Computing Science at Aberdeen encompasses both the theory as well as the practice of computing with special emphasis given to Distributed Information Systems and Knowledge 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.
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 Science. 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 further 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 project 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 Science) 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. Many of the taught courses are also related to research activity, including advanced knowledge and internet technologies.
The optional Industrial Placement happens between third and fourth year, or after 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. 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. Our graduates have taken up posts in sectors as diverse as banking, pharmaceuticals and computer game development. Recent employers include IBM, Amazon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Hewlett Packard, EDS, CGI, Wipro, Scottish Hydro Electric, Scottish & Newcastle Breweries, British Telecom, QinetiQ and the National Health Service.
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, 5 at HL*
ILC - AAABB (B1 or B2 required)*
*SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent at grade B or above in Mathematics is required and good performance in one other science subject.
Advanced Entry - Advanced Highers ABB or A Levels ABB, or IB 34 points (6 at HL), including a science subject and preferably Mathematics
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