BSc/BSc (Hons) Computing

Undergraduate, Part-time

Combine flexible and transferable skills with the areas of computing that match your interests and career aspirations.

  • Napier code:

    56117BH

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    6 years

  • Award:

    BSc/BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Computing science underpins computational applications ranging from computer games and social networking to advanced data analytics.

This flexible, negotiated course will involve lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study. Students can join the course at all stages and is primarily beneficial for advanced entry and for those looking for a change in direction.

The course initially aims to provide you with the core underpinnings of computing science, covering:

  • Software Development
  • Mathematics
  • Interaction Design
  • Database Systems
  • Computer Systems
  • Software Engineering

The degree then focuses on more theoretical concepts, such as Design Patterns, Graphics Programming and Algorithms. In the Honours year, you will undertake a major project, as well as advanced level modules including Concurrent and Parallel Systems, Data Analytics, and Computational Intelligence.


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This part-time course has been designed to be intellectually stimulating and challenging, allowing you to flexibly learn concepts at the forefront of computing. Opportunities to undertake work-based learning are also available.

What you study

Year 2

  • Software Development (C#)
  • Database Systems
  • Software Engineering Methods
  • Computer Systems
  • Options: Graphics, Mobile Development, Web Development or Physical Computing

Year 3

  • Software Development
  • Algorithms & Data Structures
  • Group Project
  • Options:
    • Physics Based Animation Advanced Web Technologies
    • Software Engineering
    • Parallel Systems
    • Sensing Systems
    • Advanced Databases or Professional Practice

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • Concurrent & Parallel Systems
  • Data Analytics
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Distributed Services and Applications

Work placement

This course includes the possibility of a yearlong industry work placement during your third year of study.

Modules

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Computing Science covers the core concepts of computing, and you can expect to find employment in software development and engineering, systems analysis, data analysis and numerous other opportunities in technology focused companies.



Minimum year 2

HNC

Pass in a related subject with grade B in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC to include Higher Computing.

A Level

AAB to include Computing.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DDD (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject. 

Minimum year 3

HND

Pass in a related subject with grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses (except Veterinary Nursing).

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU *£305 *£305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,125
Overseas *£2,290 *£2,317
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Placements

"Fantastic, hard work and worthwhile". All computing students can do a paid year-long work placement during their third year.

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