Computer Science

Entry Year: 2019

5 Study Options

Computer Science BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
G400
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£19,500*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Computer Science with Industrial Experience BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
G402
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
Fees
Fees for this course are not available yet. Please contact the Fees Office for more information.

Computer Science with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
G40Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£19,100*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Computer Science MSci (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MSci (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
G401
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£19,500*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Computer Science with Year Abroad MSci (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MSci (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
G41Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£19,100*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Computer Science

Overview

Computer scientists draw on logical and analytical thinking, creativity, design and programming skills to find innovative solutions.

Our programme will give you practical skills in software development and interface design, underpinned by a strong grasp of the fundamental principles of IT. We cover programming, software engineering, computer and network design and the theory of computing, as well as multimedia, usability and interaction.

You’ll gain practical experience of building computer systems in progressively more demanding contexts, and develop a deep understanding of how to solve problems using modelling and abstraction techniques. With a flexible curriculum, you’re encouraged to pursue your own interests.

In the final year, you’ll design an individual project based on your own interests and linked to research areas in the School, such as security, big data, computer gaming, interaction design, machine learning, pervasive computing, theoretical computer science, social network analysis or digital audio.

Professional recognition

Our Computer Science BSc has been accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. 

This programme is also CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition, the programme meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Our MSci Computer Science programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme.

Find out more about professional accreditation.

Structure

You can complete your Computer Science degree in three, four or five years. If you are a BSc student and choose to do a year in industry or study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4. If you are an MSci student and choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 4, and the Year 4 modules will be studied in Year 5.

Year 1

  • Automata and Formal Languages
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Fundamentals of Web Technology
  • Information Systems Analysis
  • Logic and Discrete Structures
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Procedural Programming
  • Professional and Research Practice
  • Skills for Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Algorithms and Data Structures in an Object Oriented Framework
  • Database Systems
  • Graphical User Interfaces
  • Internet Protocols and Applications
  • Operating Systems
  • Probability and Matrices
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Engineering Project

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Individual Project (BSc students)
  • Team Project (MSci students)

Choose three from

  • Big Data Processing
  • Computability, Complexity and Algorithms
  • Computer Graphics
  • Data Mining
  • Embedded Systems
  • Entrepreneurship in Information Technology
  • Semi-Structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling
  • Web Programming

Choose three from

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis
  • C++ for Image Processing
  • Communicating and Teaching Computing (UAS)
  • Compilers
  • Digital Media and Social Networks
  • Distributed Systems
  • Interaction Design
  • Security Engineering

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

MSci only

Compulsory

  • Individual Project

Choose three from

  • Design for Human Interaction
  • Functional Programming
  • Introduction to Computer Vision
  • Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Program Specifications

Choose three from

  • Business Technology Strategy
  • Data Analytics
  • Foundations of Intellectual Property Law and Management
  • Information Retrieval
  • Interactive Systems Design
  • Machine Learning for Visual Data Analytics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Real-Time and Critical Systems
  • Software Analysis and Verification
  • The Semantic Web

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

In 2017, we introduced the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please visit QMUL Model.

Year in industry

Want to pick up some solid work experience while applying and improving your skills? Spend your third year working for a public- or private-sector organisation in a role directly related to your studies.

Our students have worked with companies including:

  • Accenture
  • Canon Europe
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • IBM
  • The Walt Disney Company.

Find out more about degrees with industrial experience.

Please note that placements are highly competitive and awarded based on your application, academic track record and performance at interview. If you are not successful in securing a placement, your third year will be spent at Queen Mary completing your studies.

MSci

Take an extra year to carry out in-depth, real-world research alongside advanced modules. You’ll graduate with an MSci, ideal if you plan to go into academic or industrial research and development.

Year abroad

Go global and spend an academic year abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary.

Testimonial

I enjoy that we as computer scientists acquire a variety of skills and gain experience in the different fields of computing. I will graduate knowing that I can work within any sector I like in the field… modules range from artificial intelligence and machine learning to design and graphical interfaces.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You’ll spend 15 to 20 hours per week in lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials. You will also be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. You’ll meet your personal adviser regularly to ensure that you are settling in and progressing well. 

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (presentations, assignments, essay report writing, in-class tests, research and project work) and/or examinations in May or June.

Individual and group projects are assessed through a written report, practical demonstration and oral examination.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including an award-winning informatics teaching laboratory with more than 300 PCs running Linux and Windows.

Entry requirements

Computer Science - BSc (Hons)

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.
BTECSee 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.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.

Computer Science with Industrial Experience - BSc (Hons)

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.
BTECSee 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.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.

Computer Science with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

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.
BTECSee 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.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.

Computer Science - MSci (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee 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.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.

Computer Science with Year Abroad - MSci (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee 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.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Career opportunities

A career in computer science could see you testing trading systems at an investment bank, designing alternatively powered vehicles or researching innovations in computer vision, music and speech.

You could use your degree to work in sectors such as finance, education, health and media as well as IT. Roles include software engineer, business analyst, games designer, multimedia specialist, web developer, database manager, IT consultant and network engineer.

Recent Computer Science graduates have been hired by:

  • Accenture
  • Amnesty International
  • BlackRock
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • the Civil Service
  • J.P. Morgan.

Career support

Finding your first job is made easier through the School’s strong links with industry. We work with organisations offering graduate opportunities in banking, media, telecommunications and technology. We run an annual IT and Technology Fair, featuring up to 30 organisations seeking new talent.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

  • Computer Science - BSc (Hons)

  • Computer Science with Industrial Experience - BSc (Hons)

  • Computer Science with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

  • Computer Science - MSci (Hons)

  • Computer Science with Year Abroad - MSci (Hons)

About the School

The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science carries out world-class computer science research – and applies it to real-life problems. Being taught by someone who is changing the world with his or her ideas makes for exciting lectures and ensures you stay fully up to date. 91 per cent of our computer science research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

We are proud of our excellent student-staff relations, and our diverse student body: around a quarter of our students are women and 47 countries are represented.

The School has an energetic student community, taking part in programming competitions and hack events.

Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

Global top 50

English, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2018)