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The award
MEng

How long you will study
5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 16000 per year

All study options

About Computer Science at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

Computer Science demands and develops a challenging mix of skills and abilities. These include a deep understanding of the technology, creativity and imagination, logic and attention to detail, strong analytic and design skills combined with excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

Our graduates not only understand new technologies but are able to influence their development.

All our courses have strong practical and theoretical foundations. Our courses have a similar foundation in the beginning, making it possible to transfer between courses.

What you'll study

Year 1

Classes cover foundation skills, such as programming and computer systems organisation and look at the concepts of computation and information. Small-group tutorials cover personal and professional development issues. In addition, you'll take a business technology class and an elective class.

Year 2

Subjects covered include algorithms, databases, logic, the analysis and design of large systems, and how to ensure that the systems are usable. You'll also undertake an individual programming project and a further business technology class.

Year 3

You'll study more specialised areas such as communications, how new programming languages can be designed, the variety of internal machine architectures, artificial intelligence, graphics, and the technologies behind web-based applications. You'll also undertake a large group-based software development project. MEng students also study the legal aspects of computing.

Year 4

MEng students undertake a major individual practical computing project under the guidance of a member of staff, along with four final-year classes chosen from a range of specialist options.

Year 5

MEng students undertake a significant group project under the supervision of a member of staff. This project may use the industrial experience gained in the placement. In addition there is a further selection of specialist classes.

Industrial placement

Between Years 3 & 4/or Years 4 & 5, you'll undertake a 12-week paid industrial placement, working as part of a software systems development team. The placement may be in the UK or abroad.

Major projects

Several companies work with us to develop student projects, either individual or group final-year projects that is suitable for both parties.

Projects are supervised by members of academic staff with individuals from the sponsoring organisation providing occasional advice and feedback.

Facilities

We have three large undergraduate teaching laboratories plus a restricted-access laboratory (primarily for fourth and fifth-year students). There are printers in each main lab. All departmental machines are linked by a high-speed local area network and operate under a single network file system so you can access your files from any of our machines.

Student competitions

Charles Babbage Prize - Best Computer Science Project

The prize is awarded annually to the undergraduate student who completes the best project in computer science in that academic year.

The project must include practical computing and the assessors will take into account the originality and potential applications of the work.

Andrew McGettrick Prizes

Two prizes are awarded annually - one to a graduating Honours student and one to a graduating Integrated Masters student, for outstanding performance in their studies.

High Flyer Programme

Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.

Find out more about our High Flyer Programme.

Accreditation

Accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT, on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT, on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Key facts

  • UCAS code: G401
  • Industrial placement:paid placement in the UK or abroad
  • High Flyer programme:qualified applicants can complete the course in four years
  • Accreditation:British Computer Society

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes - for example MSci, MEng and MPharm - will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.

International

  • 2017/18 - £16,000

Additional fees 

Course materials & costs 

There is no charge for lecture notes or equipment.  Students are supplied with 500 free print units - but must purchase any additional units.  However, most coursework is submitted electronically.  

Books are recommended, but not a compulsory purchase.  The department ensures that the University library is stocked with copies of textbooks.  

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

You don't need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we'll assess your eligibility.Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Highers

Year 1 entry: AAAA or AAABB (Maths B, Computing Science recommended)

A Levels

Year 1 entry: BBB (Maths B, Computer Science recommended)

Typical entry requirements: ABB

International Baccalaureate

36 (Maths HL6, Computer Science recommended)

HNC/HND

Entry is to BSc (Honours) Computer Science or BSc (Honours) Software Engineering in the first instance

Additional Information

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

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