Computer Science and Mathematics with Industrial Experience (4 Years) [BSc]

Mathematics and computer science are closely related, each providing support and suggesting new problems to the other. This interdisciplinary course, taught jointly by the School of Computer Science and the School of Mathematics, enables you to acquire a useful combination of mathematical and computer science knowledge and skills. They prepare you for a choice of careers within the computing field and beyond, such as financial modelling.

Topics studied develop your knowledge and understanding of important mathematical ideas (50% of the course), including the concepts of rigorous argument, formal proof and the power of abstract formulation of problems. These are combined with core computer science topics of programming and software engineering, together with a study of the mathematical principles underpinning the foundations of computing (50% of the course).

Course variants

You can study this course in the following variants:

UCAS course code: GG41

UCAS institution code: M20

Degree awarded: BSc

Duration: 4 years

Typical A level offer: Grades A*AA including mathematics.

Course fees: Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be £9,250. Future inflationary increases may also be applied to each subsequent year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £22,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships:

All new UK/EU (home tuition fee) students, applying for first year entry, who achieve an A*A*A (including A* in mathematics) or equivalent will be awarded the Kilburn Entry Scholarship worth £1,000.

Well qualified international students will be considered for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences International Excellence Undergraduate Scholarships. For further details please see EPS International Excellence Undergraduate Scholarships .

Number of places/applicants: The School of Computer Science receives in the region of 2000 applications per year for 225 places across our undergraduate degree courses.

Contact email: ug-compsci@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: 44 (0)161 275 6124

How to apply: Apply through UCAS .

Course description

Choosing the Computer Science and Mathematics programme allows you to combine the study of these two disciplines, each occupying half of your studies, and explores the reliance of each on the other.

This joint honours degree programme enables you to acquire a useful combination of mathematical and computer science knowledge and skills. It covers the knowledge needed to implement mathematical models in simulations that evaluate real world situations such as stress analysis in bridges and buildings, airflow over aircraft wings, or financial modelling.

The topics studied include a number of important ideas of mathematics, including the concepts of rigorous argument, formal proof and the power of abstract formulation of problems. This is combined with the core computer science topics of programming and software engineering, together with the study of mathematical principals underpinning the foundations of computing.

You will gain not only knowledge and practical experience of the latest technologies, but also a grounding in the underlying principles of the subject. It is this combination of skills that enable our graduates to keep pace with this fast moving subject, and secure top jobs in industry and research.

The industrial experience element of the programme involves you undertaking a one year work placement in industry between the second and third years of your study at Manchester. Besides the money that you earn during this year, you also gain practical experience that can be invaluable both in your final year project and when competing for graduate jobs. Students with industrial experience not only tend to improve their final degree performance but also tend to develop clearer ideas about their future career path.

Detailed programme and course unit information is available here

Special features

  • Ability to get relevant industrial/business experience as part of the degree programme.
  • Traditional careers to which both computer science and mathematics graduates progress are open to you.
  • By drawing staff from two 'excellent' rated departments students are taught by experts in each field.

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances. It is estimated that more than a third of our students will receive bursaries of up to £3,000 per year and many will be offered even more generous support. For further information, please visit the University scholarships and bursaries page.

Career opportunities

Increasingly, employers are seeking graduates with high-level computing skills, and the ability to apply them in innovative ways to solve the problems facing their organisations. Opportunities exist in fields as diverse as finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, and public services - virtually all areas of business and society.

Employers, from large multinational firms such as EA Electronic Arts , IBM and Microsoft to small local organisations, actively target our students, recognising that Manchester Computer Science graduates are equipped with the skills that enable them to excel in a whole host of positions, including many that are not traditionally associated with computing graduates.

What our students say

Sarah Wood: BSc Computer Science with Industrial Experience graduate 2005

'As part of my degree I had a one year industrial placement at EA (Electronic Arts) in Surrey. During the year I worked as a gameplay programmer on the game Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In this role I gained experience working on a large software project as part of a team of varying disciplines. I mainly wrote elements of the A.I. for the creatures and scripted some effects and puzzles in the game. I was then sponsored by the company, this meant I had a job secured when I graduated, allowing me to concentrate on my final year without the added pressure of looking for a job. After graduating I returned to EA Criterion to work on Black and now work at EA Warrington. Opting for a year in industry was a great experience and the skills that I gained helped a great deal towards my success in both the third year and in starting my new career.'

