These programmes use mathematics and engineering techniques to enable you to understand how technology is applied to music and audio. You will learn how computers and electronics shape electronic musical instruments, digital audio systems, music downloads, sound effects and games.
In addition to a team project in your second year, you will complete an individual final-year project that will be supervised by a researcher in our world-leading Centre for Digital Music (C4DM). Martyn Ware, founder of ‘80s bands The Human League and Heaven 17, record producer and world-leading 3D sound artist, is a Visiting Professorial Fellow in the School and takes an active interest in C4DM,where he brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to these programmes.
This sandwich degree combines academic study with a one-year industrial placement between your second and third years of study. Taking the Industrial Experience option as part of your degree gives you a route to develop real-world, practical problem solving skills in a professional context. This can give you an important edge in the graduate job market.
As a leading research School, we have excellent links with industry. We also employ dedicated staff to help you arrange your year in industry. We will provide you with additional training and support in developing professional skills such as interview techniques and CV writing to help you secure a good position.
Year 1 Modules
ECS401U Procedural Programming (15 credits)
ECS402U Professional and Research Themes (15 credits)
ECS408U Electronic Engineering Mathematics I (15 credits)
ECS412U Digital Circuit Design (15 credits)
ECS409U Analogue Electronic Systems (15 credits)
ECS411U Signals and Information (15 credits)
ECS415U Introduction to Audio (15 credits)
ECS416U Introduction to Multimedia (15 credits)
Semester 1 and 2
ECS422U Skills for Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (non-credit bearing module)
Year 2 Modules
ECS501U C Programming (15 credits)
ECS502U Microprocessor Systems Design (15 credits)
ECS517U Electrical Devices and Applications (15 credits)
ECS521U Interactive Media Design (15 credits)
ECS512U Sound Design
ECS514U Design and Build Project (15 credits
ECS515U Signals and Systems Theory (15 credits)
Plus one from:
ECS519U Database Systems (15 credits)
ECS522U Graphical User Interfaces (15 credits)
Year 3 modules
Semester 5 and 6
ECS550U Industrial Placement Project (30 credits)
Final Year Modules
ECS625U Project (30 credits)
ECS602U Digital Signal Processing (15 credits)
ECS614U Sound Recording and Production Techniques (15 credits)
Plus one from:
ECS604U Entrepreneurship in Information Technology (15 credits)
ECS607U Data Mining (15 credits)
ECS612U Interaction Design (15 credits)
ECS613U Advanced Database Systems and Technology (15 credits)
ECS615U Digital Systems Design (15 credits) (pre-requisite for ECS617U)
ECS625U Project (cont) (30 credits)
ECS622U Product Development (15 credits)
ECS623U Digital Audio Effects (15 credits)
Plus one from:
ECS617U Integrated Circuit Design (15 credits) (pre-requisite ECS615U)
ECS624U C++ for Image Processing (15 credits)
ECS637U Digital Media and Social Networks (15 credits)
PLEASE NOTE THAT ELECTIVE MODULE AVAILABILITY IS SUBJECT TO TIMETABLING CONSTRAINTS AND THAT MODULES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Standard grades requirement: ABB, including A-level maths.
General studies is excluded.
For information on our standard requirements for other qualifications, please see our entry requirements page .
Applicants should also tell us about previous programming experience, whether in a formal qualification (GCSE, A-level or other) or as an extra-curricular activity.
Vocational or applied A-levels
Acceptability: Accepted and subject to the above tariff requirements for A levels. Additional information: Must be in related subject, Electronic Engineering/Engineering/Applied Science.
BTEC Extended Diploma
Pass with D*DD in Engineering or Applied Science with grade B in A-level Maths.
BTEC Diploma (120 Credit)
Pass with D*D in Engineering or Applied Science with grade B in A-level Maths or Science.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (60 Credit)
Pass with D*. These qualifications are acceptable ONLY if offered with two appropriate A-levels i.e. Maths/ICT grade B.
For first year entry only. 120 credits at level 4. Must pass with Distinction overall.
Possible entry for second year. 240 credits at level 5. Pass with Distinction overall.
Pass with 45 credits in Access in Engineering at level 3, of which 30 credits must be Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or Higher. An additional entry maths test will be required if you do not hold A level Mathematics.
Acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications. Subjects and grades required: 32 points overall. Must include either HL English grade 4 or SL English grade 4 or above. HL Mathematics must be at least grade 5.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
Learning and teaching
Classes include lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorial sessions. In lectures, you will learn core material, while in laboratory and tutorial sessions you will work on problem-based learning activities in smaller classes. You will spend 15-20 hours per week in lectures, as well as undertaking independent work and study. You will meet with your personal adviser regularly to ensure that you are settling in and progressing well. Throughout your programme, we highlight issues relevant to the professional context of your studies. We strongly encourage you to get experience of applying your knowledge and skills through paid or unpaid work opportunities or a year-long industrial placement.
For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study and laboratory sessions you attend, along with your reading and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Assessment for most modules is through a combination of examination and coursework. Coursework can take many different forms appropriate to the individual module. Laboratory-based modules are often assessed through practical assignments, while more theoretical modules may be assessed through exercise sheets or written assignments. Project work, both group and individual, forms a significant component of assessment in your programme. During your second year, you will undertake an extended group project and during your final year, you will undertake a substantial individual project. You will be guided in your project work by a supervisor, who will meet with you regularly and advise you on both academic content and project management issues. Projects are normally assessed through a combination of written report, practical demonstration and oral examination.
Fees and finance
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Graduates from Queen Mary's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as Technical Specialist or Junior Technician, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as Consultancy, Education or Finance.
The national 2012 destination survey confirmed that 79% of graduates from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 84% already working/studying at graduate level. These graduates have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £24,578.
The broad range of skills gained through courses in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:
- Technical Specialist, Hewlett-Packard Autonomy
- System Analyst, Siemens
- Compliance Analyst, Trainer RBS
- Junior Consultant, Leadent Solutions
- Product Manager, Solid State Logic
- Research Assistant, Queen Mary, University of London
- IT Infrastructure Engineer, Bank of America
- Applications Support Analyst, Calyon Financial SNC
- Product Development Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
Throughout the course, students have access to an annual QM Careers and Enterprise Centre programme, to prepare them for internships and graduate level work. This includes employer led workshops on job applications and interviews as well as over 90 employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.
Recent careers events in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science include the IT and Technology Fair featuring thirty organisations including BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Logica, and SELEX Galileo; and ‘Start Up, Stand Up’ led by QM Careers and QM Entrepreneurs, to inspire entrepreneurship in Technology. There is tailored support for those wishing do take a year in industry as well as in-School workshops training students in job search and recruitment skills.
Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study, through, for example, our QProjects work experience scheme, our QRecruit internships and temporary work hub, the part time work Experience Works event and QMSU Provide volunteering services. Over 1400 vacancies are available to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.
Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Gym Instructor and from Society President to Student Mentor. Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages.