BSc (Hons) Web Design & Development

Undergraduate, Full-time

Web Design & Development BSc (Hons)



We offer a comprehensive web applications and interaction design course that explores Web Technologies, User Experience and more

Overview

The main benefits of living in the digital age is the ease of having everything available at our fingertips, whether we are online shopping, doing our banking or carrying out research. This is why having a strong web and digital presence has become a priority for all organisations.

Studying Web Design and Development will enable you to gain the technical and design-related skills you need to succeed in this growing, dynamic area.

This course will cover key areas in web design and development, including web and mobile application programming, interaction design, organisational frameworks, as well as human, cultural, and social issues. This allows you to specialise in this vibrant area while gaining a solid foundation of the broader principles of computing.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

7Y7X

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

In the early stage of this course you will gain an introduction to programming, media, marketing and human-computer interaction.

You will then progress to building databases, as well as designing and programming for different domains, including mobile applications, and the web.

In year three, you will design and evaluate ubiquitous systems; physical computing, research frameworks. You will learn about relevance of storytelling and working in multidisciplinary teams on live briefs. At this stage you can choose to study with one of our international partners or to work in industry.

In your final year you will focus on user experience and information security, and will complete your honours project.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical classes.

  • note and pen Assessments 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.
  • study abroad Study abroad International study is available, and is intended to develop overall graduate attributes and global citizenship. The School has several agreements with overseas partner institutions, both in the EU and further afield, providing varied and exciting opportunities tailored around your individual study and cultural interests. Currently, links are established with universities in the USA, Canada, Spain, Denmark, Singapore, and Germany, where programmes are delivered in English, whilst additional links are planned with other European countries and Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Being Digital
  • Foundations of Software Design and Development
  • Computer Systems 1
  • Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
  • Marketing1
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Programming for Media and Design

Year 2

  • Database Systems 
  • Practical Interaction Design
  • Business Systems Analysis and Design
  • Web Technologies
  • Information Interactions
  • Mobile Applications Development

Year 3

  • User-Centred Organisational Systems
  • Computing in Contemporary Society
  • Digital Business Environments
  • Project Management for Information Systems
  • Advanced Web Technologies
  • Experiential Design
  • Sensing Systems for Mobile Applications
  • Professional Internship
  • Group Project
  • Achieving Sustainability: a better world is possible
  • Overseas Study
  • Work Based Learning

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • User Experience
  • Agile Project Management
  • Professional Identity through Portfolio Development
  • Information and Knowledge Organization
  • Digital Business Environments

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Disclaimer

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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

Scottish HNC

HNC with C in the graded unit in one of the following; Digital Design and Web Development, Computing, Web Development.

National 5 C in Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3 plus A Level

Minimum grades MM (Merit, Merit) and A Level grade B

GCSE grade C/4 in English and Maths.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

HNC with C in the graded unit in one of the following;
HNC with C in the graded unit in one of the following;
HNC with C in the graded unit in one of the following;
HNC with C in the graded unit in one of the following;

Minimum year 2

HNC

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

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC

A Level

BBB

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

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

Minimum year 3

HND

Pass HND in a related subject with grade B 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.


International students

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

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • 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 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland £1,820 tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas and EU £15,960 TBA

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by mainland EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here. For EU students who commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2021 or hold pre or settled status in the UK, fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Career opportunities include:

  • Front/back end Web Designer/Developer
  • UI Designer/Developer
  • UX Researcher/Designer/Engineer
  • Usability Engineer
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Wearables Designer/Developer
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