University of dundee computing

University of dundee computing

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Computing Science is not programming. It is about solving problems with computer programs.

Ever wondered:

  • How they fit so many songs on your iPod?
  • How you can safely get money from your bank account from any ATM in the country?
  • How millions of computers work together to form the internet without anyone in charge?

The answer to all these questions can be found through doing a degree in Computing Science. Computing Science is not programming. It is about solving problems with computer programs.

 

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

University of dundee computing

  • 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.

University of dundee computing

Who should study this course?

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.

 

Top reasons for studying Computer 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 following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2017
QualificationLevel 1 EntryAdvanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced HigherBBBB (minimum) – AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and a science (computing science is recommended).
Please see Notes below for a list of suitable science subjects.
BB at Advanced Higher including mathematics and a science, plus BB at Higher in different subjects, plus completion of the University’s Java Online module.
GCE A-LevelCCC (minimum) – BBB (typical) including mathematics at B and a science (computing science is recommended).
Please see Notes below for a list of suitable science subjects.
ABB including mathematics and a science, plus completion of the University’s Java Online module.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)AABB at Higher Level including mathematics and a science (computing science is recommended).
Please see Notes below for a list of suitable science subjects.
Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include mathematics and a science (computing science is recommended).
Please see Notes below for a list of suitable science subjects.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics and a science, plus completion of the University’s Java Online module.
Graduate Entry

University of dundee computing

BTECA relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDMA relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules.
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD, plus completion of the University’s Java Online module.
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded UnitA relevant HNC with grade A in the Graded Unit and 120 SCQF credits or a relevant HND with grades BB in the Graded Unitsand completion of the University’s Java Online module.
Scottish BaccalaureatePass with CC at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a SciencePass with BB at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science and completion of the University’s Java Online module.
SWAP AccessRelevant science subject with ABB grades to include Mathematics at SCQF Level 6Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced DiplomaGrade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BBGrade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/ Mathematics and a Science at AB and completion of the University’s Java Online module.
Welsh BaccalaureatePass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BBPass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB and completion of the University’s Java Online module.
European Baccalaureate70% overall with 7 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science75% overall with 7.5 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science, plus completion of the University’s Java Online module.
Other Qualifications
NotesSuitable science subjects include: information technology, mathematics, chemistry, biology, human biology, physics, psychology or computing science.