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Applying to study Computer Science at York

What entry requirements do I need?

Our standard entry requirements for 2020 are:

  • MEng/MMath courses: AAA
  • BEng/BSc courses: AAB 

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

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

For more information, visit each of our course pages to find out full details of our entry requirements.

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

Can I visit York before applying?

Yes – the University holds a number of Open Days throughout the year. You can find out more at our page about University Open Days.

While our Open Days are the best way to experience what life at York is like, we do understand that not everyone is able to attend. If you cannot join us at one of our scheduled events, we can arrange independent visits where you can meet a member of our Admissions team and view our facilities. Please contact us to find out more.

Will I be invited for interview?

No - for 2020 entry, applicants are not 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 apply to study Computer Science at York and you receive an offer, you will be invited to a Post Offer Visit Day, where you can find out more about us, take a tour of our Department, and meet some of our current students.

Find out more about our visit days.

Visit each of 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.

Are international exchange schemes available?

The Centre for Global Programmes provides a range of exciting opportunities abroad. 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.

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 at the university Fees and Funding page. You may also find the Student 'Money' section of the University website helpful when planning your finances at university.

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?

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. If you would like to read some preparatory texts, you can download the Undergraduate Preparatory Reading List (PDF , 87kb).

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. Your personal supervisor will be on hand to guide your studies.

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?

Here are some links that you might find useful in finding out more about the city of York and Yorkshire:



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.

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

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