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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:

£20,250 (FT)

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. 

Web Science and Big Data Analytics MSc

While transforming our lives dramatically, the World Wide Web also generates many pressing challenges to our global societies. This brand new programme provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and technological components of the World Wide Web, preparing them for a career in scientific research or within Internet-based industries.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and technological components of the World Wide Web, ranging from (multimedia) information processing, information search and retrieval, data mining and knowledge acquisition, large-scale distributed data analytics, to e-commerce and their business and economic models, and to the latest concepts of participatory web and social networks and the underlying networks science.

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

MSc students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three option modules (45 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Information Retrieval and Knowledge Discovery
  • Distributed Systems and Security
  • Multimedia Systems
  • Complex Networks and Web
  • Web Economics


  • Three elective modules from available UCL Computer Science programmes.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

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

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a highly quantitative subject such as computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering or the physical sciences, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students should also have some experience with a programming language such as Matlab, Java or python. Appropriate industrial experience may also be taken into account.

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

Applications are accepted between 1 November and 31 July, however 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 MSc programme is suitable for students with a general science and engineering background who wish to learn all aspects of quantitative web science needed for the development of large scale web eco systems and information seeking and quantitative data analysis tools.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Web Science and Big Data Analytics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Web Science and Big Data Analytics 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.


Graduates from UCL are keenly sought by the world's leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. Graduates of our Web Science and Big Data Analytics programmes are expected to develop careers in scientific research, the internet-based industry and other professional areas.

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

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