Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

BSc Computer Science and Physics

UCAS code: GF43

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Informatics

College: Science and Engineering

Accreditation

Introducing BSc Computer Science and Physics

This joint programme draws on Edinburgh's strengths in computational physics and the design and analysis of algorithms. You will develop a strong interdisciplinary background covering relevant topics in both Computer Science and Physics.

Accreditation

Recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of eligibility for Associate Membership.

Year 1

You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of computation and programming, and you will learn how information can be represented and processed in computer systems. You will study mathematical courses designed specifically for Physics programmes. You will also take two physics courses covering classical physics and an introduction to the fundamentals of quantum physics.

Year 2

You will cover topics in algorithms and data structures, computer systems, and software engineering. You will study a choice of mathematics courses and take a further three courses covering dynamics and vector calculus, classical or modern physics and algebra and calculus.

Year 3

Your studies will become more focused, with a choice of up to eight courses in Computer Science and Physics together with individual practical work and a large-scale group project. You may also select one course from a different subject area.

Year 4

You will build a portfolio of between six and 10 specialised courses in Computer Science and Physics that match your particular interests. You may also choose one course from a different subject area. In this period you will undertake an individual research project in either Computer Science or Physics and write a dissertation.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

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Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

You will be based within the School of Informatics, with lectures, tutorials and classes held in Appleton Tower, which provides purpose-built facilities and dedicated learning and teaching spaces, all located in the University's Central Area.

You will have 24-hour access to computer laboratories and quality software support is available.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical classes. In later years you will spend more time working on projects that involve building computer systems from scratch, developing systems, doing experimental work or working on more theoretical topics with guidance from your supervisor.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by coursework assignments and exams. You will undertake a group project in your third year and an individual project in your final year (or final two years for MInf students).

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

Our graduates have excellent career prospects. The vast majority make direct vocational use of their qualification in the IT industry. Increasingly however, our graduates also find work in the trades, industries and professions that rely heavily on computing systems, including media, communications, finance, energy and medicine.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5 or AABBB/AAAB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A and Physics. We strongly recommend that you study Advanced Higher Mathematics.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting, to include Mathematics at Grade A and Physics.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 655 at HL to include Mathematics at Grade 6 and Physics.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AA in Mathematics and Physics, plus Highers at AB in two other subjects. Appropriate relevant computing qualifications or experience is required.
  • A Levels: A*AA in one sitting, to include Mathematics and Physics. Appropriate relevant computing qualifications or experience is required.
  • IB: 38 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 666 at HL to include Mathematics and Physics. The Diploma must include Computer Science.
Other entry pathways

Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each ""Communicative Skills"" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Computer Science and Physics

Additional Costs

None.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

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How to apply

School: Informatics

College: Science and Engineering