This course starts in 2019

Computer Science MComp

Computer Science MComp

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAB
UCAS code:
G401
Start date:
September 2019
  • 98% of Department of Informatics students were in work or further study six months after graduating (HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016)

Computer Science at Sussex provides a rigorous professional education in computing, preparing you for the constantly evolving industry that’s revolutionising our lives.

Our MComp covers the fundamental concepts of computing and their application. It includes advanced study in specialisms including artificial intelligence, digital media, IT management, and mobile systems.

You’ll study in our £12-million centre for teaching in the areas of computing, robotics, electronics and mechatronics. You’ll benefit from a new student-focused hub, a suite of high-spec computers and new project workspaces.

You’ll graduate with deep knowledge and skills in areas that are in high demand in industry.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

MComp or BSc?

We also offer this course as a five-year MComp with an industrial placement year, as a three-year BSc, or as a four-year BSc with an industrial placement yearFind out about the benefits of an integrated Masters year.

I met the enthusiastic tutors at Sussex, saw the great facilities on offer and knew this was the place for me.”Luke Whiting
Computer Science BSc 

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAB

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade 6 (or grade B).
You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above, including 30 at Distinction.

Subjects

The Access to HE Diploma should be in Computing or Science.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade 6 (or grade B).

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects (including A-level mixes)

Typical offer

D3, M1 and M2 in the Pre-U.

Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects including A-level mixes.

One A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects we would expect A at A-level, D3 in one Pre-U and M2 in the other.
Two A-levels and Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject we would normally expect you to have AB at A-level and D3 in Pre-U.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade 6 (or grade B).
You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.          

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.      

Subjects

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-level

Typical offer

Grade A in A-level, plus DM in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma.  

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade 6 (or grade B).You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects. 

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.          

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels

Typical offer

Grades AB in A-levels plus Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. 

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade 6 (or grade B).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects. 

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.          

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDD

Subjects

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma would normally be in Computing or Information Technology.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade 6 (or grade B).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects. 

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAABB

If you are taking Advanced Highers we would normally expect you to have at least BBB.

 

GCSEs

You will also need Scottish National 5 in Mathematics at grade B.

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-level grades AAB.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.   

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.      

Subjects

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 80%

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 92% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 3 or better.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of at least 1.8  or better.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75%  from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation AAABB from 5 grade 12 courses

We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performance in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses.

However, we may consider you if you have studied one year or more of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution, or if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you have the Senior High School Graduation, you may be eligible to apply for our International Foundation Year. If you successfully complete an International Foundation Year, you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex.

Check which qualifications the International Study Centre accepts for the International Foundation Year.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of between a least 4.5.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 19/20.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 5.75 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 14/20. 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.8 or better.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 5, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics; you will need a score of 3 in Core Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average of at least 55544

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

80% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)
80% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
80% HSC higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1 H1 H2 H2 H3.

Additional requirements

You must have at least grade O3 in Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 85/100.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of  AAB, Matriculation with a least a grade of 3.5 or UEC with an overall average grade B3 (75%).

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Opplaering - Pass with an overall average of at least 4.5.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Typical offer

You can apply for direct entry to Year 1 if you are completing at least two years of Bachelor degree studies.

You'll normally need to complete a Foundation year after taking Intermediate Certificate or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC).  You might choose one of our International Foundation Years at the International Study Centre on campus.

Additional requirements

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology. Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 18/20.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of  9

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 25 points overall.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Please note: Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Please note: Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Turkey

Typical offer

We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying, including the high school graduation diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades  We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see 3 good AP scores

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of between 5,5,4 to 5,4,4 in three subjects.

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300 and will look for around 600 in relevant subject tests.

If you've taken the ACT we'd expect to see a composite score of at least 26.

 

 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

We do not expect applicants to have previous programming experience. We encourage applications from anyone who enjoys the challenges of problem-solving and relishes the potential of new technology.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A – C in English

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

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Don’t meet our entry requirements?

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Modules

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

    Autumn teaching
    Spring teaching

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      Autumn teaching

      These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

      Core modules

        Autumn teaching
        Spring teaching

        Options

          Autumn teaching
          Autumn and spring teaching
          Spring teaching

          Study abroad (optional)

          Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you

          Industrial placement (optional)

          An industrial placement gives you the chance to spend a year working with an organisation, in an area relevant to your course, while being paid. It’s a proven way to fast-track your career. 

          Recent students have gone on placements at:

          • Curo Talent
          • Master of Malt
          • Feral Interactive.

          You develop your technical, team-working and transferable skills, and apply what you have learnt in your studies to a business environment.

          Our six-week preparation scheme helps you find, secure and succeed in your placement. Find out more about placements and internships.

