You will be taught by academics at the cutting edge of their field who are research active and have extensive knowledge and expertise accumulated over time, many of whom are leading experts in their fields of specialisation. Our research feeds directly into our teaching, which means you'll learn about the latest developments within your subject from world-class academics who will challenge, encourage and support you.
You will experience a variety of teaching approaches that are designed to assist
learning and maximise achievement.
Individual modules help you to develop sound theoretical knowledge and high-level practical skills. You will undertake formal written work, applied and technical assignments, interim progress checks, and both group and individual project work. Preparation for examinations is supported through coursework, revision sessions, and even mock exams.
Lectures are the primary form of teaching and these are supported by small group sessions and workshops. Many modules require laboratory-based classes and project work is supported through tutorials and individual supervision meetings. Skill development is encouraged through group work, presentations, problem solving activities and a focus on time-management.
Lectures are one of the ways to help students develop an understanding of key aspects of the subject. We have modern lecture theatres, equipped with the latest audio-visual and computer-based teaching aids, such as WiFi networking and voting handsets. Lecturers use a variety of techniques to enhance their teaching including group discussions, frequent opportunities to ask (and answer) questions, short tests and in-class solution of problems. Lecture material is available online through the university Virtual Learning Environment.
Laboratory classes are an integral part of the taught courses to put the theoretical into practice and develop the technical skills required to work in the IT industry. The school's own computer laboratories provide state of the art equipment for both individual and small group work supervised by lecturers and demonstrators.
Example classes also provide the opportunity to discuss problems with lecturers and demonstrators on a one to one or group basis. Individual, personal tutorials provide pastoral support focusing on professional development, the wider academic context and general well-being.
Through your course you will undertake both individual and group projects. Project work is an excellent opportunity to explore and develop essential skills such as problem solving, communications skills, time management and teamwork. Project work develops, as you progress through the course, from guided activities to role-based group work to individual research projects.
Members of staff maintain close links with industry to ensure that our courses are up to date and in-line with employer needs. Our close links with industry also means that you will benefit from industrial input into design projects at a variety of levels, from setting projects through to more direct involvement in discussions and consultancy.
We have an active Student Staff Forum chaired by the students with student representatives from all years of all courses and staff, including the Head of School, representing the main School functions. Focus groups of staff and students are used to discuss proposed developments in assessment, curricula and the School environment. The School, Faculty and University Student Education Committees all have student representatives. There is an active Computer Society (CompSoc) run by our students.
You will be assessed via a number of different methods.
We have an excellent student support team, located close to where you work and study, who will help you with anything, from academic advice and guidance, online module enrolment and registration, timetabling, results and progression requirements to coursework or project submission enquiries.
Our personal tutorial system will provide additional academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.
The web-based student portal will enable you to access the University’s student services and information and the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) allows you access to your personal timetables, academic and social groups, and much more.
Integrated Masters (MEng, BSc)
Our Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence degree course are Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng), providing you with great breadth and depth of study. You can graduate after three years with a BEng or continue for another year to complete the MEng, which fulfils the academic requirements necessary for Chartered Engineer status, the preferred engineering qualification. There are requirements at the end of the third year for progression to the MEng.
If you choose to do the MEng, you will have the opportunity to work on a greater range of project work, including group work. Our strong industrial links mean that individual and group project work have a significant degree of industrial involvement.
Alternatively, you may decide to graduate after three years with the BEng, perhaps because you plan to take a specialist MSc, study for a PhD or start employment. Our BEng is highly regarded nationally and internationally in its own right.
Our current students often say that project work is one of the most satisfying and challenging aspects of their course. It provides an excellent opportunity for you to explore a subject further and to develop essential personal skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork, vital to success in any career.
Projects are particularly important in the Professional Development module in the first year, Software Engineering in the second, the third-year research project and the fourth-year group project.
Our close links with industry mean that you will benefit from industrial input into design projects at a variety of levels, from setting projects to more direct involvement in discussions and consultancy. Recent examples of final-year individual projects include:
As a student in the School of Computing, you will study computing ethics as part of your programme of learning. At Leeds, ethics is taught using real life case studies, with input from specialist ethicists as well as your tutors and lecturers. The team responsible for the ethics taught in computing have produced educational material used to stimulate debate in class about topics such as ethical hacking, open source software, and use of personal data.
This ethics teaching will enhance your reasoning and decision making skills which are crucial to employers, and will help you identify and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas that you will encounter in your professional life in the IT industry.
The best aspect of the course was the range of modules. Having the opportunity to undertake a wide range of modules is an excellent way of gaining an appreciation of all aspects of the computing discipline.
Charles, Computer Science
The best aspect of this is course is the variety, it embraces a variety of different but related modules .Each of them developed my skills in a particular subject and together they create specialist knowledge about IT management and techniques.
Mohammad, Information Technology
I have enjoyed the entire course so far but my personal favourite has been the web development module. I only had a very basic understanding of writing web sites before starting the course but since then I have learned such a huge amount. I also enjoy being creative so this module is great fun for me.
Sean, Information Technology