Computer Science BSc (Dubai)

Start date
September 2019
Duration
3 years
Campus
Dubai
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours
Fees

Tuition fee is AED 104,622 per year of study and can be paid in instalments.

Discover more about our Scholarship's.

 

 

Would you like to work for a global company and have opportunities that could take you anywhere across the world, working in a diverse range of exciting roles? With a degree in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham Dubai, the possibilities are endless.

Our comprehensive BSc Computer Science degree programme enables you to combine analytical knowledge and technical skills as you research and develop software solutions to real-world problems.

Computer science is everywhere - our lives literally revolve around it. Because of this, Birmingham graduates are highly sought after by leading industry players, and the range of job opportunities available to you are infinite. You could become anything from a Software Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Developer, Robotics Engineer, Financial Computing Analyst, Applications Developer, or inspire the next generation of computer scientists academically. Graduate salaries are highly competitive, and there is a wealth of opportunities available to our computer science graduates. 

Industry come to us to actively seek out and recruit the best graduates for their roles and we have strong links with global companies such as Goldman Sachs, BAE Systems, PwC, IMB, Google, Expedia, Rolls-Royce, Morgan Stanley and Vodafone.

Computer scientists work over a wide range of disciplines - they design and create search engines, social networking applications, software applications used in the financial world to map customer profiles and expose credit card fraud, and applications used in the medical sector to identify cancers through the analysis of medical images.

We'll teach you about all kinds of computational systems, their theory, design, development and application. This includes programming languages, software engineering, artificial intelligence, operating systems, nature-inspired computation, concurrent computing, robotics and the theory of computation.

Why study Computer Science at Birmingham Dubai?

  • Global recognition - We offer the same world-class education as in our UK campus by delivering the same high quality curriculum and meticulously similar quality assurance processes.
  • International reputation - The School of Computer Science is a truly international place, and our academics specialise in subjects including artificial intelligence and cyber security, which the modern world is built upon. You will be obtaining a first-class education in real-world issues, and will become the person that can develop and lead society and our future.
  • Research focused teaching - Our research feeds directly into your teaching ensuring your programme includes the latest developments in Computer Science, such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Cyber Security.
  • Excellent career prospects - The broad range of skills you will gain mean you could choose to work in technology consultancy, IT, investment and banking, software development, finance, or join on of the many emerging start-up companies.
  • Exchange opportunities - You can choose to spend your second year studying at our picturesque campus in Birmingham, UK (subject to academic attainment).
  • Connections across the world - You will become part of our global community of computer science students across the world meaning you will be connected wherever you go in the world.

Meet our academics

Our Computer Science academics are highly qualified and based in Dubai.

See their profiles

We are proud to offer the same high-quality curriculum and teaching of our Computer Science programmes on our Dubai campus. We will equip you with the fundamentals of computer science, whilst also providing plenty of optional modules to allow you to specialise in the area that interests you.

Dr Kashif Rajpoot, Programme Director, Computer Science

Modules

All modules listed are compulsory.

Year one

We want to give you a really strong education in the fundamentals of computer science, so in first year you'll be given an overview of the subject and gain a firm foundation in the principles of algorithms, artificial intelligence and relevant maths. You will also learn computer programming in Java - an invaluable language widely used in business and industry.

We want you to have a chance to follow your own passions whilst studying, so in your first year you are also given a chance to pursue your own interests, via work within robot programming in the Artificial Intelligence module. We encourage group work as part of our commitment to preparing you for the world of employment and you will learn valuable skills.

Year two

In the second year you move on to study enabling technologies and their application. You will learn about a wide range of subjects from the mathematics for modelling and decision making which underpins much of modern machine learning, to systems-level programming, networks, and cyber security. Your programming repertoire will be broadened by exposure to the C programme language plus further functional programming. You will also be taught professional software engineering techniques and apply them to develop a large team project in Java such as a multiplayer networked game.

You can also apply to spend the second year of your BSc Computer Science course at our campus in the UK. Find our more.

Year three

In the final year of your BSc computer science course you will obtain a huge amount of training and experience so you can maximise on your degree to achieve your ambitions and interests. 

You’ll spend one third of your time on a project, either developed from your own idea or from a wide selection offered by staff members. This usually involves writing a large piece of software and gives you the freedom to extend and demonstrate your skills in your own way. We will also introduce you to Machine Learning and Advanced Networking.

Compulsory:

Optional modules - choose 80 credits: 

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Why Study Intensive Programming (for the connected world)?

Programming plays an important role in this modern age. Imagine you walk into your house and your lighting automatically changed according to your mood, your sofa was set to your favourable seating position, your favourite TV channel switched on, and the coffee machine had already prepared your favourite coffee. How could all of this happen? Programming can give life to any computing device. A programming language powers computing devices to collect, control, store and process data accordingly.

There is a continuously increasing number of businesses and industries relying on computer programming. Programming languages, such as Java, JavaScript, C#, C++. PHP, Python, SQL, Perl etc, evidently are the driving force behind the advances in Robots, Voice Recognition, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Virtual Reality, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, and Big Data, to name a few.

Programming has become a necessity in our digital world, not only in the IT industry, but also in business, engineering, medicine, healthcare, fashion, marketing, gaming, mobiles, websites, multimedia to name only a few.

In our degree programme, we focus on intensive programming in order to develop strong programming skills in our students.

Relevant modules we offer that cover programming:

Programming in Java
The Java programming language continues to be one of the most popular languages in industrial software development. The module will introduce you to the Java language. In addition to the language itself, you will learn basic imperative algorithms and data structures along with exposure to principles of object orientation.

