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Postgraduate MSc Degrees

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Research Degrees

MRes Degrees Programmes

Like our MSc's, MRes's are one calender year programmes but with more emphasis on research through a longer research project and a corresponding reduction in the number of taught modules. MRes's are therefore an excellent preparation for entering a PhD programme, indeed many Doctoral Training Centres (DTC's) such as our DTC in Financial Computing have an initial MRes training year. We will be offering a number of competitive scholarships for our PhD programmes that those taking our MRes programmes will be eligible to apply for.

We currently offer:

MRes Computational Statistics & Machine Learning

MRes Financial Computing

MRes Virtual Environments, Imaging & Visualisation

MRes Web Science & Big Data Analytics

Other Research Degrees in Engineering...

PhD Degree Programmes

Our PhD programme allows students to conduct research in any of the wide range of specialities.

The EngD programme which is run in collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture and focuses on research in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation.

The UK PhD Centre in Financial Computing - University College London (UCL) in collaboration with the London School of Economics (LSE) and the London Business School (LBS) and twenty leading financial institutions have been awarded £7m (€8m) by the UK Government to establish a national PhD training centre in Financial Computing.

UCL SECReT  - the new £17m national centre for PhD training in security and crime science at University College London, the first centre of its kind in Europe.

The UCL EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging offers a 4 year programme in Medical Imaging. There is a strong focus on new image acquisition technologies, novel data analysis methods and integration with computational modelling.

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£10,000 bursaries available for Master’s study at UCL

UCL has been awarded around 340 bursaries of £10,000 each as part of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)’s 2015 Postgraduate Support Scheme. The aim of this scheme is to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification and is funded jointly by HEFCE and UCL.

This is a one-off opportunity for UK/EU students graduating in summer 2015, having been charged the higher rate of tuition fees starting in 2012/13, and applying to study a postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2015. The scheme covers all full taught Master’s programmes offered at UCL – you can find a list of our taught programmes above. To be eligible to apply for an award, candidates must meet all the eligibility criteria and apply by the deadline of 29 March 2015.

A full list of eligibility criteria, as well as application materials and more information, can be found on the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Why Study Here?

World leading research

World leading research

UCL is now the top-rated university in the UK for research in Computer Science? 2014’s Research Excellence Framework rated 61% of our research as world-leading, and 96% internationally excellent.

  • Did you know UCL Computer Science research has made a deep, lasting and sustained impact on all aspects of society?
  • Code written at UCL is used today across all 3G mobile networks for instant messaging and videoconferencing.
  • Medical image computing has led to faster prostate cancer diagnosis and has developed software to help neurosurgeons avoid damaging essential communication pathways during brain surgery.
  • A human-centred approach to computer security has transformed UK government’s delivery of online security.

Top class teaching & cutting edge facilities

Top class teaching & cutting edge facilities

Join the brightest minds who deliver world-class teaching in experimental computer science in fields including Virtual Environments, Financial Computing, Machine Learning; and new, cutting edge technology in Web Science and Business Analytics.

  • Did you know UCL is home to the largest educational Stock-Trading Floor in London? Students study real-time data feeds from major global stock exchanges and recreate the excitement of an investment bank trading floor.
  • Experiment in 3-D in the CAVE - an Immersive Virtual Environments Laboratory which uses high-resolution stereo-pair images projected in real-time on three walls and the floor to recreate virtual scenarios.
  • Computer labs include a multi-apps studio laboratory installed with touch screens and local device connectivity; a 3-D lab with 3-D printing connectivity; and a 300-user cluster virtual lab which students can use remotely.
  • Devices such as tablets, Raspberry Pi’s, Gadgeteer boards, Arduinos and Kinects are all available for hands-on projects.

Excellent employability

Excellent employability

Graduates are particularly valued because of UCL’s international reputation, the Department’s strong links with top industry partners and professionals, and an ideal location close to the City of London.

  • Did you know 95% of graduates find work or further study six months after graduation according up-to-date graduate surveys. Internships are available throughout the year.
  • A Computer Science graduate average starting salary is £31,300.
  • Employment destinations include Microsoft, IBM, Google, Cisco, Deutsche, JP Morgan.
  • Students engage with employers throughout their course, have the opportunity to work on real-world projects with industry clients, are awarded industry prizes, and guest lectures are delivered by industry experts.

What our students, graduates, staff and employers say...

What our students, graduates, staff and employers say...

"The Department has been incredibly helpful in preparing me for employment. It was easy to get an internship after only my first year and I will have another this summer.”

Markus Padourek, MEng Computer Science (with Year Abroad).

"What I love about Computer Science at UCL is it teaches not only technical skills, but also general logic and problem solving abilities that can be applied to a wide range of subjects - the  programming skills I've learned helped me to model biological systems as part of a competition for synthetic biology.”

Erin Oerton, BSc Computer Science.

“UCL is increasingly recognised as an institution of excellence and employers notice it on your CV, which gives you an edge.”

Diogo Norinho, MSc Web Science graduate, now Data Scientist.

“It’s amazing to regularly interact and collaborate with the brightest minds of the current generation and together help to shape the future.”

Dr Niloy Mitra, Reader in Geometric Modeling and Computer Graphics.

“UCL’s industry internship programme is the largest of its kind anywhere. Students enter the market with robust academic and applied experience.”

JP Morgan.

Virtual Open Day

Virtual Open Day

If you weren't able to make our Open Evening in March, take a look at some on the videos we took from the event here.