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Email: undergrad-admissions@cs.ucl.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£19,500 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Specific Funding Notes

The Google Europe Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Google offers a number of scholarships to women students in Computer Science.

Key Facts

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Computer Science

Computer Science MEng

UCAS Code: G402

Through world-class teaching, this MEng develops the engineering expertise for creating cutting-edge software systems, along with the skills and intellectual rigour required for innovation and research. A strong focus on solving real-world problems is combined with building a deep understanding of computer science theory.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA
Subjects Mathematics required.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 39
Subjects A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics, with no score below 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Selected entry requirements will appear here

International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • Located in purpose-built accommodation, the department offers excellent laboratory and experiment facilities in a friendly and personal environment.
  • You will benefit from our extensive research, as this cutting-edge knowledge is fed into your lecture programmes.
  • Our location in the centre of London strengthens our close associations with industry and the financial sector, and offers you extensive opportunities for developing contacts with potential employers.
  • The degree is part of an integrated programme across engineering providing opportunities to broaden your horizons through interactions with other disciplines.

The Computer Science MEng and BSc programmes share a common core for the first two years. The aim of the core courses is to cover the essential material required by all computer scientists, whatever their particular interest or specialisation. The core courses thus cover all the main strands of computer science: architecture, programming, theory, design and mathematics. In addition to the core material in years one and two, you may select electives. These might be chosen from computer science areas (multimedia, computing, or cognitive systems and intelligent technologies), or from elsewhere in UCL.

In the third year, you take four core courses and a group research project. In your final year, you undertake an individual supervised project. In both the third and fourth years the remaining courses are chosen from a wide range of specialist options linked to research areas in the department.

The International Programme also enables students to spend their third year in a selected university in Europe (France, Germany, Spain, Italy), the USA or Australia.

Your Learning

Courses usually last for one term and include a mixture of lectures, tutorials and lab classes. There is a focus on practical problem-based learning and group work. From the very first week of teaching you will find yourself applying theory and working with others on solving real and challenging problems. Individual support is offered to all students through a personal tutorial system.

Assessment

All courses are assessed, by individual or group coursework assignments and an unseen written examination at the end of the academic year. Student performance is continually monitored, and to progress on the MEng programmes you must have demonstrated excellent academic performance by the end of the second year.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory subjects

Computer Architecture
Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists
Object Oriented Programming
Principles of Programming
Robotics Programming
Theory I
Theory II

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory

Year Two

Compulsory subjects

Compilers
Logic and Database Theory
Mathematics and Statistics
Networking and Concurrency
Software Engineering and Human Computer Interaction
Systems Engineering Project I and II

Optional courses

All second-year courses are compulsory

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Computational Complexity
Operating Systems
Research Methods
Research Project
Technology Management and Professional Issues

Optional courses

You will select credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include the following:

Artificial Intelligence and Neural Computing
Computational Photography and Capture
Computer Graphics
Database and Information Management Systems
Functional Programming
Image Processing
Interaction Design
Networked Systems

Year Abroad
Students who choose a year abroad and are accepted at one of our partner institutions undertake an approved course of study overseas.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Individual Project (Master's Level)

Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:

Advanced Modelling Rendering and Animation
Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction
Bioinformatics
Evolutionary and Natural Computation
Financial Information Systems
Information Retrieval and Data-Mining
Introduction to Cryptography
Machine Vision
Mobile and Cloud Computing
People and Security
Systems Requirements Engineering
Virtual Environments

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

Strong practical and analytical skills developed during your studies will leave you well-placed to meet the growing global demand for graduates in this fast-moving industry.

Our graduates have previously secured careers with global IT consultancies, as IT analysts with City of London banks and as IT specialists with manufacturing industries. However, your UCL Computer Science degree will provide you with an excellent foundation for almost any career.

Alternatively, you may also choose to pursue further academic study such as a Master's degree or doctoral research.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Consultant, BAE Systems (2011)
  • Computer Programmer, BT (2011)
  • Developer Evangelist, Microsoft (2011)
  • Software Developer, OpenBet (2010)
  • Technology Analyst, Goldman Sachs (2010)

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

Application

Your Application

In addition to academic requirements, we are looking for you to demonstrate a proven interest in computing and a clear understanding of what studying computer science entails. We are keen to admit students with an interest in subjects that relate to applications of computer technology.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Selection

If your application demonstrates the academic profile and commitment to Computer Science we are looking for, you will be invited to visit the department to find out more about us and what it’s like to study Computer Science at UCL.

A series of informative sessions will be on offer, introducing you to the department and UCL and giving you a taster of what it’s like to study here. You will have the opportunity to meet members of teaching staff and current students, take a tour of the campus and see demonstrations of current research and teaching activities.

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