The Computing courses are held wholly within the Department of Computing. The MEng courses are of four year duration and lead to the MEng Honours degree of Imperial College and the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI).

The BEng course is of three year duration and leads to the BEng Honours degree of Imperial College and the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI).

Computing - BEng and MEng

Computing Courses

Degree structure

The degree structure for all of our Computing degrees is very flexible providing many option courses. There is also a central spine of engineering project and design work running through all years. A substantial part of the final year (fourth year for MEng Students, third year for BEng students) is devoted to an individual project allowing detailed study of a topic relevant to the student's chosen specialisation.

Students following one of the specialised MEng courses will select some of their options from a group of advanced courses set down for that specialisation. All MEng courses include an approved period of professional formation - this will be either industrial placement, extended project work or placement in a European industry or university. It takes place during the period between Easter and the start of the fourth year. The Computing Integrated Engineering Study Scheme has been developed to satisfy the requirements set down by the engineering institutions.

Accreditation for all courses is given by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and British Computer Society (BCS).

Students following the MEng Computing (International Programme of Study) spend either the first two terms of their third year abroad or their entire fourth year abroad in a recognised institution of higher education (with which Imperial College has an exchange arrangement). Currently this involves institutions in the European Union and worldwide.

The scheme has been designed to give each student an overview of computing, an understanding of the basic concepts and principles, skills in their application and extension, the ability to appreciate and to adapt to changes in the state of the art, and practical experience in applied computing. Special emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles underlying computing and on an understanding of the engineering considerations involved in computing system design, implementation and usage.

A solid background is given in discrete mathematics (logic, sets, relations and grammars) which is the basic mathematics of computing, as well as in the classical mathematics and statistics relevant to applications engineering and management. Students are introduced to computing architecture and hardware alongside the software which can exploit them. Advanced techniques such as artificial intelligence are presented throughout the scheme.

All courses are supported by laboratory and problem solving classes which give 'hands-on' experience.

International Programme of Study

The MEng Computing (International Programme of Study) provides development of linguistic and technical skills through a programme of engineering study in the UK and abroad at a participating institution. All courses have a two-year common study period. To give maximum flexibility students may transfer between courses, within the Computing Integrated Engineering Study Scheme, at any time within that period.

All students will initially be registered on the MEng Computing course. Current participating Erasmus exchange institutions are: France - ENSIMAG (INP Grenoble); Germany - RWTH-Aachen; Switzerland - ETH Zurich. Besides this there is the possibility of an optional exchange with the USA - University of California where MEng students spend the first two terms of their third year abroad.

Computing Courses

UCASCoursesLength
G400 Computing (BEng) 3 years
G401 Computing (MEng) 4 years
G700 Computing - Artificial Intelligence (MEng) 4 years
GG47 Computing - Games, Vision and Interaction (MEng) 4 years
G402 Computing - International Programme of Study (MEng) 4 years
G501 Computing (Computational Management) (MEng) 4 years
G600 Computing - Software Engineering (MEng) 4 years

How to Apply

All applications for all our undergraduate Computing degrees are made through UCAS in the first instance. Note that we cannot accept direct applications from applicants. The college provides a complete description of how to go about applying through UCAS. You are advised to get your application in as early as possible and before the 15 January UCAS deadline.

ONLINE ADMISSIONS TEST

All candidates are required to take an online admissions test which will test their logical, reasoning and problem-solving skills. No prior preparation is required for the test. The test will include a practice session, and should not take more than 90 minutes.

The test must be taken on a computer with an internet connection.

Interviews

Candidates are offered an interview based on the strength of their UCAS applications and their performance in the online admissions test. Applicants are not judged by academic ability alone, but upon a wider profile to assess their potential for success in an engineering degree. Interviews also give you the opportunity to raise questions about the courses or College life in general.

We progress roughly one fifth of applications for Computing courses to the interview stage. Candidates passing their interview will usually be made an offer within 4 weeks of the interview day. The interview day consists of:

  • a welcome presentation by the Admissions tutor and Director of Studies
  • a tour of the College and Department facilities
  • demonstrations of undergraduate projects
  • a one-to-one academic interview with one of our lecturers

Interview days for 2017/18 are as follows:

  • Wednesday, 8 November 2017
  • Wednesday, 22 November 2017
  • Wednesday, 29 November 2017
  • Wednesday, 6 December 2017
  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018
  • Wednesday, 7 February 2018
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2018
  • Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Entry Requirements

Please note that we consider all aspects of each application, including academic record, predicted grades/marks, and evidence of motivation for Computing. Competition for the limited number of places on our courses is intense and regrettably, we have to turn down many excellent candidates. Even if your application is very strong, you may unfortunately not receive an offer.

