School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

General undergraduate entry requirements

The following details our general entry requirements which cover most undergraduate programmes but please make sure to also check individual programmes for specific requirements.

We tend to refer to entry requirements in terms of standard British qualifications (e.g. A-levels) however, admissions tutors at Queen Mary are familiar with international qualifications and welcome applications from students with equivalent qualifications. 

The admissions information on this web page reflects our current standard admissions criteria (which does change from time to time) and supersedes any information in printed publications.

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Our A-level entrance requirements are typically based on 3 A-levels. The standard grades required are:

  • BSc/BEng programmes: AAB
    •  Alternatively, ABB including either A-Level Mathematics or Computer Science. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
  • MSci/MEng programmes: AAA.  
    • Alternatively, AAB including either A-Level Mathematics or Computer ScienceExcludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
In our offer, we may require particular grades in specific subjects. Our recommendations (in order, best first) are:
  1. At least one subject in group A and one or two other subjects, ideally from groups B or C. Examples are Computer Science, Maths & Business Studies or Maths, Design Technology & ICT.
  2. Three subjects from group B: two or three from group B1 and up to one from group B2. Examples are Geography, Economics & Politics or Biology, Chemistry & Psychology.
  3.  At least two subjects from group B with no more than one from group C. An example is: Economics, History & ICT.

A: Core subjects

Maths and further maths; Computer science/computing

B1: Supporting subject (science and technical)

Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Economics, Electronics, Physics, Psychology

B2: Supporting subjects (language skills)

English Literature, French, German, (Ancient) Greek, History, Latin, Philosophy, Politics, Religious studies, Spanish

C: Other acceptable subjects

ICT, Business Studies, Design Technology, Sociology; Especially for Creative Computing: Art, Drama, Music

For most computer science programmes, we accept a wide range of subjects. We welcome the new Computer Science school curricula (at both GCSE and A-Level), but it is not necessary for you to have learnt programming before starting your degree studies: our first-year programmes cater for all levels of previous experience, from accomplished programmers to complete novices. The skills required to be successful at Computer Science – logical reasoning, problem-solving, resilience – can be developed through many subjects. Mathematics is important: you must meet our minimum requirements but more than this will help you succeed. Verbal reasoning and being able to express yourself in writing is also very important.

These guidelines are not definitive. We consider every application in detail, looking at your full academic record, including GCSEs. If you have written computer programs but not taken exams (for example, at a club) be sure to tell us about this in your personal statement. We make offers to all applicants who we believe will be adequately prepared for our programme, even if the A level subjects do not exactly match our recommendations.

GCSE: Minimum Maths and English Requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements in English and Maths. For UK applicants we require English Language GCSE minimum grade C (or 4) and Mathematics GCSE minimum grade B (or 5). We will also accept Core Maths (grade C) to meet the minimum maths requirement instead of GCSE grade B.

BTEC National Extended Diploma (180 Credits/ 1080 GLH)

Queen Mary University of London welcomes applications from students currently studying Level 3 BTEC qualifications and will consider you for entry to the majority of our undergraduate courses. The typical entry requirements will vary according to the course you are applying for.

For further information please see:

English Language

Students from non-English-speaking countries normally require IELTS (6.0 average) for admission. For more information on other English Language Qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

  • BSc/BEng: 32 points or above overall, with 3 subjects at Higher Level with 6,5,5 points
  • Msci/MEng: 34 points or above overall, with 3 subjects at Higher Level with 6,6,5 points

Some programmes require maths and science qualifications. Where these subjects are specified in the A-level requirements, they should be included (with at least five points at Higher level). Please see the individual programmes for specific requirements.

European Baccalaureate

You will need an award of EB at 80% or above overall.

Some programmes require maths and science qualifications. Where these subjects are specified in the A-level requirements, they should be included (at grade eight minimum). Please see the individual programmes for specific requirements.

Access to HE Diploma

  • We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing for our BSc degrees.
  • 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.
  • GCSE Mathematics at grade B/5 is required in addition to the Access qualification.

Extended Project Qualification

We welcome applicants with EPQ and may make more flexible offers to applicants offering an EPQ; see: the college's central web page for more information on EPQ

Foundation Programmes from other universities

We will consider applications on a case by case basis and must be relevant to the programme you are applying for. Please note students should be achieving very high grades in their studies. Entry will normally be to BEng or BSc only.

All applications should be made through UCAS before the 15th January UCAS deadline. Before a decision is made applicants may be invited to a Maths test at Queen Mary.

Advanced Entry

We consider applicants who have successfully completed their first year at another University, but entry into the second year is not always possible as courses often differ. We may request detailed information about your programme.

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Other qualifications

We accept a wide range of other qualifications, and will be happy to advise you on your circumstances. For information please contact us.