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Computer Science and Physics

Keele University
4 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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Program description

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too.

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Computer Science and Physics. For the Computer Science element you’ll learn the underpinning theories of software, hardware
and computing techniques – and how to apply them in the real world. You’ll learn to use technology to create new opportunities and to solve
a wide range of problems, benefiting every aspect of society from the
home to business, government and beyond. This means your skills are
likely to be in high demand when you graduate.
Our teaching is informed by our cutting-edge research, and we also
reflect what’s happening now in industry.

Combined honours students
can follow a set of modules providing a specialism in information
systems, evolutionary systems, or creative computing, whilst single
honours students cover all these strands. There’s a strong emphasis
on programming – but don’t worry if you don’t have Maths A-level,
because the course covers what you need to know. You’ll have
24/7 access to our own computing labs, based on Microsoft Windows
and Linux, plus a wide range of software. This degree builds the essential skills which are in demand from
employers looking for systems analysts, software engineers and
consultants. You’ll graduate with a wide range of computing skills plus a
highly developed approach to problem solving. Recent Keele graduates
have gone to work for companies as diverse as Apple, BAE Systems,
Barclays, Capgemini, EA Games, Experian, Microsoft and the Ministry
of Defence. You’ll also have the solid grounding you’ll need to apply
for postgraduate study.

For the Physics element of the course, you will learn to apply mathematics and computing to formulate
and solve a wide range of physical problems. You’ll use mathematics to describe the physical world, and learn to plan
and conduct investigations before reporting your results. Your course
will be informed by the research interests of your teaching staff: primarily
astrophysics and condensed matter physics. Regular laboratory sessions
will enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and acquire
specialist techniques, but you’ll also develop invaluable transferable
skills such as communication, IT and interpersonal skills. We operate
an open-door policy which enables you to have excellent and flexible
access to staff to seek advice or feedback on your work.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. A Physics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers,
which need not be directly related to physics.
You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public
services. You might work as a research scientist, medical physicist,
software engineer, geophysicist or radiation practitioner, or you might
branch out and become a science writer, chartered accountant, patent
lawyer, IT consultant or air traffic controller. Many graduates go on to
study at master’s or doctorate level.

About this institute

Keele University

The University received its Royal Charter in 1962 with a commitment to meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world. Today we still uphold that commitment in every aspect of life at Keele University. We work...

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