Applied Computing

Computer Science at UWTSD ranked joint 1st in Wales and joint 8th in the UK for student satisfaction. Complete University Guide 2015

Technology is revolutionising the way we live and work – but believe it or not, it’s just getting started. The enormous growth and rate of change of the computing and technology sector ensures a continuing demand for Graduates with contemporary skills and qualifications. To meet this demand the School of Applied Computing offer a wide range of full-time and part-time Higher Education courses.


Studying computing related subjects provides you with extremely valuable skills and knowledge to help you build a career in organisations of all sizes, or to start an enterprise of your own. With strong links to business and industry, our career-led courses have an excellent graduate employment record and one of the highest graduate start-up rates in Wales. Successful start-ups include web site design and implementation, app development, computer games development, and online retailing.

We offer generalist courses in business information technology, applied computing, computing and information systems and electrical and electronic engineering to give you the broadest possible range of career opportunities when you graduate, and also have specialist programmes in key fields such as, software engineering, computer games development, computer systems & electronics along with degrees related to specific industries like web development, mobile app development and computer networking. 

We have many different programme structures available for study. These include: 3 year undergraduate degree, 4 year undergraduate degree (with Foundation Year included), 4 year undergraduate Masters programmes (MComp or MEng), 2 year HND, 1 year HNC, 1 year Taught Masters and 1 year standalone Foundation Year. Many of these programmes are also available in full-time or part-time mode. Please see below for details:

Computing Undergraduate (3 or 4 year programmes available for degree)

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Undergraduate  (3 or 4 year programmes available for degree)

Foundation Year in STEM (1 year)

MComp/MEng - Integrated Masters - 4 year Undergraduate Programme

MSc Postgrad and Professional Qualifications (1 year)

UWTSD Swansea Campus Open Days

To learn more about our programmes at our Open Days where you will have the opportunity to meet our Lecturing/Teaching team, ask questions and receive a guided tour of the Campus.  This year our Campus open-days will be on:

Swansea Open Days

  • Saturday, 2 July 2016
  • Saturday, 20 August 2016
  • Friday, 16 September 2016
  • Saturday, 17 September 2016
  • Saturday, 5 November 2016
  • Saturday, 3 December 2016
  • Saturday, 18 February 2017
  • Saturday, 1 July 2017

Come along to find out about our programmes and learn about exciting career opportunities.  

To book please click here or contact for further information.

Computing and Electronic Visit Days

You are invited to our Faculty Visit Days where you will have the opportunity to speak to tutors and get involved with mini-taster sessions. We have three dates available:

  • Wednesday, 19 October 2016
  • Wednesday, 22 March 2017
  • Wednesday, 26 April 2017

You can book your place here:

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Many of our degrees and HNDs are British Computer Society (BCS) Accredited - this "accredited" status means that you are studying for a degree that contributes to the academic requirements needed to register for "Chartered" status. According to BCS, employers, recruiters and clients are actively searching Chartered status as proof that you are one of the best in the business.

We are the only CISCO Academy in Wales and offer computer network students the opportunity to study for CISCO industry based qualifications as part of their undergraduate studies.

Our students therefore receive qualifications that are recognised by many universities and organisations as a sign of commitment to the IT industry.

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In addition to their main programme of study, all degree students at UWTSD also have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification, the Professional Certificate in Employability Skills and Professional Certificate in Education Studies, which is aimed at ensuring students are work-ready and employable on graduation at no extra cost.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate schemes are designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the rapidly expanding industry within the UK. Not only do many of our degree courses contribute fully to the academic requirements for graduates to register for the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP), some of our courses, such as, software engineering and computer games development also give graduates partial fulfilment and a head start on the road to Chartered Engineer status (CEng). Benefits include, exchanging IT expertise and knowledge, support with continuing professional development tuned to the demands of business and setting standards and frameworks.

