The majority of computers in the modern world are not in laboratories or sitting on desks. They are in our pockets, televisions, cars, fridges even. In the last decade, we have become increasingly connected with, and through, these computers, no longer tethered by wires. Exciting developments such as driverless cars, augmented reality and the internet of things only scratch the surface of what might be possible as technology progresses.
The Smart Technology degree is built to inspire the next generation of technology designers and architects. Working at the confluence of hardware, software and communications, you’ll learn how to sense data, manipulate information and interact with the world around us, finding innovative ways to integrate technology into everyday lives.
Find out more about computer science here at the University of Wolverhampton in this video featuring staff and students.
What happens on the course?
The course follows three years of study, with an optional year in industry after your second year.
Your first year builds the foundations. We’ll study digital electronics, algorithm design, computer networks, data manipulation, web fundamentals and software design. By the end of this year, you’ll be thoroughly versed in the tools and techniques of the contemporary computer scientist.
Year two gives you the tools. We’ll study control systems, embedded design, wireless and mobile communications, analogue electronics, human-computer interaction and application development, amongst other subjects. By the end of the second semester, you’ll be a very capable electronics and software developer, ready to turn your ideas into reality.
Year three sets you on the path to your working life. We’ll look at systems architecture and integration, artificial intelligence, applied electronics, machine learning and swarm concepts. The culmination of your three years is the final year project. You’ll use it to showcase the skills that you have acquired throughout the course.
Much of your study, especially in the second and third year, will be undertaken alongside members of the faculty who are active researchers in the pervasive computing field. Each brings their unique expertise and perspective to classes, giving you a taste of what further study at post graduate level might entail.
The school also prides itself on its ability to give you the chance to collaborate with industry professionals on live projects as part of your studies.
Many of the staff involved in the teaching of the Smart Technologies degree are active researchers in the field, working with academic partners and industrial developers from all over the world. This gives us a very distinct understanding of how the discipline is developing and means that our experience in the area is constantly up to date. This translates directly to our teaching.
Our facilities are second to none, with a dedicated lab offering an array of technologies from all disciplines of computer science and beyond. You’re as likely to get roped into helping with a Doctoral researcher’s project during your lunch hour as you are to find a group of second years developing a robot for Pi Wars.
You’ll find staff approachable and engaging and you’ll quickly become involved in extra curricula activities in the subject area, whether that is with one of the student union based societies, like the Computer Games Society and Code Club, or with the staff led groups looking at smart electric vehicle design and construction or swarm and drone technologies.
Many of our graduates enter jobs at the technical end of the computer science and computer engineering spectrum; hardware and embedded technology developers, control system engineers, systems architects, network administrators and technical computing staff. The list of possible employers is constantly growing and evolving as we find new and innovative uses for technology, but we’ve sent graduates to the aviation industry, the automotive industry, the renewable power industry and security services, to name but a few. Other graduates have set up their own companies, moved into teaching, chosen to study a postgraduate qualification or entered the world of academic research.
What skills will you gain?
As a graduate of the Smart Technologies degree, you’ll be set to begin your career, whether it’s in industry, some innovative start-up (which we can help you with), or onwards into postgraduate studies, with an unparalleled understanding of both the software and hardware requirements for successful tech development. Understanding both, and how they interact, will allow you to spot potential pitfalls and give you a head start when it comes to practical problem solving.
Alongside this, you’ll also have all of the technical skills expected of a computer scientist at the forefront of development in the internet of things and the new wave of technologies that we don’t even have a name for yet. You’ll have developed strong problem solving and team working abilities too. Skills that will come in useful whichever direction you decide to take.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.