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How is the computer science course at rhul?
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How is the computer science course at rhul?
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Hi all,

It's great to hear that you're all interested in Computer Science at Royal Holloway! In order to give you all the most accurate information I'm going to get in touch with one of our students to give you a little overview of their experiences in studying Computer Science at Royal Holloway. If you have any specific questions for them, let me know here so I can get these answered for you!

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Hi all,

It's great to hear that you're all interested in Computer Science at Royal Holloway! In order to give you all the most accurate information I'm going to get in touch with one of our students to give you a little overview of their experiences in studying Computer Science at Royal Holloway. If you have any specific questions for them, let me know here so I can get these answered for you!

Summer
Hello! I'm Christos and I have just finished my second year of studying Computer Science at Royal Holloway.

When I came to an Open Day, I knew immediately that this was the university for me and that I wanted to study Computer Science, not just because of the course but also because of the vibe I received whilst talking to the lecturers. The first thing I noticed was how friendly and genuinely caring the staff were and this has not changed in the two years I have been here.

At the time of writing (June 2017), Royal Holloway offers many specialist pathways into a Computer Science degree including Information Security and Artificial Intelligence. However, in the first year, everyone takes the same modules, with exception of those on the Software Engineering pathway taking the 'Software Development' course instead of ' Object Oriented Programming II'.

The idea behind this is that new students come to university with different skills, knowledge and experiences of computer science, so by taking the same courses, every student will be brought to the same level in terms of what is required to succeed in the rest of the degree programme.

With that said, I will also point out that in first year students are taught to code from scratch, so it is not an essential requirement for you to have programmed before. Of course, programming experience is always useful and is also something to mention in your personal statement, but you will not be at a disadvantage if you have not coded before. Personally, I have never coded in my life prior to starting my degree and I do not feel it has had any effect on my ability in accessing the course. If you're interested in learning a programming language, we at Royal Holloway mainly focus on Java in the first and second year.

As all students (bar those on the Software Engineering pathway) do the same courses in first year and term one of second year, switching between pathways is a very simple process. This provides a lot of flexibility and allows students to really get to know the different areas of computer science before deciding their specialism.

There are also opportunities to do Computer Science as part of a society. The Computing Society (or as we call it 'CompSoc') is run by a group of students elected by other members of the society. They are always running smoe sort of event, be it socials, careers talks, trips or coding workshops, so there really is something for everyone. For example, this year there have been trips to Bletchley Park and EuroGamer.

CompSoc is given huge support by the department and because of this they can offer so much more to their members, including discounts to some trips and free t-shirts. Lecturers also like to attend some of the society events so you can really get to know them.

When I was applying to universities I found it really useful to know exactly what each module will cover. You can look at more information on the modules here. Under the 'Undergraduate' tab, there are numerous links beneath the 'Course and Degree Information' heading. These courses are subject to change each year but give a good indication of what you will be learning.

If you have any questions, let me know and I will be happy to answer.

Christos.
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Insightful and detailed response, really appreciate it. I'm looking at the scholarship for comp sci applicants. Do you know what sort of grades recipients of the scholarship typically have or how many of them are usually given out per year?

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/stud...erscience.aspx
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Insightful and detailed response, really appreciate it. I'm looking at the scholarship for comp sci applicants. Do you know what sort of grades recipients of the scholarship typically have or how many of them are usually given out per year?

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/stud...erscience.aspx
Hi Lei,

I'm glad you found Christos' response helpful. In terms of the scholarships, I believe the scholarship you've linked up above doesn't necessarily have a set number of recipients, and would tend to go to some of the highest achieving applicants to Computer Science, generally looking at AAA at A Level (or equivalent). If you're super interested, I'd suggest emailing Jose Fiadeiro ([email protected] .uk) for more detailed info on that one.

We also offer the Future Leaders scholarship (one per faculty), and income related bursaries. It's also important to note that some scholarships may change or even be added between different academic years, so the list online at the moment might not fully reflect what is available for 2018 entry.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Hello! I'm Christos and I have just finished my second year of studying Computer Science at Royal Holloway.

When I came to an Open Day, I knew immediately that this was the university for me and that I wanted to study Computer Science, not just because of the course but also because of the vibe I received whilst talking to the lecturers. The first thing I noticed was how friendly and genuinely caring the staff were and this has not changed in the two years I have been here.

At the time of writing (June 2017), Royal Holloway offers many specialist pathways into a Computer Science degree including Information Security and Artificial Intelligence. However, in the first year, everyone takes the same modules, with exception of those on the Software Engineering pathway taking the 'Software Development' course instead of ' Object Oriented Programming II'.

The idea behind this is that new students come to university with different skills, knowledge and experiences of computer science, so by taking the same courses, every student will be brought to the same level in terms of what is required to succeed in the rest of the degree programme.

With that said, I will also point out that in first year students are taught to code from scratch, so it is not an essential requirement for you to have programmed before. Of course, programming experience is always useful and is also something to mention in your personal statement, but you will not be at a disadvantage if you have not coded before. Personally, I have never coded in my life prior to starting my degree and I do not feel it has had any effect on my ability in accessing the course. If you're interested in learning a programming language, we at Royal Holloway mainly focus on Java in the first and second year.

As all students (bar those on the Software Engineering pathway) do the same courses in first year and term one of second year, switching between pathways is a very simple process. This provides a lot of flexibility and allows students to really get to know the different areas of computer science before deciding their specialism.

There are also opportunities to do Computer Science as part of a society. The Computing Society (or as we call it 'CompSoc' is run by a group of students elected by other members of the society. They are always running smoe sort of event, be it socials, careers talks, trips or coding workshops, so there really is something for everyone. For example, this year there have been trips to Bletchley Park and EuroGamer.

CompSoc is given huge support by the department and because of this they can offer so much more to their members, including discounts to some trips and free t-shirts. Lecturers also like to attend some of the society events so you can really get to know them.

When I was applying to universities I found it really useful to know exactly what each module will cover. You can look at more information on the modules here. Under the 'Undergraduate' tab, there are numerous links beneath the 'Course and Degree Information' heading. These courses are subject to change each year but give a good indication of what you will be learning.

If you have any questions, let me know and I will be happy to answer.

Christos.
I've been reading through this forum in search of information exactly like this! Thank you!

I am a female hoping to study computer science (information security) and wonder how many females tend to study this degree?
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I've been reading through this forum in search of information exactly like this! Thank you!

I am a female hoping to study computer science (information security) and wonder how many females tend to study this degree?
Hi ASalih,

So great to hear that you're interested in studying Computer Science. I couldn't tell you the exact ratio of female students (as this would obviously change on a year by year basis), but our Computer Science department is one of only seven departments in the UK to hold the Athena SWAN bronze award for commitment to increasing female participation in computer science.

I hope that helps, but let me know if you have any further questions.

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I've been reading through this forum in search of information exactly like this! Thank you!

I am a female hoping to study computer science (information security) and wonder how many females tend to study this degree?
Hi! ASalih, I’m also a female going to be starting that course in 2018, feel free to chat, it’d be great to get to know people before we start!
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From what I have heard, it is very good relative to the rankings, and seems to have very good student satisfaction and job prospects
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