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Mrs Sally Longley

Email: msccs-admissions@cs.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3674

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Computer Science

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

80% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Computer Science MSc

The Computer Science MSc aims to provide a thorough introduction to computing. Students gain a sound knowledge of the theoretical basis and practical applications of computer science, to enable them to find employment in the computer industry, or to apply computing techniques in the subject area of their first degree.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme emphasises the rigorous scientific aspects of computing. Students develop an understanding of the architecture of computer systems, including hardware and systems software, programming, the principles of software engineering and interaction design, standard data structures and algorithms; and gain the ability to construct programmes using a modern programming language.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research, and was one of the top rated departments in the country according to the UK government's recent research assessment exercise.

Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries from entertainment to finance.

We take an experimental approach to our subject, enjoy the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Introductory Programming
  • Design
  • Architecture and Hardware
  • Systems Infrastructure
  • Algorithmics

Options

  • Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks
  • Database Systems
  • Functional Programming
  • Image Processing and Graphics
  • Interaction Design
  • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Medical Scientific Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • MultiMedia Computing
  • Quantitative and Computational Finance
  • Project Management
  • Compliance, Risk and Regulation
  • Mathematics (not credit bearing)

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent computer-based science project which culminates in a dissertation in the form of a project report.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials. Lectures are often supported by laboratory work with help from demonstrators. Student performance is assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and a substantial individual project.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree, in subjects other than computing or information technology, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A level Mathematics or its equivalent is also a requirement. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate basic programming skills and show some experience of Mathematics.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 28 June 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme aims to give students the technical skills and understanding required to pursue a career in the computing/information technology sector or for further doctoral research. Graduates with previous industrial experience in the computer field can enhance their career prospects through the acquisition of skills and knowledge in this area.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Computer Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Computer Science at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • what programming experience you have
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

Graduates from UCL are keenly sought by the world's leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. UCL Computer Science graduates are particularly valued as a result of the department's strong international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London. Our graduates secure careers in a wide variety of organisations; for example with global IT consultancies, as IT analysts with City banks, or as IT specialists within manufacturing industries.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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