UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.


Admissions Tutor

Dr Danail Stoyanov

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

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3690

More Information

Subject area:

Computer Science

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Department website:

Computer Science

Key Facts

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Mathematical Computation MEng

UCAS code: G430

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.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA
Subjects 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.
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 at grade 7, with no score below 5.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

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.

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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: 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 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 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.

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.


All courses are assessed, usually 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 to 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 courses

Algebra I
Algebra II
Mathematical Methods I
Introduction to Programming
Object-Oriented Programming
Robotics Programming
Theory I
Theory II

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Algebra III: Further Linear Algebra
Directed Reading
Logic and Database Theory
Mathematical Methods II
Network and Concurrency
Probability and Statistics

Optional courses

You will select 0.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses.

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Computational Complexity
Introduction to Cryptography
Technology Managements and Professional Issues

Optional courses

Optional courses will include:

Artificial Intelligence
Dynamical Systems
Evolutionary Computation
Game Theory
Graph Theory
Machine Learning

Please note: Some aspects of the year are still to be confirmed.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Individual Project (Masters Level)

Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of Master's Level Mathematics and Computer Science options.

Further details on 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 2014. Therefore no information about their career destinations is yet available. First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of Computer Science programmes include:

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

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.


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 Mathematical Computation 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.

Video: applying to UCL through UCAS

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

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.

Playlist: funding for UK/EU and overseas students

Undergraduate playlist

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