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Studying Computing or IT at University

author Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert         date 18 May 2021


So… you’ve just finished your college studies and are looking to study computing at university? Well, the good news is that almost all universities in the UK offer a degree in Computing or Information Technology.

Different types of computing courses

A lot has changed in the computing and technology industries over the past decade or so, and this is reflected in the variety of degrees that are available in this area.

Below are some of the main computer-related degrees that you can study at university alongside some of their main modules:

  • Computer Science: Programming languages, coding, troubleshooting, system design and development, system architecture, databases and back-end design.
  • Multimedia: Apps, front-end design, system development, web design, user-computer interaction and general programming.
  • Robotics: Fundamentals of Electronics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), ethics of technology, robotic systems, and system communications, signals and processing.
  • Computing for Business: Information systems, organisational behaviour, and databases, programming, Internet computing, information security, business analytics and data mining.
  • Software Engineering: Programming methodology, coding, algorithms and data structure, UML modelling, system environments, software testing and operating systems.
  • Computer Forensics: Digital forensics tools and techniques, data storage, computer law, hardware and software systems and data analysis.

Is studying a degree in Computing right for me?

It is used to be the case that many students used to consider a degree in computer science to be a “safe option” but over the past few years, unfortunately, the trend has gone the opposite direction.

In the UK, the unemployment rates for computing graduates are the highest of all the subjects, mainly due to concerns from industry about the skills, agility and work-readiness of graduates.

Having said that, each year there are thousands of computing students who graduate and go on to earn high salaries.

There are many factors that can influence your success in the industry:

  • Your level of enthusiasm and passion for the subject;
  • The type of degree you do;
  • Which University you attend;
  • Which degree classification your receive (2:1 at a minimum);
  • How much practical knowledge/experience you can demonstrate.

Therefore, it is wise to step back and ask yourself the questions: Am I passionate about Computing? Is this subject right for me? Do I have the ability to study a highly technical subject? Where do I want to be in five years time?

The answers to these questions will ultimately determine whether studying computing at university is the right option for you.

Good luck!

Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).