Our offers are individually tailored, and aim at helping our future students to be fully prepared for the challenges ahead, should they join our courses. Our advertised grades are "minimum", and our offers may be more demanding and include further qualifications: please see Qualification Advice for Computing (next tab). We may also consider any applicant marginally below our standard offer (e.g. with a prediction of A in A-level Maths rather than A*).

Imperial has an English language requirement which equates to a Grade 6 in English Language GCSE or an IELTS score of 6.5. Note that, even if students have studied English as part of their qualification, this may not satisfy the College requirement and an IELTS test or equivalent may still be required.

Standard UK Qualifications

A-levels

Our typical A-level offer is A*AA - A*AAA with an A* in Maths. Typical offers also require STEP I/II.

For further recommendations on A-levels, see the tab on Qualification Advice for Computing. We strongly encourage applicants to take Further Maths at A2 level.

We also accept the Edexcel International A levels.

International Baccalaureate

Our typical IB offer is 41–43 points overall with a 7 in Maths at higher level and a 7 in at least one further relevant subject at higher level. Typical offers also require STEP I/II.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma and Pre-U Subjects

Our standard minimum Pre-U Diploma offer is 80 points out of 96 with Distinction grades in Maths (principal subject) and one other relevant principal subject. For those not taking the full Diploma, we will look for Distinctions in three principal subjects, including D2 in Maths. Typical offers also require STEP I/II.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Our standard minimum Scottish Advanced Higher offer is: A1, A, A with an A1 in Advanced Higher Maths. Typical offers also require STEP I/II.

Foundation Courses

We only  accept students from the two high-quality UK foundation courses described below. These are specialised courses for overseas students whose home qualifications are not usually accepted for study at UK universities.

UCL UPCSE

The University Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering is a high quality foundation programme. Our standard minimum offer is 80% or above, including Advanced Maths.

Warwick HEFP

The Higher Education Foundation Programme has a Science & Engineering specialisation that we accept. Our standard minimum offer is 80% or above, with 80% in two relevant subjects including Maths.

Insufficient UK Qualifications

We do not accept the Welsh Baccalaureate and BTEC.

Standard International Qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world. Below is the list of qualifications we typically accept, with standard minimum offers, followed by the list of qualifications we do not accept. If you have a query about a particular qualification not included in these lists, please contact the Admissions Tutor, providing details on the qualification (subjects, grades etc.).

