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
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- 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).
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
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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
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.
"I chose to study at UCL because of the prestige and philosophy of the university. I've been connected to UCL for 14 years. I completed my undergraduate, PhD, and postdoctoral research at the university and have spun-out a company from UCL."
CEO, Satalia, 2008
"It is amazing to be in a position to regularly interact and collaborate with the brightest minds of the current generation and together help to shape the future, constructively and positively."
Dr Niloy Mitra
Reader in Geometric Modeling and Computer Graphics