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Computer Science and Multimedia

G450 BSc (Hons) 3 years


This degree programme gives you a solid grounding in computer science with a specialised focus on multimedia. Multimedia, the use of graphics, animations, video and audio in a computer environment, is an expanding area in industry. The final year covers technical areas such as the delivery of multimedia content over the internet, and compression techniques, such as MP3 and 3D computer graphics. The programme also involves studying human factors in multimedia, including the principles for designing graphical user interfaces and the study of interactive systems.


Year 1 Modules

Semester 1

ECS401U Procedural Programming (15 credits)

ECS402U Professional and Research Themes (15 credits)

ECS404U Computer Systems and Networks (15 credits)

ECS407U Logic and Discrete Structures (15 credits)

Semester 2

ECS414U Object Oriented Programming (15 credits)

ECS416U Introduction to Multimedia (15 credits)

ECS417U Fundamentals of Web Technology (15 credits)

ECS419U Information Systems Analysis (15 credits)

Semester 1 and 2

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


Year 2 Modules

Semester 3

ECS505U Software Engineering (15 credits)

ECS507U Website Design and Authoring Tools (15 credits)

ECS509U Probability and Matrices (15 credits)

ECS524U Internet Protocols and Applications (15 credits)

Semester 4

ECS506U Software Engineering Project (15 credits)

ECS518U Operating Systems (15 credits)

ECS519U Database Systems (15 credits)

ECS522U Graphical User Interfaces (15 credits)


Final Year Modules

Semester 5

ECS635U Project (30 credits)

ECS612U Interaction Design (15 credits)

Plus two modules from:                                                                   

ECS604U Entrepreneurship in Information Technology

ECS607U Data Mining

ECS610U Computer Graphics (15 credits)

ECS613U Advanced Database Systems and Technology (15 credits)

ECS634U Algorithms and Complexity (15 credits)

ECS640U Big Data Processing (15 credits)

ECS642U Embedded Systems (15 credits)

Semester 6

ECS635U Project  (30 credits cont’d)

ECS637U Digital Media and Social Networks (15 credits)

Plus two modules 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) (15 credits)

ECS647U Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (15 credits)




Entry requirements

A levels

Tariff/Grades requirement: ABB GCSE Maths grade B or above.

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Vocational or applied A-levels

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

BTEC Extended Diploma

Pass with D*DD 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: 32 points overall. Must include either HL English grade 4 or SL English grade 4 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 for Home and EU students

2016 entry
Full-time £9,000

Tuition fees for International students

2016 entry
Full-time £17,500

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.


Name: Samia Faruq
Studied: BSc Computer Science and Multimedia

“This whole experience of being at QM has been great!"

“I decided to study at Queen Mary, for several reasons. I was offered the course I wanted to study and the department had all the facilities to support my course. Best of all, everything I need is located at one campus; the Student Union, all the departments I am involved with, all my lectures and the various help and support services, are in one place. Queen Mary’s central location and its excellent reputation were also very strong reasons behind my choice to study here."

“The best thing about the Computer Science course is that it moves you away from the standard desktop computer and takes the knowledge and technology and applies it to other disciplines including maths, biology, psychology, language and linguistics. The Computer Science department is actively involved in research projects with other departments, resulting in the provision of interesting student project topics and the development of new and exciting research areas."

“My final year project has been the most interesting thing I have done because I got to work very closely with the Biological and Chemical Sciences Department, a department (and subject) I’m not too familiar with but appreciate greatly. My project was to develop a web application that will be used extensively in Flower Colour Evolution research so it’s nice to know that my studies at Queen Mary are providing a valuable resource to a research field besides Computer Science."

“Before I started, I was worried about having to own expensive hardware and software to support my degree. However, the Department has a well-established computer network for students running open-source applications. They also provide student licences for products needed that are not open-source. I’ve therefore never lacked the resources necessary to complete my work."

