BEng/MEng Joint Computing and Mathematics
This information is for September 2019 entry; information for September 2020 entry will be updated shortly.
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
Applicants demonstrating sufficient potential will be invited to complete 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.
JMC is a specialised course combining modules from Computing and Mathematics degrees. We expect applicants to have a strong mathematical background. Candidates are invited to the department to attend an interview day 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.
Candidates passing their interview will usually be made an offer within 4-5 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
We prefer all applicants to attend an interview day in person, but where there are reasons as to why this would not be possible, alternative arrangements such as Skype may be considered on a case by case basis. Reasonable circumstances of not being able to attend an interview day may include interview days clashing with exams or other important school dates, financial considerations, or time constraints in applying for a visa.
Interview days for 2019/20 to be confirmed.
Please note that we consider all aspects of each application, including academic record, predicted grades/marks, and evidence of motivation for Joint Maths and 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 Joint Maths and Computer Science (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 I/II/III.
For further recommendations on A-levels, see the tab on Qualification Advice for Joint Maths and Computing.
We also accept the Edexcel International A-levels.
Our typical IB offer is 42 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 I/II/III.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma and Pre-U Subjects
Our minimum requirement is distinction in three principal subjects, including D2 in Mathematics and D2 in Further Mathematics. Typical offers also require STEP I/II/III.
Scottish Advanced Highers
Our standard minimum Scottish Advanced Higher offer is: A1A1A or A1A1AA with an A1 in Maths and A1 in Maths of Mechanics. Typical offers also require STEP I/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 requirement is 80% or above overall, with 80% in Maths and 80% in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
Warwick IFP Science and Engineering
The Warwick IFP is another high quality foundation programme we accept.Our standard minimum requirement is 80% or above overall, with 80% in Maths and 80% in one other relevant subject.
To meet these requirements, students should choose from the following IFP pathways:
- Life Sciences
- Computer Science
- Mathematics & Statistics
- Physical Sciences
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 requirements, 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. 85% overall, including 9 in Maths and 9 in one other relevant subject.|
ACT / WACE - AAA Mathematics and two other relevant subjects
NSW HSC - 45 Mathematics and one other relevant subject / 42 in one other relevant subject
NT HSC / SACE / VCE - A+A+ Mathematics and one other relevant subject / A in one other relevant subject
TCE - EA Mathematics / HA, HA in two other relevant subjects
QCE - VHA Mathematics / HA, HA in two other relevant subjects.
|Austria||Award of the Matura / Reifeprüfung studied at a Gymnasium AHS or preferably a Realgymnasium AHS. 1 in Maths and 1 in the majority of subjects (at least two other subjects). Overall grade of 1.5 or lower.|
|Belgium||Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts, Certificat d'enseignement secondaire supérieur (CESS), or Diploma van secundair onderwijs. Overall 8.5 out of 10, with 9 in at least two relevant subjects, including Maths.|
|Bulgaria||Diploma za Sredno Obrazvanie awarded with an overall Grade of 5.9, including a grade 6 in Maths and 6 in one additional relevant subject.|
Relevant High School Diploma from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon.
90% Overall with 90% Mathematics (G12), 90% in one other relevant subject (G12), 85% in 3 other relevant subjects (G12).
|Caribbean||Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). Six units, with at least two double-unit courses, including Maths, with Grade 1 (AAA) in both units. All units to be achieved with grade 1 overall and module grades of AAA.|
|Croatia||Svjedodžba o Maturi/Matura from a Grammar School. Scores of 5 (Excellent) in Maths (Higher Level) and 5 in at least 2 other relevant subjects at Higher Level.|
|Cyprus||Apolytirion of Lykieo from a Lycieum. 19 overall, with a 20 in Maths and 20 in one other relevant subject, as well as A* in Maths A level and A* in Further Maths A level.|
|Czech Republic||Maturita. Award of Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce with Výborný grade 1 in the majority of subjects, including 1 in Maths (Common).|
|Denmark||Studentereksamen. 11 overall, with 12 in Maths and 12 in at least one more relevant subject, and 11 in one relevant subject.|
|Estonia||Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus and Riigieksamitunnistus. 91% Mathematics Extensive (State Exam), and 5 in all other relevant subjects, including Maths.|
|Finland||Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen (Matriculation examination). 4 subjects at grade 7 including Maths (advanced)|
|France||Baccalaureate (usually Scientific Stream) or Option Internationale (OIB). 17 or higher overall, including 16 in Maths and 15 in one other relevant subject.|
|Germany||Abitur. 1.2 or less overall, with 14 in Maths (Abiturprüfung) and 14 in one other relevant subject (Abiturprüfung).|
|Greece||Apolytirion. 19 overall, with 20 in Maths and one other relevant subject, as well as A* in Maths A level and A* in Further Maths A level.|
