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Computer Science MEng

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.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Computer Science MEng
UCAS code
G402
Duration
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Computer Science
Total intake (by subject area)
117 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
9 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
Mathematics required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students 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.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

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 Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*, to include Mathematics.

International applications

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

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

The Undergraduate 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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.

Degree benefits

  • 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.

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).

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 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.

Year One

Compulsory subjects

Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists
Integrated Engineering
Principles of Programming
Object-Oriented Programming
Professional Engineering and Design
Robotics Programming
Theory I
Theory II

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory

Year Two

Compulsory subjects

Compilers
Design and Professional Practice
Engineering Minor
Logic and Database Theory
Mathematics and Statistics
Object-Oriented Design
Software Engineering and HCI

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

Your learning

Courses 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.

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.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Computer Science MEng.

Careers

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 (2011-2013) of this programme include:

  • Application Developer, JP Morgan (2013)
  • Technology Graduate, Barclays (2012)
  • Consultant, BAE Systems (2011)
  • Computer Programmer, BT (2011)
  • Developer Evangelist, Microsoft (2011)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£20,700 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding

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

Scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016



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 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 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.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students