CountryQualification Requirements
  European Baccalaureate. 8.5 overall, including 8.5 in Maths and 8.5 in one other relevant subject.
Australia  Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate, New South Wales High School Certificate (HSC), Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE), South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE), Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Western Australia Certificate of Education. Australia Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 98.5%. Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Overall Position (OP) of 2 or less. 
Austria Maturazeugnis. 1 in the majority of subjects, including 1 in Maths.
Belgium CESS (Certificat Enseignement Secondaire Supérieure), GHSO (Getuigschrift van Hoger Secundaire Onderwijs), or Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts. Overall 8 out of 10, with 9 in relevant subjects, including Maths.
Bulgaria Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie. Average grade of 5.9, including a grade 6 in Maths and in one additional relevant subject.
Canada  Alberta High School Diploma, British Columbia Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma, Manitoba High School Graduation Diploma, New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma, Newfoundland High School Graduation Diploma, North West Territories General High School Diploma, Nova Scotia High School Completion Certificate, Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma, Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Prince Edward Island High School Graduation Dip loma, Quebec Diplôme d'Etudes Collègiales (DEC), Saskatchewan Completion Grade 12 Standing, Yukon Territory Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma. 85%, including Maths and one other relevant subject.
Caribbean  Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). Six units, with at least two double-unit courses with Grade 1 (AAA) in both units. Grade 1 in Math s.
Croatia Svjedodžba o Maturi/Matura. Scores of 5 (odlican) in relevant subjects
Cyprus Apolytirion. 19 overall, with a 19 in Maths and one other relevant subject, as well as A in two A-levels, including Maths.
Czech Republic Maturita. Vyborny grade 1 in the majority of subjects, including 1 in Maths .
Denmark Student er e ksamen. 11 in Maths and 11 in relevant subjects .
Estonia Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus with Riigieksamitunnistus. Overall scores 5, with 5 in relevant subjects, including Maths.
Finland Ylioppil astutkinto/ Student examen (Matriculation examination). 4 subjects at grade 6 or 7, and at least two relevant subjects at grade 7, including Maths.
France Baccalauréat. 15 or higher overall, including 15 in Maths and 15 in one other relevant subject. International French Baccalaureate (OIB). 14 or higher overall, including 15 in Maths and one other relevant subject.
Germany Abitur. 1.3 or less overall, with a 13 or 14 in Maths and 13 in one other relevant subject.
Greece Apolytirion. 19 overall, with a 19 in Maths and one other relevant subject.
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE). 5* in Maths and 5 in two or three other relevant subjects.
Hungary Matura/Erettsegi. 5 overall, including a 5 in Maths (HL) and two more relevant subjects (HL).
Iceland Studentspróf from a Gymnasium, with an overall score of 8 or better, and scores of 8 in relevant subjects, including Maths.
India ISC-CISCE/CBSE-AISSE, with 90 average over the five class XII subjects with at least 95% in Maths and at least 90% in two additional core relevant subjects.
Iran Re-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe)/National Entrance Exam (Kunkur). 18+ overall, including a 19 in Maths.
Ireland Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC). A1AAAAA, with A1 in Maths.
Israel High School qualification Bagrut. 90% overall, including 9/10 in Maths and in at least two other relevant subjects taken at 5 unit level.  
Italy Esame di Stato (Maturita). 98/100 in a relevant specialism.
Liechtenstein Matura. 6 in relevant subjects, including Maths.
Luxembourg Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires. 55/60 overall, including 55 or higher in Maths and two other relevant subjects.
Malaysia Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (Malaysian Higher School Certificate). AAA or AAAA, including Maths and other relevant subjects.
Malta Matriculation Certificate Examination. AA at advanced level, including Maths and one other relevant subject and AAAA at intermediate level in relevant subjects.
Monaco Baccalaureat. Grades of 16/20 or better overall, with high scores in other relevant subjects, including 16 in Maths.
Montenegro Matura/Secondary School Leaving Certificate. Overall score of 4.5/5, including 4.5 or higher in Maths.
Morocco Baccalauréat de l'Enseignment Secondaire. 18/20 overall, with scores of 18 in Maths and relevant subjects.
New Zealand National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3. Excellent in the majority of subjects, including Maths. 
Netherlands VWO (Voorbereidend wetenschappelijk onderwijs). 9 overall in a relevant stream, with scores of 9 in relevant subjects, including Maths.
Norway Vitnemal fra den Videregende Skole. Grade 5 overall and 5 in all relevant subjects, including Maths.
Poland Matura. 91% in the majority of subjects, with at least 91% in Maths and one other relevant subject taken at extended level.
Portugal Diploma de Ensino Secundário. 18/20 overall and in relevant subjects.
Romania Baccalaureate. 9.6 average, with 9.6 in Maths and one other relevant subject.
Serbia Matura/Secondary School Leaving Certificate. Overall score of 4.5/5, including 4.5 or higher in Maths.
Singapore Cambridge GCE A level: AAA in H2 subjects, including Maths. SIPCAL, Singapore Integrated Programme: Overall 3.8, with substantial Maths and Computing course content.
Slovakia Vysvedcenie o Maturitńa Skúška/Maturita. Výborný in the majority of subjects, including Maths.
Spain Titulo de Bachillerato. Overall 9, with at least 9.5 in Maths.
Sri Lanka Advanced Level AAA-AAAA, including Maths.
Sweden Swedish Avgångsbetyg/Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan. A majority of MVG results in relevant subjects, including Maths.
Switzerland Maturitätszeugnis/Eidgenössisch Anerkanntes Kantonales Maturitätszeugnis/Baccalauréat/Certificat De Maturité/Certificat De Maturité Cantonal Reconnu Par La Confédération/Attestato Di Maturità/Attestato Di Maturità Cantonale Riconosciuto Dalla Confederazione. 5 overall with 5 in relevant subjects, including Maths.
Turkey Anadolu Lisesi Diplomasi (Anatolian High School Diploma). GPA of 5 overall and 5 in the majority of subjects, including Maths.
United States of America Advanced Placement. Three subjects at grade 5, including Calculus BC. 

