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Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation MRes + EngD

The Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation (VEIV) MRes + EngD focuses on visualisation and imaging in engineering and design. Each student undertakes a one-year MRes followed by a three-year EngD. The programme is for outstanding students and engineers who want to direct research in industry, or maintain strong industry links. Many of our students are supported by one of our industrial collaborators.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 4 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£4,915 (FT) N/A (PT)
£23,050 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Work experience may also be taken into account.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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The VEIV MRes+EngD is run by the VEIV Centre which is a world leader in computational capture, rendering and simulation for a diverse range of applications. The VEIV Centre is based in the Department of Computer Science and has strong collaborative links with the Departments of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, and the Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment.

Research areas

  • Sense - Sensors, detectors and tracking: Technology advances allow us to continuously monitor our environment, to amass and test data, and to use this data to produce a meaningful picture of our complex world. The VEIV Centre has contributed towards advances in object tracking, image recognition and the latest sensor and detector technologies.
  • Show - 3D, modelling and visualisation: Computational photography, advanced display systems and immersive virtual reality reveal to us a life-like picture of real and imagined worlds. The VEIV Centre has contributed towards technology advances in data visualisation, including 3D medical scanning, geographic systems and visual modelling of complex forms.
  • Interact - Interfaces, gaming and social: Computing technologies are now enmeshed in the fabric of our environments. They take readings of our activities, send us signals, keep us engaged and entertained, and point us in the right direction. Interaction has reached a level of ubiquity that we barely notice. The VEIV Centre has played a pivotal role in developing the latest multimedia and research on virtual environments, interactive interfaces and cutting-edge real-time gaming technologies.
More information can be found on the department website: Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation MRes + EngD

Degree structure

The four-year programme is composed of a one-year MRes and a three-year EngD. The MRes must be passed successfully before the EngD can be started. MRes: Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of research-led modules (105 credits); taught modules (45 credits); and transferable skills modules (30 credits).

Taught Modules: Other modules can be taken with prior approval.

  • Mathematical Methods Algorithms & Implementations
  • Virtual Environments
  • Image Processing
  • Computer Graphics
  • Research Methods & Reading
  • Machine Vision
  • Graphical Models
  • Geometry of Images
  • Acquisition & Processing of 3D Geometry
  • Inverse Problems in Imaging
  • Computational Modelling for Biomedical Imaging
  • Computational Photography & Capture
  • Information Processing in Medical Imaging.

All modules are 15 credits each.

Transferable Skills Modules: Other modules can be taken with prior approval.

  • New Technology Ventures
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Professional Development in Practice
  • Research Methods in Reading (compulsory).

All modules are 15 credits each.

EngD: Once the MRes has been awarded students will progress to the EngD programme. At the end of the first and second year of their EngD each student must submit a report and pass a viva voce in order to progress to the next year of the programme. The final EngD award will be based on the submission of a thesis and viva voce examination.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


UCL Computer Science graduates secure careers in a variety of organisations including global IT consultancies, City banks and specialist companies in manufacturing industries. The Department takes pride in helping students in their career choices and offers placements and internships with numerous start-up technology companies, including those on Silicon Roundabout, world-leading companies such as Google, Skype and Facebook, and multi-national Finance companies including Morgan Stanley, Deutsche and JP Morgan. Our graduates secure roles such as applications developers, information systems managers, IT consultants, multimedia programmers, software engineers and systems analysts in companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Bloomberg, PwC and IBM.


UCL Computer Science research students' employability is greatly enhanced by working alongside world-leading researchers in cutting-edge research areas such as virtual environments, networked systems, human-computer interaction and financial computing. Computer Science enjoys the UCL multi-disciplinary tradition and shares ideas and resources from across the departments of Faculty of Engineering and beyond. Our alumni have gone on to find work, or found their own successful start-up companies, because they have an excellent understanding of the current questions which face industry and have the skills and the experience to market innovative solutions.


UCL Computer Science is located in the heart of London and subsequently has strong links with industry. We regularly welcome industry executives to observe students' project presentations, we host networking events with technology entrepreneurs (many of whom are Computer Science Alumni) and companies sponsor our student prizes. Students also have the advantage of a location close to the City and Canary Wharf to work on projects with leading global financial companies. London is also home to numerous technology communities, for example the Graduate Developer Community, who meet regularly and provide mentors for students interested in finding developer roles when they graduate.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The VEIV Centre is based in UCL’s Department of Computer Science and The Bartlett. UCL Computer Science is a global research leader, ranked by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 evaluation as the best UK computer science department. 96% of the research was ranked as internationally excellent. The Bartlett is a world-leading, multidisciplinary faculty focusing on developing and understanding the built environment.

Throughout their histories both UCL Computer Science and The Bartlett have impacted their respective research landscapes and continue to deliver innovations that change the world. Graduates are highly regarded as a result of these global reputations and the strong links with industry held by both.

Department: Computer Science

Student / staff numbers › 200 staff including 120 postdocs › 650 taught students › 180 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Student view

"I had a fantastic supervisor who was very supportive throughout and really put all his students first. I also had great support from my peers and I was very grateful for the opportunity to meet all these people at UCL."

Anita Soni

Virtual Environments Imaging & Visualisation MRes+EngD

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

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