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Are you a computer whizz who enjoys digital information? Do you try to understand how computer systems work? Have you tried different computer languages to invent your own interface? Do you want to get into Big Data, the Internet of Things and smart technologies? This programme will provide you with a solid foundation in a subject area which is in high demand, giving you skills in programme languages; data management; different systems; games; robotics, and problem-solving.

Helping doctors to treat a newborn baby, analysing the huge volume of data from the human genome, tracking jet engines in flight and ensuring that maintenance is planned accordingly, and making online shopping easier and more secure - these are just some of the challenges that computer scientists rise to every day by using their technical analysis, design and programming skills that they learn at university to create better and more intelligent tools.

The highly relevant curriculum, along with strong industry links, ensures that computing programme graduates have an advantage in a competitive market place. The British Computer Society (BCS) recognises our single Honours degrees for professional membership without additional examinations. The employment record of our graduates is excellent with the vast majority entering occupations of their choice within three months of graduation, in sectors as diverse as banking, pharmaceuticals and computer game development.

With us you will learn a range of key computing skills and components, including, data management, artificial intelligence, computer programming, human-computer interaction, operating systems and web application development, to name a few.

You will also gain a great mix of theory and practical skills. This is possible in part because of an excellent staff-student ratio and strong record of supporting students find work placements.

Are you a computer whizz who enjoys digital information? Do you try to understand how computer systems work? Have you tried different computer languages to invent your own interface? Do you want to get into Big Data, the Internet of Things and smart technologies? This programme will provide you with a solid foundation in a subject area which is in high demand, giving you skills in programme...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Computer Architecture (CS1520) - 15 Credit Points

Object Oriented Programming (CS1527) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus, select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Mathematics for Computing Science (CS2013) - 15 Credit Points

Human Computer Interaction (CS2506) - 15 Credit Points

Modern Programming Languages (CS2510) - 15 Credit Points

Algorithmic Problem Solving (CS2521) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 45 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Operating Systems (CS3026) - 15 Credit Points

Principles of Software Engineering (CS3028) - 15 Credit Points

Languages and Computability (CS3518) - 15 Credit Points

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

Knowledge Based Systems (CS3025) - 15 Credit Points

Distributed Systems and Security (CS3524) - 15 Credit Points

Enterprise Computing and Business (CS3525) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Research Methods (CS4040) - 15 Credit Points

Security (CS4028) - 15 Credit Points

Computational Intelligence (CS4047) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Computer Architecture (CS1520) - 15 Credit Points Object Oriented Programming (CS1527) - 15 Credit Points Optional Courses Plus, select a further 60 credit points from courses of...

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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 at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects 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 at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects 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 at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects 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 at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

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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