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Computer Science and Mathematics with Industrial Experience (4 years)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A*,A*

A*A*A* with an A* in Mathematics, and a minimum of one Science subject in the remaining A-Levels, at A*. Typical Contextual Offer: A*AA including A* in Mathematics, and a minimum of one Science subject in the remaining A-Levels. This should include Mathematics with a significant pure element (the Use of Mathematics or Core Mathematics does not satisfy this requirement). Science subjects include Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. General Studies is welcome, but is not normally included as part of the standard offer.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

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 in a science-related subject, with 45 credits at Level 3 with a Distinction grade. A minimum of 15 credits must be in Mathematics. Students are also required to have a grade A* in A-level mathematics with a pure element.

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 are taken including Mathematics and one Science subject. Science subjects include Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Our entry requirements include grade D2 in three Principal Subjects including mathematics. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Computer Science.

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 Departments 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.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including: 5 GCSES at Grade A/7 or B/6 (both numeric and letter grade) 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 English Language is required at GCSE level with a minimum Grade of C/4. GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

41

41 points overall, with 7,7,7 in Higher Level subjects, including 7 in Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches. Applicants should be studying a minimum of one Science subject at Higher Level. Science subjects include Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches only. For the pre 2021 IB Diploma qualification we will accept Higher Level Mathematics. Applicants studying the International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme (IBCP) should contact the academic School prior to applying so that their academic profile can be considered.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

We consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades D*D* in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics. The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Computer Science.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate for entry in any subject at grade D* provided it is in combination with two A levels at grades A*A* including A* in Mathematics and A* in a Science subject. Science subjects include Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Computer Science.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*D*D

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades D*D*D in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics. The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Computer Science.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

D*D

We consider the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics and one Science subject. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma with grades D*D plus two A levels at grades A*A* including A* in Mathematics and A* in Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Computer Science.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades D*D* in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics. The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Computer Science.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D*

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry in any subject at grade D* provided it is in combination with two GCE A levels at grades A*A* including A* in Mathematics and A* in a Science subject. Science subjects include Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Computer Science.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*D

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades D*D*D in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics. The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Computer Science.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics and one Science subject. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade D* plus two A levels at grades A*A* including A* in Mathematics and A* in Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Computer Science.

We normally require grades AAABB in Scottish Highers. In addition, Scottish Advanced Highers A (Maths) AA are normally required. 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 Credit level grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact us.

We normally require grades AAABB in Scottish Highers. In addition, Scottish Advanced Highers A (Maths) AA are normally required. 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 Credit level grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact us.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and requires two A Levels including Maths and one Science subject to be included within this. Our entry requirements are grades A*A* at A Level including A* in Mathematics, A* in Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and grade A* in the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Mathematics

Computer science

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.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Department of Computer Science

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
low
Mathematics
71%
med
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
66%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

Computer science

Teaching and learning

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

36%
UK students
64%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Business, research and administrative professionals
22%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Teaching and educational professionals

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

82%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
4%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
3%
Information technology technicians

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Mathematical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£30k

£30k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£32k

£32k

£37k

£37k

£43k

£43k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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