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Computer Science, AI and Robotics

Pathway courses

Choose to focus on key fields of study within selected courses and tailor your degree


We have links with Amazon, Google, and CISCO

Workplace learning

Grab the opportunity to complete a work placement on every course

Whether you're interested in web design and software engineering, or computer networks and cyber security, and whatever level you might be at - we're bound to have an undergraduate or postgraduate computing course for you.

Studying one of our computing courses means you'll have access to that latest software, expert facilities, and knowledgeable lecturers. We also have strong industry links with the likes of Sony, Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon, Airbus and Juniper, ensuring that our courses stay relevant, and you're in demand when you graduate.

Plus, our ties with Cisco and Juniper mean you can complete industry qualifications while you're here, giving you an extra edge in your future career.

All of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses give you the chance to undertake a paid, 12-month industry placement. This will develop your personal and professional knowledge, and our dedicated placements team will work with you to find a suitable placement for you. Previous hosts have included Cisco Systems, Amazon and CERN.

On selected courses, we are offering a new way to complete your degree: using pathways. This is an alternative route that you can choose to take in the second year of your full-time undergraduate degree. It will tailor the modules you take in the rest of your course to focus on an area that you are passionate about, or want to base your future career around.


Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be in a broader field. Alongside your studies, it will give you the best possible mix of knowledge and practical understanding.

Each year we place around 200 students with leading names in computing in the UK or overseas. If you're looking to have a self-employed placement, we can help you with that too. It will just need approval from our placement team as being suitable for your course.

Work experience opportunities

We hope to secure you the best position that matches your career goals. In the past our students have worked with:

  • CERN
  • BAE Systems
  • BMW
  • IBM
  • Cisco
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Accenture
  • Staffordshire Police
  • GCHQ
  • Sky
  • Holovis
  • Synectics Solutions

Our students

Alex Wright
Alex Wright, Network Systems Integration Test Engineer, Vizolution (previously with Cisco UK)

Studying at Staffordshire University gave me both a theoretical and hands-on approach to computing. This, coupled with a placement year applying what I had learned, put me in good stead after graduation. Employers appreciated that I had a widespread knowledge thanks to my course.

Anna Ljungberg

Staffordshire University taught me both professional and personal skills. With the great placement year I had the opportunity to gain real industry experience, which meant I gained a lot of knowledge both involving programming but also professional and personal skills that I could bring back, and become a much better student.

Laura McGregor
BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing

We can basically go straight from here to working straight away and hit the ground running. The fact that we’ve had exposure to industry-standard tools, and we haven’t just had a quick look at them, but we’ve used them properly, puts us at an advantage to people from other universities. 

Will Carnall
Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

There have been lots of guest lectures from the Hi-Tech Crime Unit, CISCO Merkai and several other large companies that have been really informative regarding where I can go in the future and placements and extra work experience. 

Our staff

Justin Champion
Justin ChampionCourse Leader

Justin has worked for the University for a number of years as a Senior Lecturer in Networking.  He is a member of the university's CISCO teaching team and has a wide set of experiences within this field, and has mostly specialised in the area of routing and switching.  He also takes a lead role in teaching the AWS (Amazon Web Services) curriculum. He himself holds an MRes in Distributed Computing, and many CISCO qualifications, as well as a PhD titled ‘The Efficient Storage and Supply of Data within a Cellular Framework for a Variety of Mobility and Usage Patterns’.

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Rob Shaw
Rob ShawCourse Leader

Rob began his working life as a research and analytical chemist for the MoD, before moving to the NHS as a Network Manager. He’s interested in the application of digital forensic procedures in a number of diverse investigation fields.

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Graham Mansfield
Graham MansfieldCourse Leader

Graham graduated from North Staffordshire Polytechnic in July 1988 with a First Class Honours degree in Computing Science with French, winning a prize for best student on his course. After graduating, he worked as a programmer in a computing centre of one of Britain's largest banks. He has worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Staffordshire University since March 1989, having lectured in Software Engineering. He also holds an MSc in Professional Computing with distinction from Staffordshire University. His dissertation examined the use of Java Enterprise Edition and EJB 3.0 to implement systems specified with the JSD (Jackson System Development) method. He has also been involved in a wide range of consultancy projects, using his expertise in Software Engineering to the benefit of business, industry, and other organisations.

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Philip Windridge
Philip WindridgeSenior Lecturer

Philip's expertise lie in all things web. Specifically; web programming, web standard, Agile development, ontologies and artificial intelligence and research. 

James McCarren
James McCarrenCourse Leader

James started out as an Engineering apprentice at the age of 16, developing his practical skills alongside academic qualifications. He has held several lead design engineering positions across the UK within international companies. Later in life he trained to teach within FE colleges and advanced into lecturing at the University. As a practising engineer he used his skills to apply computing to real life situations. His computing expertise includes - Real time Systems, Programming, Hardware interface, and Electronic Design.  In terms of research he is investigating Micro-controllers, AI, Industrial Control, Robotics, and Biometrics.

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Our graduates

Chris Yates Computer Networks and Security, 2017

Chris has worked for award winning IT services company D2NA from a year into his course at Staffordshire University, and is now an Infrastructure Engineer.

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Kai Longshaw Robotic Engineering, 2011

With hopes of it becoming a worldwide teaching tool, graduate Kai is trialling his HEW-DV4 desktop robotic arm invention in schools in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Tim Alcock Applied Information Technology, 2009

Tim Alcock is the head of online marketing for the UK’s leading car leasing website.

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David Whitehouse Computer Science, 2004

Having launched a successful web development agency, David has doubled his profits year-on-year and hired a number of fellow Staffordshire graduates.

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Wayne Foster Computing and Information Systems, 2001

Wayne Foster is a freelance web developer with an international client base and a revolutionary new product for high street barbers.

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Julijanta Gunawan Computing, 1997

Julijanta’s university experiences gave him the contacts he needed to open his own IT business. He also hosts a radio show, with hopes of moving to television.

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Gwyn Cole Computer Science, 1994

Moving from published author and software engineer to filmmaker, Gwyn has applied the skills he learned during his degree to both careers.

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Christopher Nixon Computer Science

Chris joined Barclays for his placement year during his degree. He is now their Head of Cyber Security Product Engineering, keeping millions of customers safe.

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