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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

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.


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. 

Qhama Matthews
Computing student

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. 

Our staff

Dr Justin Champion
Dr Justin ChampionSenior 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
Rob ShawSenior 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
Graham MansfieldSenior 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
Philip WindridgeSenior 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
James MccarrenSenior 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.

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Richard Eldridge Psychology and Criminology, 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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