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Our BSc Computer Science degree focusses on constructing robust and useable 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.
In the later years of the course, you’ll also have the option to specialise – offering you the chance to graduate with a named degree in Games Programming (G440), Artificial Intelligence (G700) or Software Engineering (G600).
86% of our 2017 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that they were satisfied overall with their BSc Computer Science.
Our Computer Science 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.
It’s also accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.
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 (Software Engineering) students are doing six months after graduating:
- 95% are working
- 5% are studying
- 0% are working and studying.
- 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- The average salary of students six months after graduating: £25000
- 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
- Business and public service associate professionals
- Sales occupations
- Skilled trades occupations
- Highers BBBBC 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 an optional mathematics course. Then, subject to good performance, a programme 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 programmes, 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.
Fees and funding
|Status*||Scotland / EU**||England / Northern Ireland / Wales||International|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£17,440|
* 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.
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.
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