Three years, four years with sandwich year.
G450; Short form: BSc/MMD
Preston (Campus code: U)
Look around you. Chances are you’ll see someone head down, scrolling away on their smartphone. Mobile development is the future of personal computing - this course will teach you how to be part of it by designing and developing innovative mobile applications. You’ll acquire broad software development skills, specialising in mobile and web-based applications and working with a variety of technologies for a range of platforms including Android and iOS, as well as traditional PCs. You’ll graduate ready for a career in developing mobile or web-based apps for education, training, entertainment, or advertising.
280-300 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE with 30 level 3 credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate : 28 points
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
112 -120 points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access To HE with 112 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate : 28P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.
Optional modules - choose one
Developing any computer system is a creative activity, which solves problems using appropriate technology. It requires many skills and abilities, relating to hardware, software and people. These skills include the analysis, design, and implementation of software, hardware, and data communication technology, the use of a variety of tools and the ability to communicate with a wide range of people, such as users and clients involved with the analysis of a problem, and the designers and programmers who implement the solution. Developers must be able to learn quickly to cope with the rapidly developing technology. The skills developed on this course will be applicable to many computing careers.
The common first year with other computing courses gives you the flexibility to transfer to other specialist courses, including Computer Network Technology, Information Systems or Software Engineering, or to broaden your interests by taking BSc (Hons) Computing.
In the first year, you develop practical skills in software design and development, computer technology and a range of modern applications including Android apps and web apps. Throughout the course there are three distinct areas: web programming, mobile development and human computer interaction. You will develop skills in Web programming to enable you to build interactive games and animations. In addition you will develop programming skills to enable the development of native applications for Android and iOS devices. In Human Computer Interaction you will learn about users, design and evaluation in a wide variety of contexts, underpinned by current research in this area.
The course prepares you with both the theory and skills necessary to produce multimedia and mobile products designed for a suitable audience. You integrate your learning with a team project to develop a complete application and in the final year you will undertake a substantial individual project that applies the theory you have studied to a practical problem. A module that will help you plan your career is available as an additional module, closely coordinated with a second year professional skills module.
On completing the degree, you will have the skills to work in a variety of roles within the multimedia and mobile industry, developing apps for Android, iOS and web applications.
In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) results Computer Science courses at UCLan have been ranked top in the North West for overall satisfaction, and 13th nationally out of 105 providers.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
The course has accreditation leading to MBCS, CITP and partial CEng exemption from the British Computer Society, the computing professional body.
We emphasise practical-based learning using purpose-built laboratories and the University's general computer rooms. Our specialist laboratory allows you to use industry-standard software to interactive applications. You will use and have access to Android and iOS devices for design and testing apps. Where possible, we make software available for use on your own PC. You will use an on-line learning environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment enhances traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions by providing additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue learning independently. You will have directed work to do outside timetabled classes
The course is assessed using individual coursework assignments, group work, presentations and exams, which may be seen or unseen. There is a practical emphasis with the main contribution to your degree classification coming from coursework.
You can take a one-year industrial placement after completing your second year. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe. It is possible to study a year of the course at a university abroad.
On completing the degree, you’ll have the skills you need to work in a variety of roles within the multimedia and mobile industry, developing apps for Android, iOS and web applications. For example, Mark Threfal graduated with a 1st class degree and is employed on the HP graduate IT scheme; Shaun Bent is frontend developer for BBC Sport and Daniel Mawdsley is Senior Digital Designer at Airborne in Sydney.
Classes inspired me to continue learning, with an open and positive mind, things I may not have attempted alone. This in turn has developed my skills and helped me land my first bit of work.
Our Multimedia and Mobile Development course is supported by excellent facilities, research and industry active staff. You will work in specialist laboratories, alongside staff with a wealth of experience in human computer interaction, mobile and multimedia development.