Computer Science MSc
The Computer Science MSc at UCL provides students with a strong foundation in computer science theory and practical software engineering skills, including teamwork for industrial or research clients. Students will complement their first degree with computer science knowledge, which can lead to interdisciplinary industrial positions or PhD research.
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree (or an international qualification of an equivalent standard in a subject other than computer science or information technology. Evidence should be included within the application to demonstrate suitable mathematical skills (to at least Mathematics A standard), and analytical skills. Although, the programme is intended for those who are new to Computer Science, applicants must ensure they have standard computational thinking skills, as programming is a core part of the programme.
The English language level for this programme is: Level 2
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.
About this degree
As a student on the Computer Science MSc, you will learn the fundamental concepts of how computers work, by studying computer architecture, databases, data structures, and algorithms. You will develop programming skills in modern languages and gain practical knowledge in areas such as human-computer interaction, application design, and software engineering.
You will develop skills in team working, project planning and communication though working in small groups developing software for both industrial and research clients. You will be able to focus and specialise though optional modules, which may include subjects such as functional programming, entrepreneurship, and machine learning.
Who this course is for
What this course will give you
UCL is ranked 8th globally and 5th in Europe in the 2023 QS World University Rankings, giving you an exciting opportunity to study at one of world's best universities.
UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research. The department was ranked first in England and second in the UK for research power in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021.) You will learn from leading experts with an outstanding reputation in the field
UCL Computer Science graduates are highly valued as a result of the department's strong international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London.
The programme team takes an experimental approach to our subject, enjoy the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships, and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations.
The foundation of your career
Alumni from this programme have been employed by some of the world's leading IT companies and large private and public organisations, such as Accenture, Barclays Capital, and Credit Suisse, Twitter, NHS, whilst others have gone on to pursue further study or a career in academia.
The programme is designed to enhance career prospects through the study of fundamentals computer science principles, which complements graduates’ first-degree subject, so that graduates are prepared to assume key interdisciplinary industrial positions and PhD research.
The programme also aims to educate graduates to gain an ability to take an analytical approach to solving problems and resolving issues, and to build positive working relationships by learning to be not only a good team player but also to manage and delegate to others and take on responsibility.
Teaching and learning
You will be assessed through a range of methods across the programme, which will vary depending on any optional or elective module choices. The programme’s core curriculum is typically assessed by methods including coursework, lab work, individual and group projects, class tests, written examinations, oral assessments, and, in all cases, culminating in a final research or industrial project/ dissertation.
Contact time takes a variety of forms, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervisions, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, visits, placements, office hours (where staff are available for consultation), email, videoconference, or other media, and situations where feedback on assessed work is given (one-to-one or in a group).
Each module has a credit value that indicates the total notional learning hours a learner will spend on average to achieve its learning outcomes. One credit is typically described as being equal to 10 hours of notional learning, which includes all contact time, self-directed study, and assessment.
The contact time for each of your 15 credit taught modules will typically include 22-30 hours of teaching activity over the term of its delivery, with the balance then comprised of self-directed learning and working on your assessments. You will have ongoing contact with teaching staff via each module’s online discussion forum, which is typically used for discussing and clarifying concepts or assessment matters and will have the opportunity to access additional support via regular office hours with module leaders and programme directors.
Your research project/ dissertation module is 60 credits and will include regular contact with your project supervisor(s), who will guide and support you throughout your project. You will dedicate most of your time on this module to carrying out research in connection with your project and writing up your final report.
The Computer Science MSc is a one-year programme.
In term 1, you will study topics, including programming, computer architecture, operating systems, algorithmics, and databases. These topics set the foundation for the whole degree, preparing you for further topics and for your research project/ dissertation.
In term 2, you will study application engineering and choose from a range of optional topics, which may include functional programming, software engineering, entrepreneurship, and machine learning. You will also begin preparation for your final research project/ dissertation.
In term 3, you will primarily focus on your final industrial or research project/dissertation, and any examinations that take place in the main examination period.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Computer Science.
Fees and funding
Fees for this course
|Tuition fees (2023/24)||£18,000|
|Tuition fees (2023/24)||£35,000|
The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000.
Students will require a modern computer (PC or Mac) with minimum specifications 8GB RAM and 500GB SSD storage. A computer with the stated specifications is estimated to cost £500 or greater.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Funding your studies
For more information about funding opportunities for Department of Computer Science taught postgraduate programmes, please see the department's scholarships webpage.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Deadline: 8 June 2023Value: £15,000 (1 year)Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial needEligibility: UK
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Your application will be judged entirely on the evidence you provide.
Your personal statement should include:
- why you want to study Computer Science at graduate level
- why you want to study Computer Science at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- what mathematics experience you have to meet the requirements of the programme
- what programming experience you have
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Due to competition for places on this programme, no late applications will be considered. Students with visa requirements or applying for scholarships are advised to apply early.
We advertise 6-8 weeks from the time an application is complete, that is submitted and application processing fee paid, and both references in to when we hope to have a decision on your application returned to you.
Not receiving a response after 8 weeks means that your application is on a waiting list. If this is the case, you can either wait for a final response to be made on your application just after the closing deadline or withdraw your application via the online applicant portal.
Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.
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