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This computer science course provides you with knowledge and skills to design and implement state-of-the-art software systems to solve the most challenging problems posed by industry.

You will study object-oriented software design, learn systems development skills, and understand how to apply them in practice. This will form the basis for a career as a professional Software Developer who can work effectively across a wide-range of computing platforms. You will have the skills to thrive in a rapidly-evolving industry of cutting-edge developments in software and information technologies.

This course has multiple study options
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  • On Campus
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  • Full Time
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4 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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4 years + 1 year placement

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  • On Campus
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  • Full Time
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January (International Fee-Paying Students Only)
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4 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January (International Fee-Paying Students Only)
Course Length
4 years + 1 year placement
Year 1

You’ll learn the creative, practical and intellectual skills you will need as a computing professional. You will learn skills in software design and development, problem-solving and modelling by collaborating with others as part of a team, and gain an understanding of how information technology is used in industry.

Year 2

You will study modules that reflect modern computing’s variety of target devices, including advanced software development techniques, dynamic web development, database systems, embedded systems and computer networks. You will learn how to address the professional, legal, social and ethical aspects of computer science.

Year 3
Industrial Placement

You’ll have the option to seek a year- long placement in industry, usually between year 2 and year 4 (or, less commonly, between year 3 and year 5). There’s also an opportunity to take placement over the summer either at the end of year 2 or year 4.

Year 4

You’ll study more advanced programming concepts including modern programming paradigms and software engineering, and develop new skills in areas such as web security, operating systems and mobile application development. You’ll choose to specialise in either Computer Science or Computer Graphics.

Year 5

The Honours year develops advanced skills in Artificial Intelligence and programming and covers real-world topics such as enterprise development. You’ll learn additional topics depending on your chosen stream, and you’ll apply your knowledge and skills to a large, self-directed project.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

The degree has been specifically designed to create modern Software Developers who draw on their knowledge and skills to create solutions to real-world problems. As well as day-to-day use of the latest computer hardware and software, extensive use of technology-assisted learning is experienced within the course. These include using computer-assisted assessment packages to engage your interest and increase the speed of feedback.

Lectures and practical sessions with class sizes of around 40 are used. Also featured are two to three hour integrated teaching sessions where you will have short periods of instruction followed by lab exercises to contextualise the topic.

Activity Summary

Year 4

  • Lectures - 40 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Project Supervision -1 - 4 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 1 hour per week
Independent Study

Independent study allows you to engage fully with the wider context of the subject being taught in supervised classes. It allows you to fully cement what has already been taught and be fully prepared for the next session. Independent study should amount to around three hours a week per module

Staff Delivering on This Course

Our staff members feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. Recently we have been awarded two Lecturer of the Year awards and an award for Continued Excellence.

Many of our academic staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards this accolade. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers, visiting Distinguished Researchers, library staff and industry experts and postgraduate researchers.


Typically students are assessed each semester:

  • 2 written exams, typically for three hours
  • 2 project outputs
  • 2 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 practical skills assessment

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.



The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


Optional, paid, 3-month (summer) or 12-month placements can be undertaken in this course. You will be supported by a dedicated Placements Coordinator within the school who oversees the placement module. You will also be assigned a Placement Supervisor who will carry out regular visits to your placement provider and meet with you and your employer. The confidence and experience you could acquire during a placement will make you more employable and put you one step ahead of the competition when you graduate. 

Please note, placements are not guaranteed.


Job Prospects

This course provides you with a range of technical and interpersonal skills that will prepare you for a variety of careers at the leading edge of computing. Our collaboration with industry and the industrial placement scheme will provide you with the opportunity to be involved in new developments in the very dynamic and fast-moving computing industry. Graduates from this course are highly sought after by a range of employers, including software houses, web-development companies, application developers and service providers for business and industry.

You could find yourself working for a large software developer or the latest technology start-up - and with our focus on entrepreneurship, you could even start your own company.



SQA Higher: BBBC and two further passes to include English and Maths at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher. Applicants who have successfully completed two Advanced Highers (or equivalent), including Computing and another numerate subject, may be eligible.

GCE A Level Year 1 entry: BCC and two further passes to include English and Maths at GCSE grade 5/C if not held at A Level.

GCE A Level Year 2 entry: ABB/BBB to include Math and another numerate subject. English at GCSE grade 5/C is required if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 and two further passes to include English and Maths at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma Year 1 entry: 27 to include a pass in Standard Level English and Maths at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level. 

IB Diploma Year 2 entry: 32/30 to include Math and another numerate subject at higher level pass. Standard Level English at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level. 

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis. 

Advanced Entry

Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

International Students

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

 International College

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year
  • £910 for a full placement year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year
  • £3,375 for a full placement year

International Students

  • £13,670 per academic year
  • £1,000 for a full placement year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.


Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:




Scholarships and Financial Awards

The opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading oil and gas groups reflects the strong industrial ties of this course. 



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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Studying Computer Science at RGU has definitely prepared me for all aspects of the working world, opening the doors to further my career. I am now enjoying working with Hewlett Packard, developing web-based systems, performing database management, and supporting our customers’ infrastructure.


Accredited by British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. 
Also accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT 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.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


UCAS Code: G400

All Applicants

We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

January Intake - International Applicants Only

International fee-paying students applying to start in January should apply via International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU)


Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.

Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.

RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.