BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Gain theoretical and practical skills to explore a career in web design and development, with a wide range of specialisations.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

It is now integral to business, that organisations have a strong web and digital presence. Edinburgh Napier host the largest school of computing in Scotland, providing a broad range of courses that produce highly skilled digital and communications graduates.

The BSc/BSc (Hons) Web Design & Development course equips you with the technical and design-related skills you need to participate in this growing, dynamic area.

Web application programming, interaction design and human, cultural, and social issues are all covered in this flexible course. This allows you to specialise in this vibrant area while gaining a solid foundation of the broader principles of computing.

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This course is firmly grounded in industry standard techniques and practice, but also adopts a progressive agenda based on the innovative research activities undertaken in the School of Computing, and trends in the relevant fields.

You will gain technical skills in programming, web development and mobile applications development, as well as transferable skills such as research, analysis and problem-solving. This course has been designed for advanced entry with flexible structures and support for students coming into year 3, straight from college.

What you study

Year 1

  • Software Development
  • Experiencing the Digital City
  • Acquisition for VFX, Producing Digital
  • Programming for Media & Design
  • Introduction to Human Computer Interaction

Year 2

  • Practical Interaction Design
  • Database Systems
  • Software Development
  • Digital Video; Web Technologies
  • Online Marketing
  • Mobile Applications Development
  • 2D Animation

Year 3

  • Scripting for Interactive Media
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Advanced Web Technologies
  • Content Management
  • Designing Interactive Business Systems
  • Creative Team Project
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Web Enabled Business

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • User Experience
  • Professional Identity through Portfolio Development

Work placement and studying abroad

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

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT.

BCS Accredited Degree


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.

With the demand for web-based services growing at an increasing rate, so too is the demand for suitably qualified professionals, graduate roles include:

  • web developer
  • applications developer
  • interactive systems designer
  • user experience specialist
  • social media consultant
  • web marketing executive

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement


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


GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

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

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.

Minimum year 2


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

SQA Advanced Higher


A Level


BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

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

Minimum year 3


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 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 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 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

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

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