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Applying to study Computer Science at York

What entry requirements do I need?

Our standard entry requirements for 2018 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. You will also be given the opportunity to attend an optional interview. 

The interview is not part of your offer, and you do not need to attend. However, if you choose to attend and you perform well at interview, your offer may be reduced by one A Level grade or equivalent in the qualification that you are taking.

If you choose not to attend the interview, you may still attend one of our visit days to see our facilities and meet our staff and students. 

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.

Will I be invited for interview?

If we receive your application form and are impressed by your grades, personal statement and references, we will recommend you for an offer. You will also be given the opportunity to attend an optional interview.

Although the interview is not part of your offer, and you do not need to attend. However, if you choose to attend and you perform well at interview, your offer may be reduced by one A-Level grade or equivalent in the qualification that you are taking.

In the case of applicants living outside the UK, a decision will be made based on their application only.

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?

The industrial placement gives you the opportunity to put what you have learnt in to practice in a commercial environment, and provides you with invaluable experience which further enhances your study. This is usually reflected in improved grades towards the end of your study. The experience can also enhance your career opportunities on graduate, giving you an advantage in the job market.  You will also earn a salary of at least £15,000.

Are international exchange schemes available?

It may be possible to spend a year studying at a university in North America, Asia or Australia. 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.

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

Are internships available so I can gain experience?

Yes. We have a scheme that can help you get an internship from three weeks to twelve weeks in vacation time. Here are some of our students' experiences:

Read about the experiences of two students who took our three-week internship programme.

Read about three students who took advantage of longer internships with tech companies based on campus.

Financing your study

What tuition fees do I need to pay?

You can find out what fees there are and when you should pay them in the page about Fees and Funding.

What scholarships are available?

We offer a number of scholarships every year to the most outstanding UK/EU students entering the Department. There are a number of requirements that you must fulfil in order to be considered for one of the scholarships.

You do not need to state you wish to apply for a scholarship - you will be assessed on your potential grades, your performance at interview (if appropriate), and any other indicator of your academic or creative excellence.

Find out more about the scholarships we offer.

The University also 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 walking distance or a short bus ride from 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.

For those travelling from overseas, there are airports at Leeds/Bradford (with a direct bus transfer to York), Doncaster and Humberside. Manchester International Airport's rail link provides a direct route to York, with a travelling time of just 1½ hours and Heathrow Airport can be reached in just 3½ hours. There are also excellent ferry services from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge to Hull.

Read more about how to find us and download maps of the University of York.

How far is Campus East from Campus West?

The Department of Computer Science is housed in a purpose-built Computer Science building at 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.

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, and so you 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 has a collegiate system of accommodation, and your college is where you are likely to live for your first year at York, but 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 a sports centre, nursery, shops on campus, health centre and 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. Information technology is a rapidly expanding field, and this has created demand for computer scientists and software engineers across a broad section of employers. 

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

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