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

Distinguished Speaker: Australia, Columbia and Thailand
This Saturday Professor Aaron Quigley will deliver a keynote talk on Global Human Computer Interaction at the Thai SIGCHI Symposium in Bangkok. This [...]
Lao Characters for Pali added to Unicode 12
Congratulations to Vinodh Rajan, Ben Mitchell, Martin Jansche and Sascha Brawer on their successful proposal for additions to the repertoire of ISO/IE [...]
Encoding Egyptian quadrats in Unicode
Unicode 12, released 5th March 2019, includes 9 control characters for Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic text. These resulted from an initiative by Dr. Ma [...]
PhD viva success: Hussein Bakri
Congratulations to Hussein Bakri, who successfully defended his thesis today. He is pictured with Internal examiner Professor Ian Miguel and external [...]
Tom Kelsey appointed Associate Editor of Human Reproduction Update
Arne Sunde, the incoming Editor-in-Chief, has appointed Tom Kelsey as Associate Editor of Human Reproduction Update. Human Reproduction Update is the [...]
A new vision
In an unexpected addition to his skill set the School’s resident gadget expert, Marwan Fayed, has started a sideline in cleaning glasses with hi [...]
December Graduation 2018
Congratulations to the Masters Class of 2018, and PhD students Dr Daniel Rough and Dr Adeola Fabola who graduated last week. The School also celebrate [...]

Ongoing and future events

Rachel Menzies (Dundee): Unlocking Accessible Escape Rooms: Is Technology the Key? (School Seminar)
Seminar: 2nd Apr 2019 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract: Escape rooms are popular recreational activities whereby players are locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles in order to ‘esca [...]
Hugh Leather (Edinburgh) School Seminar
Seminar: 16th Apr 2019 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Title and Abstract TBD
Lewis McMillan (St Andrews): Parallel Computer Simulations of Light-Tissue Interactions for Applications in Medicine, Cosmetics Industry and Biophotonics Research (School Seminar)
Seminar: 23rd Apr 2019 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract: Tissue ablation is a widely used treatment in both the cosmetic and medical sectors, for treating various diseases or to improve cosmetic ou [...]