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Computer Science at Birmingham dates back to the late 1950s; our School of Computer Science became one of the first academic departments in the UK to undertake research and teaching in this field. Some 50 years later, we now provide specialist teaching and conduct world-leading research in fundamental and applied computer science, artificial intelligence, optimisation, computer security, medical imaging and robotics. We are proud to deliver outstanding education that offers a range of exciting career opportunities for students from around the world.

Computer Science at Birmingham dates back to the late 1950s; our School of Computer Science became one of the first academic departments in the UK to undertake research and teaching in this field.

Some 50 years later, we now provide specialist teaching and conduct world-leading research in fundamental and applied computer science, artificial intelligence, optimisation, computer security, medical imaging and robotics. We are proud to deliver outstanding education that offers a range of exciting career opportunities for students from around the world.

What is Computer Science?

The term 'computing' covers every kind of digital technology that we use to create, store, communicate, exchange and use information. As such, it is the foundation for small and large businesses to build their strategies and grow.

It is also the key to making our personal lives easier and more fun: mobile phones, online shopping, MP3s... we owe them all, and a lot more besides, to computer science.

An overview

So, what is computer science? To answer this question, it is helpful to first consider what it is not. For despite the common misconception, Computer Science is not Information Technology. Information Technology (or IT as it is more commonly known) deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve, store and transmit data. This may involve running an IT network in a company, or learning how to use (or support users working with) applications on a PC or Mac, such as Sibelius, Office, Photoshop, etc. Computer Science on the other hand is about how to design and create such applications.

Popular examples of the creative work of Computer Scientists include:

  • The creation of popular search-engines such as Google and Ask.com
  • The development of well-known social networking applications such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Advances within the worlds leading financial corporations to map customer profiles and expose credit card fraud o Work within the medical sector to develop software applications to identify cancers through the analysis of medical images In all of the above cases, Computer Scientists create; and studying a degree in Computer Science will equip you with the variety of skills needed as a foundation to create the applications of the future.

A detailed understanding

On a deeper level Computer Science has three dimensions:

There is a scientific/mathematical dimension

For example, looking at the theory which underpins complex algorithms, or the difficulty of implementing solutions to complex problems in a provably reliable way.

Computing has an engineering dimension

For example, ensuring that complex systems are built to appropriate standards, are properly tested, run efficiently, etc.

Computing also has a human dimension; both individual and social

At the individual scale examples might be ensuring that applications are easy to learn and use, and are well matched to functional expectations. At the social scale examples would include ensuring social impact is understood and supported (when desired) or moderated (when unhelpful) - automatic numberplate recognition systems would be an example here.

An example of the three elements of Computer Science at work:

Weather forecasting

Weather forecasting is a significantly difficult mathematical and computational challenge. When it is attempted using computers the programming becomes a significant issue - both scientifically and in terms of engineering. The code runs on huge/fast computers, but still has to be optimised and carefully written and tested; 'hindcasting' is sometimes used as a testing technique because the simulations are so complicated.

The human side to computational weather forecasting comes at two scales - individual and social. The individual scale concerns the human forecasters - the peole who interpret the output from the simulation and tell the story on TV as a weather forecast with a moving map, fancy graphics, and so on.

It also concerns individuals - 'should I take the umbrella today?', 'should I cut the grass today?'. The social scale relates to factors such as people travelling in large numbers (or not) to an outdoor sports arena; the holding (or not) of a major sailing event; the ordering patterns for salad foodstuffs in the supermarkets; the need to order extra salt for road gritting operations... One error in a single line of computer code could undermine the science, could make the program run slow, could mislead the forecaster, and could make the roads more treacherous at night in winter.

School of Computer Science Scholarships

Below you will find scholarships related to School of Computer Science. Distinction can be made between scholarships provided by the University and those provided by independent providers.

