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Applying to study Computer Science at York

What entry requirements do I need?

Our standard A level entry requirements for 2021 are:

  • MEng courses: A*AA including Mathematics
  • BEng/BSc Computer Science courses: AAA including Mathematics
  • MMath/BSc joint Computer Science and Mathematics courses: AAA including Mathematics

An A level in Mathematics (or equivalent qualification) is an essential requirement. This must be equivalent to at least a grade B or above for our single subject courses, and at least a grade A for our joint Computer Science and Mathematics courses. 

We accept other qualifications that are considered equivalent to A level standard. For applicants studying International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, Cambridge Pre-U, BTEC and other UK qualifications, please visit our course pages for more information.

If you are an international student, visit our guide to equivalent overseas qualifications for more information about qualifications from your country.

If we receive your application form and are impressed by your grades, personal statement and references, we will recommend you for an offer.

Can I visit York before applying?

Yes – the University holds a number of Open Days throughout the year and, this year, these will be held online.

Our virtual events offer a great opportunity to find out more about York, meet our academics and current students, and to ask any questions you might have.

Find out more about our virtual events, dates of upcoming events and register for email updates

Will I be invited for interview?

For 2021 entry - or if you are applying in 2020 for 2022 entry - applicants will not be invited to interview.

If we receive your application form and are impressed by your grades, personal statement and references, we will recommend that the University makes you an offer.

If you receive an offer from us, you will be invited to a Post Offer Visit Day which, this year, will be held online.

Find out more about our virtual events, dates of upcoming events and register for email updates

Visit our course pages for information on our entry requirements and how to apply.

What are the benefits of a year in industry?

Our Year in Industry scheme gives you the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice in a commercial environment, and provides you with invaluable experience which further enhances your study. The experience can also enhance your career opportunities on graduation, giving you an advantage in the job market. 

While you are on your Year in Industry, you will earn a salary of at least £15,000 pa and you will only pay 20% of the full-time tuition fee for that year.

Read about how a year in industry enhances your employability

Are international exchange schemes available?

The Global Programmes team offers a range of exciting opportunities through its links with top universities and employers all over the world.

Your year abroad would replace your corresponding year at York and the marks you attain contribute to the classification of your York degree. This is something you can discuss with your supervisor when you arrive in York.

Find out more about global opportunities

Financing your study

What tuition fees do I need to pay?

You can find out about the University's tuition fees on our webpage about Fees and Funding.

What scholarships are available?

The University has a number of bursaries and awards available for new students – you can find out more on the University's Fees and Funding page.

You may also find our 'Living Costs' guide helpful if you are starting to plan your finances for university study.

The Department of Computer Science at York

How do I find the Department and the University?

The University of York is in the south-east of York, within a short bus ride of the city centre. The Department of Computer Science is located on Campus East.

York is easily accessible: situated almost halfway between London and Edinburgh, trains from London take under 2 hours; 2½ from Edinburgh. York is also well served by road links, being easily accessible from the A1, M1 and the M62.

Maps and directions

How far is Campus East from Campus West?

The Department of Computer Science is located on Campus East.

Campus East is approximately a ten minutes' walk away from Campus West. Traffic-free cyclepaths, footpaths and a free and frequent bus service across the University allow students to move easily between Campus East and Campus West.

What computer facilities do you have in the Department?

Our modern, purpose-built building is home to dedicated undergraduate software and hardware laboratories, with the software labs open to students 24/7. The Department also has its own social learning space, The Pod, with comfortable seating and plenty of desk space with power sockets.

All staff and students in the Department of Computer Science have access to the University's IT Services. This includes the provision of wifi connection on campus, advice on how to access services off campus, and printing, copying and scanning facilities. 

The Department of Computer Science provides comprehensive computing facilities for its staff (including Research students) and taught students. If you would like further technical information about these, please contact us.

Our courses

Do I need to have previously studied Computer Science?

You do not need to have previously studied Computer Science before you join us at York. The first year lays the foundation for the study of Computer Science, and will help to bring everyone to the same level.

To help you make the transition to university, we've put together some resources which we hope you will find useful. These include links to free courses, tips on brushing up your skills and recommended reading.

Are your courses accredited by professional bodies and what does this mean for me?

Our single subject Masters (4 year) courses are fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and British Computer Society (BCS), and our Bachelors courses are partially accredited – this means that you will have fulfilled some of the academic requirements to become accredited as a Chartered Engineer.

Note: Our MEng in Computer Science with Cyber Security (with or without a year in industry) has not yet been through the accreditation process. We will be seeking accreditation for this course from GCHQ once our first cohort of students graduates in 2022.

Find out more about what accreditation means for you.

Can I transfer between courses?

The first year is common to all of our single-subject courses, which allows you to transfer between them, so you have as much flexibility as possible.

What will my workload be like?

The number of hours scheduled for lectures, programming classes, laboratory periods and tutorials is between 15 and 20 hours a week. However, much of the required learning is achieved outside the scheduled timetable. This means that will be need to be self-motivated, self-disciplined and willing to learn outside your contact hours. You will be supported by your supervisor, who can provide pastoral and academic guidance to support your studies.

COVID-19: Find out how we've adapted our teaching to help keep our staff and students safe

Life at York

What accommodation is available?

York offers a collegiate system of accommodation. Your college is where you are likely to live for your first year at York, and you will remain part of the college community throughout your time at York. Find out more about the colleges at York and why they are the hub of social activities on campus.

What facilities are there for students at the University?

The University has many facilities for students, including sports and fitness amenities; shops, bars and restaurants on campus; a health centre and a student’s union. Find out more about what the University can offer.

The City of York

Where can I find out more about the city of York?

Looking for more information about the city of York and Yorkshire? Here are some links to external webpages that you might find useful:

After you graduate

What can you do with a degree in Computer Science?

As a graduate of Computer Science from York, you will develop a range of skills that are attractive to a wide range of employers. 

A Computer Science degree requires creative thinking, logical problem solving and tenacious persistence. It will equip you with the technical skills to enable you to contribute to the development of exciting new technologies, and the transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Most of our graduates go into the field of IT/Computing, followed by Financial Services. Others go straight into industry, and some undertake further study such as a PhD.  

Find out more about what industry sectors our graduates choose to work in.

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