Computer Systems BSc

The programme

This programme is designed for students looking for a sound foundation and applied skills in computing in addition to other professional skills that will enable them to communicate clearly, work independently and cooperate effectively. In industry, commerce and the public sector, where business transactions are underpinned by technology, workplaces need individuals who can create and exploit practical and effective systems. Our graduates will move into these sectors armed with a blend of interpersonal and technical skills that will meet current needs and those of the organisations of the future.

First year

Students will cover Software Development, Interactive Systems, Computer Systems, Web Design and Databases.

Second year

Students will continue with Interaction Design, Web Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms, Software Design, Database Management Systems and Programming Languages.

Third year

Students will study the following topics: Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Agents, Computer Graphics, Knowledge Management, Operating Systems, Professional Development and Language Processors.

Career prospects

Prospects in industry, commerce and the public sector are excellent. The growth in network services on computers in the office and home, and on mobile handheld devices, has increased the demand for experts who can design, implement and manage systems combining rich computational, communication and multimedia facilities for non-specialist users.

Why study Computer Systems at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai?

  • Unlike other universities, ours offers a technical programme that equips students with the right skills for programming and web development.ƒ
  • We carry out extensive research in computer science subjects, which feeds into our teaching programmes, keeping them relevant and up to date.
  • A large percentage of our graduates get good jobs following graduation.
  • We have transfer options to our UK Campus that allow students to specialise in an Honours year in subjects such as Games Programming.
  • Students who wish to remain in Dubai after graduation can extend their studies by entering one of our postgraduate diploma programmes leading to a Master’s award.

Early application discount - apply now

Apply now and confirm your place on this programme to avail of the early application discount of 3000 AED for a limited period of time.

Entry requirements

First year entry

  • GCE A Level CCC or equivalent.
  • CBSE or equivalent 65%
  • American High School Diploma Pass plus SATs with an overall score of 1500.
  • UAE Tawjihiyya 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 24 points or above.
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma MMM
  • Foundation Year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Engineering and Computing) with a BBBB.
  • Compulsory subjects to include Mathematics and English.

Second year entry

  • GCE A Levels BBB in relevant subjects
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points
  • CBSE 85%
  • American High School + 3AP at grade 4
  • American High School + SATs 1800
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) PPP
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma DDD
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case by case basis.

Third year entry

  • Successful completion of an HND in a related field of study (with a merit profile). Please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office to discuss further.
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case by case basis.

Additional information

  • Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English Language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550 (paper-based exam); 213 (computer-based exam); 79-80 (internet-based exam).