Computing degree programmes at Aberdeen are influenced by our internationally recognised research in artificial intelligence and advanced web technologies.
The opportunity to take Enhanced Study options as part of your degree and participate in co-curricular activities. See www.abdn.ac.uk/thedifference for more information.
Courses are available from first to fourth year. There is an Honours degree and a Designated degree in Computing.
First year students focus on the foundations of Computing Science, including, how to design and implement programs, relevant mathematical concepts and some of the grand challenges of computing. They also study two other subjects, depending on their degree choice.
In second year, students are introduced to core topics in modern computing, with courses in Algorithmic Problem Solving, Data Management and Human Computer Interaction. Students develop significant programming skills in a number of languages, and also gain a deeper understanding of related issues.
The third year includes a year-long Software Engineering Project. Working in teams, students develop a major software system, from an initial analysis to the final delivery. The course emphasises interpersonal teamwork skills as strongly as technical topics. Taught courses cover essential computing topics relevant to the chosen degree, with all Single Honours (Computing) students studying Operating Systems and Languages and Computability along with a range of options, including Knowledge-Based Systems, Distributed Systems and Security, Adaptive Interactive Systems and Robotics.
The fourth year also involves a substantial project, but this time students work individually on a specific topic of interest to them; most projects are research-related and some involve working with local companies. Many of the taught courses are also related to research activity, including Semantic Web Engineering; Peer-to-Peer and Agent-Based Computing; Security; Computational Intelligence; Data Mining and Visualization; Mobile Computing and Natural Language Processing.
Industrial Placements are encouraged and available with a range of computing firms for a number of students during the summer months between their second and third year, as well as year-long opportunities between their third and fourth year.
All courses are supported by web-based material, usually including full course notes. Lectures in the first two years commonly include live computer demonstrations. In third and fourth year, as well as completing a project, students enjoy a variety of lectures and practicals. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and examination.
The employment record of our graduates is excellent with the vast majority entering occupations of their choice within three months of graduation in sectors as diverse as banking, pharmaceuticals and computer game development. Recent employers include IBM, Amazon, BP, Conoco Phillips, Hewlett Packard, EDS, CGI, Wipro, Scottish Hydro Electric, Scottish & Newcastle Breweries, British Telecom, QinetiQ, the Health Service and local councils.
There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us – from first to final year – and beyond.
SQA Highers - AABB*
A Levels - BBB*
IB - 32 points, including 5,5,5 at HL*
ILC - AAABB*
*SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent at grade B or better in Mathematics is required.
Advanced entry is considered on an individual basis depending on prior qualifications and experience. Applicants wishing to be considered for advanced entry should contact directly the Director of Studies (Admissions) at our Student Recruitment and Admissions Service office.
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