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Our BSc Computer Science degree focuses on constructing robust and usable systems. 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.
All Year 3 students take part in a year-long group project, where they co-operate in tackling a large, realistic problem. Year 4 students conduct a major, year-long, individual dissertation project.
You can take advantage of our international campuses by taking part in an Inter-Campus Transfer. This gives you the opportunity to study Computer Science at our Dubai campus for a semester or a year.
90% of our 2018 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that staff are good at explaining things.
Links with Industry
We have very strong links with the computing industry, with representatives of more than 30 companies attending our Industrial Advisory Board. Much of our research is in collaboration with leading computing enterprises and students really value our research-led teaching by our enthusiastic staff.
Student Equipment Fund
Our Student Equipment Fund is an initiative to support students in purchasing technology (either in hardware, data or software) to explore the usage of and code development for new platforms, as part of a taught course or as a personal project. Recent purchases include Parrot AR.Drone 2.0s, Oculus Rifts and Raspberry Pi 2s.
Course contentDetailed course guide
You will cover programming, an introduction to computer systems, databases and discrete mathematics.
You will continue with software design - both high-level architectural issues as well as algorithms and data structures. Topics from databases, internet, communications and mobility, mathematics and programming language design will also be covered.
You will study topics such as artificial intelligence, graphics, operating systems as well as more formal aspects of computing. You will also undertake a group project.
You will study advanced topics as well as undertaking a major individual project.
More in-depth information on the content of the courses listed above, how they are assessed and the learning outcomes can be accessed via our current student portal.
Work and study
This is what our BSc (Hons) Computer Science students are doing six months after graduating:
- 76% are working
- 9.5% are studying
- 5% are working and studying.
- 75% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- The average salary of students six months after graduating: £24000
- The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £23000
These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:
- Information technology and telecommunications professionals
- Engineering professionals
- Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
- Sales occupations
- Managers, directors and senior officials
- Business, research and administrative professionals
- Business and public service associate professionals
- Administrative occupations
- Customer service occupations
- Elementary occupations
- Highers ABBB including Mathematics*
- A-Levels BBB including Mathematics*
- Int. Baccalaureate 28 points with Mathematics* at Higher Level 5
- BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Mathematics*
*Not studying mathematics or worried about meeting the mathematics requirement? Consider applying for BSc Computer Systems. In Year 1 of this degree it is possible to take two optional mathematics courses. Then, subject to good performance, a course transfer to BSc Computer Science for Year 2 onwards can be requested.
- Advanced Highers BBB including Mathematics and Computing or Scottish Baccalaureate
- A-Levels ABB including Mathematics and Computing
- Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with Mathematics and Computing at Higher Level 6.
- BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Mathematics and Computing
- Those entering at Year 2 are expected to be proficient in a high-level programming language; Java is our preference.
- To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours courses, please watch our video to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.
- We welcome applicants without a formal qualification in computing. Some prior experience in the subject is useful. We recommend Scottish Higher / A-Level Computing or equivalent, for Level 1 entry.
- BTEC We also accept the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) at D in place of one A-Level, however it cannot replace a subject specific requirement unless relevant
- HNC/HND Relevant HNC and HND qualifications are accepted; please contact the Admissions Tutor for further details.
|Status*||Scotland / EU**||England / Northern Ireland / Wales***||International|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£18,480|
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).
*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018
In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.