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
- Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2018
- London, Bloomsbury
- Applications per place
- 12 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 123 (2018 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.
The cutting-edge knowledge coming from our extensive research will be 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 which stretches across engineering. This allows you 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 of all computer scientists, whatever their particular interest or specialisation. The core modules cover all the main strands of computer science: architecture, programming, theory, design and mathematics. In the second year you will additionally choose a minor subject option from a wide selection available as part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) within UCL Engineering.
In the third year, you will 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. Students on the MEng are invited to apply to study abroad whilst in their second year of the programme.
This degree is part of the 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.
As an IEP student, you are able to select a minor subject to study alongside your core and optional computer science modules in the second and third years. There are a large number of minor subjects available within UCL Engineering.
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.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Networking and Concurrency
Logic and Database Theory
Mathematics and Statistics
Software Engineering and Human Computer Interaction
Systems Engineering Project
IEP Minor module I
Core or compulsory module(s)
IEP Minor module II
IEP Minor module III
You will also select credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include the following:
Artificial Intelligence and Neural Computing
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.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Individual Project (Master's Level)
You will select credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:
Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction
Financial Institutions and Markets
Financial Information Systems
Information Retrieval and Data-Mining
Introduction to Cryptography
Mobile and Cloud Computing
People and Security
Validation and Verification
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.
The 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. As well as these pathways, the UCL Computer Science MEng will provide you with an excellent foundation for a broad spectrum of different careers.
You may also choose to pursue further academic study such as a Master's degree or doctoral research.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme include:
- Application Developer, J.P. Morgan
- Technology Analyst, Goldman Sachs
- Software Engineer, Google
- Software Engineer, IBM
- Software Development Engineer, Amazon
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 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2017/18 - see below)
- Overseas students
- £23,710 (2017/18)
The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.
Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.
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 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 2018
If your application demonstrates the academic profile and commitment to computer science we are looking for, you will be invited to a department open day where you can find out more about us and what it’s like to study at UCL Computer Science.
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.