BSc/BSc (Hons) Computing Science

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Develop an in-depth understanding of computing science to specialise in a career at the forefront of today’s digital landscape.

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  • Duration:

    3 years

  • Award:

    BSc/BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

This course will provide you with a firm knowledge of the theory and practice of computing science. Computing science underpins computational applications ranging from computer games and social networking to advanced data analytics.

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

What you study

Year 1

  • Software Development (Java)
  • Computer Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Programming Fundamentals

Year 2

  • Software Development (C#)
  • Database Systems
  • Software Engineering Methods
  • Computer Systems and options from Graphics
  • Mobile Development
  • Web Development or Physical Computing

Year 3

  • Software Development
  • Algorithms & Data Structures
  • Group Project
  • Options from 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.

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.

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 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBB to include Maths or Physics.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC to include Maths or Physics.

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

BCC to include Maths or Physics.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level to include Maths or Physics and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include Maths or Physics and 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 Maths or Physics at grade 5.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include Maths or Physics.  

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2


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

SQA Advanced Higher


BBC to include Maths or Physics.

A Level

BBB to include Maths or Physics.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

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

Year 3 entry is not available for this course.

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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