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About us

The West Extension Building at night.

The site's West Extension Building houses some of the School's research laboratories.

We are a research-led School in one of the UK’s premier universities† with a reputation for excellent teaching and internationally accomplished research activities. The School employs over 60 teaching or research active staff.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 60% of our research has been deemed 'outstanding' for its impact in terms of its reach and significance.

The School has several state of the art research laboratories, and is a partner in an interdisciplinary Communications Research Centre, The Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences and The Research Institute of Visual Computing.

The main degrees taught by the School are BSc degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering, and MSc degrees in Computer Science, computer security and general computing. We work alongside the BCS (British Computer Society), the Chartered Institute for IT to gain professional accreditation for our degrees where applicable. We also offer some interdisciplinary MSc degree programmes jointly with other Schools of the University. All taught programmes are supported by excellent library and computing laboratory facilities on site. Overall, we have more than 400 students taking these programmes.

The Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics (COMSC) is located in the £35 million Queen’s Buildings complex (with 24-7 access) on Newport Road within Cardiff city centre.

Athena SWAN award

Athena Swan bronze award logo

We were awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in September 2015 and we strive to ensure gender equality. We have committed to a range of actions to promote gender equality within our School.

Further details of our award will be available here shortly.

The Cardiff School Of Computer Science & Informatics

We are a research-led School in one of the UK’s premier universities with a leading, international reputation in

  • Complex Systems
  • Data and Knowledge Engineering
  • Visual computing

Our research is underpinned by dedicated laboratories for

  • Human factors technology
  • Security & privacy
  • Solid modelling & visual computing

The School welcomes further partnerships with industry and the public sector. Our collaborative research is having an impact in sectors such as healthcare, defence, engineering and the environment.

Each year over 100 highly-skilled students graduate from the School, many of whom will have benefited from industry-based placements and projects.

† Cardiff University is a member of The Russell Group of Universities. The group represents the leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.