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Durham University

Computer Science

Welcome to New Students

'Congratulations on gaining a place at Computer Science! You are joining Durham Computer Science at such an exciting time.'

Professor Gordon Love, Head of Department

This is a really exciting time to be studying Computer Science. At Durham we are growing our Department and the opportunities this affords to students.

It’s also an exciting time for Computer Science as a discipline - with graduates being much in demand and research in Computer Science covering some of key topics of our time.

I’d like to warmly welcome you to both Durham, and to being a Computer Scientist. Enjoy your studies, enjoy the many other activities that are on offer at University, and enjoy Durham!


Online Enrolment

Students must enrol and register for their modules. Detailed information and guidance can be found in the Student Registry pages to guide you through this process.

Please read this information carefully.

Induction Week

Induction Week 2019 starts on Monday 30 September 2019.

Attendance at all department-based activities is compulsory. Use the University Induction Week timetable to plan your week's activities. All students should select Level of study as "Undergraduate Single Honours".

Please note that teaching starts on Monday 07 October 2019.

Module Registration

Module registration is a two stage process which includes the selection of module(s) and approval of module(s).

The first stage is where you confirm your programme of study and choose your optional modules. The second stage of the process is where department(s) approve your choice of modules.

More information on module registration can be found in the Student Registry Modules section.

Induction talks are compulsory and held 9.00am to 12.00pm, Tuesday 01 October 2019: Introduction to the Course for CS Students.

This will include a series of talks to Computer Science students in room E005, which is a lecture theatre in the Christopherson building – your college representatives will show you where this is, or you can find it on our University maps.

Your personal planner and further information can be found here.

Please ensure you make regular checks for updates to your induction timetable.

Every Durham student takes six modules per year. In your first year as a CS student you will take five compulsory CS modules. For the sixth module you are invited to select an optional “free elective” module. The five compulsory modules should automatically appear when you log onto the Student Enrolment System. You will need to make the decision on your elective module by Tuesday 01 October 2019.

There is a wide variety of modules to choose from and we recommend you consider one of the following:

  • Choose a Language module
  • Choose a module that is useful for CS, such as New Venture Creation offered by the Business school. Other modules are available in Management, Mathematics, Philosophy or Psychology
  • Choose a module completely unconnected with CS that you are interested in.

A list of all available Level 1 modules and their details is given in the Faculty Handbook.

Useful registration information can be found on the Student Registry pages.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

You should have received the following information prior to your arrival:

  • Log-in details for DUO, so that you can regularly keep up to date with staff communication and select modules.
  • Freshers welcome pack: Welcome letter from Level 1 tutor Professor Andrei Krokhin, which will contain useful information.

If you have not received any of this information, then please contact Level 1 tutor Professor Andrei Krokhin, or telephone the Undergraduate Office: + 44 191 33 42526.

The Computing Society exists for anyone interested in computers to get together.

The Society meets every Tuesday for a short talk and also runs other events such as LAN parties, workshops, trips to places such as Bletchley Park and various socials. It also supports computing efforts in the area, especially where open source software is involved.

Please feel free to get in touch with CompSoc at any point, all information will also be posted on the Fresher’s DUO page.