• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

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.

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.

"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).

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

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

Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBC (minimum) - ABBB (typical) at Higher including two science subjects (computing science is recommended), plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C).
Please see Notes below for a list of suitable science subjects.
BB at Advanced Higher including two science subjects, plus BB at Higher in different subjects, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) and completion of the University's Java Online module.
GCE A-Level CCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including two science subjects (computing science is recommended), plus GCSE mathematics at C.
Please see Notes below for a list of suitable science subjects.
ABB including two science subjects, plus GCSE mathematics at C and completion of the University's Java Online module.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) ABBB at Higher Level including two science subjects (computing science is recommended), plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4.
Please see Notes below for a list of suitable science subjects.
Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include two science subjects (computing science is recommended), plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4.
Please see Notes below for a list of suitable science subjects.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include two science subjects, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4 and completion of the University's Java Online module.
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD, plus completion of the University's Java Online module.
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit 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 and completion of the University's Java Online module.
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science Pass with BB at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science and completion of the University's Java Online module.
SWAP Access Relevant science subject with ABB grades to include Mathematics at SCQF Level 6 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB and completion of the University's Java Online module.
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB and completion of the University's Java Online module.
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science 75% overall with 7.5 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science, plus completion of the University's Java Online module.
Other Qualifications
Notes Suitable science subjects include: information technology, mathematics, chemistry, biology, human biology, physics, psychology or computing science.

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

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++, C#, Unity, ASP.NET, SQL, NoSQL OpenGL, UNIX and many more.

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 smaller 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% - 60% 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

You will cover the basics of programming, and start to think about how you can create programs for different purposes.

  • AC11001 Introduction to software development
  • AC11002 Web authoring
  • AC12001 Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms
  • AC12003 Argumentation
  • AC21010 Data visualisation
  • AC22006 Physical computing
Level 2

You will expand upon your programming knowledge to include different languages. You will also learn about hardware and how your programs are implemented at this level.

  • AC21007 Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence
  • AC21008 Multi-paradigm programming
  • AC21009 Computer Systems 2A
  • AC22003 Information Technology Project
  • AC22004 Object-oriented analysis and design
  • AC22005 Computer Systems 2B
Level 3

You will sharpen your degree focus with specialist modules in key areas. At this stage you are given more control over what languages you use and how you approach different problems.

  • AC31007 Agile Software Engineering
  • AC31008 Networks and Data Communications
  • AC31009 Games Programming
  • AC32005 Human Computer Interaction
  • AC32006 Database Systems
  • AC32007 Secure Internet Programming

Between Level 3 and Level 4, you can take a Work Placement which contributes to your degree. (see AC41010 Work Placement).

Level 4
  • AC41001 Individual Project
  • AC41004 Industrial Team Project
  • Two modules from the following:

    • AC41001 Graphics
    • AC41002 Computer Vision
      AC41007 Technology Innovation Management
    • AC41001 Big Data Analysis
    • AC41012 User Experience
    •  
  • AC42001 Research Frontiers. You will have the choice of four sub-modules from options. These options change regularly because they are linked to our current research, but may include:
    • Constraints Programming
    • Teaching Computing
    • Assistive Technology
    • Argumentation

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.
  • Many modules contain industrial case studies or projects where you can solve problems that our industrial partners are facing at that time.
  • 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 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

Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,250 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) £17,950 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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  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
Apply NowApplied Computing BSc (Hons)G410