Detailed 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 access via our current student portal.
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.
We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements
- 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.
- HND AA in graded units (including sufficient Computing)
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.
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
||Scotland / EU**
||England / Northern Ireland / Wales***
||Paid by SAAS
* 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).
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
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 2020
If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded offer holder you may be eligible for:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.