Selected entry requirements

A level: Grades A*AA including mathematics.  This should include Mathematics with a significant pure element (the Use of Mathematics or Core Mathematics does not satisfy this requirement).  General Studies is welcome, but is not normally included as part of the standard offer.

Unit grade information:

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE:

Five academic subjects at grades A and B, or grades 6 and 7 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England, including

  • Mathematics (please note we do not accept Applied GCSE Mathematics courses e.g. WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy)
  • Two science subjects from Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Science and Additional Science.

Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

International Baccalaureate: 38 points overall, with 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects, including Mathematics.

Alternative entry requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate: Grades H1 in five higher level academic subjects, including Grades H1 in higher level mathematics and applied mathematics.

Scottish Highers:

AAAAB-AAABB, including grade A in Higher Mathematics and a scientific bias to other subjects studied. The Highers must be taken in one sitting. Minimum of five grade 1s and 2s in academic subjects at Intermediate 2 including English, Mathematics and a Physical Science.

Scottish Advanced Highers:

We normally require grade A in Highers Mathematics and grades AAAB in four further Highers subjects with a scientific bias.  The Highers must be taken in one sitting. 

Or:

Three Advanced Highers at grades ABB, including Advanced Highers Mathematics.  Two Highers in different subjects can replace one of the other two Advanced Higher subjects.

English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade 3). If a physical science has not been taken at Higher/Advanced Higher we require TWO science subjects at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grades AB / Intermediate 2 grades AB / Standard Grade Credit level)

Welsh Baccalaureate: The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and this can be used in combination with two A level subjects including mathematics.  Our A level entry requirements are grades A*AA including mathematics and the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate can be used to replace one of the other two A levels. 

European Baccalaureate: An average of 85% including a minimum of 85% in mathematics studied for at least 5 periods per week and assessed by a final written examination.  A scientific bias to the specialist subjects studied.

AQA Baccalaureate: The University welcomes and recognises the value of the AQA Baccalaureate, but offers will be conditional on the A level subjects within the qualification rather than the overall Baccalaureate award.

Other international entry requirements:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Detailed information on our international entry criteria is available on the  School of Computer Science Website   

For general requirements not listed above see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

BTEC Extended Diploma:

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades DDM in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics or with alternative grades DDD in combination with a grade A in A level mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades DD in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics or an alternative of grades D*D in combination with a grade A in A level mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade M plus two A levels at grades A*A including Mathematics or an alternative of grade D in combination with grades AA at A level including Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two GCE A levels including Mathematics.  Our A level entry requirements are grades A*AA including mathematics and the full National Extended Certificate can be used to replace one of the other two A levels.

OCR National Extended Diploma (18 units):

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades DDM in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics or with alternative grades DDD in combination with a grade A in A level mathematics.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades DD in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics or an alternative of grades D*D in combination with a grade A in A level mathematics.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma with grades MM plus two A levels at grades A*A including Mathematics or an alternative of grades DM in combination with grades AA at A level including Mathematics.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics.   Our A level entry requirements are grades A*AA including mathematics and the full Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate can be used to replace one of the other two A levels. 

Access to HE Diploma: Applications are considered on an individual basis, e.g. additional educational achievements, life experience and skills. Please contact the University for further information.  Our standard academic requirements include 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 40 credits should be with a Distinction grade (15 of which must be in mathematics), plus 15 credits with a Merit grade in a science-related subject.  Students are also required to have a grade A in A-level mathematics with a pure element.

Advanced Placement tests: The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U:

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects, including Mathematics, is taken.

Conditional offers will be set on an individual basis but are likely to include achieving grade D1-D3 in three Principal Subjects including mathematics.

Advanced/Progression Diploma: A grade B overall in the IT or Engineering Advanced diploma partially fulfils entry requirements.  Students are also required to have a grade A in A-level mathematics with a pure element.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Non-standard educational routes:

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Other entry requirements:

Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.

The University recognises that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully the learner will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.

English language:

GCSE English grade C, or grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England, IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in individual components, TOEFL 100 ibt with no less than 23 in individual components.

Advice to applicants

Factors contributing to a successful application include:

  • past academic performance;
  • predicted academic performance;
  • enthusiasm for, and realistic grasp of, chosen degree programme;
  • evidence of interpersonal skills and non-academic interests/achievements.

How your application is considered

The basis of our offer made will be a combination of information supplied on the UCAS form, your predicted academic performance and performance at interview (where applicable).

Interview requirements

All promising applicants who are resident in the UK/EU and who apply before 15th January will be invited to attend an interview.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Teaching and learning

At Manchester we aim to provide a unique experience. Studying Computer Science with us will give you the chance to follow your academic curiosity and explore a fascinating subject.

