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Computer Science

As one of the first universities in the UK to offer degree programmes in computing, we provide outstanding education in computer science, computer systems, data science, software engineering, artificial inteligence and information systems.

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Why study Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University?

At Heriot-Watt our computer science programmes have been uniquely designed to provide our students with the key skills to get a step up upon graduating. In order to do this our portfolio offers students the opportunity to specialise in a number of areas tailored for future career opportunities, including:

Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Software Engineering, Cyber Security and Games Programming

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The GRID (Global research, innovation and discovery) is a new ground-breaking facility to advance our global research, innovation and discovery. It has been designed to create cohesion between academic disciplines, industry partners and the global community, providing an innovative teaching and learning environment for our computer science students.

The GRID is home to our brand new VR Labs and Games Design Studio.

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Why Heriot-Watt?

Computer Science facilities

Computer Science students can access facilities including specialist teaching labs, the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics' Robotics Laboratory, and parallel and high performance computing platforms

National Robotarium

A world-leading centre for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, creating innovative solutions to global challenges. Pioneering research moves rapidly from laboratory to market, developing skilled visionaries and delivering substantial benefits for society

Edinburgh Campus facilities

At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

Sport facilities

Oriam, Scotland Sports Performance Centre offers state-of-the-art sports facilities, for all levels of sport and ability

Heriot-Watt Student Union

There's more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here.

We are accredited by the following organisations

At Heriot-Watt University we develop degrees that are relevant for the world of work. We work with Professional bodies and Institutes to gain appropriate Accreditations and Professional Memberships for your industry. Find out below how this degree aligns to industry.

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BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

This degree is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council, fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a chartered engineer.

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