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Computer Science and Mathematics with Industrial Experience

IG41 BSc (Hons) 4 years


This programme, taught in collaboration with the School of Mathematical Sciences, emphasises the use of computers to solve mathematical problems,including topics such as programming and algorithms. You can choose option modules from across the range of mathematics and computer science, including computer graphics, artificial intelligence, number theory and cryptography. You will be equipped for roles such as data analyst, analyst consultant or data architect.

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

Semester 1

ECS401U Procedural Programming (15 credits)

ECS402U Professional and Research Themes (15 credits)

MTH4100 Calculus I (15 credits)

MTH4110 Mathematical Structures (15 credits)

Semester 2

ECS414U Object Oriented Programming (15 credits)

ECS421U Automata and Formal Languages (15 credits)

MTH4101 Calculus II (15 credits)

MTH4103 Geometry I  (15 credits)

Semester 1 and 2

ECS422U Skills for Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (non-credit bearing module)


Year 2 Modules

Semester 3

ECS510U Algorithms and Data Structures in an Object Oriented Framework (15 credits)

MTH4107 Introduction to Probability (15 credits)

MTH5112 Linear Algebra I (15 credits)

Plus one from:

ECS505U Software Engineering (15 credits)

ECS524U Internet Protocols and Applications (15 credits)

MTH5102 Calculus III (15 credits)

MTH5121 Probability Models (15 credits)

Semester 4

ECS519U Database Systems (15 credits)

Plus one from:

MTH4104 Introduction to Algebra (15 credits)

MTH4106 Introduction to Statistics (5 credits                                             

Plus two from:

ECS506U Software Engineering Project (15 credits

ECS518U Operating Systems (15 credits)

ECS522U Graphical User Interfaces (15 credits)                                                     

MTH5100 Algebraic Structures I (15 credits)

MTH5103 Complex Variables (15 credits)


Year 3 Module

Semester 5 and 6

ECS550U Industrial Placement Project (30 credits)


Final Year Modules

Semester 7

ECS635U Project (30 credits)

At least one from:

ECS634U Algorithms and Complexity (15 credits) (Semester 5)

or ECS631U Computability (15 credits) (Semester 6)

and remainder from:

ECS604U Entrepreneurship in IT (15 credits)

ECS610U Computer Graphics (15 credits)

ECS612U Interaction Design (15 credits)

ECS613U Advanced Database Systems and Technology (15 credits)

ECS640U Big Data Processing (15 credits)

MTH5102 Calculus III (15 credits)

MTH6107 Chaos and Fractals (15 credits)

MTH6109 Combinatorics (15 credits)

MTH6140 Linear Algebra II (15 credits)

Semester 8

ECS635U Project (30 credits cont’d)

Select three from with a minimum of one from:

ECS631U Computability  (15 credits) (Semester 6)

Or ECS634U Algorithms and Complexity (15 credits)  (Semester 5)

and remainder from:

ECS608U Distributed Systems and Security (15 credits)

ECS624U C++ for Image processing (15 credits)

ECS629U Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)

ECS639U Web Programming (15 credits)

ECS641U Communicating and Teaching Computing (UAS)

ECS647U Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (15 credits)

MTH5100 Algebraic Structures I (15 credits)

MTH5103 Complex Variables (15 credits)

MTH6108 Coding Theory (15 credits)

MTH6128 Number Theory (15 credits)





Entry requirements

A levels

Tariff/Grades requirement: AAB A level Maths grade B or above.

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Vocational or applied A-levels

Acceptability: Accepted and subject to the above tariff requirements for Alevels. Additional information: Must be in related subject, ICT/Computing.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Pass with D*D*D* in ICT/Computing with grade B GCSE Maths.

BTEC Diploma (120 Credit)

Pass with D*D* in ICT/Computing with grade B in A-level Maths or ICT.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (60 Credit)

Pass with D*. These qualifications are acceptable ONLY if offered with two appropriate A-levels ie Maths/ICT grade B.


First year entry only. 120 credits at level 4.Must be distinction overall.


Second year possible. 240 credits at level 5.Pass HND with distinction overall.


Pass with 45 credits in Access in Computing 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 GCSE Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

Acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications. Subjects and grades required: 34 points overall. Must include either HL English grade 4 or SL English grade 4 or above. HL Maths 5 or above.

Further information on our entry requirements.

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.

Information for applicants from outside the United Kingdom, including English language qualifications

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.

Independent study

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

Tuition fees

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.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

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.

Graduate Employment

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 Computer Analyst or Software Engineer, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as Finance, Education or Central Government.

The national 2011 destination survey confirmed that 78.0% of students from our Department of Computer Science were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 93.5% of these graduates already working/studying at graduate level. Our Computer Science graduates also have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £26,667.

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:

  • Corporate Finance, London Borough Council
  • Software Engineer, Accenture
  • Technology Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • IT Contractor, FDM
  • Software Developer, Credit Suisse
  • Computer Analyst, ITRS Group
  • IT Developer, Qube Global Software
  • Computer Programmer, Rightmove
  • Computer Consultant, Mac Experts Ltd
  • Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence

Throughout the course, students have access to a bespoke careers programme, to prepare them for applying for internships and graduate level work. This programme includes workshops on job hunting and job applications as well as 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 Barclays Capital, Logica, and Transport for London; ‘Start Up, Stand Up’ led by QM Careers and QM Entrepreneurs, to inspire entrepreneurship in Technology; and Meet a Mentor, networking with professionals from the QM Graduate Developer Community, set up by the School.

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 QM Projects work experience scheme, QM Temps job agency, Experience Works events and QMSU Provide volunteering services. Over 800 vacancies are available to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.

Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1,200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Website Administrator and from Society Treasurer to Course Representative.

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers.



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