Why Computer Science at Durham
Computer Science is a thriving, friendly department of staff and students from across the world. The Department is located at Lower Mountjoy, south of the city centre, within easy reach of all the colleges and close to the university library.
Small class sizes
The size of most classes do not exceed 100 students, with smaller classes of 25 in later years. This results in much greater interaction with your lecturers and peers. Being in a cohort of this size means you are not a number but very much an individual that staff get to know well. The Department is housed in both the Higginson and Christopherson buildings. The Christopherson building has recently undergone a major refurbishment, allowing for classes to be taught in modern facilities with high quality equipment.
'Computer Science at Durham is great - the lecturers are lovely and encourage you to speak to them about any issues. Having a relatively low number of students in this department means I really got to know my peers, and gain a more personal relationship with the lecturers.'
Sinead Evans, Computer Science Graduate
Research Led Teaching
During your time with us you will be a part of the Department's research culture through both group and individual projects, in areas from Algorithms to Image Processing and Parallel Computing. Our academics will suggest project topics from their own areas of research, so you have the opportunity to work close to the cutting edge of Computer Science, supervised by a leader in the field. Each of our courses are BCS accredited and offer you the opportunity to suggest your own topic for a project.
'I have thoroughly enjoyed studying Computer Science at Durham. The size of the department allowed me to really get to know the academics, making it possible to easily reach out on my research projects. In particular, I was able to design my own final year project in machine learning, facilitated by the resources in the department. The opportunities available to me have equipped me very well for my future.'
Alastair Breeze, Computer Science Graduate
Computer Science at Durham is ranked 4th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018 and our graduates are sought after by industry regionally, nationally and internationally.
Our Graduate Prospects score and rank is continuously increasing - scoring 95 in the 2018 Times Good University Guide - University Subject Tables. When they enter full time employment 100% of our graduates enter graduate level jobs and our graduates have a median starting salary of £29,700 (source: DLHE 2014/15 ).
The department has a close working relationship with the University's Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre (CEEC) and has a dedicated Academic Careers Contact for Computer Science. The Department also benefits from being part of an active Industrial Partnership Committee which currently has representation from approximately 20 local, national and international companies. The Committee forms a direct link between the department and employers.
You could have the opportunity to continue your studies through fully funded PhD scholarships.
'Durham University offers a vibrant environment where I have had the opportunity to explore and learn state of the art techniques applied to computer science. With each lecture usually ending with a glimpse into current research in the topic we are learning.'
Bruna Maciel-Pearson, 4th Year Computer Science Student
You will also have the opportunity to have an additional year at an overseas institution. Currently, there are links with universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore plus many others. You can choose to study in most EU countries and we have specific partnerships with Hungary, Sweden and France. Studying overseas for one year is in addition to your registered programme. More information is available about Erasmus and Study Abroad if this is something you are interested in.
'My time at Durham has been invaluable. My course provided a solid grounding in both practical and theoretical aspects of Computer Science. By covering both areas I could be confident in my module choices and tailor them to my own interests. My experience of these were crucial in securing internships and full time employment.'
Paul Sobek, Computer Science Graduate