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Computer Science & Mathematics

GG14

4 years

Full-time

BSc

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A. We strongly recommend that you study Advanced Higher Mathematics.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting, to include Mathematics at Grade A.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include Mathematics HL at Grade 6 plus two further HL subjects at Grade 5.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

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:

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

Entry to second year

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

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AAA to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Appropriate relevant computing qualifications or experience is required.
  • A Levels: A*AA in one sitting, to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Appropriate relevant computing qualifications or experience is required.
  • IB: 38 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include Mathematics HL at Grade 6 plus two further HL subjects at Grade 6. 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).

Applications

If you are applying for a full-time programme you must do so through UCAS.

More information

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A. We strongly recommend that you study Advanced Higher Mathematics.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting, to include Mathematics at Grade A.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include Mathematics HL at Grade 6 plus two further HL subjects at Grade 5.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

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:

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

Entry to second year

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

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AAA to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Appropriate relevant computing qualifications or experience is required.
  • A Levels: A*AA in one sitting, to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Appropriate relevant computing qualifications or experience is required.
  • IB: 38 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include Mathematics HL at Grade 6 plus two further HL subjects at Grade 6. 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).

Applications

If you are applying for a full-time programme you must do so through UCAS.

More information

What you will study

Computer science is concerned with understanding, designing, implementing and using computing systems, ranging in scale and complexity from the tiny components of a single processor to the globe-spanning Internet.

Study in this area is based on the mathematics and logic of algorithms, which form the foundation of programming. It also includes the study of cutting-edge computing techniques and issues.

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 three mathematics courses covering Calculus, Linear Algebra and Proofs and Problem Solving. You will also choose further courses from a wide range of subjects across the University.

Year 2

You will cover topics in formal and natural language processing, algorithms and data structures. You will also study three mathematics courses covering several variable calculus, the fundamentals of pure mathematics and probability. You will also choose further courses from a wide range of subjects across the University.

Year 3

Your studies will become more focused, with a choice of up to eight courses in Computer Science and Mathematics 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 Mathematics 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 Mathematics and write a dissertation on your chosen project.

How will I be taught?

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 structure

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