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Applied Computing

BSc (Hons)

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 Applied Computing 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.

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

What's so good about Applied Computing at Dundee?

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

Shazia Akbar started her Applied Computing degree in 2007, "If you are passionate about computing and want to get stuck into technology that can change the way we see our world today, then Applied Computing is the course for you. In the School of Computing you will not only learn how to work with technology but how to apply the skills and knowledge that you learn within the course to the outside world."

More Computing student profiles »

Degrees Available

  • BSc Applied Computing (honours)
  • BSc Computing & Cognitive Science

Teaching & Assessment

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 in the School of Computing. 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.

What you will study - Applied Computing - single honours

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

Level 1

Foundation - core modules for your degree + optional modules:

  • 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
  • People-centred computing - emphasising theoretical and practical aspects of human-computer interaction
  • Physical computing - creating useful widgets based around small programmable devices
  • plus a module of your choice (subject to availability & timetables)

Visit the BSc overview page for general information on our BSc degree programme.

Level 2

Foundation - advanced study of core modules + optional modules:

  • Software development - C++ and data structures, object-oriented design of software
  • Computer systems - C, C#, Unix and the development of computer hardware
  • Algorithms and artificial intelligence
  • Information technology
  • plus modules of your choice (subject to availability & timetables)
Level 3

Sharpen your degree focus with specialist modules in key areas:

  • Database Systems
  • Internet Programming
  • Networks and Data Communications
  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Level 4
  • Individual Project
  • Three modules from the following:
    • Industrial Team Project or an additional Level 3 module (compulsory)
    • Multimedia Audio
    • Computer Vision
    • Secure e-commerce
    • 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

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

Level 1

Foundation - core modules for your degree:

  • Software development - Java programming, data structures & algorithms
  • Introductory Psychology - experimental psychology and research skills
  • Philosophy - Modern Philosophy and Reading & Thinking Philosophy
Level 2

Foundation - advanced study of core modules + optional modules:

  • Computing - C++ programming, data structures & algorithms
  • Psychology - Europsychology & Language, Perception & Development, Research Methods
  • Philosophy - Aesthetics & Kant or Hume & Recent European Philosophy
Level 3

Sharpen your degree focus with specialist modules. Core modules from each subject:

  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design
  • GUI Programming in C#
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Language & Cognition

Plus four othre modules from across the disciplines.

Level 4
  • Individual Computing Project
  • One module from the following:
    • Industrial Team Project
    • Multimedia Audio
    • Computer Vision
    • Secure e-commerce
    • Technology Innovation Management
    • Computer Graphics
    • Additional Level 3 Applied Computing module

Plus four other modules from across the disciplines.

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, eg writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.

Careers

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

Stuart Birse, from Forfar, graduated in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing. He won the Amor Group Prize for Software Engineering 2010 at the ScotSoft2010 dinner in Edinburgh for his final year project. Stuart now works at the Advanced Solution Concepts team of NCR Labs in Dundee.

Stacey Humphries graduated in 2009, and is now a Test Engineer at i2 in Cambridge. "I made some good friends at Dundee and learned a lot of useful things, some course content was particularly commended at interviews. The School of Computing staff were spot on, and really helped throughout the course."

More Computing graduate profiles »

Postgraduate study

Some graduates choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level on our taught Masters degrees or undertake a PhD within the School of Computing. For more information, visit the School of Computing website.

Entry Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2014

Level 1 Entry

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BBBC ABBB
GCE A-Level CCC BBB
ILC Higher BBBC ABBB
IB Diploma 28 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level) 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, Int2, GCSE, ILC Ordinary Level or IB Subsidiary Level).

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

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
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, Int2, GCSE, ILC Ordinary Level or IB Subsidiary Level) and completion of the University's Java Online module.
For all School of Computing degrees, entry at Level 2 requires demonstration of competence in object-oriented programming using Java. This can be gained via our pre-entry module Java Online).

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit (Level 1 entry)
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 (Level 2 entry)
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science (Level 1 entry)
Pass with BB at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science (Level 2 entry)
SWAP Access Relevant science subject with ABB grades to include Mathematics at SCQF Level 6 (Level 1 entry)
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules (Level 2 entry)
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD (Level 2 entry)
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB (Level 1 entry)
Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB (Level 2 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB (Level 1 entry)
Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB (Level 2 entry)
European Baccalaureate

70% overall with 7 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science (Level 1 entry)
75% overall with 7.5 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science (Level 2 entry)

For entry to Computing, competence in Mathematics is essential. Level 2 entry for all programmes except Human Computer Interaction requires completion of our pre-entry module Java Online
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

 

Courses starting September 2015

Level 1 Entry

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BBBC ABBB
GCE A-Level CCC BBB
ILC Higher ABBB
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) (Computing Science is recommended) and Mathematics (Standard Grade, National 5, Int2, GCSE, ILC Ordinary Level or IB Subsidiary Level).

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

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
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, National 5, Int2, GCSE, ILC Ordinary Level or IB Subsidiary Level) and completion of the University's Java Online module.
For all School of Computing degrees, entry at Level 2 requires demonstration of competence in object-oriented programming using Java. This can be gained via our pre-entry module Java Online).

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit (Level 1 entry)
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 (Level 2 entry)
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science (Level 1 entry)
Pass with BB at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science (Level 2 entry)
SWAP Access Relevant science subject with ABB grades to include Mathematics at SCQF Level 6 (Level 1 entry)
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules (Level 2 entry)
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD (Level 2 entry)
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB (Level 1 entry)
Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB (Level 2 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB (Level 1 entry)
Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB (Level 2 entry)
European Baccalaureate

70% overall with 7 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science (Level 1 entry)
75% overall with 7.5 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science (Level 2 entry)

For entry to Computing, competence in Mathematics is essential. Level 2 entry for all programmes except Human Computer Interaction requires completion of our pre-entry module Java Online
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

 

Fees and Funding

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, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £13,250 per year of study.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree UCAS Codes KIS data
BSc Applied Computing G410 View KIS data for this course
BSc Computing and Cognitive Science GC48 View KIS data for this course

UCAS Application Process


International Applicants

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