The course

UCAS code
G440
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

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Overview

The Course

Our four year BSc Computer Science Honours degree is oriented to constructing robust and useable systems. We aim to teach people not just how to deploy cutting edge tools and techniques, but how to build the next generation of software tools that other system constructors will use. This programme aims to give a well integrated balance of theoretical underpinnings and practical experience, strongly informed by the research expertise of our academic staff.

If students wish, they can specialise in later years and graduate with a named degree in Games Programming (G440), Artificial Intelligence (G700) or Software Engineering (G600).

Teaching excellence and student satisfaction

92% of our 2015 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that they were satisfied overall with their course.

Accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

You will cover programming, an introduction to computer systems, databases and discrete mathematics.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:28%
  • Independent study:72%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:35%
  • Practical:3%
  • Coursework:62%
Year 2

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.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:26%
  • Independent study:74%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:64%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:36%
Year 3

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.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:28%
  • Independent study:72%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:57%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:43%
Year 4

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.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:28%
  • Independent study:72%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:23%
  • Practical:3%
  • Coursework:74%

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