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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£10,765 (FT)
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

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.

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: Good

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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Degree Information

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a group project (60 credits).

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Networked Computer Systems MSc


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.

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

Brown Family Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

£15,000 (1 year)
UK students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Computer Science Excellence Scholarships

£4,000 (1)
UK, EU students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Network Security and Cloud Computing Engineer, Orange (2011)
  • Consultant, IBM (2012)
  • Graduate Technology Analyst, Royal Bank of Scotland (2012)
  • Senior Applications Engineer, Zoycom Solutions (2013)

Why 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).

Student / staff ratios › 80 staff › 650 taught students › 175 research students

Department: Computer Science

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 July 2015

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
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