Computer Science @ University of St Andrews

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Welcome to the School of Computer Science

  • Academics in robes with Vint Cerf
  • Lecture on web technologies
  • First year lecture
  • MSc students in the lab
  • MSc students in the lab
  • Undergraduate tutorial
  • Lecture
  • MSc students enjoying a sunny day
  • MSc students at the summer BBQ
  • First year students in a lab-based exercise class
  • MSc students in the snow after November graduation
  • MSc students after graduation
  • Undergraduate students after summer graduation
  • Blue sky thinking
  • Lecture
  • The Jack Cole building
  • Staff discussion

The first degree in Computer Science at St Andrews was awarded in 1971. Today, the School of Computer Science is a centre of excellence for computer science teaching and research, with staff and students from Scotland and all parts of the world. It is a member of SICSA - The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance. You can find our alumni across the world in industry and academia. The School moved into the purpose-built Jack Cole and the refurbished John Honey buildings in 2004, which we are regularly updating with new labs and new teaching spaces.

We offer BSc, MSci, MSc, MPhil, MSc (Res), PhD, and EngD degree programmes, and are active in research in the fundamentals of computer science, networking and distributed systems, artificial intelligence, human computer interaction, and software systems engineering. Part of each academic year is our Distinguished Lecture Seminar series, which is approaching its 50th anniversary in 2019.

If you are thinking about studying at St Andrews, you are very welcome to come and visit us to see for yourself. There are visiting days on Wednesdays throughout the year. If you are one of our Alumni please visit our Alumni site for alumni stories and more.

The School’s commitment to advancing gender equality has been recognised by an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.


Distinguished Lecture Series 2017: Professor Ursula Martin
On October 10th, we were delighted to welcome back Professor Ursula Martin from the University of Oxford, to deliver the semester one distinguished le [...]
Computer Science hosts J.P. Morgan
Following on from a successful visit last year, J.P. Morgan returned to the School of Computer Science last week, to promote tech careers, internships [...]
Gala Malbasic: Young Software Engineer of the Year 2017
Congratulations to Gala Malbasic who won Young Software Engineer of the Year 2017. The awards organised by ScotlandIS were presented at the ScotSoft A [...]
PhD viva success: Martin McCaffery
Congratulations to Martin McCaffery, who successfully defended his thesis today. He is pictured with supervisor Dr Mark-Jan Nederhof, Internal examine [...]
Computer Science Ball 2017
Postgraduate students, led by Paul Dobra, organised the first ever CS Ball in August. The celebration coincided with finishing summer dissertations an [...]
Gala Malbasic: Finalist in Scottish Software Engineer of the Year
Congratulations to St Andrews student Gala Malbasic, who has been selected as one of the finalists in the Young Software Engineer of the Year Award 20 [...]
Computer Science Orientation and Welcome 2017
After advising and induction events, staff and students are pictured enjoying a welcome reception and orientation activities, coordinated by Uta Hinri [...]

Ongoing and future events

Barnaby Martin (Durham): The Complexity of Quantified Constraints (School Seminar)  next week 
Seminar: 24th Oct 2017 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract: We elaborate the complexity of the Quantified Constraint Satisfaction Problem, QCSP(A), where A is a finite idempotent algebra. Such a probl [...]
“A Decentralised Multimodal Integration of Social Signals: A Bio-Inspired Approach” by Esma Benssassi and “Plug and Play Bench: Simplifying Big Data Benchmarking Using Containers” by Sheriffo Ceesay  next week 
Seminar: 26th Oct 2017 at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) Systems Seminars Series Esma’s abstract The ability to integrate information from different sensory modalities in a social context is crucial for achieving an understan [...]
Jessie Kennedy (Edinburgh Napier): Visualization and Taxonomy (School Seminar)
Seminar: 7th Nov 2017 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract: This talk will consider the relationship between visualization and taxonomy from two perspectives. Firstly, how visualization can aid unders [...]
Emma Hart (Edinburgh Napier) School Seminar
Seminar: 14th Nov 2017 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Title and Abstract TBD
SACHI Seminar – Florian Echtler (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar): Instant Interaction
Seminar: 16th Nov 2017 at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Title: Instant Interaction Abstract: Although Mark Weiser’s original vision of “ubiquitous computing” has all but arrived due to the [...]