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Computing Science at Aberdeen encompasses both the theory as well as the practice of computing, with special emphasis given to Distributed Information Systems and Knowledge Technologies.

This 5 year MEng programme is an integrated Masters degree that emphasises additional academic rigour and depth on top of the already high standards of our BSc.

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.

The MEng is an integrated Masters degree that emphasises additional academic rigour and depth on top of the already high standards of our BSc. It adds an additional year of study to the traditional BSc, but there is also a greater focus on the academic and theoretical skills that high-end employers and academic institutions particularly value.

The MEng provides the opportunity for students to acquire a distinctive edge. It does this through increased depth of study, but it also requires students to demonstrate their ability by having them take on the most challenging subjects.

Computing Science at Aberdeen encompasses both the theory as well as the practice of computing, with special emphasis given to Distributed Information Systems and Knowledge Technologies. This 5 year MEng programme is an integrated Masters degree that emphasises additional academic rigour and depth on top of the already high standards of our BSc. Helping doctors to treat a...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Computer Architecture (CS1520) - 15 Credit Points

Algebra (MA1006) - 15 Credit Points

Object Oriented Programming (CS1527) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Combinatorics (MA1510)
  • Set Theory (MA1511)

Plus 30 credit points from choices of course.

Combinatorics (MA1510) - 15 Credit Points

Set Theory (MA1511) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Mathematics for Computing Science (CS2013) - 15 Credit Points

Algorithmic Problem Solving (CS2521) - 15 Credit Points

Modern Programming Languages (CS2510) - 15 Credit Points

Human Computer Interaction (CS2506) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 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

Distributed Systems and Security (CS3524) - 15 Credit Points

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

Knowledge Based Systems (CS3025) - 15 Credit Points

Languages and Computability (CS3518) - 15 Credit Points

Enterprise Computing and Business (CS3525) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 15 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Research Methods (CS4040) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 30 credits from level 4 Computing Science courses plus 15 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 5

Compulsory Courses

Project in Informatics (CS551M) - 60 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 60 credit points from any four level 5 Computing Science courses.

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Computer Architecture (CS1520) - 15 Credit Points Algebra (MA1006) - 15 Credit Points Object Oriented Programming (CS1527) - 15 Credit Points Optional...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers
Standard: AABB (Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science required*)
Applicants who achieve the Standard entry requirements over S4 and S5 will be made either an unconditional or conditional offer of admission.

A Levels
Standard: ABB (AB required in Mathematics, plus at least one from Physics, Design & Technology, Engineering or Chemistry). Applicants who are predicted to achieve the Standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and may be made a conditional offer of admission.

* FOR CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERING PROGRAMMES: Please note: For entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements.

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 (Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science required*) Applicants who achieve the Standard entry requirements over S4 and S5 will be made either an unconditional or conditional offer of admission. A Levels Standard: ABB (AB required in Mathematics, plus at...

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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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