Applied Computing BSc (Hons)

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Science & Engineering

We strongly believe two things:

  • software should satisfy the needs of the people who will be using it
  • the process of software development is rewarding and fun.

Because we hold these values, our Applied Computing degree is rather special. We focus on software engineering and user centred design rather than mathematics. As a result, our students are successful, employable, employed and proud of what they do.

Why study this course at Dundee?

"Knowledge is great, but applying it is better!"

BSc (Hons) Applied Computing is a degree for people who are creative, problem-solvers, good team-players and who enjoy a challenge. It is about the satisfaction of software development, not about office applications.

Our course is modelled on good practice in industry, and we update it annually to safeguard its relevance to the real world. It is successful too - our students are nationally recognised for the quality of their project work.

You will have 24-hour access to our award winning Queen Mother Building. It has an unusual mixture of lab space and breakout areas, with a range of conventional and special equipment for you to use. You can use your own laptop, if you wish to; wireless access is available throughout the building.

Professional accreditation

  • This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional, fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer, partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer (on behalf of the Engineering Council) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist (on behalf of the Science Council).

What is so good about this course?

Students can use a range of equipment such as servers, Macs, Arduino systems and programming kit for games consoles such as the Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation. 

Our graduates have been:

  • 10 times prize-winners in the Scottish 'Young Software Engineer of the Year' Awards run by the industry body Scotland IS
  • short listed in Computing magazine's 'Best Student Project of the Year' award, and a winner in 2008
  • twice finalists in the 'Best IT Student' in the UK-wide Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year competition

How you will be taught

We know that the best way to learn how to design good software is to practise designing good software. You will learn to apply good software engineering principles, whatever the language or technology or platform: Java, C++, VB.NET, C#, XML, J2EE, ASP.NET, SQL, OpenGL, PC, UNIX...

We will teach you the theory underlying software and system development at the point of need.

We also know how important it is to be at the leading edge of computing and so you will learn from research-active staff. Leading researchers teach from your first year through to your final year. Our small classes mean that we really get to know you, making for an informal and supportive community.

Industrial collaboration is part of our ethos too, so we regularly include guest experts from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of practical coursework (20% - 50% of a module mark, typically) and end-of-semester examination.

Coursework is often very practical, e.g. writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.

What you will study - Computing and Cognitive Science

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Degree without Honours

If you choose to study a degree without honours, you study for three years, levels 1-3 below.

Typical Degree Programme

Detailed module guides are available online

Level 1

Foundation - core modules for your degree:

  • Software development - Java programming, data structures & algorithms
  • Web authoring - understanding what the internet can be used for, and developing websites
  • Argumentation - critical thinking and problem solving in a computing context
  • Data visualisation - acquiring data from the web and elsewhere and turning it into a visual or physical representation
  • Physical computing - creating useful widgets based around small programmable devices
Level 2

Foundation - advanced study of core modules + optional modules:

  • Software development - C++ and data structures, object-oriented design of software
  • Computer systems - Unix and the development of computer hardware, C and C#
  • Algorithms and artificial intelligence
  • Information technology project
Level 3

Sharpen your degree focus with specialist modules in key areas:

  • Database Systems
  • Secure Internet Programming
  • Networks and Data Communications
  • Games Programming
  • Agile Software Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Between Level 3 and Level 4, you can take a Work Placement which contributes to your degree.

Level 4
  • Individual Project
  • Industrial Team Project
  • Two modules from the following:
    • Multimedia Audio
    • Computin the User Experience
    • Big Data
    • Technology Innovation Management
    • Computer Graphics
  • Four sub-modules from Research Frontiers options such as:
    • Natural language processing
    • Games next generation
    • Intelligent agents for e-commerce
    • Accessibility and computing


BSc (Hons) Applied Computing is accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT professionals in the UK and abroad.

Our students are highly employable:

  • They develop the expertise that employers want from computing graduates - our Industrial Advisory Board includes experts from a range of industries including Amazon, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, NCR, Chevron and Microsoft
  • They work directly with the real world - international forum discussions in Level 1, .NET web application development for an external client in Level 2, internet authoring mashup in Level 3, and an industrial team project in Level 4
  • They can gain work placement experience for degree credit - if you want, take a work placement in the summer vacation between Level 3 and Level 4 - it gives you valuable 'real world' work experience and a good insight into working in the computing industry. Recent work placements have been with Microsoft, NHS, Avian, Yahoo!, NCR and Cohort Studios
  • They are prepared for a wide range of good career prospects in computing - the UK faces a massive shortage of graduates qualified to fill the 120,000 new jobs in computing and IT every year

Boris Borisov, BSc Applied Computing, Intelligent Point of Sale Ltd

“I work for Intelligent Point of Sale Ltd, who develop point of sale solutions for iPads. I am in charge of all the server side aspects of developing our software. My studies prepared me really well for the job I am doing now. The course allowed me to develop specific knowledge in areas that have become really handy. I’m really happy that I chose Dundee and I’d recommend it to anyone who is considering studying at the University.”

Lyuben Todorov, BSc Applied Computing, Big Data Developer

“I am a big data developer. I work with Cassandra and other leading-edge technologies. My day-to-day involves working with extremely large systems. There was a very specific course on big data which I studied in my final year. The course gave me a great insight into what industry is looking for and what the next hot technology will be. They just knew the way software development would turn. They saw a pattern which pointed towards big data. Everyone uses big data now.”

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.

Courses starting 2016

Level 1 Entry

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Two sciences (SQA Higher, GCE A-Level, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level) and Mathematics (Standard Grade at 3, Intermediate2 at C, GCSE at C, ILC Ordinary at C or IB Subsidiary Level at 4). Suitable science subjects are: Information Technology, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology or Computing Science.
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science
SWAP Access Relevant science subject with ABB grades to include Mathematics at SCQF Level 6
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6,6,5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Two sciences (SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level or IB Higher Level), Mathematics (Standard Grade, Intermediate2, GCSE, ILC Ordinary Level or IB Subsidiary Level) and completion of the University's Java Online module."
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with grade A in the Graded Unit and 120 SCQF credits or a relevant HND with grades BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BB at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB
European Baccalaureate 75% overall with 7.5 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2015 entry). Fees for September 2016 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2016.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

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