BSc/BSc (Hons) Computing Science

Undergraduate, Full-time

Computing Science BSc/BSc (Hons)

Computing Science is an exciting course that mixes theory and practical skills to give you the best possible start to your career


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This course will teach you the theory and practical elements of computing science, a subject area that underpins computational applications that affect our lives, ranging from computer games and social networking to advanced data analytics.

During your studies, you will cover a wide area of modules including, software development, artificial intelligence, and data analytics along with mathematics and computer systems.

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.

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4 years

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Course details

In the first two years of your studies, you will learn to critically apply appropriate theory, practice, professional standards and creativity to the analysis, design, development, testing, evaluation and modification of reliable and maintainable software. By second year you will progress to studying software algorithms and data structures which underpin techniques such artificial intelligence and data analytics.

You will develop a comprehensive knowledge of different software design paradigms appropriate to a range of complex application areas.

In your third year you will study topics relating to artificial intelligence and data analytics, which will equip you with a broad understanding of the mathematical principles that underpin computing science and the ability to apply the necessary methods and tools to solve computing problems.

Year four will allow you develop a critical understanding of the human, social, organisational, economic, legal and technological factors which affect, and are affected by computer-based systems. A highlight of year four is the honours dissertation which allows you to undertake an individual project on a topic of your choice.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught The emphasis is on the practical aspects of computing science with every opportunity being taken to try out techniques for real. Practical elements are supported by lectures and tutorials.
  • note and pen Assessments An emphasis is placed on assessing practical abilities such as development and problem solving through coursework exercises. Most modules also have a formal examination as well.
  • 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

  • Foundations of Software Design and Development
  • Computer Systems
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Mathematics for Software Engineering
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Human Computer Interaction

Year 2

  • Object Oriented Software Development Systems and Services
  • Database Systems
  • Software Engineering Methods
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Mobile Applications Development
  • Web Technologies
  • Computer Graphics

Year 3

  • Data Analytics
  • Artificial Inteligence
  • Physics Based Animation
  • Advanced Web Technologies
  • Software Engineering
  • Group Project
  • Fundamentals of Parallel Systems
  • Sensing Systems for Mobile Applications Advanced Databases
  • Professional Practice

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • Concurrent and Parallel Systems
  • MultiAgent Systems
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Information: Society and Security



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.

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

BBBB to include Maths or Physics.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC to include Maths or Physics at grade B.

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 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 HNC in a related subject with grade A in the graded unit and Higher Maths grade B.

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.

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 2020/21 2021/22
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £15,522 tba

Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fee status of EU nationals commencing their studies in 2021/2 has yet to be confirmed by the Scottish Government following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union and will be published once known. For EU students commencing their studies in 2020/21 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


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Career opportunities include:

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Support Analysis
  • Project Manager
  • Trainee IT Consultant
  • Data Analysts
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