The course

UCAS code
I100
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Study at our Dubai campus with an opportunity to do industrial training for a truly global computing career.

Contact

Overview

Our BSc Computer Systems course is designed to give you a solid foundation in computing, together with the necessary applied skills. What’s more, it’ll give you a range of professional skills to help you communicate clearly, work independently and co-operate effectively. In the later years of our BSc Computer Systems course, you’ll also have the option to specialise and graduate with a named degree in Games Programming (5Y6J).

Teaching Quality

90% of our 2018 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that the course is intellectually stimulating.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

You will study three courses on programming in Java, interactive systems, web design and databases, computer systems, and an elective of your choice.

Year 2

You will study interaction design, web programming, data structures and algorithms, programming languages, software design and database management systems, and two electives of your choice.

Year 3

You will study software engineering, computer network security, artificial intelligence and intelligent agents, operating systems and concurrency, language processors, professional development and two electives. You will also take part in a major group project with an industrial orientation.

Year 4

You will study five advanced courses drawn from a wide range of our research and technical specialisms. You will also conduct a substantial individual project, on a topic of your choice or suggested by an academic, lasting the whole year.

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.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Computer Systems students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 76% are working
  • 9.5% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • 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

Jobs

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

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements
  • Highers ABBB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points
  • BTEC DDM
  • HNC B in graded unit

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BCC

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BBB (including Computing plus excellent Highers)
  • A-Levels ABB (including Computing)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with Computing at Higher Level 6)
  • HNC A in graded unit (including sufficient Computing)
  • HND AB in graded units (including sufficient Computing)
  • BTEC DDM (including sufficient Computing)

Those entering at Year 2 are expected to be proficient in a high-level programming language; Java is our preference.

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units (including sufficient Computing)

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
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).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government 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:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2019

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded applicant and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, the minimum entry requirements for the programme you wish to study you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.