Computer Science HND

Course code 001I

What is special about this course?

The HND Computer Science course has been designed to meet the growing needs of IT and computing-related sectors, giving you an up-to-date, recognised qualification within the context of an ever-changing employment market.

The range of optional subjects available will allow you to focus on different aspects, perhaps where there is a local demand for particular skills. The inclusion of subjects such as cloud computing, convergence technologies, network technology and advanced software development will ensure that your qualification is relevant for the 21st century.

On successful completion you will be able to demonstrate competency in a wide range of related skills such as design and implementation of applications including: programming using recognised commercial languages; database design; website design and support; mobile application development; and cyber resilience.

Special features

  • You will gain skills required by employers or for progression to degree-level study
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • You will develop up-to-date skills while working with real clients
  • You will develop basic research and scholarly skills which will prepare you for future study


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

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Access routes

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of this course is HNC Computing.

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • HND computing: graded unit 2
  • Managing a web server
  • Relational database management systems
  • Developing websites for multiplatform use

Optional units may include:

  • Computer networks: building local area networks
  • Computer forensics fundamentals
  • Data security
  • Configuring a desktop operating system
  • Human computer interaction
  • Mathematics for computing
  • Software development: developing small scale standalone apps
  • Software development: object oriented programming
  • Mobile technology
  • Private cloud virtualisation
  • Network security concepts

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time  (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years 
  • Part-time: 4 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll
  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides - Online
  • Orkney
  • Perth
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £7,110 £7,110
Part-time (per HN credit) £474 £474

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £7,980 £8,775
Part-time (per HN credit) £532 £585

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The HND Computer Science will prepare you for a career in programming, website development, and network or cloud engineering.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HND Computer Science you may progress to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Computing.

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The major highlight for me was working on team projects where we delivered a mobile application. Another project involved working with students across all the other years providing networking opportunities and created a really strong team environment.  

I enjoyed the self-study and research mode of teaching as it encouraged me to go and find out information and techniques for myself. My lecturers were always able to point me in the right direction when help was required and helped me to expand my knowledge. 

Currently I work as a vocational training advisor which involves designing and building a web-based system for a local food distribution organisation for poverty recording. I'm using skills from almost every module. 

Ewan studied the HND Computer Science before progressing to the BSc (Hons) Computing at UHI Perth. 

Studying opened new doors for me and it could for you too. Choose a subject that genuinely excites you and just go for it – university is a great way to meet like-minded people, improve your self-confidence, and gain skills you had no idea existed! 

One of the great things about UHI is that classes are smaller than other universities. This has meant more one-to-one time with my lecturers who we're more than happy to sit down and really walk you through a problem. I think that’s a fantastic approach and one that goes a long way towards fostering a love of the field itself. There was a real sense of camaraderie among us. If one person was struggling, we’d all work together to try and come up with a solution. It was just such a positive atmosphere and I imagine that’s a level of support you don’t get at larger universities.

Ian studied Computing at UHI Perth. 

Apply for Computer Science HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024

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