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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700

Application date

  • All applicants: 30 May 2014

More details in Application section.

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 programs 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.

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).

Core Modules

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


  • Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks
  • Database Systems
  • Functional Programming
  • Interaction Design
  • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Software Engineering
  • MultiMedia Computing
  • Project Management
  • Financial Business Analysis and Project Management
  • Financial Information Systems
  • Compliance, Risk and Regulation
  • Mathematics (not credit bearing)


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:


We are offering four MSc Excellence Scholarships worth £4,000 to UK/EU offer holders with a record of excellent academic achievement. Please note that the closing date for applying for this is 30 June 2014.

Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 30 May 2014.

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.


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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Accenture, Software Engineer, 2011
  • Barclays Capital, Project Manager, 2011
  • Arts Alliance Media, Web Designer, 2011
  • Transport for London, Graduate Software Engineer, 2010
  • Bloomberg, Financial Software Developer, 2009


This degree opens up many different career routes. Recent graduates have been employed by some of the world's leading IT companies such as Accenture, Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse. The entrepreneurial spirit is ignited in other students and they start their own companies or join the excitement of dynamic start-ups. Other graduates have gone onto PhD study to conduct cutting-edge research in areas that interest them.

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