Our field can be seen as an engineering discipline, and that is how we teach it at Aberystwyth. Engineering is about applying scientific principles, and your ingenuity, to achieving the best possible solution to a problem. It is a creative activity because it seeks solutions that are elegant as well as functional and re-usable. It is also about being systematic and professional so that others can have confidence that your solution is a strong one that will work consistently and reliably.
The products that are built by software engineers become part of a system that includes human users and their organisations, with their own social, financial and legal features. We have to understand these organisations and work with them, and our courses place a strong emphasis on professional and personal development within the broad context of the business world. The advent of the Internet has led to a demand for new kinds of software solutions that are suitable for this emerging and rapidly changing arena.
The Computer Science department at Aberystwyth is long established but continues to move with the times. There are currently over 60 teaching, research and support staff and about 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We have close links with other departments in and beyond Aberystwyth and strong collaboration with industry. Our graduates and industrial year students are eagerly sought by employers.
You will find that the people in our department are professional and at the cutting edge of technology, but also friendly and approachable. We strongly advise you to arrange a visit and see for yourself.
For teaching and research we were rated as one of the top Computer Science departments in the UK, according to the Times - Good University Guide.