Emerging Digital Technologies MSc
The MSc Emerging Digital Technologies at UCL merges technology and the management of technology. Students will develop hands-on skills in areas such as data science, blockchain technologies and information management systems, which will prepare them for careers in emerging technology-centric roles in complex business environments.
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme startsSeptember 2022
A minimum of an upper-second class UK Bachelor's degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, or a similarly quantitative subject.
- 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.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
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 MSc Emerging Digital Technologies, you will develop a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of emerging technologies and how to apply them. You will gain an understanding of their limitations and current boundaries as well as their opportunities and risks. This is supplemented with business strategies and management knowledge on how you can effectively deploy these technologies to innovate within the business environments.
Who this course is forThis programme is designed for students pursuing emerging technology-centric careers, combining technology and the management of technology-led complex business environments. This programme is aimed at students with strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds looking to enrich their technology-related skills and gain a management toolkit.
What this course will give you
- The UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies has created this programme. This multidisciplinary research centre focuses on how blockchain and other emerging technologies are impacting the world’s socio-economic systems.
- The UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies leverages numerous partnerships with some of the largest technology companies in the world. These relationships exist, for instance, with Fidelity, Ripple, State Street, Natwest, Santander, R3, UN, Oracle, DXC Technology and many other firms. It will also utilise its expertise in blockchain technology to create further blockchain modules in the future and make these available to the entire Computer Science department and others.
- UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).
- Over the years, the three most relevant university rankings (QS, THE, ARWU) have consistently classified UCL among the top 5 universities in Europe and the top 20 universities in the world.
- London is a global financial centre and technology hub. Students of the MSc Emerging Digital Technologies programme will benefit from proximity to top technology companies, entrepreneurial projects and practitioners in central London.
The foundation of your career
This new programme aims to equip you with the skill and knowledge to pursue careers in data analytics, computer security, fintech and digital policy, or to pursue further study or a career in academia.
The programme is designed to equip you with demonstratable skills in forecasting current and future trends in technologies, business strategy and management of emerging technologies, data science and machine learning, and blockchain technologies. Depending on the optional modules chosen, you may also gain skills in digital innovation and policy, fintech, cybersecurity and network analysis.
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 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 (classroom based and/ or online) 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 MSc Emerging Digital Technologies is a one-year programme.
In term 1, you will study topics in digital technologies and business strategy, blockchain technologies, and the fundamental of database systems. You will choose from specialist optional topics, including machine learning and computer security.
In term 2, you will study data science. You will choose further optional topics, which may include entrepreneurship, networks and systemic risk, further machine learning, people and computer security, digital finance, innovation and strategy, and matters relating to digital technology policy. You will also begin preparation for your final research project/ dissertation.
In term 3, you will primarily focus on your final 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 is subject to change.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
Fees and funding
Fees for this course
|Tuition fees (2022/23)||£29,400|
|Tuition fees (2022/23)||£29,400|
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.
Students will require a modern computer (PC or Mac). The minimum specifications should be 8GB RAM and 500GB SSD storage. A computer with the stated specifications will cost approximately £500.
Some students run Linux on their PCs while others run Windows with Linux Virtual Machines installed.
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 a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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 Emerging Digital Technologies at taught postgraduate level. Why you want to study Emerging Digital Technologies at UCL. What particularly attracts you to this programme. How your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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.
Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.
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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021