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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).
90% of our 2018 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that the course is intellectually stimulating.
Course contentDetailed course guide
You will study three courses on programming in Java, interactive systems, web design and databases, computer systems, and an elective of your choice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- A-Levels BBB
- Int. Baccalaureate 28 points
- BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM
- Advanced Highers BBB including Computing or Scottish Baccalaureate
- A-Levels ABB including Computing
- Int. Baccalaureate 30 points including Computing at Higher Level 6.
- HNC in a relevant subject area with A in graded unit.
- BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Computing
- HND in a relevant subject area with A in group award graded unit will be considered.
- 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.