BSc (Hons) Computing Science

The course

Course code
KPT/JPS (N/481/6/0833) (PA14530) 06/26
Delivery type
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Intake date
September
Location
Malaysia

Our BSc Computing Science degree focuses on software development and algorithms, with the aim of constructing robust and usable systems for industry and commerce.

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Overview

In the current era of digital revolution, computer scientists and software engineers can be found at the forefront, driving latest developments in a broad range of fields such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, bioinformatics, healthcare, and data informatics.

Our BSc Computing Science degree focuses on software development and algorithms, with the aim of constructing robust and usable systems for industry and commerce. As well as looking at cutting edge tools and techniques, it’s designed to help you build the next generation of software tools that other system constructors will use. The course aims to give a well-integrated balance of theoretical underpinnings and practical experience, strongly informed by the research expertise of our academic staff.

The programme consists of core computer science, information technology and mathematics units in Year 1 and 2. Students in Year 3 will take highly specialised units including three elective units and will also be conducting a year-long individual final-year dissertation project. Students will also undertake an industrial training programme between Year 2 and 3.

In the final year, students will be able to specialise by taking courses in one of the following three streams: Data Science, Artificial Intelligence or Graphics and Visualisation

Campus Transfer

You can take advantage of our international campuses by taking part in an Inter-Campus Transfer. This gives you the opportunity currently to study Computing Science at our Edinburgh campus for a semester or a year.

Applications

Applications to both this undergraduate programme, as well as our Foundation in Business (with Computing Science route) are currently open for applications for foundation intakes in April, July and September,  and the undergraduate intake in September .

Accreditation

In accordance with our normal practice our professionally orientated programmes are designed to meet the educational requirements for membership of relevant professional institutions. In addition to recognition within Malaysia, we seek accreditation by the relevant UK or international professional bodies in accordance with their standard procedures.

We are also currently in the process of obtaining accreditation from BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT, UK.

Course content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Software Development A
  • Software Development B
  • Mathematics for Computer Science
  • Intro to Interaction Design

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Software Design
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Database Management Systems

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Software Engineering
  • Data Communications and Networking
  • Foundations 1
  • Programming Languages

Semester 2

  • Professional Development
  • Operating Systems and Concurrency
  • Foundations 2
  • Hardware-Software Interface

Semester 3

  • Industrial Training (Summer internship)

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Research Methods and Requirements Engineering
  • Computer Network Security
  • Artificial Intelligence and Agents
  • Option 1*

Semester 2

  • Design and Implementation
  • Project Testing and Presentation
  • Option 2*
  • Option 3*

Students will be able to pick options from one of the following streams.

Data Science
  • F20DL Data Mining and Machine Learning (Semester 1)
  • F20SA Statistical Modelling and Analytics (Semester 1)
  • F20BD Big Data Management (Semester 2)
  • F20AA Applied Text Analytics (Semester 2)
  • F20DP Distributed and Parallel Technologies (Semester 2)
Artificial Intelligence
  • F20BC Biologically Inspired Computing (Semester 1)
  • F20RO Intelligent Robotics (Semester 1)
  • F20DL Data Mining and Machine Learning (Semester 1)
  • F29LP Language Processors (Semester 2)
  • F20DP Distributed and Parallel Technologies (Semester 2)
Graphics and Visualisation
  • F20DV Data Visualisation Analytics (Semester 2)
  • F20GA 3D Graphics and Animation (Semester 1)
  • F20GP Computer Games Programming (Semester 2)
  • F20DP Distributed and Parallel Technologies (Semester 2)

Notes

  • Industrial Training is the compulsory internship during the summer break between Years 2 and 3
  • Software Engineering and Professional Development are group project courses (linked over the whole year)
  • Research Methods and Requirements Engineering, Design and Implementation and Project Testing and Presentation are courses corresponding to one individual whole year project.
  • Students can select Year 3 Options from the given list of courses, subject to availability of subject on offer.

Career

The present global demand for computing skills presents numerous career opportunities in software and technology sectors, and also supports many other industries such as financial services, telecommunications, retail and manufacturing. Employment prospects are good, with excellent financial rewards and career pathway. Our students will be well-equipped for a broad range of technical jobs from software developers and system analysts to machine learning/AI engineers. Our graduates will also be prepared for more general careers like project management, IT consultancy, teaching or research.

Entry requirements

  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Science or Foundation in Business: BBCC including B in Mathematics
  • A-Level/STPM: BBB including B in Mathematics
  • UEC: 12 points or less including A in Mathematics (5 subjects not less than B grade)
  • CPU: 80% including B in Mathematics
  • WACE/SACE: ATAR 80 including B in Mathematics
  • SMA 3 (Indonesia): 8.0 in Mathematics
  • IB Diploma: Minimum 5 in HL Mathematics
  • Diploma with high level of attainment in computing and/or IT and/or mathematics recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.
  • Any other relevant qualification with high level of attainment in computing and/or IT and/or mathematics recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, then evidence of proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 is required.

If you do not have IELTS 6.0, we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.

Fees

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Scholarships and bursaries

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