A significant amount of your work will be project-based team work, tackling real problems. You will see how computer science is directly applicable to solving problems, across a broad range of areas.

The emphasis throughout is on independent learning, supported by regular meetings in small groups with personal tutors. You receive practical help and support from experienced staff and postgraduates, with leading experts guiding your learning and stimulating your interest. This approach is supported by conventional lectures and comprehensive on-line learning resources. We also provide excellent facilities, including specialist laboratories to support areas such as engineering and robotics.

Coursework and assessment

Unseen examinations account for about 60% of the assessment. These assess your abilities in the selection and application of knowledge, problem solving, and the design and evaluation of software or electronics. Other assessment is mainly through laboratory-based coursework that provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of computer science of electronic principles by tackling specific problems on a more realistic scale, both individually and in groups.

The remaining assessment is through presentations and essays where, in particular, you demonstrate the transferable skills you have acquired. In the third and final year, the non-examination assessment is mainly made up of the practical project.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Course unit choices

The following table provides an indication of the typical choice of course units available to students studying Computer Science and Maths wIE BSc (Hons).
For a detailed explanation of course units available to current students please refer to the options page of the School's intranet for current students.

Study year 1 course units

Students take a set of course units from the following list. Some units are compulsory and some are optional. Other external course units may be available. For full details of the see the options page of the School's intranet for current students.

Course unit codeTitle
COMP10120First Year Team Project
COMP16121Object Oriented Programming with Java 1
COMP16212Object Oriented Programming with Java 2
MATH10111Foundations of Pure Mathematics B
MATH10131Calculus and Vectors B
MATH10212Linear Algebra
MATH10232Calculus and Applications
COMP11212Fundamentals of Computation
COMP14112Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
COMP18112Fundamentals of Distributed Systems

Study year 2 course units

Students take a set of course units from the following list. Some units are compulsory and some are optional. Other external course units may be available. For full details of the see the options page of the School's intranet for current students.

Course unit codeTitle
COMP23311Software Engineering 1
COMP23412Software Engineering 2
COMP26120Algorithms and Imperative Programming
MATH20111Real Analysis
MATH20142Complex Analysis
MATH20201Algebraic Structures 1
COMP21111Logic and Modelling
COMP23111Fundamentals of Databases
COMP24111Machine Learning and Optimisation
COMP25111Operating Systems
COMP28411Computer Networks
MATH10141Probability 1
MATH20411Partial Differential Equations and Vector Calculus B
COMP24412Symbolic AI
COMP27112Computer Graphics and Image Processing
COMP28112Distributed Computing
MATH20122Metric Spaces
MATH20212Algebraic Structures 2
MATH20302Introduction to Logic
MATH20502Fluid Mechanics
MATH20512Classical Mechanics
MATH20602Numerical Analysis 1
MATH20902Discrete Mathematics
MATH20912Introduction to Financial Mathematics

Study year 3 course units

Students take a set of course units from the following list. Some units are compulsory and some are optional. Other external course units may be available. For full details of the see the options page of the School's intranet for current students.

Course unit codeTitle
COMP300303rd Year Project (Joint Hons 30 Credits)
COMP31111Verified Development
COMP33511User Experience
COMP33711Agile Software Engineering
COMP33812Software Evolution
COMP34120AI and Games
COMP34412Natural Language Systems
COMP35112Chip Multiprocessors
COMP36111Advanced Algorithms 1
COMP36212Advanced Algorithms 2
COMP36512Compilers
COMP37111Advanced Computer Graphics
COMP37212Computer Vision
COMP38120Documents, Services and Data on the Web
COMP38411Cryptography and Network Security
COMP39112Quantum Computing
COMP32412The Internet of Things: Architectures and Applications
MATH30002Mathematics Education
MATH31001Linear Analysis
MATH31052Topology
MATH32001Group Theory
MATH32011Commutative Algebra
MATH32032Coding Theory
MATH32051Hyperbolic Geometry
MATH32062Introduction to Algebraic Geometry
MATH32072Number Theory
MATH33011Mathematical Logic
MATH34001Applied Complex Analysis
MATH34011Asymptotic Expansions and Perturbation Methods
MATH35032Mathematical Biology
MATH36001Matrix Analysis
MATH36032Problem Solving by Computer
MATH36061Convex Optimisations
MATH39001Combinatorics and Graph Theory
MATH39032Mathematical Modelling in Finance
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