Insufficient International Qualifications

We do not accept the following qualifications:

CountryInsufficient Qualification
Afghanistan Baccalauria/Baccalaureate Certificate
Albania Certificate of Maturity/Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Algeria School leaving qualifications/Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire
Angola Habilitação Literárias
Argentina School Leaving Qualifications (e.g. Titulo de Bachiller)
Armenia Mijnakarg Yndhanur Krtoutian Attestat (Certificate of completed Secondary Education)
Azerbaijan Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Bahrain Tawjahiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Bangladesh School leaving qualifications
Belarus Certificate of Secondary Education
Benin Baccalaureat
Bermuda School Certificate
Bhutan Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate/Indian School Certificate
Bolivia Bachiller 
Bosnia-Hertzegovina Secondary School Leaving Diploma
Botswana Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination
Brazil Certificado de Ensino Medio or University entrance examination
Burkina Faso Baccalaureat/Diplome de Bachelier
Burundi Diplôme des Humanités Complètes
Cambodia Certificate of Upper Secondary Education
Cameroon Baccalaureat
Central African Republic (The) Baccalaureat
Chad Baccalaureat
Chile Licencia de Educación Media
China Senior Higher School Diploma, Chinese University Entrance Examination or ‘GaoKao’
Colombia Bachillerato
Congo Baccalaureat
Costa Rica Bachiller
Cuba Titulo de Bachiller
Cyprus Turkish-Cypriot School Leaving Qualifications: Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School Diploma) and Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (High School Finishing Diploma)  
D R Congo (The) Diplôme d'Etat d'Etudes Secondaires du Cycle Long
Djibouti Baccalaureat
Dominican Republic Bachillerato/Perito
Ecuador Bachillerato
Egypt The Thanaweya A’ama
El Salvador Bachiller/Bachillerato
Eritrea Eritrean Secondary Education Certificate Examination
Ethiopia School Leaving Certificate/Higher Education Entrance Examination
Fiji School Leaving Certificate/Form 7 examination
Gabon Baccalaureat
Gambia (The) West African Senior School Certificate Examination
Georgia Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Ghana West African Senior School Certificate Examination
Guatemala Bachillerato
Guinea Baccalaureat
Haiti Baccalaureat
Honduras Bachillerato
India Qualifications other than ISC-CISCE/CBSE-AISSE class XII
Indonesia Surat Tamat Sekolah Menengah Umum Tinglat Atas/STTB: SMA (Senior Secondary School Certificate of Completion)
Iraq  Certificate of Preparatory Education/Sixth Form Baccalaureate
Ivory Coast (The) Diplôme de Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degré / Baccalauréat
Japan Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Jordan Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate)
Kazakhstan Attest/Svidetel’stvo o Srednam Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education
Kuwait Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama (General Secondary School Certificate)
Kyrgyzstan Certificate of Completed Secondary Education
Latvia Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību
Lebanon Baccalaureat General
Lesotho School Leaving Certificate
Liberia Senior School Certificate
Libya Secondary Education Certificate
Lithuania Brandos Atestatas
Macedonia Matura
Madagascar Baccalaureat
Malawi Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)
Malaysia Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM/Certificate of Education) or Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)
Mali Baccalaureat
Mauritania Diplôme de Bachelier de I'Enseignement du Second Degré
Mexico Bachillerator General
Moldova Certificate of Secondary Education
Mongolia School Leaving Certificate (Gerchilgee)
Morocco Diplôme du Baccalauréat
Mozambique Certificado de Habilitações Literarias (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Myanmar School Leaving Certificate
Nepal Higher School Certificate
Nicaragua Bachillerato
Niger Baccalaureat
Nigeria West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE)
Oman Thanawiya Amma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Pakistan Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSC)
Panama Bachillerato
Papua New Guinea Higher School Certificate
Paraguay Titulo de Bachillerato
Peru Certificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa
Philippines High School Diploma
Puerto Rico High School Graduation Diploma
Qatar Thanawaya Aa’ma Qatari (Qatar General Secondary Education Certificate)
Russian Federation Attestat o Srednam Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Rwanda Diplôme des Humanités Complètes
Samoa Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate)
Senegal Diplôme de Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degré / Baccalauréat
Sierra Leone West African Senior School Certificate
Solomon Islands (The) Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate
Somalia Secondary School Leaving Certificate
South Africa Senior Certificate/Matriculation Certificate
South Korea Il Banky e Kodung Hakkyo (General High School Diploma)
Sudan Sudan School Certificate
Surinam VWO Certificate
Syria Al Shahada Al Thanawiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate or the Senior High School Diploma
Tajikistan Certificate of Completed Secondary Education/ Diploma of Specialised Secondary Education
Thailand Mathtayom Suksa 6 (M6)
Togo Baccalauréat
Tonga Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate
Tunisia Baccalauréat
Turkmenistan Certificate of Secondary Education/Diploma of Specialised Secondary Education
Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School Diploma)/ Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (Private High School Diploma)
UAE Tawjihiyya (General Secondary Education Certificate)
Ukraine Matura or Attestat
United States of America SAT Subject Tests/High School Diplomas
Uruguay Titulo de Bachillerato Diversificado
Uzbekistan Attestat o rednem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Vanuatu Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate
Venezuela Titulo de Bachiller
Vietnam Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate)
Yemen Al Thanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate)
Zambia Zambia School Certificate

