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.

News

PhD viva success: Alexander Murashko  new 
Congratulations to Alexander Murashko, who successfully defended his thesis last week. Alexander is pictured with External Examiner, Professor Paul Mc [...]
December Graduation Reception
Congratulations to the Masters Class of 2017, and MPhil student Yunjia Wang, who graduated last week. Each year, students are invited to a reception i [...]
PhD viva success: David Castro
Congratulations to David Castro, who successfully defended his thesis today. David’s thesis was supervised by Professor Kevin Hammond. He is pic [...]
PhD viva success: Adam Barwell
Congratulations to Adam Barwell, who successfully defended his thesis yesterday. Adam’s thesis was supervised by Professor Kevin Hammond. He is [...]
One from the archives: Plans for new Computer Science building
November 2002, and plans were unveiled in the university news, for a new computer science building. Stages of the build were photographed for posterit [...]
Computer Science Student Representatives 2017
Congratulations to our student representatives for 2017/8, elected by their peers last month. Our Reps are integral to the proactive communication cha [...]
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 [...]

Ongoing and future events

Adriana Wilde (St Andrews): Rising to challenges in assessment, feedback and encouraging gender diversity in computing (School Seminar)  tomorrow 
Seminar: 23rd Jan 2018 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract This talk is in two parts, in the first of which Adriana will focus on her experiences in assessment and feedback in large classes, and in th [...]
Cecilia Mascolo (Cambridge): Systems, Models and Learning: From mobile devices to mobile data (School Seminar)  next week 
Seminar: 30th Jan 2018 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract: This talk concentrates on our efforts over the years to make the harvesting of relevant data from mobile devices accurate and efficient, to [...]
Kami Vaniea (Edinburgh) School Seminar
Seminar: 6th Feb 2018 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm School Seminar Series Abstract TBD
Kitty Meeks (Glasgow): Exploiting structure in multi-layer networks: a case study on motif counting (School Seminar)
Seminar: 14th Feb 2018 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract: Many real-world systems are most naturally modelled by “multi-layer” networks, which allow for different types of connections be [...]
Karen Petrie (Dundee) School Seminar
Seminar: 20th Feb 2018 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract TBD