BSc Information and Computing Science


Program Description


The BSc Information and Computing Science programme equips you with a broad knowledge of computer-based systems and the technical skills needed to work in research and development or technical support. You will learn how to use your skills creatively to solve practical problems as well as learn how cutting-edge computer technology is developed and applied.

Why Should I Study Information and Computing Science at XJLTU?

  • In-depth focus on both the theory and practice of computer science
  • Staff have worked at world-renowned institutions and have diverse experience in teaching, research and collaboration with industry
  • You will engage in research and industry-related work, and, under the supervision of staff, you may be able to present your research results at international conferences and to publish in leading journals
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships allow students to conduct supervised research with financial support
  • Student placement opportunities for career development and practical experience to complement your theoretical studies
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BSc Information and Computing Science programme, you should be able to:

  • design and develop computer-based systems
  • work as a member of a development team, recognising the different roles within a team and different ways of organising teams
  • analyse the effectiveness of computer-based systems and the ways in which they may be developed
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles and computational modelling which underpin the study of information and computing science.
  • innovative work with cutting edge technologies


Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

  • Computer systems
  • Java programming
  • Foundations of computer science
  • Algorithmic foundations and problem-solving
  • Databases
  • Data structures
  • Operating system concepts.
  • Artificial intelligence

Year Three

  • Decision, computation and language
  • Software engineering I
  • Complexity of algorithms
  • Advanced OO programming
  • Introduction to networking
  • Software engineering group project.
  • Human-centric computing

Choose from one of the following:

  • Computer graphics
  • Database development and design

Year Four

  • Final year project.

Choose from six of the following:

  • Bio-computation
  • Machine learning
  • Big data analytics
  • Mobile computing
  • Formal methods
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Technologies for e-commerce
  • Computer systems security
  • Software engineering II
  • Principles of computer games design


Career prospects for students in this field are excellent as the programme prepares you for a wide variety of jobs in the information technology and computing industries. BSc Information and Computing Science graduates may also start their own companies or find employment within specialist fields such as software development or computer games design.

This programme provides a sound platform for further postgraduate study in the field of information and computer science. Many of our graduates have pursued postgraduate degrees at prestigious universities, such as Cambridge and Oxford in the UK.

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+
Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less