Department of Computer Science

The Department is home to world class researchers, fine laboratory facilities and excellent teaching programmes.

Currently, we have research programmes in data-centric computing, semantics of specification and programming languages, formal methods for designing software and hardware, visual and interactive computing, future interaction technologies, and the social impact of science and technology.

We are also leading a Swansea initiative in the History of Computing.

The Department is relatively small – staff and students benefit enormously from its intimate and friendly atmosphere. We welcome visitors.

From October 2014, the Head of Department is Prof Arnold Beckmann. The Department is part of the College of Science, which was formed in February 2011. The other departments in the College of Science are Department of Biosciences, Department of Chemistry (open for September 2017), Department of Geography, Department of Mathematics and Department of Physics.

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General Enquiries

Department of Computer Science,
College of Science
Computational Foundry
Bay Campus
Swansea University

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Current Students

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Ethos and Mission

In Computer Science at Swansea we encourage staff and students to:

  • Emphasise curiosity, originality and depth in personal study and research.
  • Tackle problems with industrial impact in the long term.
  • Enjoy a stimulating intellectual culture, with an international perspective.

Our mission is:

  • To accomplish outstanding research in Computer Science and its applications that is fundamental and useful.
  • To provide an excellent education in Computer Science for undergraduate and postgraduate students that is of the highest international standards.
  • To recognise and respond to the changing needs of society through specific high-quality research and teaching programmes and initiatives.


The Department of Computer Science at Swansea University is one of the UK's leading centres for Computer Science education. The first Computer Laboratory at Swansea was founded in 1962. Computer Science was established as a field of undergraduate study in 1967, and today we offer a range of single and joint-honours degree programmes.

In 2018 the Department moved into newly-renovated accommodation at the heart of the University Bay campus. Our new building has been designed specifically to meet our needs, and includes modern network infrastructure, spacious and well-equipped laboratories, and modern teaching facilities.

The Department has strong international and industrial links, with connections to other universities and companies across Europe and North America.