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Contact details

Mr Andrew Marriott

Email: a.marriott@cs.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7937

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Students applying for scholarships are advised to submit their application as early as possible, as the deadlines for scholarships are often very early in the year.

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

More information

Prospectus Entry

Computer Science

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

80% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Networked Computer Systems MSc

The internationally renowned Networked Computer Systems MSc aims to provide an in-depth understanding of digital communications, working from first principles via technology to applications. Case studies are given by industrial experts to provide a contextual framework, and the programme is continually updated to remain abreast of a rapidly developing field.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides primary material reflecting the perception of both current practice and future importance. Students obtain exposure to industrial and commercial constraints through a seminar series delivered largely by industry; and gain the opportunity to put academic and project management skills into practice in individual and group activities.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research, and the Networked Computer Systems MSc has been running for over a decade with strong encouragement from government and companies from both the information technology and financial service sectors.

The programme is accredited by the British Computer Society and gives exemption from the society's Part II examinations. This exemption allows graduates to join the society and obtain admission to the professional grade of MBCS after appropriate additional experience.

Membership of the BCS is recognised by the Engineering Council for recognition as a chartered engineer (CEng).

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 eight core modules (120 credits) and a group project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Networked Systems
  • Distributed Systems and Security
  • Network and Applications Programming
  • Multimedia Systems
  • Mobile and Cloud Computing
  • Professional Practice
  • Operating Systems
  • Group Project


  • Students choose one optional module from the following:
  • Computer Security I
  • Language Based Security
  • Database Systems
  • Web Economics
  • Information Retrieval and Data Mining


All MSc students undertake a group project in the field of networked computer systems, which culminates in a group project report, an individual project report and an oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, interactive industrial seminars, class discussions, tutorials and project supervision. Students have the opportunity of attending seminars given by people in the front line of commerce and industry. Assessment is through coursework, practical work, unseen written examination and through the group project.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or in a science or engineering subject with significant computer science content, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account. Successful candidates will have good programming skills in C/C++ or Java, and we would expect candidates to have at least some knowledge of both of these.

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 2 August 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 is aimed at graduates with a computer science background wishing to specialise in the area of networks and distributed systems. We seek high-quality applicants, capable of taking up responsible positions within industry or undertaking further research. This qualification enhances employment prospects and adds considerably to commercial worth.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Networked Computer Systems at graduate level
  • why you want to study Networked Computer Systems 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.


Prospects for graduates of the Networked Computer Systems MSc are good, and graduates are amongst the best qualified individuals in this area anywhere in the world. Our students can clearly demonstrate expertise in what has become, and will remain, a very major market. This opens up considerable opportunities: in Europe currently, there are thousands of job vacancies in this field.

Graduates have taken up posts in a variety of institutions in the finance and information technology industries, generally working in the design, research, development and management of communication systems. Our graduates have found employment with Google and Aveva and a significant number have also joined European research programmes.

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

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