and MEng in Software Engineering under postgraduate programmes. With a strong focus on research, the university also offers MSc programmes in subjects like Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Systems and Signal Processing and Web Science & Web Technology.

Your takeaway

The programmes and institutions listed above are just some of the most popular ones in the UK. There are many more UK universities that fit various budgets and subject streams related to computer science. 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 areas that computer technology has to offer for the future.

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