Undergraduate prospectus 2022


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.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
29 January 2021
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

A* Mathematics required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer

A*AB (more about contextual offers)
A* Mathematics required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

A total of 20 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics, with no score below 5.

Contextual offer

38 (more about contextual offers)
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.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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.

  • The Computer Science department was ranked #1 in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) review which assesses the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutes.

  • 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.

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MEng (Hons) in Computer Science.


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.

Compulsory subjects

  • Algorithms
  • Compilers
  • Design and Professional Skills 1
  • Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Principles of Programming
  • Theory of Computation

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

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

Compulsory module(s)

  • Computability and Complexity Theory
  • Computer Systems
  • Research Methods
  • Group 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.

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

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. Pastoral care and monitoring is offered to all students through a personal tutorial system.


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.

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


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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 committed 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 2021/22 academic year. The UK 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£34,100 (2021/22)

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

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying. A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


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.

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: 29 January 2021


Applications are firstly assessed by UCL Admissions officers against the published entry criteria. Applicants with non-standard qualifications 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.

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Page last modified on 5 August 2021