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This interesting and challenging course combines hands-on development with the theories behind how and why computers work as they do. You will have full access to the University’s outstanding IT facilities, which include specialist networking laboratories. We provide professional-level developer software and advanced hardware through accreditations with Microsoft, Cisco and other major companies.
Topics include web applications, database systems, programming and software development.
Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions. Group activities, discussions are facilitated through the University’s virtual learning environment. You will be encouraged to develop independent study skills as well as work with other students on group projects.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also ongoing assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include coursework and exams.
Fundamentals of Computing (100 credits)
Computational Thinking (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide a rounded introduction to the underpinning development of the computing disciplines from the first beginnings of computing to the present day.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Software Engineering Enterprise and Innovation Project (40 credits)
Choose to develop a software project for a client or yourself. You will gain valuable experience of working within a team-based software development environment.
Intermediate Software Development (20 credits)
This module will move beyond the basic object oriented concepts associated with simple classes and objects to cover a series of more sophisticated object-oriented ideas, including ‘inheritance’ and ‘polymorphism’.
Advanced Software Development (20 credits)
The module provides you with in-depth knowledge of issues associated with the modern software development life cycle, including the application of standard industrial methods to the design, development and testing of complex OO systems, including those with multi-threaded and distributed components.
Web and Mobile Programming (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to build a typical data-driven and media rich web-based multimedia application.
Database Driven Information Systems (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable you to understand how information systems can be used and developed to support enterprises.
Computing Major Project (40 credits)
You will research a topic and develop software that’s connected to that topic. Past examples include an Android audio application, a Trojan detector and a network monitoring tool.
Artificial Intelligence (20 credits)
This module develops your knowledge of current AI principles and your skills in this fast-moving area, which is a particular focus of Sunderland’s research.
Advanced Cyber Security (20 Credits)
In this module you will learn how to analyse the range of tradeoffs in balancing the security properties of confidentiality, integrity and availability. You will also learn how to select the appropriate tools and techniques to address and manage concepts of risk, threats, vulnerabilities and potential attacks.
Advanced Mobile Development (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable you to build a highly interactive and dynamic native mobile application.
Advanced Databases (20 Credits)
This module explores solutions related to complex database systems such as: enhanced data models, query optimisation, clustering, scalability, security, forensic investigation, data warehousing, data analysis tools and more.
Project Management (20 credits)
You will learn modern approaches to the development and management of IT-related projects, making use of the latest principles and research.
Software Enterprise (20 credits)
This module focuses on providing the knowledge and skills that will enable you to explore and exploit business opportunities for software enterprises.
The David Goldman Informatics Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
St Peter's Way,
Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications. Please note we do not accept AS/A Level General Studies.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course has a strong emphasis on real-world learning that boosts employability and equips you to make a bigger contribution in the workplace.
Sunderland has a good reputation with employers and, according to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16, 94.2% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (based on UK undergraduate students). The top type of job gained by our graduates is ‘information and communication technology professional’.
In your final year of the course, you will undertake a major individual project, often working directly with a company. This adds to your hands-on experience and, in some cases, leads to a job offer that can be taken up as soon as the course ends.
Our graduates have gone on to become web programmers, IT managers, information analysts and software developers. Employers that have taken on our graduates include Sage, British Airways and the NHS. Other graduates have started their own businesses or become software contractors earning over £50,000 a year.