Computer Science (Software Engineering) BSc

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Computer Science (Software Engineering) BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 9,250 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 18,480

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of Heriot-Watt’s BSc in Computer Science focuses primarily on Software Engineering. You’ll study theory and computer science in the abstract, but you’ll also receive a great deal of practical education with the intention of giving you a well-integrated learning experience and extremely marketable skills.

    You’ll learn to construct robust, reliable systems using the latest tools and techniques. Indeed, you’ll be constructing the next-generation tools that later generations of students will learn to use in similar programs.

    You need only commit to a specialty late in the program, gaining a named degree in Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, or Games Programming. You can switch between these programs easily in the first few years.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This course is delivered over 4 years for full time students.

    Year 1

    In your first year you will learn about computer systems generally, explore programming and learn about both databases and discrete mathematics.

    Core Modules:

    • Web Design and Databases
    • Software Development 1, 2 & 3
    • Praxis
    • Introduction to Computer Systems

    Year 2

    Year 2 will largely focus on Software Design and Programming Language Design, though you will also learn about advanced mathematics, mobile communications, internet applications, databases, algorithms and data structures.

    Core Modules:

    • Web Programming
    • Software Design
    • Programming Languages
    • Interaction Design
    • Hardware-Software Interface
    • Discrete Mathematics
    • Database Management Systems
    • Data Structures and Algorithms

    Year 3

    Your third year will see you touching on advanced topics such as Operating Systems, Computer Graphics, Artificial Intelligence and more formal computing issues. You’ll also deliver a project as part of a group.

    Core Modules:

    • Software Engineering
    • Operating Systems & Concurrency
    • Language Processors
    • Foundations 1 & 2
    • Data Communications and Networking
    • Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Agents
    • Professional Development

    Year 4

    During the last year of the Computer Science BSc program, you’ll study the most advanced modules on offer, as well as delivering a substantial software engineering project.

    Core Modules:

    • Rigorous Methods for Software
    • Research Methods & Requirements
    • Project Testing and Presentation
    • Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Design & Implementation
    • Advanced Interaction Design

    Learning & Teaching

    The University of Heriot-Watt uses a wide range of teaching methods. Of course see a great deal of practical laboratory time, especially in the later years of the program. You will nonetheless attend a great many lectures, small interactive tutorials as well. You will be assessed based on your coursework, project and end of semester exams.

    Career Possiblities

    Heriot-Watt’s Biosciences graduates have an excellent employability rate, with 95% of students either working or attending higher level degree programs within 6 months of graduation. Perhaps more importantly, 85% of those who are working were in either managerial or professional positions.

    Entry Credit

    Entry Requirements for UK and EU-nationals

    The University of Heriot-Watt typically requires students to have already achieved 3 A Levels at BBB or better, with at least one in Mathematics.

    Entry Requirements for overseas (non-EU) students                         

    International students must be fluent in written and spoken English. This can be demonstrated by a good IELTS score, but other courses will be accepted.

    International students must also have academic accreditation equivalent to that required for UK and EU students.

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