BSc/BSc (Hons) Computing

Undergraduate, Part-time

Combine flexible and transferable skills with the areas of computing that match your interests and career aspirations.

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  • Duration:

    6 years

  • Award:

    BSc/BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Computing underpins computational applications ranging from computer games and social networking to advanced data analytics.

This flexible, negotiated course will involve lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study. Students can join the course at all stages (from Year 2) and is primarily beneficial for advanced entry and for those looking for a change in direction.

The course initially aims to provide you with the core underpinnings of computing, 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 will 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 part-time course starting in Year 2 has been designed to be intellectually stimulating and challenging, allowing you to flexibly learn concepts at the forefront of computing. Modules will be assigned on an individual basis through discussion with the Programme Leader.

Work placement

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


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 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 2


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

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC to include Higher Computing.

A Level

BBB to include Computing.

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 £305 £305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,157
Overseas £2,317 tba
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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

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