Welcome to Computing at UCLan

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Prepare yourself for an exciting career at the forefront of the digital revolution with the University of Central Lancashire! Our innovative approach to teaching and learning means you’ll graduate with the technical, entrepreneurial and social skills needed to succeed in the demanding industry of computing.

All courses start with a team challenge; an exciting project that integrates different technical aspects of computing. Throughout your studies, you’ll benefit from engagement in national and international competitions and research projects, use specialist laboratories and software, and equip yourself with practical skills and knowledge. You'll be taught by a passionate team of experienced lecturers, many of whom are still active and influential in the industry.

Our degrees will prepare you for a career in a rapidly changing subject that, thanks to new ideas, applications, security threats and constantly evolving technology, is a fascinating area to work in.

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4 Week Challenge

Our ‘4 Week Challenge’ brings together first year students to design and develop a new app, and then create a marketing campaign to promote it. It provides the study and team working skills necessary to be successful at UCLan. Each group of students from the wide range of computing-based courses are tested on the usability of their app and the winning team is announced at the end of the four weeks.

Professional Accreditation

British Computing Society

Our courses have accreditation leading to (British Computer Society) MBCS, (Certified Information Technology Professional) CITP and partial CEng exemption from professional computing body The British Computer Society.*


*All our new computing courses have initial accreditation with BCS and will be fully accredited on completion of the first cohort.

Global Placement Opportunities

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We place a strong emphasis on your employability, and offer a one-year industry based placement after the completion of your second year. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe and sometimes further afield such as Australia, Japan and the USA.  Placements have included companies such as D3T in Cheshire and Fujitsu in Germany. It is also possible to study a year of the course at a university abroad.

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We have a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees suitable for you to ensure you are adequately skilled for this growing industry. Our common computing modules at the start of your study gives you the flexibility to transfer to other specialist courses in the second year. You could find your niche in Computing, Software Engineering, Computer Network Technology, Cyber Security, and Forensic Computing.

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified for our undergraduate courses, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for many of our computing degrees.

We have an MComp option on particular courses which offers an integrated masters. This year is appropriate if you want to apply for jobs that demand a deeper knowledge in a specialised area. An MComp is also good preparation for research in computer science and its applications.


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We have produced numerous finalists and winners at the Aardvark Swift ‘Search for a Star’ nationwide competition, judged by leading games industry representatives.

We have had recent successes in:

Kyle Hobdey

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What our students say...

The 4 Week Challenge was amazing. It was fun, challenging, and quite intense. I went into it knowing nothing at all and surprised myself by coming out of it having built something that worked and feeling confident moving forwards.

Chris Burns, BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security

The 4 Week Challenge has been a fun experience for me and a great start to university; something that I wouldn’t have had the chance to do back home.  It has been interesting working together in a team as we were all very different with diverse skills sets.

Steph Paul, BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing

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For fellow students from Austria I’d say that it is definitely worth getting their degree in computing from UCLan. Students can tailor the final year according to their interests by choosing the modules that they are most interested in.

Adnan Mufakkar, BSC (Hons) Computing

A placement year? Do it! I see no good reason why you wouldn’t want to boost your CV above the rest and earn some amazing life and work experience while doing it. A placement is invaluable to your development as a person and a developer, no matter in which field of software development it is.

Ryan Sheff, BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development - Placement details: Software development intern, Server Quality Assurance Department, Fujitsu Germany

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Computing Research at UCLan

Research activity within computing is primarily people-centred with an emphasis on delivering research solutions that make a real difference to human situations. UCLan computing research themes include the development of safe technologies and systems, the investigation of organisational and information systems for technology-supported human activity, and the study of HCI, UX, AR/VR and Interaction Design.

Read more about Computing research at UCLan