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BSc in Computing Science and Physics (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Physics

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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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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