Should I study computer science?

Posted 16 October 2020
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What is computer science?

Computer science is a broad subject covering hardware, software, user interaction and design. Each of these is grounded in mathematics and programming, combined with either engineering, data science, psychology or creativity.

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Do you like to think critically, analyse and solve problems?

Critical thinking and problem solving come naturally to some people, for others it is a learned skill. If you find yourself responding to your friends’ questions with ideas and look for logical solutions, then you are a problem solver.

Would you enjoy learning programming languages?

There are different types of programming languages depending on what you work on and the developer you are creating for. For example, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are the chief developers of recent languages Swift, Hack and Bosque, respectively. Are you interested in learning to code in these languages?

Are you interested in the latest technologies?

Computer science has driven every technological advance in recent decades, it is a field that is constantly changing and adapting to users’ needs, from emerging industries to making life easier day to day.

Do you work well in a team?

Huge amounts of code and development time are required before any computing product or service can be launched so you will need to be able to collaborate with different teams to deliver on projects.

Why study computer science?

1. Highly employable

Computer scientists are needed in every industry in the digital age, you could work in many areas from developing new technology to software fixes and more.

2. Solve complex problems

Apply your skills to finding new ways to drive changes in your chosen industry. Computing will train you to think about multidimensional problems from different perspectives.

3. Make a difference in the world

With the many issues facing the world, technology has a huge role to play in finding solutions so you could find yourself at the forefront of helping to address the climate crisis or inequality.

4. Be creative

As you could work on ideas that have never before existed, you will be using your imagination to organise data in the most efficient way. You could also apply your creativity as a designer, making your projects easy to use.

5. High salaries

Computer scientists report some of the highest earnings after graduation as they are in demand to ensure companies stay on trend and lead in their industries.

6. Transferable IT skills

The necessary skills to succeed in computer science are valued in other careers too. Being able to solve problems and analyse data are vital in many other fields like management, marketing and healthcare.

7. Endless technological developments

As the digital age continues, each new development ensures a new branch of computer science and perpetuates the need for skilled workers.

Study computer science abroad in the UK

Choosing to study in the UK for your computer science degree will give you an ideal start for your career, with access to modern facilities and the option to learn from leading companies and researchers.

You can work during and after your studies in the UK with a post study visa, gaining valuable work experience alongside your degree, which will enhance your applications for jobs when you graduate. Employers will be impressed by your initiative and the experience you can bring to their team. Additionally, once you have established your career in the UK, you can work towards migrating with a respected job in a valued industry. The UK is home to many of the world’s leading companies, giving you the opportunity to develop your career. It is also more affordable to migrate compared to the USA, but with similar opportunities in the big cities.

Why should I study computer science at Royal Holloway, University of London?

Royal Holloway is close to central London, which means you can access networking events, internships and other opportunities in one of the world’s leading cities. You will also benefit from Royal Holloway’s global outlook, gaining an insight into how global corporations use computer science. You can also take a Placement Year abroad during your undergraduate degree which will count towards your final grade. As one of the oldest computer science departments in the world (created in 1968), Royal Holloway is highly respected worldwide. You can join the Computing Society and be part of this legacy, which includes being one of only seven departments in the UK to hold the Athena SWAN bronze award for increasing female participation in computer science.

Is computer science for me?

If you think this is the right programme for you, start your journey by studying International Year One in Computer Science at the International Study Centre, where you will learn the basics you need for all computer science fields. International Year One has been developed for international students who want to study programming and improve their English language before joining the second year of BSc Computer Science (International). This makes it the ideal programme to get you started and still graduate in three years so you can begin your exciting computer science career. Apply now to start in 2021.

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