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Computer Science with Business Management

G4N1 BSc (Hons) 3 years

Overview

This programme focuses on computer science while providing an understanding of business management. The programme includes core computer science and business management modules, such as the fundamentals of management, marketing and economics for business. You will gain practical skills and experience in the use and applications of information technology in business. The programme develops high levels of competence and demonstrable skills in core computer science areas such as programming and a greater appreciation of the context in which information technology is used.

Study abroad

You can choose to apply for a four-year version of this degree with a full year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each programme may vary).

While there are no extra tuition fees associated with these placements abroad, you will need to cover the cost of your transport to your destination and your living expenses, including accommodation.

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL.

Structure

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

Semester 1

  • Procedural Programming (15 credits)
  • Professional and Research Practice (15 credits)
  • Computer Systems and Networks (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Management (15 credits)

Semester 2

  • Object Oriented Programming (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Web Technology (15 credits)
  • Information Systems Analysis (15 credits)
  • Economics for Business (15 credits)

Semester 1 and 2

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

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please contact: eecs-ug-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk.

Year 2 Modules

Semester 3

  • Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • Probability and Matrices (15 credits)
  • Internet Protocols and Applications (15 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (15 credits)

Semester 4

  • Software Engineering Project (15 credits)
  • Database Systems (15 credits)
  • Marketing (15 credits)

plus one from:

  • Operating Systems (15 credits)
  • Graphical User Interfaces (15 credits)

Final Year Modules

Semester 5

  • Project (30 credits)
  • Strategy (15 credits)

Plus two modules from:

  • Data Mining (15 credits)
  • Computer Graphics (15 credits)
  • Web Programming (15 credits)
  • Big Data Processing (15 credits)
  • Semi-Structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling (15 credits)
  • Computability, Complexity and Algorithms (15 credits)

Semester 6

  • Project (cont) (30 credits)
  • The Management of Human Resources (15 credits)

Plus two modules 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)
  • Security Engineering (15 credits)
  • Distributed Systems (15 credits)

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

Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTEC See our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe 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.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4 and Maths at grade B or 5.
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 (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) 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.

Combined Qualifications

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 (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

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 (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) 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.

Non-UK students

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 (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

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.

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

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

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £18,000

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
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

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.

Profiles

Name: Brett Osler
Studying: Computer Science with Business Management

“Queen Mary’s location offers excellent access to the rest of London, plus everything you need is close by on campus – from resources and facilities to the availability of professors. All the professors are involved as researchers in their field, which means you never feel they are just going through a lesson plan."

“The academic study facilities are high end. The lecture halls are spacious and have good acoustics which makes listening easier. The ITL (computer lab) is large for the number of students enrolled. The machines are very modern, the network fast, and everything you need to participate and complete the coursework is provided."

“I am a course rep, an ambassador for the school of EECS, a PASS mentor, a member of the Drapers’ Skills Award and a member of the Poker Society. Being a course rep gives me a chance to interact with many students and most of the staff. It’s also fun to show off the School while performing ambassador duties.”
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