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.
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.
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Work and study
This is what our BSc (Hons) Computer Systems students are doing 15 months after graduating:
- 75% are working
- 5% are studying
- 5% are working and studying.
In highly skilled work
- 95% of those are in highly skilled work 15 months after graduating.
- The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £25000
- The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £26000
These are the most common jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:
- Information technology and telecommunications professionals
Standard entry requirements
- Highers ABBB
- A-Levels BBC
- 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 in Computing: Software Development AA in graded units (including the following SCQF Level 8 units: ‘Software Development: Data Structures and Performance’, ‘Software Development: Programming Paradigms’, ‘Web Development: Advanced Web Scripting Concepts’ and ‘Software Development: Object Oriented Programming-Advanced Concepts’.
- For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualifications, mature candidates and overseas students.
- If you do not see your qualifications here please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please check that you meet our University-wide National 5/GCSE (or equivalent) English and Maths requirements.
- 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.
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.
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* 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.
** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) and Republic of Ireland 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).
*** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.
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If you live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.
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 2021
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:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.