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

8th for Student Satisfaction – Computer Science

Complete University Guide 2021

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.

Throughout your course there will be opportunities for you to network with our contacts and guest speakers from our industry partners and collaborators. Many of these offer work shadowing or short work experience opportunities where you would be able to enhance your employability which may lead to further graduate prospects.

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.

Computing at Staffordshire University

Computing at Staffordshire University


We've invested in our computing facilities and we're invested in your future.



AI and Robotics BSc (Hons)

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Foundation year
Placement year

Big Data Analytics BSc (Hons)

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Foundation year
Placement year

Computer Science BSc (Hons)

Optional pathways in Network Computing, Cloud Technologies, Software Development, Internet and Web Management.

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Foundation year
Placement year

Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

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Foundation year
Placement year


Taught courses

Computer Science MSc

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Computer Science (Business Computing) MSc

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Computer Science (Computer Networks and Security) MSc

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Computer Science (Cyber Security) MSc

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Computer Science (Software Engineering) MSc

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Computing Science MRes

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Robotics and Smart Technologies MSc

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Placement year

Research courses

Computer Science MPhil/PhD

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Computer Science MPhil/PhD

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Computer Science MPhil/PhD

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Computer Science MPhil/PhD

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Data Analytics

Get access to software including Oracle and SQL Server, NoSQL data stores such as MongoDB, and technologies which support Hadoop. You'll also have physical and virtual environments to develop practical skills.


Our Forensic and Security lab contains dual screen PCs bound within a dedicated and isolated network. Our own in-house developed virtual machines and environment completes the Forensic Computing and Cyber Security Laboratory.

Software Development

You'll have access to development environments for desktop, mobile and enterprise applications. Plus access to our iMac lab for iPhone and iPad development and a variety of mobile devices for testing.

Usability Testing

Observations, eye-tracking data and recorded usability video footage can be used to analyse how people interact with software systems such as games, web and mobile applications.

Real Time Lab

Our Real Time Lab has a suite of 20, 6 axis programmable robotic arms, autonomous vehicles, micro-controllers, motors, sensors and state-of-the-art design suites for embedded software programming and electronic design.

Work experience and careers

Work experience

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


In 1965 we were one of the first UK universities to offer courses in computing. Since then we've innovated courses to create the computing professionals of the future.

Some of our courses offer the opportunity to study industry-recognised, professional qualifications from Microsoft, Java, and VMWare. Obtaining these extra qualifications can give you a valuable edge on the competition.

We're one of a few to hold Cisco Academy Support Centre and Cisco Instructor Training Centre status. This enables us to embed Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) certifications into some courses.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate computing courses can equip you for roles such as:

  • Application programmer
  • IT systems analyst
  • Software engineer
  • Web programmer
  • Web developer
  • Advertising agency staff
  • Network technology manager
  • Network administrator
  • Games programmer
  • Programmer
  • Senior manager

Our students

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.

Alex Wright

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

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.

Anna Ljungberg


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. 

Laura McGregor

BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing

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. 

Will Carnall

Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

I would say if they are really into computer networking and how computers interact with each other then 100% it’s the course for you. It's delivered well, there’s a lot of kit and labs to use and practical projects and you get hands on experience with kit that is used in the industry. 

Everything has been good; Staffs have set me up to have a good career in computer networking from the knowledge and content they have taught us and have provided us with great supporting material to make the most of our time here. 

Qhama Matthews

Computing student

Our staff

Dr Justin Champion, PhD

Senior Lecturer

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…

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Rob Shaw

Senior Lecturer

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

Senior Lecturer (Tef)

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 cen…

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Philip Windridge

Senior Lecturer (Tef)

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

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James Mccarren

Senior Lecturer

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…

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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.

Chris's story

Richard Eldridge

Computing for Business MSc, 2012

Richard Eldridge has gone from criminal psychology to computing to banking – now working at RBS in London and building a smartphone app in his spare time.

Richard's story

Jan Wong

Information Technology, 2011

As an Entrepreneur, Online Strategist, Youth Advocate, TEDx Speaker, and part-time lecturer, Jan made the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list.

Jan's story

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.

Kai's story

Tim Alcock

Applied Information Technology, 2009

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

Tim's story

Christopher Nixon

Computer Science, 2008

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.

Christopher's story

Martin Garland

Design Technology for Robotics, 2008

In his first years of work Martin has been involved on projects from asteroid lander robotic arms to a lunar rover concepts. He has also travelled extensively.

Martin's story

Daniel Horton

Computer Science, 2007

Dan chose to study with us because of the quality of our course, and he applies the skills he learned here on a daily basis in his role as Technical Manager.

Daniel's story
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