This MEng is aimed at a small cohort of students with strong mathematical ability. The programme focuses on theoretical computer science and will equip you with the ability to model complex systems, and represent, manipulate, and analyse the vast amounts of data and knowledge required to solve massively complex problems.
- Degree Programme
- Mathematical Computation MEng
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Mathematics with A* required and Further Mathematics preferred.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is 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 Mathematics at grade 7, 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 at D2
A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include Mathematics A1 at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*, to include Mathematics A* and preferably Further 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
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.
- 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.
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 programme will cover a wide range of mathematical topics that underpin the analysis of computational systems including logic, discrete mathematics, information theory, probability and statistics. With this foundation, you will investigate methods for representing, manipulating and reasoning about the vast amounts of data and knowledge available to modern computers. The mathematical content is deeper and more substantial than our other computer science programmes. Practical problem-solving will mesh with this deeper theoretical work, and you will take part in regular reading groups and seminars, solely for Mathematical Computation students.
Second-year students have one free optional course which may be taken from outside the department. In the third and final years you may choose from a wide range of specialist options including game theory, artificial intelligence, graph theory, evolutionary computation, machine learning, dynamical systems and cryptography.
In the final year you will produce a dissertation in a subject of your choice.
Mathematical Methods I
Principles of Programming
All first year courses are compulsory.
Algebra III: Further Linear Algebra
Logic and Database Theory
Mathematical Methods II
Network and Concurrency
Probability and Statistics
You will select 0.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses.
Introduction to Cryptography
Technology Managements and Professional Issues
Optional courses will include:
Please note: Some aspects of the year are still to be confirmed.
Individual Project (Masters Level)
You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of Master's Level Mathematics and Computer Science options.
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.
Student performance is continually monitored, and all courses are assessed, usually by individual or group coursework assignments and an unseen written examination at the end of the academic year.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Mathematical Computation 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.
The first cohort of students admitted to the Mathematical Computation MEng will graduate in 2015. Therefore no information about their career destinations is yet available. First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of UCL Computer Science programmes include:
- Application Developer, JP Morgan (2013)
- Software Developer, Credit Suisse (2013)
- Business and Systems Integration Analyst, Accenture (2013)
- Consultant, BAE Systems (2011)
- IT Analyst, 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
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £20,700 (2015/16)
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.
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.