30/07/2021

Categories: Computing, Undergradute

How to Choose the Right Computing Degree

Studying computer science at university can help you get on a number of career paths, but which one is right for you?

A computing degree at the University of Bolton can kick-start your career in a number of areas, or be a great foundation for a master’s. But should you choose a more specialist bachelor’s degree? How will you know which one is right for you?

Or perhaps you’ve already gained your undergraduate qualification, and would now like to improve your knowledge so you can boost your earning potential? If you’re interested in studying computer science at university, here are some specialisms that are worth considering.

Cyber security

This is one of the most important courses within computing, and it’s a fantastic option for those who want a sense of purpose and excellent job satisfaction. The need for graduates with security expertise has never been greater, and this line of work means you’ll be in demand for many years to come.

Why study this?

- There’s a huge shortage of qualified security experts

- High salaries and plenty of room for growth

- A chance to help businesses and individuals by preventing online crime

 

This is right for you if…

- You’re composed and calm in a crisis

- You’ve got top analytical skills

- You’re responsive and think on your feet

You care about helping others

Picture2 v71

Data analysis

Working with data makes you a valuable cog in the wheel, for just about any organisation and in any sector. This is because data is everywhere, and tapping into it is the key to improving business processes, as well as products and services for customers.

Why study this?

- There’s a huge data skills gap in the UK, meaning you’ll have the pick of the jobs

- It’s one of the best paid career paths in the world

- You’ll be contributing to the transformation of businesses

This is right for you if…

- You have a high level of mathematical ability

- You’ve got a good eye for detail (and an understanding of patterns and trends)

- You’re a whizz at problem-solving

Software or app development 

A popular computing degree to consider is one that specialises in development. Front and backend developers have always been in demand, and have options of working for agencies or in-house. With new coding languages changing up the landscape all the time, this profession is one for continuous development.

Why study this?

- Enjoy creativity in your role

- Work on a range of projects and for a variety of stakeholders or clients

- Find opportunities to work from home or as a freelance developer

This is right for you if…

- You’re good at creative solutions and design

- Collaboration is your thing

- You enjoy collaborating with others on big projects

Picture3 v54

Cloud networking

The shift from legacy systems to the cloud is inevitable, and the post-pandemic world is definitely cloud-shaped according to Forbes! So there’s never been a better time to study this specialism.

A computing degree in cloud networking is the best way of future-proofing your career, giving you in-demand skills with excellent earning potential.

Why study this?

- It’s a booming industry with great jobs prospects

- No two days are ever the same and new projects pop up all the time

- Existing IT skills are easy to build upon for cloud roles

- Enjoy amazing job security

This is right for you if…

- You’re a pioneer and you’re comfortable with new technologies

- You love to learn and strive to stay up-to-date with the latest cloud trends

- You have a service-orientated mindset

Are you interested in launching a career in studying computer science at a university with a specialism like one of these? The University of Bolton has been voted No.1 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience in Computer Science*, so there’s nowhere better to begin your journey.

To find out more about applying for a computing degree programme in September 2021, see our available courses online.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

 

* The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

No courses found

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development)
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Cyber Security)
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Data Analyst)
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering with foundation year and Industrial Placement
Full-time
Mode of study
5 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering with Industrial Placement
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security
Part-time
Mode of study
6 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing
Part-time
Mode of study
6 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development)
Part-time
Mode of study
6 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Cyber Security)
Part-time
Mode of study
6 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Data Analyst)
Part-time
Mode of study
6 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)
Part-time
Mode of study
24 months
Duration

The University of Bolton

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering With Foundation Year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security - HE6 top-up
Full-time
Mode of study
1 year
Duration

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing
Full-time
Mode of study
1 year
Duration

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security - HE6 top-up
Part-time
Mode of study
2 years
Duration

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing
Part-time
Mode of study
2 years
Duration

The University of Bolton

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering - HE6 top-up
Part-time
Mode of study
2 years
Duration

The University of Bolton

MSc Cloud and Network Security
Distance
Mode of study
30 months
Duration

The University of Bolton

MSc Software Engineering
Part-time
Mode of study
2 years
Duration

The University of Bolton

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

Regent College London

HND BTEC Computing
Full-time
Mode of study
2 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

Bolton College

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development) with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Cyber Security) with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Data Analyst) with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

The University of Bolton

MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism): Extended
Full-time
Mode of study
18 months
Duration

The University of Bolton

MSc Cloud and Network Security
Full-time
Mode of study
1 year
Duration

The University of Bolton

MSc Data Analytics and Technologies
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

The University of Bolton

MSc Data Analytics and Technologies: Extended
Full-time
Mode of study
18 months
Duration

The University of Bolton

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering
Part-time
Mode of study
6 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

MSc Cloud and Network Security
Part-time
Mode of study
2 years
Duration

The University of Bolton

MSc Data Analytics and Technologies
Part-time
Mode of study
24 months
Duration

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

Regent College London

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

Regent College London

BSc (Hons) Computing with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

Regent College London

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering - HE6 top-up
Full-time
Mode of study
1 year
Duration

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security with foundation year and industrial placement
Full-time
Mode of study
5 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks Security with Industrial Placement
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development) with foundation year and Industrial Placement
Full-time
Mode of study
5 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development) with Industrial Placement
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Cyber Security) with foundation year and Industrial Placement
Full-time
Mode of study
5 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Cyber Security) with Industrial Placement
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing (Data Analyst) with Industrial Placement
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing with foundation year and Industrial Placement
Full-time
Mode of study
5 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Computing with Industrial Placement
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
96
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions : Cyber Security (Degree Apprenticeship Route)
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions : Data Analyst (Degree Apprenticeship Route)
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions : Network Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship Route)
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions : Software Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship Route)
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

The University of Bolton

MSc Software Engineering
Full-time
Mode of study
1 year
Duration

The University of Bolton

myBolton

Download the app for your smartphone from:

Help Centre

We have the answers to your questions, find all the advice and support in one place.

Part of the University of Bolton Group

Bolton college
Alliance learning
Anderton centre2
Scheme Participant
RiSE pos rgb logo
TEF Silver QQA

Help Centre

We have the answers to your questions, find all the advice and support in one place.

Part of the University of Bolton Group

Bolton college
Alliance learning
Anderton centre2
Scheme Participant
RiSE pos rgb logo
TEF Silver QQA