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.
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 12 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 123 (2017 entry)*
- Mathematics required.
- 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
- A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Mathematics, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, to include Mathematics
A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include Mathematics at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA, to include Mathematics.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Located in purpose-built accommodation, the department offers excellent laboratory and experiment facilities in a friendly and personal learning 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.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
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.
- 96% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).
The Computer Science MEng and BSc programmes share a common core for the first two years. The aim of the core modules is to cover the essential material required by all computer scientists, whatever their particular interest or specialisation. The core modules thus cover all the main strands of computer science: architecture, programming, theory, design and mathematics.
In the third year, you take four core modules and a group research project. In your final year, you undertake an individual supervised project. In both the third and fourth years the remaining modules 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.
This degree is part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP), a teaching framework that engages students in specialist and interdisciplinary activities designed to create well-rounded graduates with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of their discipline and a broad understanding of the complexity and context of computer science problems. Students engage in activities that span departments so the development of fundamental technical knowledge takes place alongside specialist and interdisciplinary research-based projects and professional skills. This creates degrees encouraging professional development, with an emphasis on design and challenging students to apply knowledge to complex problems.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists
Principles of Programming
Professional Engineering and Design
All first-year modules are compulsory.
Logic and Database Theory
Mathematics and Statistics
Software Engineering and HCI
System Engineering Projects
Minor Option I
Minor Option II
You will select credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include the following:
Artificial Intelligence and Neural Computing
Computational Photography and Capture
Database and Information Management Systems
Students who choose a year abroad and are accepted at one of our partner institutions undertake an approved course of study overseas.
Individual Project (Master's Level)
You will select credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:
Advanced Modelling Rendering and Animation
Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction
Evolutionary and Natural Computation
Financial Information Systems
Information Retrieval and Data-Mining
Introduction to Cryptography
Mobile and Cloud Computing
People and Security
Systems Requirements Engineering
Modules usually last for one term and include a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory 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.
All modules 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.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Computer Science MEng.
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.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- Technology Analyst, BlackRock
- Software Developer, Cisco
- Application Developer, J.P. Morgan
- Graduate Trainee, UBS
- Technology Graduate, Barclays
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
“The MEng is wide and diverse, and I enjoy the fact that it involves developing solutions to real-world problems. You can be proud of something that you have made yourself which is very rewarding. Though not part of my programme, you can apply for different work placements, which gives you a competitive edge. You can also opt to study abroad as I did.”Navin Bharwani - Computer Science MEng (Fourth Year)
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £22,380 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Google Europe Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Google offers a number of scholarships to women students in Computer Science.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
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.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
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 at UCL Computer Science.
A series of informative sessions will be on offer, introducing you to the department and UCL and giving you a taster of what its 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.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students