“Queen Mary provides a range of facilities and places to study. It’s easy to find somewhere on campus to work, you just have to choose the way you want to study. This could include going to the Library, using the Learning Resource Centre, the Informatics Teaching Laboratory (ITL), Group Study Areas or the open access rooms for quiet individual study. They provide facilities such as wireless networks, projectors, Smartboards, traditional whiteboards and books in the relevant subject areas, so the college definitely receives top marks for study facilities."

“The teaching is excellent and the pastoral care provided during the first year really makes you feel right at home, from the moment you first step into the Department. There is also a special PASS (Peer-Assisted Study Support) mentoring programme available to students. I participated as a PASS Mentor during my second year and I really enjoyed it. I ended up taking a position as a PASS Organiser the following year."

“During my degree I’ve also been attending and keeping track of career events, particularly those related to teaching. Its worthwhile doing that, whatever your interests are, because there is always a way to pursue your dream, or at least help to move you in that direction, while you study. I feel that Queen Mary does extremely well in ensuring students are aware of the different career options available."

“I have three favourite places on campus. One is the Informatics Teaching laboratory (ITL). It isn’t very different from being at home! The canteen is very near to it, so it’s like popping to the fridge for a snack. The library is my favourite place around exam time. Finally there is a room in existence within QM that I call my “hide out” when I want to work alone with no disturbance... I wouldn’t call it a hideout if I were going to tell you guys where it was now!"

“Queen Mary has a highly active Student Union, providing great social facilities and events. It is situated in an area exploding with wonderful shops and leisure opportunities at great prices for students. I think that the College excels at providing students of all interests with facilities and integrating them into the community.

“Nearly all of my favourite memories are from being in the Computer Science ITL building, especially in the first year when I was yet to discover other cool places in the College. One particular computer in the ITL practically became my base where friends would leave me in the evening. As I enthusiastically turn up early in the morning, my returning friends would find me at the same angle, in the same chair in the morning just as they had left me!"

“This whole experience of being at QM has been great! The Computer Science department is very organised and strategic to ensure you get the best out of your time, so you leave with more than just a degree when you graduate.”

Name: Daniel Fiegenschuh
Studied: BSc Computer Science and Multimedia

“I found my lecturers very engaging and enthusiastic about the subjects they taught."

I decided to go to Queen Mary, as it is part of the University of London and a UCAS student advisor recommended it to me. Having taken a closer look at the campus, I really liked its close proximity to the centre of London, the liveliness of the halls of residence and the diversity of people at the university."

"The Computer Science Department is a great place to study. From the staff in the student administration and system support teams, to the lecturers and professors, all are excellent at their jobs and are very helpful. The course provides a good mixture of theoretical grounding and practical expertise. It offers students a good foundation in the core principles of computer science and then the option to focus more on specific subject areas in later years."

"My experiences with Queen Mary lecturers and professors have been positive throughout. I found my lecturers very engaging and enthusiastic about the subjects they taught. For me, that is the most important thing, to be surrounded and taught by people that inspire you with their interest and knowledge of a subject."

"One of the most interesting things I have done on the course was my final year project. My project was selected by the university to be considered for a patent application and commercialisation. This involved working with my supervisor and the university’s technology transfer team to develop the patent application and start approaching companies that might be interested in licensing the technology."

"The Queen Mary campus offers a unique atmosphere. It’s a great mixture of a safe and relaxed space situated in an exciting area full of possibilities for day and night time activities. My favourite place is the bank of Regent’s Canal behind the student halls."

"There are a lot of extra-curricular activities on offer at Queen Mary. I volunteered to take part in the Peer Assisted Study Support programme as a PASS Mentor during my final year. It was a really enjoyable experience and I think the skills I learned through the PASS training programme and running PASS sessions are extremely valuable. It’s a good way to get in contact with other enthusiastic people in the department and work together with them. I hope to continue these activities at Oxford University where I am now doing a postgraduate degree."

"If I had to describe a typical Queen Mary student, well that might be difficult, as Queen Mary has a widely diverse student population. You meet people from all over the world, coming from very different cultural backgrounds but who are equally open minded and interested in new experiences.”


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