Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

BSc Computer Science and Mathematics

UCAS code: GG14

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Informatics

College: Science and Engineering

Introducing BSc Computer Science and Mathematics

Mathematics forms the foundations of computer science. With increasing scale of computing systems and growing volumes of data, more sophisticated mathematical techniques are being developed and employed every day.

This programme aims to give you a thorough understanding of both mathematics and computing to enable you to operate at the cutting edge of computer and data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. You will have the flexibility to focus on the areas of computer science or artificial intelligence that most interest you.

Year 1

You will be introduced to basic principles of programming and computation. You will learn how information can be represented and processed in computer systems, as well as fundamental techniques to manage data and solve problems using computer programs. The year also includes courses in mathematics necessary for all areas of informatics. Together these form the foundations of more in-depth study of computation in future years. You can choose option courses from various schools across the University.

Year 2

You will build on Year 1, covering more advanced programming and data structures, together with related mathematics. You will develop greater understanding of algorithms, learning from data, and mathematics. Option courses include a variety of subjects from different schools across the University.

Year 3

Your studies will become more focused and you will have more choice in selecting specialised courses, according to your own interests, from a range of options in computer science, artificial intelligence and relevant mathematics, as well as other courses in informatics. Coursework assignments typically provide you with experience in practical work, independent problem solving, and group work. Your exact curriculum depends on your selected courses. Options offered in recent years include courses in robotics, computer security, machine learning, operating systems, computer networks, differential equations, complex variables and around 12 others.

Year 4

You will choose from a large number of advanced course options in mathematics, artificial intelligence and computer science to build a portfolio according to your interests. Year 4 includes an individual honours project where you will learn to develop a viable project starting from a given topic. You will have a variety of choices in selecting your project and a supervisor to guide you.

Programme structure

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

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2018/19)

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, larger projects and exams. Some project work will be undertaken individually and some together with other students. You will complete a large 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.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2018/19)

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 range

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - AABB.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 32 points with 655 at HL.

Access threshold

The access threshold for a contextual offer is:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 32 points with 655 at HL.

Find out more about access thresholds and contextual offers

Detailed requirements for all applicants

To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following 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. 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 with 655 at HL to include Mathematics at Grade 6.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

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

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

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

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AAA to include 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 with 666 at HL to include Mathematics. 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, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB 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
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Computer Science and Mathematics

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