Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Computer Science)

Entry Year: 2019

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BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2019
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Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Computer Science)


Combine a foundation year with a traditional university degree in computer science.

Get the skills and experience you need to study an undergraduate degree in Computer Science with our integrated foundation programme, open to UK/EU and international students. You are guaranteed a place on one of the following programmes at Queen Mary, subject to meeting progression requirements, without having to re-apply through UCAS:

As a foundation student you will have full access to all student facilities, including welfare, library, social and sport.

Professional recognition

Many of our computer science degrees are accredited by the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS) or as a Tech Industry Gold degree. See individual programmes for details.

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Year 1

Foundation year

Below is the course structure for your foundation year. The structure and modules of the rest of your degree depend on which programme you progress onto.


  • Computing
  • Digital Electronics and Computer Systems
  • Essential Foundation Mathematics
  • Introduction to Business Information Systems

Choose from

  • Communication in Science and Technology
  • English Language I

Choose from

  • Mathematics I*
  • Principles of Mathematics

Choose from

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Mathematics II*

*You are allocated these modules automatically depending on your previous mathematics qualification.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.


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 learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles – lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.

A typical weekly workload is six to eight lectures and four to five hours of practical laboratories or workshops.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20 to 25 hours per week preparing, writing and reading.


Each module is assessed by written examinations (typically 70% of the final mark) and coursework (practical reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests).

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • newly refurbished lecture theatres
  • up-to-date IT facilities
  • modern, well-equipped labs.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this programme are currently being finalised and will be published shortly. If you need further information please contact the Admissions Team at or +44(0) 207 882 5511.

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.

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.


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.


Progression onto computer science programmes

You are guaranteed a place on a computer science programme at Queen Mary if you pass the foundation year. You can also use your foundation qualification to study at other UK or overseas universities. Progression requirements vary depending on the course.

Computer science

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
  • BT
  • HP
  • Intel
  • Syzygy
  • University of London.

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.

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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.

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