This broad degree programme provides a solid foundation for a number of IT careers, including programming and systems analysis and design. You will cover core topics such as software engineering, computer systems and applications. You can specialise in subjects such as computer graphics, artificial intelligence and distributed systems. You will gain practical experience in building a variety of computer systems in progressively more demanding contexts. The Industrial Experience option allows you to spend a year working in industry. The MSci follows the same structure as the BSc, with the inclusion of a team project in the third year.
You can choose to apply for this degree with an additional academic year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each degree programme may vary). Studying abroad is an excellent way to grow in confidence and broaden your outlook on life by experiencing another culture, while making friends and having fun. When you return to QMUL after this experience, you will have a new perspective on life for your final year and will be awarded the ‘with study abroad’ variant in your degree title, which will help you stand out to employers.
Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL at; http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/study-abroad-opportunities/
The modules listed below provide some general guidance on what you may be expected to learn during each semester and year of this degree. The exact modules available may vary depending on staff availability, research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Year 1 Modules
- Procedural Programming (15 credits)
- Professional and Research Practice (15 credits)
- Computer Systems and Networks (15 credits)
- Logic and Discrete Structures (15 credits)
- Object Oriented Programming (15 credits)
- Fundamentals of Web Technology (15 credits)
- Information Systems Analysis (15 credits)
- Automata and Formal Languages (15 credits)
Semester 1 and 2
- Skills for Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (non-credit bearing module)
Year 2 Modules
- Software Engineering (15 credits)
- Probability and Matrices (15 credits)
- Algorithms and Data Structures in an Object Oriented Framework (15 credits)
- Internet Protocols and Applications (15 credits)
- Software Engineering Project (15 credits)
- Operating Systems (15 credits)
- Database Systems (15 credits)
- Graphical User Interfaces (15 credits)
Year 3 Modules
- Team Project (30 credits)
Plus three from:
- Entrepreneurship in Information Technology (15 credits)
- Data Mining (15 credits)
- Computer Graphics (15 credits)
- Web Programming (15 credits)
- Big Data Processing (15 credits)
- Embedded Systems (15 credits)
- Semi-Structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling (15 credits)
- Computability, Complexity and Algorithms (15 credits)
- Team Project (cont) (30 credits)
Plus three from:
- Interaction Design (15 credits)
- C++ for Image Processing (15 credits)
- Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)
- Digital Media and Social Networks (15 credits)
- Communicating and Teaching Computing (UAS) (15 credits)
- Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (15 credits)
- Compilers (15 credits)
- Security Engineering (15 credits)
- Distributed Systems (15 credits)
Final Year Modules
- Project (30 credits)
Plus three from:
- Machine Learning (15 credits)
- Introduction to Computer Vision (15 credits)
- Design for Human Interaction (15 credits)
- Functional Programming (15 credits)
- Program Specifications (15 credits)
- Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering (15 credits) (pre requisite for IPLM702U)
- Project (cont) (30 credits)
Plus three from:
- Real-Time and Critical Systems (15 credits)
- Business Technology Strategy (15 credits)
- Interactive Systems Design (15 credits)
- The Semantic Web (15 credits)
- Information Retrieval (15 credits)
- Software Analysis and Verification (15 credits)
- Natural Language Processing (15 credits)
- Data Analytics (15 credits)
- Machine Learning for Visual Data Analytics (15 credits)
- Foundations of Intellectual Property Law and Management (15 credits) (must have taken IPLM701U)
We aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. Please be assured that we review our modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes.
Please check the School website for further module information.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ELECTIVE MODULE AVAILABILITY IS SUBJECT TO TIMETABLING CONSTRAINTS AND THAT MODULES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.
2018 Entry requirements
|A-Level||Grades AAB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.|
|IB||International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects.|
|BTEC||See our detailed subject and grade requirements|
|Access HE||We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements. An additional entry Maths test will be required if you do not hold GCSE Mathematics at grade B.|
|GCSE||Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4 and Maths at grade B or 5.|
|EPQ||Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.|
|Contextualised admissions||We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.|
General Admissions Entry Requirements
English Language Proficiency
All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.
Vocational and Other Qualifications
The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
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.
If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application for individual advice.
If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.
We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.
European and International Applicants
Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.
Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (email@example.com) is happy to advise you further.
For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
See our information and guidance on how to apply.
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 Computer Analyst or Software Engineer, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as Central Government, Education or Finance.
The national 2012 destination survey confirmed that 81% of graduates from the Department of Computer Science were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 89% already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary’s Computer Science graduates also have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £25,240.
The broad range of skills gained through this course, coupled with the possibility of a year in industry, has enabled students to move into careers such as:Software Developer Accenture
- Analyst Technical Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- IT Contractor, FDM
- Technical Analyst, Mobile Money Network
- Computer Analyst, ITRS Group
- IT Developer, Qube Global Software
- Project Analyst, Telrock Limited
- Computer Programmer Rightmove
- Computer Consultant, Mac Experts Ltd
- Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence
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 70 employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.
Recent careers events open to students from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science include the IT and Technology Fair, featuring thirty organisations such as Barclays Capital, Logica, IBM, 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. There is tailored support for those wishing to do 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 Website Administrator and from Society President to Student Mentor.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers and Enterprise Centre pages.
Mohammed Ayub Hanif
MSci Computer Science
What are you currently doing?
"I am an Analytics Application Developer for Merrill Lynch Commodities Europe. I develop and maintain data systems for commodities analysis and modelling. I employ the rapid application development methodology in developing ad-hoc solutions to user requests. This usually involves .NET development using a wide range of technologies such as C#, ASP.NET, and MS SQL Server database development. User requests are prioritised according to criticality and then dealt with accordingly; this sometimes involves a lot of juggling around, and quick changes of direction. No one day has been the same as a previous one and I am constantly being challenged technically to find and develop optimal solutions."
What is your current salary bracket?
"I am paid a competitive salary with the market."
Why did you choose Queen Mary?
"Its blend of culture and heritage really attracted me. Along with its location, these were the key factors that attracted me to Queen Mary."
What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
"I gained much knowledge in the field of Computer Science. I built friendships with some dynamic and brilliant minds, inside and outside my faculty. I learnt, and built upon, many transferable key skills, which have proved invaluable to me at work. Learning the steps of the software development life cycle allow me to leverage technologies accordingly. Of most value, are the analytical skills and problem-solving techniques that became inherently routine during my time at Queen Mary."
What are your career plans?
"Phew, it's been a whistle-stop tour so far! Finishing university and then starting work has been an exciting time for me. In terms of the future, I am going to take it as it comes, have already experienced New York. Perhaps, back to the US at some time in the near future."