Qualification Advice

A-level Selection

Many applicants ask us what A-levels we would recommend. In an effort to provide helpful advice, we have developed the following suggestions:

 
Category 1:
Compulsory A-levels
Category 2:
Highly-Recommended A-levels
Category 3:
Very useful A-levels*
 Maths  Further Maths Ancient Language
Biology
Chemistry
Computing 
Economics
Electronics
English Literature
History
Law
Modern Language
Philosophy
Physics
Politics 
Psychology
Summary of the table's contents

We strongly encourage applicants to take Further Maths at A2 level. If your school offers Further Maths, we expect you to take it. If your school does not offer you the chance to take Further Maths, please make sure this is stated in your school reference. We will take this into account and will still welcome your application.

Some candidates choose to take Further Maths independently through a local Further Maths Network Centre. We also accept AEA or STEP Maths qualifications in place of Further Maths and may include these in your offer. If your school does not offer you Further Maths, our preferred A-level is a science subject, such as Physics, Chemistry or Computer Science.

*We do not accept ICT, Business Studies, General Studies and Critical Thinking.

We should emphasise that, with the exception of the required A-level Maths and the A-levels we do not accept, Category 3 is only a set of suggestions. If your A-level selection does not match this exact pattern, you should not worry unduly.

We do understand that some schools do not offer Computing for students wishing to study the subject for A-level. We will not hold this against an applicant as we do not require Computing as an A-level subject for any applicant, so if you would prefer to take another subject, then this would be fine.

For students looking for a good grounding in the principles of Computing pre A-level, we do recommend the new OCR GCSE in Computing. Again, however, this is not a requirement for admission to any of our degrees.

Relevant Subjects Selection

Many applicants ask us what relevant subjects we would recommend, for example at higher level for the IB. Below are our suggestions:

  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Biology

Computing Experience?

Each year, over half of our incoming students have no prior programming experience.

If you are in this category and are thinking of applying to our courses but are worried that a lack of computing experience will leave you at a disadvantage, don't be: we teach 5 programming languages from scratch in the first and second year, so this is not a problem. You do not need to have taken A-level Computer Science for our degrees.

We look for people who are good at Maths and are excited by computing and its many applications and are or have the potential to be great problem-solvers, lateral-thinkers or systematic thinkers. We welcome people with a wide variety of A-level subjects for our courses.

STEP Qualifications

All applicants (particularly those not taking an A-level in Further Maths) are encouraged, and may be asked, to take a STEP exam in Maths. These can often be sat at your local examination centre. Please note that regardless of whether an applicant is planning to take a STEP exam in maths or not, one or more may form part of a conditional offer that we make to an applicant.

STEP

The STEP Maths exam consists of 3 papers. Papers I and II are based on the A-level Maths syllabus. Paper III is based on the A-level Further Maths syllabus. Extra tuition is advisable; the style of question is markedly different to that of A-level. For applications to Computing courses, where requested, we will usually ask for a Grade 1 or Grade 2 in STEP I or STEP II or both.

International Programme of Study

Applicants for admission to the G402, MEng Computing in International Programme of Study, should normally hold a GCSE in a foreign language at grade B or above, or otherwise be able to demonstrate linguistic competence.