Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Mathematical Computation MEng

This MEng is aimed at a small cohort of students with strong mathematical ability. The programme focuses on theoretical computer science and equips 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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

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

Contextual offer

A*AB (more about contextual offers)
Mathematics with A* required and Further Mathematics preferred.
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. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level. 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' is preferred.

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. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level. 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' is preferred.

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*AA, to include Mathematics at A*, Further Mathematics preferred.

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: 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.

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 programme will cover a wide range of mathematical topics underpinning 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 with the vast amounts of data and knowledge available to modern computers. The mathematical content is deeper and more substantial than in our other computer science programmes. Practical problem-solving will mesh with this deeper theoretical work, and you will also take part in regular reading groups and seminars solely for Mathematical Computation students.

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.

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


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 module(s)

  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Algorithms
  • Analysis 1
  • Mathematical Methods 1
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Principles of Programming
  • Theory of Computation

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Algebra 3: Further Linear Algebra
  • Computer Architecture and Concurrency
  • Directed Reading
  • Logic and Database Theory
  • Mathematical Methods 2
  • Number Theory
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Security

Optional modules

  • Compilers
  • Number Theory

Compulsory module(s)

  • Computability and Complexity Theory
  • Computer Systems

Optional modules

You will select optional modules from a wide range available both within and outside UCL Computer Science. Optional modules within UCL Computer Science modules may include:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Neural Computing
  • Combinatorial Optimisation 
  • Computer Graphics
  • Functional Programming
  • Game Theory
  • Image Processing
  • Interaction Design
  • Introduction to Cryptography 
  • Machine Learning for Domain Specialists
  • Machine Learning for Visual Computing 
  • Mathematical Methods 3 
  • Networked Systems
  • Philosophy of Arithmetic
  • Quantum Computation 

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 modules from a wide range of Master's level mathematics and computer science options. Options may include:

  • Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction
  • Applied Machine Learning 
  • Acquisition and Processing of 3D Geometry 
  • Bioinformatics
  • Complex Networks and Web 
  • Computational Modelling for Biomedical Imaging 
  • Computer Security
  • Distributed Systems and Security 
  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Graphical Models
  • Information Retrieval and Data-Mining
  • Introduction to Cryptography
  • Introduction to Deep Learning 
  • Inverse Problems in Imaging 
  • Machine Vision
  • Malware
  • Multi-agent Artificial Intelligence 
  • People and Security
  • Software Abstractions and Systems Integration 
  • Supervised Learning 
  • Tools and Environments 
  • Validation and Verification
  • Virtual Environments

Your learning

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


Student performance is continually monitored and 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.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Mathematical Computation MEng.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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 Mathematical Computation 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.

Student view
I chose UCL as it is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world—both in general and in Computer Science and Mathematics. Dabeer Mirza - Mathematical Computation MEng First Year

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 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 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas students
£35,100 (2022/23)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

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 mathematical computation 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: 26 January 2022


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 Virtual Open Day to find out more about us and what it’s like to study Mathematical Computation 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 25 November 2021