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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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
G402
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*A*A
Subjects
A* Mathematics required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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

Contextual offer

Grades
A*AB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A* Mathematics required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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
40
Subjects
A total of 20 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics, with no score below 5.

Contextual offer

Points
38 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in 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,D2,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, to include Mathematics at D2

A1,A1,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A1 at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include Mathematics at Advanced Higher A1.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*A*A, to include Mathematics at A*.

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.

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

  • Our degree programmes are designed and taught by world-class researchers, ensuring our material is cutting edge.

  • Located in purpose-built accommodation, the department offers excellent laboratory and experiment facilities in a friendly and personal learning environment.

  • 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 which stretches across engineering. This allows you to broaden your horizons through interactions with other disciplines.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The structure of years one and two of this four-year programme is based around a set of core modules, the aim of which is to cover the essential material required of all computer scientists, whatever their particular interest or specialisation. These modules address all the main strands of computer science: architecture, programming, theory, design, and mathematics.

In the third year, you take a further four core advanced level modules, two of which are focused on computer science research, where you work with one of the department’s research groups. You also have two advanced level options from a range of subject areas.

Alternatively, the International Programme route of the MEng enables you to take your third year at a partner university outside the UK, including universities in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. You are invited to apply to study abroad whilst in your second year.

The final year is at Master’s level, where you take six options from the range of modules offered to the specialised MSc programmes run by the department. You also undertake an individual supervised project, allowing you to work in depth on a challenging problem, providing another opportunity to engage with the research activities in the department.

In your second and third year you will undertake an Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) minor, alongside your core/optional Computer Science modules. The IEP minor comprises of one module in the second year and two modules in the third year. There are a number of minor subjects offered by UCL Engineering departments including: Entrepreneurship, Nanotechnology, Biomechanics, Management and Connected Systems. Alternatively, you can take the Intelligent Systems minor taught by Computer Science or you can learn a modern foreign language to an advanced level.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Compulsory subjects

  • Algorithms
  • Compilers
  • Design and Professional Practice
  • Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists
  • Integrated Engineering
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Principles of Programming
  • Theory of Computation

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Computer Architecture and Concurrency
  • Logic and Database Theory
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

Optional modules

IEP Minor module I

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Computability and Complexity Theory
  • Computer Systems
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project

Optional modules

IEP Minor module II
IEP Minor module III

You will also select credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include the following:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Neural Computing
  • 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.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Individual Project (Master's Level)

Optional modules

You will select credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:

  • Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction
  • Bioinformatics
  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Graphical Models
  • Information Retrieval and Data-Mining
  • Introduction to Cryptography
  • Machine Vision
  • Malware
  • People and Security
  • Validation and Verification
  • Virtual Environments

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available

Your learning

Modules 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.

Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are employed across the full range of modules within the department, including unseen written examinations, individual and group courseworks. All students will also take an individual project module. Student performance is continually monitored, and to progress on the MEng Computer Science programme you must have demonstrated excellent academic performance by the end of the second year.

Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    

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

Careers

The 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. As well as these pathways, the UCL Computer Science MEng will provide you with an excellent foundation for a broad spectrum of different careers.

You may also choose to pursue further academic study such as a Master's degree or doctoral research.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£31,270 (2020/21)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

Avanade Scholarship

Deadline
Deadline to apply is Friday, 3 July 2020
Value
£10,000
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria
Based on financial need

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

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 2020



Selection

Applications are firstly assessed by UCL Admissions officers against the published entry criteria. Applicants with non-standard qualifications or applications from mature applicants are referred onto the Computer Science Admissions Tutor for review. 

If your application demonstrates the academic profile and commitment to computer science we are looking for, you may be invited to attend a departmental Virtual Open Day to find out more about us and what it’s like to study Computer Science at UCL. You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the Admissions Tutor and students currently enrolled on the programme.

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


Page last modified on 5 August 2020