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

Computing Science is not programming. It is about solving problems with computer programs.

Ever wondered:

  • How they fit so many songs on your iPod?
  • How you can safely get money from your bank account from any ATM in the country?
  • How millions of computers work together to form the internet without anyone in charge?

The answer to all these questions can be found through doing a degree in Computing Science. Computing Science is not programming. It is about solving problems with computer programs.

Our Computing Science degree will provide you with knowledge of the theoretical, scientific and mathematical components of computing such as:

  • algorithms for data processing and analysis
  • fundamental theory of information and computation
  • software engineering principles and practices
  • mathematics that underpins computational systems.

However, computing scientists do not deal with just hardware; they care about everything in between those areas. They design and develop all types of software from the large banking system which allows money to be sent internationally, to the small bit of software which identifies your iPod when you attach it to your laptop.

We train our students to have a creative approach to programming. As a result, our students are successful, employable and proud of what they do.

Chris van der Kuyl, Computer Science, Class of 1991

I AM...

Chairman of 4J Studios, responsible for the Minecraft Console Edition.

Chris van der Kuyl, Computing Science, Class of 1991

Who should study this course?

BSc Computing Science is a degree for people who enjoy the challenge of understanding the technical background of algorithm and software analysis and using these skills to solve real-life problems.

You need an understanding of mathematical concepts and a logical mind.

Top reasons for studying Computer Science at Dundee

  • Dundee leads the development of SpaceWire, the onboard data-handling network that is widely used by the world’s space agencies; you can study spacecraft onboard data handling systems if you choose space systems as one of your final year research topic options
  • our students take part in the Yahoo! Hack Day, which challenges computer programmers to come up with fresh, creative ideas. Dundee was the first university to host a Yahoo! Hack Day and remains the only university to include this as part of the course work for students
  • 24-hour access to our award winning computing building with its unusual mixture of lab space and breakout areas; laptop areas and wireless access are available throughout the building
  • 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. The School of Computing is also home to one of only two Microsoft Surface tables in Scotland 
  • project work, guest lectures and research seminars involve key industry partners such as NCR and Yahoo!
  • students get involved in our world-leading research: one 2009 student presented his Honours project at a leading international computer vision conference and had his work featured in New Scientist magazine

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 BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and a science (computing science is recommended).
Please see Notes below for a list of suitable science subjects.
BB at Advanced Higher including mathematics and a science, plus BB at Higher in different subjects, plus completion of the University's Java Online module.
GCE A-Level CCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including mathematics at B and a science (computing science is recommended).
Please see Notes below for a list of suitable science subjects.
ABB including mathematics and a science, plus completion of the University's Java Online module.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level including mathematics and a science (computing science is recommended).
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 mathematics and a science (computing science is recommended).
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 mathematics and a science, plus 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 Unitsand 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

You will be taught by staff - specialists in computer science, computing, mathematics and philosophy.

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. Importantly, you will also focus on the theory that underpins all of this, including mathematics and theories of computation.

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

Honours Degree

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

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
  • AC21010 Data visualisation

Optional modules (you will select one from this list):

  • AC12003 Argumentation
  • AC22006 Physical computing

Level 2

You will become a full-time student at the University of Dundee and 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
  • AC32006 Database Systems
  • AC32007 Secure Internet Programming
  • AC32008 Theory of Computation

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 – this must be a games-based 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

 

BSc (Hons) Computing Science 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.

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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