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The School of Computing and Engineering has over 2000 full and part-time students studying a range of courses delivered by a community of experienced academic staff who are passionate about their subjects. Supported by dedicated administrative and technical teams, the School continues to innovate through the ground-breaking work of its researchers.

The School is committed to delivering high quality, relevant, and up-to-date courses and to continual innovation in teaching, learning and assessment across its two academic departments:

87% of students who graduated from Computing and Engineering courses in 2011 went on to employment or further study within six months of graduation. In addition, the University of Huddersfield is in the top ten for UK student satisfaction for the second year with 82% (2012 National Student Survey).

In November 2012, the University won the prestigious Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award at the Times Higher Education Awards. The University was commended by the judges for its “entrepreneurial outlook championed at the highest levels of the institution”. The University’s submission highlighted the emphasis placed on enterprise and innovation and featured the £8 million EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology, launched in 2011 by Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable.

Department of Informatics

The Department of Informatics is structured into two subject areas - Computing and Multimedia. 

Computing is a vital part of everyday life whether at home, at work or socially. Software, hardware, information systems and games technologies are everywhere and what we teach recognises the integral part computers play in the world today.

Our courses cover a vast range of subjects and are taught by staff with real industry experience. The experience our students enjoy prepares them for real-world careers in leading-edge fields. They have access to mobile, fixed and wireless computing facilities with Windows, Linux and Apple Mac workstations as well as brand new computer networking and forensic computing laboratories. The Department also houses a fully operational, multi-award-winning games production studio, Canalside Studios and Live:Lab, an interactive learning environment. 

All of our full-time, undergraduate courses offer the option of a year in industry and our supported by our award-winning Placement Unit. For those who want to enhance their knowledge further, the Department has a rapidly-expanding research base that underpins its teaching and learning strategy.

BCS Logo A number of our courses are accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and are recognised as fully or partially meeting the educational requirement for BCS, Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and the educational requirement for Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist registration.

We believe in the importance of professional skills and accredited qualifications that can help our students rapidly advance in their chosen career.  We support our students by paying for them to have BCS student membership. In fact, the University currently has the highest number of BCS student memberships in the UK.

Informatics Research

Research is an integral part of academic life and provides the foundation for our teaching at Huddersfield. Current research groups in the Department of Informatics can be viewed on our computing and informatics research web pages

Research areas including text and data mining, artificial intelligence (AI) in computer games and language analysis and tagging of phone texts provide opportunities for applied mathematics and computing research. Beyond this the University has an increasing number of research centres which span a vast range of disciplines.

Department of Engineering and Technology

The Department of Engineering and Technology covers three subject areas: Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Music Technology.

Comprehensive engineering and technology teaching and research facilities mean our students have access to an extensive range of cutting-edge equipment such as an advanced automotive lab, renewable energy generation technology and computing laboratories running industry-standard software.

Our Music Technology students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment including a dedicated audio laboratory complex, four production studios, a Foley studio and a live sound room with 7kW PA and Digidesign Venue desk.

The MEng/BEng (Hons) programmes in the Mechanical and Automotive and Electronic and Electrical subject areas have been fully accredited by their respective Professional Institutions, the IMechE and the IET, for over 20 years.

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Engineering and Technology Research

Research is an integral part of academic life and provides the foundation for our teaching at Huddersfield. Current research centres and groups in the Department of Engineering and Technology can be viewed on our engineering research web pages.

Last updated Friday 3 July 2015
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