Computer Science @ University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews crest

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.

Orientation Week 2018

Induction material

News

Dasip 2018 Keynote: Professor Simon Dobson
Head of School Simon Dobson will deliver a keynote at Dasip, the Conference on Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing in October in [...]
MSc and Honours receptions 2018
After a busy week of orientation, advising and module talks, MSc and Honours students are pictured socialising during their welcome receptions on Tues [...]
Google@St Andrews
Next Wednesday, October 3rd between 2 and 4pm, Google will be hosting an event at St Andrews. Come along to the Purdie building (Lecture Theatre A) to [...]
Computer Science orientation and welcome 2018
After advising and induction events, staff and students are pictured enjoying a welcome reception and orientation activities, coordinated by Alice Ton [...]
An Academic’s Observations from a Sabbatical at Google
Professor Adam Barker is featured in this month’s Communications of the ACM Magazine (CACM) discussing his recent Visiting Faculty appointment a [...]
National University of Singapore
Professor Aaron Quigley has been appointed a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Smart Systems Institute in the National University of Singapore. A [...]
MSc Poster Demo Session 2018
After a year of hard work, and an intensive summer project, our MSc students submitted their final dissertation and presented their project posters an [...]

Ongoing and future events

Michael O’Boyle (Edinburgh): Heteregeneous Thinking (School Seminar)  next week 
Seminar: 2nd Oct 2018 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract: Moore’s Law has been the main driver behind the extraordinary success of computer systems. However, with the technology roadmap showin [...]
Google@St Andrews  next week 
3rd Oct 2018 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (in Purdie Bldg) Next Wednesday, October 3rd between 2 and 4pm, Google will be hosting an event at St Andrews. Come along to the Purdie building (Lecture Theatre A) to [...]
Becky Plummer (Bloomberg): Engineering Software to Last (School Seminar)
Seminar: 9th Oct 2018 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract: The goals of building software in a professional environment are vastly different from those of a course assignment. In this talk, we’ [...]
Alyssa Goodman (Harvard): Visualization and the Universe (School Seminar)
Seminar: 12th Oct 2018 at 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm (in Cole 1.33b) School Seminar Series Full Title Visualization and the Universe: How and why astronomers, doctors, and you need to work together to understand the world around us. Abstract [...]
Alan Dix (Swansea): Sufficient Reason (School Seminar)
Seminar: 16th Oct 2018 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (in Cole 1.33a) School Seminar Series Abstract: A job candidate has been pre-selected for shortlist by a neural net; an autonomous car has suddenly changed lanes almost causing an accident [...]