BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
U Computing and information technology
UY Computer science
UYA Mathematical theory of computation
UYD Systems analysis and design
See also: GPFC “Cybernetics and systems theory”
UYF Computer architecture and logic design
See also: TJFD1 “Microprocessors”
UYM Computer modelling and simulation
Use for technical and specialist works, inc those from other disciplines: statistics, engineering, etc
UYQ Artificial intelligence
UYS Signal processing
UYT Image processing
Note: use for general aspects of image processing, including standards, encoding and manipulation of data
UYU Audio processing
Note: use for general aspects of computerized processing of audio data, including standards, encoding and manipulation of data
UYV Virtual reality
UYZ Human-computer interaction

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