System Programming in C/C++ 
This module introduces the C/C++ family of programming languages, including programming language design issues arising from the various extensions of C that have been developed. The module assumes some familiarity with programming in Java, and it will emphasise the differences between C-style languages and Java, such as garbage collection vs memory management and pointers.

Robot Programming (in Artificial Intelligence)
In this part of the module, you will will learn how to program and command robots using Java programming while also applying artificial intelligence algorithms. This is a very practical area where you will work in small and big teams to program robots to navigate autonomously and in coordination with other robots.

Data Structures and Algorithms
In order for programs to run efficiently, data must be organised in a structured way and also accessed by algorithms as efficiently as possible. This course will introduce a principled way in which data can be organised. It will also teach how the efficiency of a program can be measured in terms of complexity, and how complexity can be estimated mathematically given a problem. This module has both a theoretical and practical nature.

Why Strong Theoretical Foundations?

The digitally-driven world changes fast, with digital trends raising and fading away in the span of a few years. One example is today's popularity of artificial intelligence, which only 15 years ago was extremely unpopular not attracting much funding from the private and public sector. At the same time, computing skills have an ubiquitous usefulness in society, finding applications much beyond IT, for instance in medicine, biology, finance, banking, businesses, fashion, gaming, and policy-making, among others. An education purely based on practical training would only train a professional that could cope with the current technologies, but unable to cope with changing landscapes (e.g. with the advent of another mainstream technology in 10 years) or unsuitable to cope with a domain that was not represented during training. A strong theoretical foundation along with a balanced mix of practical training is therefore crucial to acquire lifelong cores skills of general applicability, but at the same time it offers the necessary practical skills to enhance employability prospects after graduation.

Relevant modules covering theoretical foundations of computer science:

Mathematical Foundations 
In this module, you will learn the mathematical skills that will help you to master basic and advanced computer science subjects, such as mathematics for computer graphics and machine learning (linear algebra), for cybersecurity (algebra), for understanding programming languages and natural languages studied in AI (formal languages and automata). It will also teach you the basics of how to tell apart easy from difficult to unsolvable problems in computer science.

Logic and Computation
Logic is a powerful formalism that can teach us, among other things, how human and machines reason. This module teaches the basics of logic and a variety of techniques for proving whether a statement is correct or not. Applications of this module include AI knowledge representation systems as well as development of tools to ensure the correctness of computer programs.

Data Structures and Algorithms
Algorithms lie at the heart of computer science and software development. They embody the way in which we solve problems using computers. This module will introduce the fundamentals of data structures and algorithms. Data structures will be formulated to represent information in such a way that it can be conveniently and efficiently manipulated by the algorithms that are developed. The ideas will be presented both abstractly, and via problem-solving and implementations. 

Programming Language Principles, Design and Implementation
This module introduces the foundations how programming languages work, from syntactic and semantic specification to compilation. Rather than focusing on specific programming languages, it will use many as examples to explain how these are built and work in principle.

Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee which is set at AED 104,622 per year of study and can be paid in instalments.

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarships available for 2020 entry. Find out more.

How To Apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.


UK

3 A Levels. Typical offer AAA. A Level Mathematics grade A.
If you are taking any reformed A levels, which include Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught from 2015, you must pass the practical element.
General Studies or Critical Thinking not accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

6,6,6 at Higher Level to include 6 in Mathematics with a minimum of 32 points overall. 

GULF

Please view the Middle East section on the international country page for further information on entry requirements. 

India

  • AAA = 85% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 80% West Bengal or 90% Other State boards. Mathematics must be taken with a A grade equivalency achieved.

Please view our international country page for further information on entry requirements.

Pakistan

  • The University will consider students who have taken A Level examinations and/or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Requirements for each of these qualifications is listed above.

Please view our international country page for further information on entry requirements.

American System

Either a total of 3 distinct subject tests from APs and/or SAT subject tests or one year at a Community College or USA University.

Other entry requirements can be found on our international country page.

Our highly regarded teaching on the BSc Computer Science course employs a mixture of lectures, tutorials, exercise classes, lab and study work, projects, online assignments, presentations and independent study. 

We want to prepare you for your graduate career by helping you gain skills and experience in many different ways, as roles in computer science often ask for individuals who have strong communication and team working skills. By keeping your learning varied, you will have the chance to learn and grow to allow you to communicate in different ways, and with different types of people.

Assessment

All work will be assessed via exams, coursework, presentations and a dissertation.

A degree gained through completing our BSc Computer Science course provides the skills required for a wide range of careers.  It will give you a disciplined approach to analysing problems, with the ability to design creative solutions and critically evaluate the results. Employers are impressed by the combination of technical and transferable skills offered by computing graduates, and as such, you might find yourself in a variety of environments in academia, industry, research and commercial organisations.

These qualities, plus the prestige of a degree from a leading World Class University, make our graduates attractive  to companies in the engineering sector worldwide as well as those in finance, consultancy and commerce.

Examples of companies where our graduates have gone on to work include:

  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Apple
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Sony
  • IBM
  • Siemans
  • Honda
  • JP Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The Bank of England

With the fast changing connected world, computer science is a key area for future careers across the world. Dubai, for example, is a truly exciting global city with a rapidly developing economy and extremely fast digitisation of Government services and actively embracing the artificial intelligence lead automation of various sectors. There is a vibrant start-up scene evident by the massive success of Careem and Amazon.ae formally souq.com. This is no doubt creating new jobs for computer science professionals.

The skills that I am gaining; the course does not just teach knowledge, it trains us in certain skills which can be applied outside of the course, for example many students develop software that has been published, gained them an internship or enhanced their CVs

Hung Hoang

Your Birmingham Degree

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends.