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Computer Science BSc

With its strong focus on solving real-world problems through problem-based learning, this BSc delivers world-class, industry-relevant teaching. The programme provides the essential material employers expect from a top-quality computer science graduate, and prepares you for employment in a wide variety of industries.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
G400
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
Location
London, Bloomsbury
Applications per place
12 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
123 (2018 entry)*

* Figures relate to Computer Science subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
Mathematics required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C 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
39
Subjects
A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 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:

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

The 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.
  • 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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science.

  • 96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 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 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The Computer Science MEng and BSc programmes share a common core for the first two years. The aim of the core modules is to cover the essential material required of all computer scientists, whatever their particular interest or specialisation. The core modules cover all the main strands of computer science: architecture, programming, theory, design and mathematics. Additionally, in the second year you choose a minor option from a wide selection available as part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) within UCL Engineering.

In your final year you will carry out an individual supervised project, and follow core modules in operating systems and computational complexity. In addition you will take optional modules selected from within the department, and continue to study electives from your chosen IEP minor option.

This degree is part of the IEP, a teaching framework that engages students in specialist and interdisciplinary activities designed to create well-rounded graduates with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of their discipline and a broad understanding of the complexity and context of computer science problems. Students engage in activities that span departments so the development of fundamental technical knowledge takes place alongside specialist and interdisciplinary research-based projects and professional skills. This creates degrees encouraging professional development, with an emphasis on design and challenging students to apply knowledge to complex problems.

As an IEP student, you are able to select a minor subject to study alongside your core and optional computer science modules in the second and third years. There are a large number of minor subjects available within UCL Engineering, which include, for example: Intelligent Systems, Entrepreneurship, Nanotechnology, Biomechanics, Management, Sustainable Building Design and Connected Systems.

Modules

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

Compulsory subjects

Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists
Integrated Engineering
Principles of Programming
Object-Oriented Programming
Professional Engineering and Design
Robotics Programming
Theory I
Theory II

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory

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 you will be applying theory and working with others to solve real and challenging problems. Individual support is offered to all students through a personal tutorial system.

Assessment

All modules are assessed usually by individual or group coursework assignments and an unseen written examination at the end of the academic year. Student performance is continually monitored, and students wishing to progress on to the MEng programmes must have demonstrated excellent academic performance by the end of the second year.

Further Information

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

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 BSc 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.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • IT Engineer, Lenovo
  • Application Developer, J.P. Morgan
  • Software Developer, Barclays
  • Technology Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Software Engineer, Cisco Systems

Data taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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.

Student view

I chose UCL for Computer Science because it offers a cross-disciplinary degree programme which bridges the gap between theory and real-life applications. I hope to embark on scientific research after I graduate. I am particularly passionate about artificial intelligence, a cutting-edge field which has the potentially to benefit humankind. Wanyue Zhang – Computer Science BSc (First Year)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18 – see below)
Overseas students
£23,710 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL’s fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.

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

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 2018

Selection

If your application demonstrates the academic profile and commitment to computer science we are looking for, you will be invited to a department open day where you can find out more about us and what it’s like to study at UCL Computer Science.

You will have the opportunity to meet members of teaching staff and current students, take a tour of the campus and see demonstrations of current research and teaching activities.

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

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Computer Science MSc

The Computer Science MSc provides a balance between computer science theory and practical software engineering skills, including teamwork for industrial or research clients. Graduates find employment in the IT industry, or complement their first degree subject with computer science knowledge, leading to interdisciplinary industrial positions and PhD research.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2017/18)

UK/EU:
£11,800 (FT)
Overseas:
£24,610 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 April 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry Requirement

International students

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.

Select your country:

Degree information

You will learn fundamental aspects on how computers work by taking modules in computer architecture, operating systems, compilers, data structures and algorithms. You will also gain practical knowledge in areas such as human-computer interaction, App design, databases and software engineering. You will develop programming skills in modern languages, such as object-oriented Java for Android development.

Team working, project planning and communication skills are developed by working in small groups developing software for real industrial and research clients. Optional modules allow specialisation in subjects such as functional programming, computer music, entrepreneurship and artificial intelligence.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Algorithmics (15 credits)
  • Architecture and Hardware (15 credits)
  • Design (15 credits)
  • Programming (15 credits)
  • Systems Infrastructure (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students must choose a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 45 credits from Group One options. For the remaining credits, students can choose up to 30 credits from Group Two options and up to 15 credits from Electives.

  • Group One Options (15 to 45 credits)
  • Database Systems (15 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice (15 credits)
  • Functional Programming (15 credits)
  • Interaction Design (15 credits)
  • Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • Group Two Options (up to 30 credits)
  • Affective Interaction (15 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Neural Computing (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of modules may vary, based on your selected options.

A list of acceptable elective modules is available on the Departmental page.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent computer-based science project which culminates in a dissertation in the form of a project report.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials. Lectures are often supported by laboratory work with help from demonstrators. Student performance is assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and a substantial individual project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Computer Science MSc

Funding

4 MSc Scholarships, worth £4000 each, are made available by the Department of Computer Science to UK/EU offer holders with a record of excellent academic achievement. The closing date is 30 June 2017. For more information, please see the department pages.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates from UCL are keenly sought by the world’s leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. UCL Computer Science graduates are particularly valued as a result of the department’s strong international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London. Our graduates secure careers in a wide variety of organisations; for example with global IT consultancies, as IT analysts with City banks, or as IT specialists within manufacturing industries.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • IT Consultant, BAE Systems
  • Software Developer, Arts Alliance Media
  • User Experience Designer / User Interface Developer, Retechnica
  • Senior Consultant, EY
  • Software Developer, Tryzens

Employability

This degree opens up many different career routes. Recent graduates have been employed by some of the world’s leading IT companies such as Accenture, Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse. The entrepreneurial spirit is ignited in other students and they may either start their own companies or join the excitement of dynamic start-ups. Other graduates have gone on to PhD study to conduct cutting-edge research in areas that interest them.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research, and was one of the top-rated departments in the country according to the UK government’s recent Research Excellence Framework.

Our Master’s programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries from entertainment to finance.

We take 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.

Department: Computer Science

Student / staff numbers › 200 staff including 120 postdocs › 650 taught students › 180 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science
96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

The programme aims to give students the technical skills and understanding required to pursue a career in the computing/information technology sector or for further doctoral research. Graduates with previous industrial experience in the computer field can enhance their career prospects through the acquisition of skills and knowledge in this area.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 April 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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

Successful applicants to this programme will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit dependent on their mode of study and fee status as given below:

  • UK/EU full-time: £2,000
  • UK/EU part-time: £1,000
  • Overseas full-time: £2,000
  • Overseas part-time: £1,000

Further details can be found on the Fees and funding page.