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Best universities to study computer science



British newspaper Guardian's annual University Guide includes detailed league tables of all subject areas taught at UK universities. We looked into these league tables to find out the best universities to study the most popular subjects (according to the QS World University Rankings at least), starting with Computer science and information systems.


The universities were evaluated according to such criteria as general satisfaction with the course, teaching and feedback, student-to-staff ratio, and career after 15 months.

Here are the top 5 and the number of courses in this area they offer (for example, sometimes the course in computer science is combined with another subject such as economics, statistics, artificial intelligence, or even philosophy):


Cambridge (1 course)

Oxford (3 courses)

The University of St Andrews (8 courses)

Imperial College London (10 courses)

The University of Edinburgh (13 courses)


Guardian’s top ten includes Durham University, University College London, University of Glasgow, Liverpool Hope University, Heriot-Watt University.


Entry requirements


Some courses require A-Level Maths (or equivalent) and/or computer science. A-levels in such subjects as further maths, physics, and philosophy are also helpful. As a general rule, coding skills are great to stand out from the crowd, but not obligatory.

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