We are a Cisco Academy (CA), an Academy Support Centre (ASC) and an Instructor Training Centre (ITC). CISCO is the multinational company that supplies the vast majority of the hardware that enables the Internet to function. In 1991, our School of Applied Computing became Wales' CISCO Regional Networking Academy, enabling our students to gain high level experience in the design and implementation of very advanced computer networks. 

Current Trends

The Internet has now become part of our day-to-day life and is growing rapidly even during recessions. From 2001 to 2006 the number of Internet users jumped from 1.043 billion users (16% of the world’s population, June 2006) to 2.11 billion (30%, June 2011). An expanding mobile communications backbone (as evinced by the number of smart-phones being projected to rise from 500 million in 2011 to 2 billion by 2015) has led to greatly increased mobile internet traffic. To take advantage of this opportunity, companies will require staff skilled in network design, implementation, administration, management and analysis.

Career Opportunities

With a secure base of staff expertise and industry-standard resources, the School has prepared students for a range of employment opportunities in small and large companies. Graduate destinations include Cisco Systems, British Aerospace (BAe), Fujitsu, BT, Vodafone, Intel, Phillips, CORUS, DVLA, local Health Trusts, Local Authorities, and innumerable Banks and Building Societies. Job titles range from Computer Analyst/Programmer, Network Administrator/Engineer, Application Developer, Web Developer/Designer, Database Administrator, Enterprise Architect and Project/Area Management, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Engineering, Computer Systems Engineer, Computer Games Developer etc.

Masters degrees are offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis. The full-time mode will be of one calendar year's duration, while the part-time mode has a minimum duration of two academic years.

The Postgraduate courses that the School of Applied Computing offer are:

Computer Networks Postgraduate Research

We have a number of PhD students within the department. Please contact us for further details.

The Computer Networks group has recently completed the ASTEC Project which is a £611k TSB funded project to measure the movement of sea bed sediment using mobile underwater sensors that are scattered onto the sea bed. The system uses underwater electromagnetic communications technology which is world leading in this area. The project team is developed new protocols and algorithms to support the networking of sensors in salt water environments. 

Online Counselling

Current research is being funded by the Tenovus cancer charity under its Innovation Grant Scheme.  The scheme has produced a pilot scheme to gather data on the acceptability and therapeutic value of an avatar-based "virtual counselling world" for younger individuals affected by cancer.

Computer Networks

Computer networks, security, voice and video over cellular networks, Quality of Service (QoS) optimization, Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing;

Current research is being carried out on the Impact of Security on Quality of Voice and Video Communications over Cellular Networks of LTE: Aim is to study the impact of security on quality of voice and video communications over LTE networks.


A number of staff are researching themes associated with e-Learning, and have presented conference papers/published book chapters. At present, the School has won funding for two JISC funded projects in this area namely ‘eTutor' and ‘ ReCITE'. The ‘eTutor' project explores the potential to develop and deliver education and training on-line using ubiquitous technologies, social networking and open source software, and freely available on-line resources. The ‘ReCite' project aims to research the implications of academic module repurposing in different organisations.

Medical Signal Processing

The medical signal processing group is currently undertaking several projects in the analysis of acoustic signals generated by the human body.  The group is researching various methods for the development of non-invasive diagnostic techniques to aid in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This work closely involves consultants at a local Swansea hospital.  The group is also studying signals generated within the inner ear and is analysing the properties of middle ear pressure regulation to try to gain a more robust understanding of the significance of fractal dimensions within the signals.

Information Systems

The Practical Research in Information Systems and Management group focuses on research relating to information systems, their development and use in organisations and the management implications of their use in industry specific contexts.

Interaction and Visualisation

The group in interested in how users interact with computers and how the manner in which data presented on computers affects this interaction. This includes investigating methods of visualising high-dimensional data, developing visualisation tools for a broad range of data sets, and exploring how easily people can understand and use the information provided to them in a wide variety of formats.

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