BSc (Hons) Computing and User Experience

Undergraduate, Full-time

Computing and User Experience BSc (Hons)



Prepare for a career in the future of computation, where software, computing and design go hand in hand.

Overview

The Computing and User Experience course is designed for the future of computation.

This is a future where developers not only build technology, but understand their users and the world of design and interaction. This exciting course allows you to develop a wide range of user experiences, whether it is a web project, a mobile application, a wearable device, or a smart, interactive space.

During your studies, you will develop an impressive portfolio of work that you can easily use for applying to a broad range of user experience jobs.

Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

Placement:

Yes


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Course details

At the beginning of the course you will gain an introduction to programming, computing, and human-computer interaction.

You will then learn about programming for different domains, including mobile applications, physical computing, and the web.

In years three and four you will further develop your skills in designing and evaluating ubiquitous systems, user experience and information security.
  • calendar How you’ll be taught You will be taught through lectures and hands-on tutorials.
  • note and pen Assessments You will be assessed through a mixture of practical assessments, development reports, academic essays and exams.
  • briefcase Work placement A one year supervised work experience is available, intended to develop overall graduate attributes and employability. The School has committed resources to developing employment opportunities in conjunction with Student and Academic Services. This experience takes place in Year 3, conditional upon the student being accepted by an employer on an approved work based placement. This must be established in Year 2 by consultation with the School Placement Coordinator. Students on this pathway are given an enhanced first year experience through the provision of additional personal and professional development focused on a successful placement application.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Computer Systems
  • Foundations of Software Design and Development
  • Sound Theory
  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Programming for Interactive Media and Design
  • Programming Fundamentals

Year 2

  • Database Systems
  • Object Oriented Software Development
  • Practical Interaction Design
  • Web Technologies
  • Mobile Applications Development
  • Playful Interaction

Year 3

  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Scripting for Interactive Media (elective)
  • Data Analytics
  • Interactive Audio (elective)
  • Computing in Contemporary Society
  • Sensing Systems for Mobile Applications
  • Cyberpsychology

Year 4

  • Creative Computing Internship (elective)
  • Experiential Design (elective)
  • User Experience
  • Professional Identity through Portfolio Development
  • Honours Project

Entry requirements

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBB to include at least one of: Maths, Computing, Science, Computing Science, Design or Art & Design

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC to include at least one of: Maths, Computing, Science, Computing Science, Design or Art & Design

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC to include at least one of: Maths, Computing, Science, Design or Art & Design

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level to include at least one of: Maths, Computing, Science, Design or Art & Design

Grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include at least one of: Maths, Computing, Science, Design or Art & Design

Grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include at least one of the following at grade 5: Maths, Computing, Science, Design or Art & Design.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include at least one of: Maths, Computing, Science, Design or Art & Design.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2

HNC

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

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC to include at least one of the following at Higher: Computing, Chemistry, Physics, Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

A Level

BBB to include at least one of: Computing, Chemistry, Physics, Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

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).

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £14,350 £14,925
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees.
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships.

Careers

Students working with eye tracking glasses in the Sensorium user experience lab.

Career opportunities include:

  • Creative Technologist
  • Front-end Engineer
  • Usability Engineer
  • User Experience (UX) Engineer
  • Game Designer/Developer
  • Mobile/Wearable App Designer/Developer
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
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