Bachelor of Science (Honours) Computing Science and Statistics and Operations Research

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Computing Science and Statistics and Operations Research

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) Computing Science and Statistics and Operations Research
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 4 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 240
Coordinator Computing Science (Joint Area)
Adrian Francalanza

Statistics and Operations Research (Joint Area)
Fiona Sammut
Delivered by Faculty of Science
The Course shall consist of two parts, namely, Part One comprising the first three years and Part Two comprising the fourth year.

(1) Part One shall consist of study-units to which 180 credits are assigned and indicated in the programme of study and divided as follows:

First Year: in addition to the compulsory and elective study-units outlined in the programme of studies of the chosen areas (not less than 26 credits in each of the two areas), students are required to register for optional study-units to bring their total for the year to 60 credits,

Second Year: 30 credits in each of the two areas of study,

Third Year: 30 credits in each of the two areas of study.

At the end of Part One, students who obtain 180 credits as specified in paragraph (1) but who either opt not to proceed with the Course leading to the Honours Degree, or having proceeded, do not successfully complete the Course, shall be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).

(2) Part Two shall consist of study-units to which 60 credits are assigned divided as follows:

(a) 40 credits in one area of study, of which 18 credits are assigned to a dissertation, and

(b) 20 credits in the other area of study,

provided that in the case of Mathematics, the dissertation may be substituted by one or more additional taught study-units.

Computing Science

The programme for Computing Science focuses on giving sound scientific and practical skills for constructing, analyzing, and maintaining complex software systems. The proliferation of technologies such as cloud and mobile computing is changing the nature of software development as we know it today. The focus is moving from developing applications for a single powerful machine to new environments ranging from (i) ones in which developers have to harness the computational power of multiple computers (possibly geographically distributed) in order to leverage the cost of expensive calculations and guarantee acceptable levels of service; to (ii) the other extreme of developing systems which run on mobile devices with limited computational, memory and power resources. These fundamental changes necessitate both a deeper understanding of the concepts underlying science of computing, as well as a proper exposition to new computational models and analysis techniques, tools and technologies. Furthermore, interaction frequency with machines in our everyday life is ever increasing (not only for communication but also in critical cases e.g. eGovernment services, health records kept in databases, etc.) – making the need for correct and dependable computer systems ever more important. Social networking and cloud networking impose new stringent requirements on software development where scheduling of tasks, communications in the networks, and exploitation of multimedia content are becoming imperative to guarantee a quality of experience to the users in virtually real-time.

Statistics and Operations Research

The four-year programme of studies for Statistics and Operations Research as part of the BSc (Hons) degree has been designed for students in possession of an Advanced Level certificate in Mathematics to embark on a four year plan which helps them learn a number of topics considered to be fundamental in the academic disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research, and to follow frutifully a set of accompanying study units which are oriented towards specialized areas. Due emphasis is given to the mathematical, computational and modelling aspects. Students will also be guided to appreciate the research and cultural potential of statistics and Operations Research within contemporary society.

Study-units have been, and are being designed to incorporate a blend of:

• pedagogical issues
• an acceptable degree of mathematical and logical rigour
• continuous exposure to the practical dimension of the subjects
• responsiveness to current advances in the relevant subjects proficiency with reference to the computational aspect of the subjects

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

For Computing Science: a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics

For Statistics and Operations Research:
either a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics
or a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Computing or Information Technology together with a pass at Advanced Level at Grade D or better in Pure Mathematics

Applicants must satisfy the special course requirements for both areas.

Applicants who possess a grade D when the minimum specified grade is C in only one of the required subjects, whether at Advanced or Intermediate Level, of the special course requirements indicated above, shall be admitted under those conditions as the Board may impose to compensate for the qualification deficiency. If, by the end of the first year, such students do not successfully complete all the requirements to progress regularly to the second year of the Course, they shall be required to withdraw from the Course, and shall neither be entitled to repeat the year nor to progress conditionally as normally permitted under the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
Computing Science

By the end of the programme, the student will be able to:
1. Work in ICT sectors requiring sound programming skills for solution automation and for efficient exploitation of the underlying hardware.
2. Engineer software that is aware of the limits imposed by the resources over which it has to compute.
3. Apply mathematical tools to understand the aspects of a problem, develop a rigourous software solution, and analyse its behaviour.
4. Proceed to postgraduate studies in Computer Science, Telecommunications, Multimedia Signal Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Games Development, or Software Development.

Statistics and Operations Research

• To deal competently with the notions of uncertainty and randomness in a logically valid and mathematically sophisticated way
• To know which branch of relevant theory should help in understanding practical problems involving probabilistic, statistical and operations research contexts
• To be confident in the use of software commonly used in the numerical solution to problems in the relevant areas.
Computing Science

The programme is targeted to students that have a good mathematical background, are interested in theoretical rigour and are eager to exploit the knowledge attained in practical applications. The course looks at various aspects of computing including systems behavior and programming languages, algorithmic and abstract reasoning, and accurate computational theory and testing, together with engineering aspects ranging from computer architecture to multimedia processing and communication systems.

Statistics and Operations Research

Adults with acceptable mathematical qualifications at Advanced Level.
Computing Science

As ICT evolves and more innovative technology enters the market, more and more demand for such graduates is forecasted. Graduates can be employed in a number of jobs, including, software developers and engineers, systems engineers, project leaders and developers, network management and applications, strategic ICT planners, distributed and concurrent software developers, multimedia communications engineers, and much more.

Statistics and Operations Research

Career opportunities in this area have so far included:

• National Statistics Office
• Other government departments and authorities (e.g. NAO, MFSA, Central Bank, MFSS, Communications Authority)
• Finance (e.g. banks, insurance, investment)
• Manufacturing companies
• Airline industry
• Communications industry
• Lottery and Betting companies
• Education

The course also gives access to further postgraduate studies and research positions, both at the University of Malta and overseas, and a number of our former students have pursued masters, doctorate and post-doc positions, both locally and abroad. The course has also served as a good background for other specialized courses required by specific areas in the job market (e.g. Diploma in Actuarial Studies).
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Computing Science (Joint Area) applicable from 2020/1.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Statistics and Operations Research (Joint Area) applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.