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Computing Science and Physics

University of Aberdeen

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This programme follows a number of the core Computing Science courses undertaken as part of the straight BSc Computing Science degree and introduces key Physics components throughout all four years, in the form of a range of core and optional Physics courses. These include: Calculus, Optics and Electronics, Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, The Solid State, Nuclear and Semiconductor Physics and Modelling Theory.

This programme follows a number of the core Computing Science courses undertaken as part of the straight BSc Computing Science degree and introduces key Physics components throughout all four years, in the form of a range of core and optional Physics courses. These include: Calculus, Optics and Electronics, Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, The Solid State, Nuclear and Semiconductor Physics...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

The Physical Universe A (PX1015) - 15 Credit Points

Calculus i (MA1005) - 15 Credit Points

Algebra (MA1006) - 15 Credit Points

The Physical Universe B (PX1513) - 15 Credit Points

Calculus II (MA1508) - 15 Credit Points

Computer Architecture (CS1520) - 15 Credit Points

Object Oriented Programming (CS1527) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Mathematics for Computing Science (CS2013) - 15 Credit Points

Light Science (PX2013) - 15 Credit Points

Dynamical Phenomena (PX2015) - 15 Credit Points

Modern Programming Languages (CS2510) - 15 Credit Points

Algorithmic Problem Solving (CS2521) - 15 Credit Points

Practical Optics and Electronics (PX2505) - 15 Credit Points

Relativity and Quantum Mechanics (PX2510) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Principles of Software Engineering (CS3028) - 15 Credit Points

Energy and Matter (PX3014) - 15 Credit Points

Research and Computing Skills (PX3017) - 15 Credit Points

Distributed Systems and Security (CS3524) - 15 Credit Points

Software Engineering and Professional Practice (CS3528) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select two of the following:

  • Advanced Practical Physics (PX3510)
  • Introduction to the Solid State (PX3016)
  • Structure of Matter and the Universe (PX4510)

Introduction to the Solid State (PX3016) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Practical Physics (PX3510) - 15 Credit Points

Structure of Matter and the Universe (PX4510) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

A graduating curriculum for the Honours programme must include 90 credit points from Level 4 courses.

Research Methods (CS4040) - 15 Credit Points

Computational Intelligence (CS4047) - 15 Credit Points

Case Studies in the Physical Sciences (PX4007) - 15 Credit Points

Statistical Physics and Stochastic Systems (PX4012) - 15 Credit Points

Modelling Theory (PX4514) - 15 Credit Points

Joint Honours Computing - Physics Project (CS4594) - 45 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) The Physical Universe A (PX1015) - 15 Credit Points Calculus i (MA1005) - 15 Credit Points Algebra (MA1006) - 15 Credit Points The Physical Universe B (PX1513) - 15 Credit Points Calculus II...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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King's College Aberdeen

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in Mathematics and Physics by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in Mathematics and Physics by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in Mathematics and Physics by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in Mathematics and Physics by the end of your senior phase of education.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
PHYSICS
74%
of students were satisfied overall
COMPUTER SCIENCE
61%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
PHYSICS
81% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
100% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
74% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
70% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
COMPUTER SCIENCE
76% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
61% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
79% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
79% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
PHYSICS
70% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
59% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
85% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
COMPUTER SCIENCE
67% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
70% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
76% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
PHYSICS
56% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
78% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
35% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
42% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
COMPUTER SCIENCE
58% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
73% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
52% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
45% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
PHYSICS
100% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
78% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
60% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
COMPUTER SCIENCE
97% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
58% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
61% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
PHYSICS
59% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
48% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
56% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
COMPUTER SCIENCE
52% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
91% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
55% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
PHYSICS
63% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
67% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
70% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
COMPUTER SCIENCE
74% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
79% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
94% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
PHYSICS
67% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
78% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
COMPUTER SCIENCE
67% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
88% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
PHYSICS
81% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
85% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
61% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
17% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
COMPUTER SCIENCE
97% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
64% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
42% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
45% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

Did not participate.

Statistics for Physics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points112

  • Employment Rate60%

  • Average Graduate Salary£20000

Statistics for Computer Science

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points80

  • Employment Rate85%

  • Average Graduate SalaryN/A

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