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  • 15 January 2016

    January 15

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    Why study Computing Science at Dundee?

    Our Computing Science degree will provide you with knowledge of the theoretical, scientific and mathematical components of computing such as:

    • algorithms for data processing and analysis
    • fundamental theory of information and computation
    • software engineering principles and practices
    • mathematics that underpins computational systems.

    However, computing scientists do not deal with just hardware; they care about everything in between those areas. They design and develop all types of software from the large banking system which allows money to be sent internationally, to the small bit of software which identifies your iPod when you attach it to your laptop.

    We train our students to have a creative approach to programming. As a result, our students are successful, employable and proud of what they do.

    Who should study Computing Science?

    BSc Computing Science is a degree for people who enjoy the challenge of understanding the technical background of algorithm and software analysis and using these skills to solve real-life problems.

    You need an understanding of mathematical concepts and a logical mind.

    What's so good about Computing Science at Dundee?
    • Dundee leads the development of SpaceWire, the onboard data-handling network that is widely used by the world’s space agencies; you can study spacecraft onboard data handling systems if you choose space systems as one of your final year research topic options
    • our students take part in the Yahoo! Hack Day, which challenges computer programmers to come up with fresh, creative ideas. Dundee was the first university to host a Yahoo! Hack Day and remains the only university to include this as part of the course work for students
    • 24-hour access to our award winning computing building with its unusual mixture of lab space and breakout areas; laptop areas and wireless access are available throughout the building
    • students can use a range of equipment such as servers, Macs, Arduino systems and programming kit for games consoles such as the Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation. The School of Computing is also home to one of only two Microsoft Surface tables in Scotland
    • project work, guest lectures and research seminars involve key industry partners such as NCR and Yahoo!
    • students get involved in our world-leading research: one 2009 student presented his Honours project at a leading international computer vision conference and had his work featured in New Scientist magazine

    "The institution's focus on research was highly beneficial throughout the course, as it ensures that students get insight not only into well-known areas of computer science but into newly emerging studies which will shape tomorrow's world."

    Ildiko Pete

    UCAS Code: G400

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee

    Fee category

    Fees for students starting September 2015

    Scottish students

    £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.

    Rest of UK students

    £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.

    EU students

    £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.

    Overseas students (non-EU)

    £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

    Not specified Start date September 2015 This Course starts in September Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    What you will study

    Honours Degree

    An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

    Advanced Entry Honours Degree

    It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

    Degree without Honours

    If you choose to study a degree without honours, you study for three years, levels 1-3 below.

    Typical Degree Programme

    Level 1

    • Computer Science- software development, data structures and algorithms, argumentation, problem solving
    • Web authoring - understanding what the Internet can be used for, and developing websites.
    • Mathematics - calculus, differential equations, algebra, logic, proof and group theory

    Level 2

    • Computer Science – logic and artificial intelligence, C++, data structures, architectures, UNIX, communications and concurrency
    • Computer systems - hardware architectures, Unix and concurrency
    • Mathematics - statistics and probability

    After Level 2, students can choose to continue with Computing Science at Levels 3 and 4, or change to a degree in Applied Computing.

    Level 3

    • Games Programming
    • Software Engineering, including agile methods
    • Internet Programming
    • Database Systems (multimedia and object databases plus data warehousing)
    • Networks and Data Communications
    • Theory and Computation

    Level 4

    • 18 week Individual Project
    • Industrial Team Project

    Plus 2 modules from:

    • Multimedia Audio
    • Computer Vision
    • Secure e-commerce
    • Technology Innovation Management
    • Computer Graphics

    Plus 4 from a set of Research Topics & Applications options such as:

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Machine learning
    • Constraint programming
    • Multi-agent systems
    • Computer vision
    How you will be assessed

    You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and end-of-semester examination.

    Coursework is often highly practical, for example designing solutions, evaluating algorithms, writing programmes, constructing and testing software, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    See the Course Homepage for Full Details

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Dundee.


    Professional Accreditation:

    This programme fulfils the accreditation requirements of the Chartered Institute for IT and the British Computer Society (Chartered IT Professional (CITP), Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Scientist (CSci).

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