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BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

64%

Subjects
  • Computer science
Student score
78% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Mathematics.

Scottish Highers
BBBBC

Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBB

Mathematics and Computing.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
28

with Mathematics at Higher Level 5

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

64%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The 2013 National Student Survey rated our Computer Science programmes in the UK Top 20 and 3rd in Scotland. 90% of our students are in work/study within six months of completing the programme, with 90% of those in work in a professional or managerial position. Our programme is well regarded by employers who like the mix we offer of core skills and specialist knowledge. If students wish, they can specialise in later years and graduate with a named degree in Games Programming, Artificial Intelligence or Software Engineering. The programme is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT: - for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional; - on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer; and - on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Modules

Year 1: Programming using C++; software engineering; logic and programme proving; functional programming in Standard ML; computer organisation and systems software; mathematics; 3 elective options. Year 2: Data structures and algorithms; software engineering; formal specification; computability theory and complexity; data representation and assembly language; programming; computer architecture; mathematics; statistics; information technology law. Year 3: Information systems; software engineering; professional development; graphics and computer-aided design; database systems; logic programming; artificial intelligence; operating systems; human-computer interaction; computer communications; compilers; object-oriented programming; group project. Year 4: Dissertation; 2 core modules: systems and architectures; languages and design; a choice of 4 modules from a list of linked pairs which may include such topics as: concurrent programming; distributed computing and networks; computer graphics; computer vision; data and knowledge base management; machine learning and neural networks; information systems methodologies; performance modelling; natural language processing; computers in manufacturing engineering; interactive systems design; parallel declarative systems; experimental design and evaluation.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
28%
72%

Year 1

26%
74%

Year 2

27%
73%

Year 3

28%
72%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
35%
62%
3%

Year 1

64%
36%

Year 2

54%
46%

Year 3

23%
74%
3%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 78% MED
Able to access IT resources

97%

Staff made the subject interesting

79%

Library resources are satisfactory

89%

Feedback on work has been helpful

76%

Feedback on work has been prompt

61%

Staff are good at explaining things

90%

Received sufficient advice and support

85%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
26% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
12% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
398 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
55% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

56%

Graduates who are information technology technicians

4%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade – unemployment rates for graduates with good grades can be half those of graduates with slightly poorer degree classes. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.
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