          Working in a real-world development environment with the tooling, processes and interaction that involves has been invaluable, and shown me the career I want to pursue.”Justin Crow
          Computer Science BSc
          Developer, Brandwatch

          Please note: If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

          These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

          Core modules

            Autumn teaching
            Autumn and spring teaching
            Spring teaching

            Options

              Spring teaching

              These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

              Core modules

                Autumn teaching
                Autumn and spring teaching
                Spring teaching

                Options

                  Autumn teaching
                  Spring teaching
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                  Dr Martin Berger

                  Dr Martin Berger

                  Lecturer in Foundations Of Computation

                  Research interests

                  Automata Theory, Compiler Theory, Compilers, Computer Systems Security, Concurrency, Cryptography, Domain Specific Languages, Formal Methods, Formal Verification, Foundations of computation, Functional Programming, Just-In-Time Compilers, Logic, Logic for Computer Science, Meta-Programming, Network Security, Programming Languages, Programming Languages - Concurrent, Programming Languages - Distributed, Proof Assistants, Proof Theory, Semantics of Programming Languages, Software Engineering, Software Specification, Software Verification, Theorem Provers

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                  Dr Luc Berthouze

                  Dr Luc Berthouze

                  Reader in Informatics

                  Research interests

                  Biomedical Signal Processing, Computational Neuroscience, Developmental Robotics, EEG, EMG, Motor Control, Network Theory and Complexity, Neuronal network, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

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                  Prof John Carroll

                  Prof John Carroll

                  Professor of Computational Linguistics

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                  Computational Linguistics, Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Machine Learning (AI), Medical Informatics, Natural Language Processing

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                  Dr Ronald Grau

                  Dr Ronald Grau

                  Teaching Fellow in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

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                  Artificial Intelligence, assessment, Business Intelligence, Cognitive Science Applications in ICT, Decision Support (AI), digital media, HCI for Group Decision Making, Information Systems, Information visualisation, Knowledge Acquisition, Knowledge Elicitation, Knowledge Representation, Multimedia, Programming Languages, Requirements Capture, Scientific Computing, Software Engineering, Visualisation of Information and Databases

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                  Dr Kate Howland

                  Dr Kate Howland

                  Lecturer In Interaction Design

                  Research interests

                  End-user programming, Game Based Learning, Game Creation for Learning, Human computer interaction, Interaction design, Novice programming, Participatory Design, Technology Enhanced Learning

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                  Dr Bill Keller

                  Dr Bill Keller

                  Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence

                  Research interests

                  Computational Linguistics, Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Linguistics, Machine Learning (AI), Natural Language Processing, Probabilistic Methods, Semantics And Pragmatics

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                  Dr Paul Newbury

                  Dr Paul Newbury

                  Senior Lecturer In Multimedia Systems

                  Research interests

                  Technology Enhanced Learning, Virtual Prototyping

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                  Prof Thomas Nowotny

                  Prof Thomas Nowotny

                  Professor Of Informatics

                  Research interests

                  Biomimetics, Chemical Sensing, Computational Neuroscience, Dynamic Clamp, Electronic Nose, GPU Computing, High Performance Computing, Insects, Ion channels, Machine Learning (AI), Neural networks, New Computing Paradigms, Olfaction, Robotics, Systems neuroscience

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                  Dr George Parisis

                  Dr George Parisis

                  Lecturer

                  Research interests

                  Data Centre Networking and Storage, Information-Centric Networking, Network Management, Opportunistic, Delay-Tolerant Networking, Software-Defined Networking and Software Verification

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                  Dr Novi Quadrianto

                  Dr Novi Quadrianto

                  Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning

                  Research interests

                  Bayesian Methods, Causality, Computer Vision - Machine Learning, Ethical Machine Learning, Kernel Methods, Machine Learning (AI), Optimisation (AI), Probabilistic Methods, Time Series

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                  Dr Bernhard Reus

                  Dr Bernhard Reus

                  Senior Lecturer in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence

                  Research interests

                  Computational Complexity, Computer science, Foundations of computation, Software Verification

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                  Dr Chris Thornton

                  Dr Chris Thornton

                  Lecturer in Computing Science

                  Research interests

                  Information Theory, Predictive Processing, Theoretical Cognitive Science

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                  Prof Ian Wakeman

                  Prof Ian Wakeman

                  Professor of Software Systems

                  Research interests

                  Communications networks, Datacenter Networking and Storage, delay tolerant networks, Distributed computing, Mobile Computing

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                  Dr Chang Wang

                  Dr Chang Wang

                  Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

                  Research interests

                  3D printing, Additive Manufacturing, Biomechanics for Orthopaedics, Computer Aided Modelling, Engineering Design, Engineering Stress Analysis, Finite Element Methods, Mechanical engineering, Solid Mechanics, Structural Engineering

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                  Prof David Weir

                  Prof David Weir

                  Professor Of Computer Science

                  Research interests

                  Computational Linguistics, Data Science, Natural Language Processing

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                  Fees

                  Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2019. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

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                  Scholarships

                  Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.

                  Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2019.

                  Careers

                  Graduate destinations

                  Recent graduates have gone on to roles including:

                  • campaign manager, Google
                  • software engineer, Electronic Arts
                  • graduate developer, American Express.

                  (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016)

                  Your future career

                  IT skills are highly valued in many sectors. Your degree also provides skills in flexibility, critical thinking, problem solving and attention to detail.

                  Our graduates find employment in a diverse range of fields, including:

                  • advertising, marketing and PR
                  • banking
                  • telecommunications and media production.

                  You benefit from our links with industry, which are as diverse as American Express, Demos (the think-tank) and the V&A Museum. Our curriculum is informed by sector experts who sit on an advisory board, ensuring that what we teach is what industry needs.

                  Leading companies such as Creative Assembly, IBM, Microsoft and Thales have visited recently to talk to our students.

                  Working while you study

                  Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

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