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What are the best universities for Computer Science?

31 Jan 2021 - Barni Homden

From cyber security consultant to games designer, there are so many careers that a Computer Science degree could lead to. Plus, according to data from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Computer Science graduates are among the top 10 best paid in the UK! It’s clear that a degree in this field from a top university could take you far: here are our best universities for Computer Science in the UK and USA.

So, what are the best universities for Computer Science?

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Many UK universities rank highly for Computer Science according to authorities such as Complete University Guide, Guardian University Guide and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Kaplan works with a number of them:

University of Birmingham

A traditional red brick university, the University of Birmingham ranks 13th in the UK for Computer Science (Complete University Guide 2021) and is the #1 most targeted UK university by graduate employers (High Fliers 2021). Birmingham is ideal for students who want to gain practical experience during their studies, as many degrees are available with a year in industry.

At the University of Birmingham, you can also study Computer Science alongside a related subject like Artificial Intelligence or Software Engineering, and you’ll often have the option to spend a year abroad during your degree, too!

University of Bristol

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The University of Bristol is a fantastic choice for international students, as you can choose to study Computer Science alone, or combine it with another subject such as Electronics or Innovation, to widen your expertise.

Ranked 8th in the UK for Computer Science degrees (Guardian University Guide 2021), Bristol is also among the UK’s top 10 most targeted university by graduate employers (High Fliers Research 2021), so finding your dream graduate job should be easy!

University of Glasgow

In Scotland, the University of Glasgow is ranked 6th in the UK for Computer Science (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). Students can prepare for the future with degrees such as Computer Systems Engineering, Information Technology and Sensor and Software Engineering.

As a long-standing member of the elite Russell Group of universities, a Glasgow degree will stand out on your CV.

University of Nottingham

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Also highly regarded for its great Computer Science degrees is the University of Nottingham, which ranks 11th in the UK in the subject (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

You can choose from a range of related degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Nottingham, including Electronic and Computer Engineering and Human Computer Interaction. If you want to customise your degree, some options  at the University of Nottingham include a year abroad, or a year working in industry.

University of York

The University of York, another Russell Group institution, has great computing facilities, and which is maybe why it ranks an impressive in the 17th in the UK for the subject (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

International students here can choose from degrees like Computer Science and Mathematics and Embedded Wireless Systems. Many of York’s degrees also include a year in industry or the option to spend time abroad.

Best universities for Computer Science in the USA

The USA is the most popular destination for international students and we work with some great universities here, too!

Arizona State University

Arizona State University is a top choice in the USA: it ranks in the top 50 nationally and the top 100 worldwide for computer science (Shanghai Academic Ranking 2020).

At ASU, you can study a wide range of Computing degrees like Applied Computing, Cybersecurity and Information Technology, in sunny Phoenix. If you need any more reason to consider studying at ASU, the University was recently named #1 in the USA for innovation for the 6th year in a row (U.S. News & World Report 2021).

Pace University

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Pace University in New York is well known for being a pioneer in Computer Science. It founded one of the first computing schools in the USA! Computer Science degrees are taught at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, which is home to cutting-edge research in cyber security, artificial intelligence and big data.

Studying Computer Science at Pace gives you great career prospects too: 95% of international students who graduate with a Seidenberg master’s degree are employed or in further study within a year of graduation.

In addition, Pace University was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, one of only 2 Centers in the New York metropolitan area!

How to enter a Computer Science degree in the UK or USA

We offer a range of pathway courses that will help you qualify for entry to a degree at one of the best universities for Computer Science in the UK or USA, even if you don’t currently meet the entry requirements.

Find Computer Science degrees in the UK or USA using our degree finder, or contact us to start your path to degree and career success today.


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