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Computers are everywhere. Not just the obvious home and office computers, but in every aspect of modern life: smart phones, smart microwaves, games consoles, automatic cash dispensers and air traffic control systems.
Our computing science course teaches you how to design, build and analyse such systems – in both theory and practice. Your training will encompass how computers work – programming them to make them do what we want and learning how they fit into their environment. Our graduates are highly sought-after within the industry.
We help our students to build a strong link with industry through 3-month summer placements and 1-year placements. Both of these are offered to third year students. Placement opportunities exists with local SME as well as large corporates.
We're a small, friendly team with an 'open door' policy for students. Our computing labs have recently been upgraded and are fitted with state-of-the art PCs.
The BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is the foremost professional and learned society in the field of computers and information systems in the UK.
The Single Honours BSc course Computing Science gives full accreditation by the BCS for the educational requirement of Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) registration, which is the professional member level of the BCS, and partial accreditation for Chartered Engineer status. Further training and experience is required for full registration.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
Of the many reasons students come to Stirling, such as academic reputation and research standards, one factor is always cited: the outstanding beauty of the University's Stirling campus. View our online films to get a picture of what it's like to live and study on our beautiful campus.
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INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Science, Computing and Engineering to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
For entry to Year 1, Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.
A Scottish HND in related subjects with BB in graded units in Year 2 can give direct entry to the second year of our degree courses.
We have an Articulation Agreement with Forth Valley College in Computing Science (Software Development) with As in graded units to allow students direct entry to the Honours course in Year 3.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 14,105.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 14,460|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options|
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information
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There are three closely related computing degrees on offer at Stirling: BSc (Hons) Computing Science, BSc (Hons) Software Engineering and BSc (Hons) Business Computing. During the first three semesters students on all related courses are required to take the same core modules in Computing Science. Students take Computing Science plus two other subjects in Year 1.
The BSc (Hons) Applied Computing degree follows a different syllabus for semesters 1-4.
You will take core modules encompassing study in the following areas:
In Semester 1, we understand that students have a variety of backgrounds, and we can adapt the course to suit your previous experience and qualifications. Students studying the Single Honours Computing Science degree are required to take a Mathematics module in Semester 1.
The course in Semesters 4 – 8 comprises both core compulsory modules and optional advanced modules, giving you a chance to explore your particular interests.
After semester 6 we offer optional industrial placements. The 3-month summer placements take place June-August. The more substantial 1-year placement starts in September and runs to the end of August the following year effectively extending the length of the programme to 5 years. Both types of placements appear on the academic transcript, with the 1-year placement leading to a degree title of BSc Hons Computing Science with Industrial Placement.
Core modules include:
Optional modules include:
Honours students undertake an independent project in their final year. Typically this involves developing a major piece of software from initial requirements to final delivery.
You will learn about Computing Science through lectures, small tutorial groups and most of all through laboratory work. Computing Science is taught as a very practical subject, and almost all modules include practical assignments. Typically these count for 50 percent of the assessment grade, with the remainder given to the examination.
For an Honours degree, the grades for all advanced modules taken in Semesters 5 – 8 are combined to give your final degree classification.
|Professional Education/ Business Studies||NX21|
|Professional Education/ Mathematics||GX91|
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 90 percent of the research in Computing Science & Mathematics was graded as ‘Internationally Excellent’, with the top five percent judged to be ‘World-leading’.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.
Computing Science and Mathematics has strong links with Scottish industry through its Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) – with members from both Scottish and international industries such as IBM, HSBC and Adobe. Through the IAB we:
We offer 3-month Industrial Summer placements and 1-year Industrial Placements. Our placements allow students to practise their analytical and problem solving skills as well as their software design and implementation skills in an industrial setting. Besides differentiating themselves from their peers, students gain substantial experience in a commercial environment before they graduate making them highly employable.
We are very active in research. We have funded research from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), from the European Community and from other sources.
We provide a stimulating and lively environment for all students. Final-year Honours projects can be associated with active research projects. Research areas of particular interest are Applied Formal Methods, Medical Informatics, Computational Intelligence, and Communications and Services.
A Computing Science degree at Stirling will place you at the forefront of computing in a web-based world, giving you a broad range of skills, including the internet and web technologies, and experience in applications ranging from computer games, multimedia and internet telephony to e-commerce and biologically-inspired computing. Our industrial placements will ease your transition into the job market.
Graduates will be well-equipped to enter either the software industry itself or one of the many fields in which computer systems are extensively used and developed. Recent destinations for our graduates include KANA, Logica, Microsoft, British Telecom, Agilent (Hewlett Packard Ltd), Scottish Power, Adobe Systems Inc., and Silicon Graphics Inc.