Do you want a traditional university degree, but would like to start earning a salary now? Do you have a strong work ethic and can be disciplined with your study? Do you want to start your technology career with a leading employer?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then this new and exciting degree could be right for you. This four-year programme, designed in partnership with PwC will allow you receive an outstanding education from one of the UK's top ten Computer Science departments, whilst also gaining work experience with PwC's Tech teams during placements.
On these placements you will get to work with some of the biggest brands in the world, and the work itself can often be front page news. You will spend your first and second year at University, undertaking placements at PwC outside of term-time and your whole third year will be spent working at PwC, before you return to University for your fourth year.
You will experience university life and study alongside work experience and skills training.
- Work experience with a leading organisation: You will be employed full-time by PwC and earn a competitive salary.
- A degree from a highly ranked university: The University of Birmingham is a top 100 global university and Computer Science is ranked 8th in the UK.
- A job offer: PwC will offer you a graduate job at the end of the degree programme providing you meet their performance criteria.
All of your University tuition fees are fully funded by PwC, and as a PwC employee, you’ll receive a salary each month
In your first year you gain a firm foundation in programming, plus the principles of data structures and algorithms; artificial intelligence; and relevant logic and mathematics. Our main teaching language is Java, a language widely used in enterprise systems, but you will also learn functional programming, which is a style of programming with a deep connection to logic. You will also spend a third of your time on business-related subjects.
In your second year you move on to study enabling technologies and their application. You will learn about a wide range of subjects from the mathematics for modelling and decision making which underpins much of modern machine learning, to systems-level programming, networks, and cyber security. Your programming repertoire will be broadened by exposure to the C programming language plus further functional programming. You will also be taught professional software engineering techniques and apply them to develop a large team project in Java such as a multiplayer networked game.
In your third year you will undertake a full year in industry with PwC.
In your final year you have freedom of choice to specialise in particular areas of computer science. The choice available covers computer graphics, computer security and verification, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, computer vision, and teaching computer science. You also spend one-third of your time on a final degree project. This includes writing a large piece of software or doing a major piece of research, and brings together all of the computer science skills you have acquired.
During your placements you will be productively employed and play an active, and valued, part on project teams and will make meaningful contributions to fee earning client projects. You will be equipped with the opportunity to apply your learning in a challenging but fully supported environment. PwC has a client base ranging from local to multinational and global companies, across all sectors and industries.
You will be fully supported when on placement with PwC, you will have a dedicated people manager, buddies, mentors, a dedicated development team, and will still be able to access all of the University support systems too.
Alongside developing your technical skills through your placements with PwC you will develop a combination of interpersonal skills (eg rapport building, behavioural styles, working in a team and networking) and consulting skills, (eg models of consulting, distinctive business advisor, change management and analytical skills) embedding the PwC Experience.
Download the BSC Computer Science with digital technology partnership brochure (pdf 440 KB) for additional information. Additional information can be found in the Computer Science undergraduate brochure (pdf 12 MB).