Applied Software Development BSc (Hons)

UCAS code I310

What is special about this course?

Did you know that artificial intelligence and data analytics are being used by IBM to support rhino conservation in Africa? Or that IBM Blockchain is used to trace products through a supply chain, from farm to fork, reducing the risk of food-borne illness and fraud? Do you want to be involved in creating software that helps solve a range of global challenges just like this?

In collaboration with IBM, we have created this innovative BSc (Hons) Applied Software Development degree to help you develop the skills, knowledge, creativity and confidence to be successful within this field. Replicating modern software development practices, you will work in teams throughout the programme. Set entirely online, a typical day will begin with a short meeting to set the team’s priorities, allowing you to manage your time between practical work, directed learning and scheduled tutorials. You will work to develop a portfolio that will be attractive to employers; this will be used by your tutors to assess your individual contribution to each project. Team work will be supported by an annual boot camp delivered at the start of each academic year. You will have access to world-class technical input from professional mentors and guest speakers, and be encouraged to develop individual expertise and industry contacts.

Special features

  • Access the latest technologies, supported by IBM, one of the largest technology consulting companies in the world
  • A programme of guest speakers, industry mentors from around the globe and enhanced IBM Cloud access will complement your learning
  • Learn how to apply software to real-world challenges across a wide range of industries and communities

IBM and the IBM logo are trademarks of International Business Machines Corp, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide.

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Alternatively, completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship, plus 1 Scottish Higher

Year 1 - CertHE

You will work with projects, building your foundational skills and introducing you to Agile practices.

Core concepts covered:

  • Principles of programming
  • Applied algorithms and data structures
  • Creativity through design patterns
  • Continuous development
  • Databases
  • Data languages

Year 2 - DipHE

You will work on industry-related projects and develop your portfolio of work.

Core concepts covered:

  • Multiplatform development
  • Software services
  • Software architecture
  • Software quality assurance
  • Data transformation
  • Data as a service

Year 3 - BSc

You will explore the start and end of the software development lifecycle, looking at lean methodologies, and how businesses use data to inform their actions.

Core concepts covered:

  • Industrial software design
  • User experience design
  • Releasing a minimum viable product
  • Insight from data
  • Data-led decision making

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

You will work on a single product, looking at project and technical considerations including business planning and finding investors.

Core concepts covered:

  • Large software challenge
  • Long tail of the software lifecycle
  • Enterprise transformation
  • Applied research

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

You will access learning materials via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), and scheduled tutorials by video conference. You will use modern software development tools to work with fellow students in your project teams.
A three-day, residential boot camp is held at the start of each academic year, which you must attend.


How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

 2018-192019-20*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

 Level2018-192019-20
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

 2018-192019-20
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,200 £12,800
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,100 £6,420
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,034 £2,140

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed BSc (Hons) Applied Software Development, you may wish to pursue a career in the following fields:

  • Software developer
  • Games developer
  • Software testing
  • Web development
  • Database administrator
  • Technical project manager
  • Start-up founder

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress to one of our postgraduate courses such as MSc Web Technologies or pursue a PGDE with a view to becoming a computing teacher.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

IBM is excited about our collaboration with the University of the Highlands and Islands on their BSc (Hons) Applied Software Development. The university is delivering an innovative programme that will see students prepared for employment to the very highest standard. IBM is providing our IBM Cloud platform through our Academic Initiative and providing support with IBM SMEs to allow students to have access to the latest technologies at the forefront of the industry, with world-class technical input to add a real business context. This degree will also deliver students with the meta-skills, such as communication and team-work, at the high level industry has been calling for. We look forward to working with the university and wish the students every success.

Naguib Attia is VP of the Global University Program at IBM.

Apply for Applied Software Development BSc (Hons)

This course will begin in September 2020. Applications will open in September 2019, please revisit this page then to apply.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.