|Hong Kong||Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE). 5* in Maths, 5* in Calc-Stats or Calc-Algebra and 5 in two or three other relevant subjects.|
|Hungary||Matura/ Érettségi from a gimnazium, including a 5 in Maths (HL) and 5 in two more relevant subjects (HL).|
|Iceland||Studentspróf from a Gymnasium, with an overall score of 9 or better, and scores of 9 in Maths and 9 in one more relevant subject.|
|India||CISCE – ISC/CBSE-AISSE, with 92% overall with at least 95% in Maths and one more core relevant subject, and at least 90% in one additional core relevant subject. Rank on common merit list from JEE performance or STEP required.|
|Iran||Award of High School Diploma in a theoretical stream. 18.5 overall, including a 19 in Maths. Top 15% Rank in the Konkoor.|
|Ireland||Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC). Pre 2017 - A1A2A2A2A2A2, with A1 in Maths. Post 2017 – H1 in Maths, H1 in three other relevant subjects and H2 in two other subjects.|
|Israel||Bargut (Matriculation Certificate). 90% overall, including 95 in Maths (5-unit subject), 95 in one more relevant 5-unit subject, and 90 in at least one other relevant 5-unit subject.|
|Italy||Esame di Stato from a Liceo Scientifico (Scientific Stream School). 100 overall with 10 in Maths and one more relevant subject, and 9 in at least one relevant subject.|
|Liechtenstein||Matura. 6 in Maths and 6 in at least 4 other relevant subjects.|
|Luxembourg||Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires, normally from stream B or C. 55/60 overall, including 55 or higher in Maths 1 and Maths 2 and one other relevant subject.|
|Malaysia||Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). AAA or AAAA, including Maths, Further Maths and other relevant subjects. ICT and Business Studies Not Accepted.|
|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 (Scientific stream preferred). Overall grade of 17 or higher, with 16 in Maths and 15 in at least one other relevant subject.|
|Montenegro||Matura. Overall score of 5, including 5 in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.|
|Netherlands||VWO (Voorbereidend wetenschappelijk onderwijs). 9 overall in a relevant stream, with scores of 9 in relevant subjects, including Maths.|
|New Zealand||National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3. Excellent Overall (L3 NCEA) with Excellent in the majority of subjects, including Maths.|
|Norway||Vitnemål for videregående opplæring. Grade 5 overall with 6 in Maths and one other relevant subject, and 5 in all other relevant subjects.|
|Poland||Matura. 9th stanine in Maths (advanced level) and 9th Stanine in the other relevant subjects at advanced level.|
|Portugal||Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação. 18 overall with 19 in Maths and one other relevant subject, and 18 in other relevant subjects.|
|Romania||Diploma de Baccalaureat. 9.6 overall, with 9.8 in Maths and one other relevant subject.|
|Serbia||Matura/Secondary School Leaving Certificate. Overall score of 5, including 5 in Maths and 5 in at least one other relevant subject.|
|Singapore||A level and SIPCAL: AAA in H2 subjects, including Maths. Polytechnic Diploma: 3.8 Overall with 3.8 in Maths and substantial Maths and Computing course content. National University of Singapore Diploma: 4.5 overall with 4.5 in Maths and substantial Maths and Computing course content.|
|Slovakia||Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške from a gymnázia. Výborný (1) in the majority of subjects, including Maths.|
|Slovenia||Maturitetno Spricevalo from a grammar school. 5 in the majority of subjects, including Maths.|
|Spain||Bachillerato. Overall 9, with at least 9.5 in Maths, 9 in one relevant subject and 8.5 in one relevant subject.|
|Sri Lanka||Advanced Level AAA-AAAA, including Maths and Further Maths.|
|Sweden||Swedish Avgångsbetyg/ Slutbetyg. A in the majority of subjects including Maths.|
|Switzerland||Gymnasialer Maturitätsausweis, certificat de maturité gymnasiale and attestato di maturità liceale. 5.5 overall with 5.5 in Maths and one other relevant subject, and 5 in at least one other relevant subject.|
|United States of America||Advanced Placement. Minimum requirement is three subjects at grade 5, including Calculus BC (with a subscore of 5 in Calculus AB). Prefer five subjects at grade 5, including Calculus BC.|
A number of countries offer A-Levels or qualifications based on the UK A-Level. The qualifications below can be considered as being equivalent to A-Level standard and therefore meeting our entry requirements. Students would need to achieve the standard minimum A-level entry requirements.
|Bahamas||Bahamas GCE A Level|
|Macao||Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate/GCE A-Level|
|Maldives||UCLES A Level|
|Mauritius||Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate/GCE A-Level|
|Namibia||Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate/GCE A-Level|
|Tanzania||Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate/East African Advanced Certificate of Education|
|Seychelles||Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate|
|Swaziland||Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate|
|Uganda||Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate/Advanced Certificate of Education|
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-Herzegovina||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||Mathayom 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.
Highly recommended 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 and 3 are 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, a large number 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 a variety of 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.