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Computing
BSc (Hons)

This fast-paced and wide-ranging degree that prepares you for a rewarding career in the computing industry.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

G400

Why Study Computing?

Explore systems architecture, programming design, coding, platform technologies, software engineering and other areas of computer science on this fast-paced and wide-ranging degree that prepares you for a rewarding career in the computing industry.

In an industry where new hardware, software and production technologies are emerging at breakneck speed, computing experts with the ability to apply creativity to existing and future problem areas are in high demand.

This practical programme focuses on software development for mobile, desktop and web platforms, with emphasis on constructing effective, efficient, robust, and maintainable solutions.

Our computing degree is designed to equip you with high-level subject-specific knowledge, as well as the practical and transferable skills you need to gain a foothold in the computing industry or proceed to further advanced study.

This programme is regularly reviewed to keep up-to-date with current professional technologies.

Your Journey Starts Here

Computers are ubiquitous in the modern world. They're used in all aspects of work and life, and are constantly evolving. This programme is designed to provide you with all the knowledge and skills to enter the industry, regardless of your prior experience. 

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have a pass Maths in any of the following - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4.  National 5 Lifeskill Maths not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher ABBB One of the following: Computer Science, Maths, Architectural Technology, Human Biology, Biology, Building Construction, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Physics and ICT
A-Level BCC One of the following: Computer Science, Architectural Technology, Human Biology, Biology, Building Construction, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Maths, Physics, ICT or Digital Technology
Irish Highers H2H3H3H3 One of the following: Computer Science, Maths, Architectural Technology, Human Biology, Biology, Building Construction, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Physics and ICT
International Baccalaureate 29 Points One of the following: Computer Science, Maths, Architectural Technology, Human Biology, Biology, Building Construction, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Physics and ICT at S5 or H4
BTec Extended Diploma DMM Creative Media Production, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, IT
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP ABB Access to Physical Sciences, Access to Engineering
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher ABB Computer Science
A-Level ABB Computer Science
BTec Extended Diploma D*DD IT (Software Development)
HNC - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses
Qualification Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HND courses

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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Visa Information

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (2017/18)

Computer Hardware Architecture and Operating Systems (CMP101)

This module introduces the core ideas of computer architecture for students studying the subject of

Computer Networking 1 (CMP109)

This module introduces the students to Computer Networks through an analysis of basic networking fun

Programming with C++ (CMP104)

Students will develop an understanding of software development, by learning to design and implement

Software Design (CMP102)

This module complements the programming modules that students take at Level 7 by introducing ? in a

Development Practice (CMP107)

The module provides varied content to allow students to contextualise software development within ot

Data Structures and Algorithms 1 (CMP201)

Building on students' knowledge of programming facilities taught in Level 7 programming modules (e.g

Dynamic Web Development 1 (CMP204)

This module introduces the student to dynamic web application development through client-side and se

Application Design (CMP205)

This module develops students? understanding and experience in the design and implementation of obje

Data Structures and Algorithms 2 (CMP202)

This module builds on Data Structures and Algorithms 1 by introducing students to some of the practi

Programming For The User (CMP206)

This module will introduce students to generic concepts for the optimization of interactions between

Dynamic Web Development 2 (CMP306)

Students will develop an understanding of web application development, by learning to create a datab

Software Engineering Practice (CMP307)

This module develops students? understanding and experience in design/programming within a software

Professional Project Planning and Prototyping (CMP308)

Working within a team, students will learn about project management concepts that enable them to cre

Software Development for Mobile Devices (CMP309)

This module develops a critical understanding of software development practices which can be used to

Artificial Intelligence (CMP304)

This module provides an introduction to some of the many Artificial Intelligence techniques which ar

Professional Project Development and Delivery (CMP311)

This module involves completing a team based development project or other technical investigation pr

Enterprise Systems Engineering (CMP406)

Students will develop an understanding of enterprise systems engineering, by learning to design and

Honours Project Scoping and Proposal (CMP401)

This module provides the student with the opportunity to propose and plan a major, in-depth individu

Honours Project Execution (CMP402)

This module provides the student with the opportunity to undertake the practical and development wor

Honours Project Dissertation (1) (CMP403)

This module provides the student with the opportunity to present as a dissertation a major, in-depth

Languages and Compilers (CMP409)

This module provides the student with the theory, knowledge, skills and critical framework to unders

How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment

You’ll spend between 12 and 16 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and computing lab-based practical activities. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, theories and techniques throughout the course.

Tutorials and lab-based activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence and confidence in technological and theoretical work.

During the course, you’ll also participate in team-based activities, including a group project in year 3 where you’ll specify, plan and implement a software product.

Throughout the programme, there’s a mixture of coursework, project, class test and closed-book examinations.

Approximately 20% of assessment is by examination.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Computing

Accreditation

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.

 

Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

International Students

£13,800

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Programme Leader - Computing

Dr Jacqueline Archibald

Dr Jacqueline Archibald

School of Design and Informatics | Lecturer

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Careers

There’s a constant demand for graduates who can show proven ability to design, build and support software systems and develop computer applications that are effective, efficient and contribute to organisational success.

Graduates from this course have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations in industry, government, entertainment and educational sectors. Our graduates have found work in large multinationals, including …

  • Hewlett-Packard
  • BT
  • Logica
  • NCR
  • Nokia

… as well as smaller, local companies such as MTC and Brightsolid.

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Choose Your Path

Computing graduates are employed, for example, as software developers, software testers, web developers, system analysts, and technical consultants. Many of our graduates have also gone on to postgraduate study.

Industry Links

Links with industry take place throughout all years, but especially in years 3 and 4. Speakers from the computing industry will give guest lectures.

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Explore our Dundee Campus

Abertay is conveniently located on a city centre campus, with all of its buildings within a quarter of a mile of each other. Shops, recreational facilities and the main bus and train stations are a short walk away.

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Why Abertay?

We're proud of our students and graduates, and we believe there's no better place to study if you're looking for a degree that helps you stand out as an exceptional candidate in an increasingly competitive job market.

Why Abertay?

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An Open Day is your chance to get an up close experience of the University and the city. You’ll come away with all the information you need about us and the courses you’re interested in.

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Living in Dundee

Dundee is a city of contrasts. It's vibrant and cosmopolitan, but also friendly, compact and affordable. The first UK city to be awarded UNESCO City of Design status, Dundee has a rich history of innovation and creativity, and, in recent years, has become a hub for the digital industries.

Living in Dundee & Scotland

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Unistats

Unistats collates comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. The core information it contains is called the Unistats dataset (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)).

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