School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Taster Days

If you are a year 12/13 student considering applying to University to study for a degree, a Taster Day is for you. Our Taster Days are designed to inspire, teach and inform you about Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.

We regularly organise Taster Days offering hands-on taster events for students interested to know more about Electronic Engineering or Computer Science. The sessions are free to attend and are held at Queen Mary, University of London at the Mile End Campus: (Map)


Take a look at our Taster Days for 2019

Creative Computing


Basketball app created by an undergraduate on the Creative Computing degree programme

Creative computing combines creative and technical skills and knowledge in the digital world. How can we understand, use and develop technology to support creative practice? Can computers be creative? This taster day will allow students to explore the creativity and problem-solving found both in design/visual arts as well as computing. Students will be encouraged to provide visual and technical solutions during hands-on coding sessions using Processing, plus there will be mini-lectures to show how universities are investigating this exciting field. You will also meet staff and some of our existing undergraduate students to get a feel for life with us.

Applications to the 2019 taster courses open 11am, 3 January 2019

Subject area: Art and Design, Computing and Information Systems
Course date: 11 April 2019
Course duration: One day (10am - 4pm)
Course requirements: This taster course is open to year 13 students or anyone considering starting their undergraduate studies in September 2019 or September 2020. You should be studying 3 A-levels or equivalent.
Cost: Free

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Computing in a Business world: Can computers be managed? 

The ever increasing computing power and the promise of technologies based on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, IoT, etc. bring about contrasting views of our technological future. On the one hand there is optimism that technology will liberate people and create a better future for all, while on the other hand there are dystopian visions where humans lose control and surrender to technology’s forces. In the midst of these two opposing views, questions are raised on whether humans are able to “manage” technological development and shift it towards one or another direction (optimistic or pessimistic). Let’s find out!

We shall look at recent examples from the world of business and consider the transformative impact that computing has had in various industrial sectors. More specifically we shall look at the platform economy (airbnb, Uber), big data analytics, workplace automation and other examples. To explore all these issues, you will attend a taster lecture, similar to the lectures taught to first year students at Queen Mary, and also participate in “hands-on” activities. These include a workshop on how businesses use digital technology, where you will be asked to work in groups to design alternative possible technological futures for business organisations and their potential effects for society as a whole. Contributions will enter a competition and the best team will win a small prize. You will also have the chance to find out about our degree programmes that combine technical skills, such as programming, with knowledge of the business environment and project management.

Applications to the 2019 taster courses open 11am, 3 January 2019

Subject area: Business and Management , Computing and Information Systems , Engineering , Science and Technology , Social Sciences
Course date: 11 April 2019
Course duration: 10am-4pm
Course requirements: This taster course is open to year 12 students or anyone considering starting their undergraduate studies in September 2019 or September 2020. You should typically be studying Maths, Business, ICT or Computing at A Level (or equivalent level) to attend this taster course.
Cost: Free

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Electronics and Computing for the Digital Age

This event will provide an excellent opportunity for students to experience some of the exciting things that our degrees in Electronic Engineering and/or Computer Science have to offer. You will be shown just some of the choices that are open to you in terms of specialist skills you can learn and the outstanding career opportunities they afford. During the day you will get "hands-on" experience with various activities. You will also meet staff and some of our existing undergraduate students to get a feel for life with us.

Applications to the 2019 taster courses open 11am, 3 January 2019

Subject area: Computing and Information Systems , Engineering , Science and Technology
Course date: 10 April 2019
Course duration: One day (10am-4pm)
Course requirements: This taster course is open to year 12 and 13 students or anyone considering starting their undergraduate studies in September 2019 or September 2020. You should be studying Maths, Computing or Sciences at A Level (or equivalent level) to attend this taster course.
Cost: Free

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