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Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Birmingham Marshall Scholarship
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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Deadline
31 Oct 2024
Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
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Education USA
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Deadline
01 Dec 2024
The Next Genius Foundation Scholarship
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Next Genius Foundation
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Anytime
Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships
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Australian Government
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50000 CAD
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01 Nov 2024
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
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Government Of Canada
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3500 CNY
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15 Mar 2025
Chinese Government Scholarship Type A - Bilateral Program
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Chongqing Municipal Government
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1000000 KRW
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Global Scholarship Program (GSP)
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Chungnam National University
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300000 MXN
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20 Mar 2025
CONACYT Scholarships For Doctoral Studies Abroad
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Education USA
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300000 HKD
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships For Overseas Studies
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Education USA
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300000 MXN
Deadline
08 May 2025
South-East Regional CONACYT Scholarships
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Education USA
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40000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
Study Abroad Master/Doctoral Program Of Lotte Foundation
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Education USA
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40000 USD
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31 Mar 2025
Study Abroad Graduate Scholarships Of Jeollanam
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Education USA
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40000 USD
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Becas Fulbright - Ampliación De Estudios
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Education USA
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40000 USD
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30 Sep 2024
Study Abroad Graduate Scholarships Of Chungcheongnam
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Education USA
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40000 AUD
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13 Oct 2024
Veterans’ Fund Indigenous Scholarships
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American Australian Association (AAA)
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35000 USD
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31 Jan 2025
Fulbright Scholarship
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Education USA
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30000 CZK
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Olomouc Region Study Scholarship
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30000 USD
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Baltic American Freedom Foundation Scholarships
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30000 USD
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International Education Center's Study Abroad Programs
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Education USA
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28000 USD
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01 Dec 2024
Fulbright Program
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Education USA
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200 USD
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
Wiingy Future STEM Leaders Scholarship
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Wiingy
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Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Birmingham Marshall Scholarship
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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
01 Dec 2024
The Next Genius Foundation Scholarship
Merit-based

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Next Genius Foundation
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Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Anytime
Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships
Merit-based

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Australian Government
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Grant
50000 CAD
Deadline
01 Nov 2024
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
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Government Of Canada
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3500 CNY
Deadline
15 Mar 2025
Chinese Government Scholarship Type A - Bilateral Program
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Chongqing Municipal Government
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Grant
1000000 KRW
Deadline
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Global Scholarship Program (GSP)
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Chungnam National University
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Grant
300000 MXN
Deadline
20 Mar 2025
CONACYT Scholarships For Doctoral Studies Abroad
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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
300000 HKD
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships For Overseas Studies
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
300000 MXN
Deadline
08 May 2025
South-East Regional CONACYT Scholarships
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Education USA
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Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
Study Abroad Master/Doctoral Program Of Lotte Foundation
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Education USA
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Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
Study Abroad Graduate Scholarships Of Jeollanam
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Education USA
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Grant
40000 USD
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Becas Fulbright - Ampliación De Estudios
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Education USA
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Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Study Abroad Graduate Scholarships Of Chungcheongnam
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Education USA
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40000 AUD
Deadline
13 Oct 2024
Veterans’ Fund Indigenous Scholarships
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American Australian Association (AAA)
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35000 USD
Deadline
31 Jan 2025
Fulbright Scholarship
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Education USA
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30000 CZK
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Olomouc Region Study Scholarship
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30000 USD
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Baltic American Freedom Foundation Scholarships
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30000 USD
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International Education Center's Study Abroad Programs
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Education USA
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200000 MXN
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FIDEHR Financing
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3200 USD
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United Arab Emirates Government Scholarship Programs
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Various benefits
Deadline
30 Apr 2025
The Scholar Foundation Scholarship
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2055 EUR
Deadline
16 May 2025
André Mandouze Scholarship
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Campus France
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734 EUR
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Belgium - French Community - Research Stay For University Graduates, Phd Students, Researchers And University Teachers (1 - 10 Months) - Scholarship Based On Bilateral Intergovernmental Agreement
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Slovak Academic Information Agency
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Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program
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Canadian Government
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Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Birmingham Marshall Scholarship
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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
01 Dec 2024
The Next Genius Foundation Scholarship
Merit-based

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Next Genius Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Anytime
Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships
Merit-based

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Australian Government
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Grant
50000 CAD
Deadline
01 Nov 2024
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
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Government Of Canada
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Grant
3500 CNY
Deadline
15 Mar 2025
Chinese Government Scholarship Type A - Bilateral Program
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Chongqing Municipal Government
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000000 KRW
Deadline
Not specified
Global Scholarship Program (GSP)
Merit-based

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Chungnam National University
Location not available
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Grant
300000 MXN
Deadline
20 Mar 2025
CONACYT Scholarships For Doctoral Studies Abroad
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
300000 HKD
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships For Overseas Studies
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
300000 MXN
Deadline
08 May 2025
South-East Regional CONACYT Scholarships
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Education USA
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Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
Study Abroad Master/Doctoral Program Of Lotte Foundation
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Education USA
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Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
Study Abroad Graduate Scholarships Of Jeollanam
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Education USA
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Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
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Becas Fulbright - Ampliación De Estudios
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Education USA
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Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Study Abroad Graduate Scholarships Of Chungcheongnam
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Education USA
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