BEng/MEng Joint Computing and Mathematics
The Mathematics and Computer Science (JMC) courses are offered jointly by the Department of Computing and the Department of Mathematics.
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).
The Departments of Mathematics and Computing of Imperial College offer a three-year and a four-year joint degree course.
- BEng Mathematics and Computer Science (3 year)
- MEng Mathematics and Computer Science (4 year)
All courses lead to the Associate of the City and Guilds Institute (ACGI).
These programmes, offered jointly by the two departments, are designed as mathematical courses oriented towards computing science and are suited to mathematically able students with interests in both subjects. The programmes give a firm foundation in Mathematics, in particular Pure Mathematics, Numerical Analysis and Statistics, and cover all the essentials of Computer Science, with an emphasis on developing software and reasoning formally about it, as well as more theoretical topics. The teaching is divided approximately equally between the two Departments.
Students take set courses from each Department in each of the first two years, with some options available in the second year. In each of the third and fourth year students select a total of eight courses from either department to support their particular interests and areas of specialisation. Students are able to switch between JMC degree courses at any stage during the first year. Note that progress on the 4 year MEng degrees require that the student maintains a sufficient performance (2:1 level) throughout the first two years of the degree. As with other MEng degrees in Computing, students may be required to transfer to the 3 year BEng degree if they do not meet this level.
With the spread of computing procedures and mathematical ideas into many areas, there is high demand for professionals who are expert in both computing and mathematics. Graduates in these courses are also well qualified for careers that normally require graduates from one or other of the two disciplines.
|GG14||Mathematics and Computer Science (BEng)||3 years|
|GG41||Mathematics and Computer Science (MEng)||4 years|
How to Apply
All applications for all our undergraduate Joint Maths Computing (JMC) 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 well before the 15 January UCAS deadline.
- BEng Mathematics and Computer Science (GG14)
- MEng Mathematics and Computer Science (GG41)
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 take no more than 90 minutes.
The test must be taken on a computer with an internet connection.
JMC is a specialised course combining modules from Computing and Mathematics degrees. We expect applicants to have a strong mathematical background. JMC candidates are offered an interview based on the strength of their UCAS applications. Applicants are not judged by academic ability alone but upon a wider profile to assess their potential for success in a mathematical 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 JMC 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
- an introduction to the JMC course from one of the JMC tutors
- 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
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
Our typical A-level offer is A*A*A or A*A*AA including A*s in Maths and Further Maths. Typical offers also require STEP II/III.
For further recommendations on A-levels, see the tab on Qualification Advice for Computing.
We also accept the Edexcel International A levels.
Our typical IB offer is 41–43 points overall with a 7 in Maths at higher level and a 7 in one further relevant subject at higher level. Typical offers also require STEP II/III.
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 Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Typical offers also require STEP II/III.
Scottish Advanced Highers
Our standard minimum Scottish Advanced Higher offer is: A1A1A or A1A1AA with an A1 in Maths and A1 in Further Maths. Typical offers also require STEP II/III.
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.
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.
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.).
|European Baccalaureate. 87.5% overall, including 9.0 in Maths and 9.0 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 19.5 in Maths and one other relevant subject plus two A levels with grade A including Maths|
|Czech Republic||Maturita. Vyborny grade 1 in the majority of subjects, including 1 in Maths .|
|Denmark||Student er eksamen. 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 16 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||Germany Abitur. 1.2 or less overall, with a 14 or 15 in Maths and 14 in one other relevant subject.|
|Greece||Apolytirion. 19 overall, with a 19.5 in Maths and one other relevant subject.|
|Hong Kong||Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE). 5* in Maths, 5* in Calc-Stats or Calc-Algebra and 5 in one or two 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. Ranked in JEE Common Merit List.|
|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 9.8 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 8.5, with at least 9 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:
|Albania||Certificate of Maturity/Secondary School Leaving Certificate|
|Algeria||School leaving qualifications/Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire|
|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|
|Bhutan||Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate/Indian School Certificate|
|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|
|Central African Republic (The)||Baccalaureat|
|Chile||Licencia de Educación Media|
|China||Senior Higher School Diploma, Chinese University Entrance Examination or ‘GaoKao’|
|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|
|Egypt||The Thanaweya A’ama|
|Eritrea||Eritrean Secondary Education Certificate Examination|
|Ethiopia||School Leaving Certificate/Higher Education Entrance Examination|
|Fiji||School Leaving Certificate/Form 7 examination|
|Gambia (The)||West African Senior School Certificate Examination|
|Georgia||Secondary School Leaving Certificate|
|Ghana||West African Senior School Certificate Examination|
|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|
|Lesotho||School Leaving Certificate|
|Liberia||Senior School Certificate|
|Libya||Secondary Education Certificate|
|Malawi||Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)|
|Malaysia||Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM/Certificate of Education) or Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)|
|Mauritania||Diplôme de Bachelier de I'Enseignement du Second Degré|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|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)|
|Tonga||Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate|
|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|
Many applicants ask us what A-levels we would recommend. In an effort to provide helpful advice, we have developed the following suggestions.
Very useful A-levels**
*If you are not able to take A-level Further Maths to A2, you should take the STEP III Maths qualification instead of the Further Maths A-level. Some candidates choose to take Further Maths independently through a local Further Maths Network Centre.
**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, A-level Further Maths and the A-levels we do not accept, Category 2 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 is 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:
- Computer Science
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.
All applicants are encouraged, if possible, 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.
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. Where requested, we will ask for a Grade 1 or Grade 2 in STEP III. We may also ask for a Grade 1 or Grade 2 in the STEP I or STEP II paper.