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MRes Degrees Programmes

Like our MSc programmes, MRes programmes are one calender year 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:

PhD Degree Programmes

  • PhD programme: allows students to conduct research in any of the wide range of specialities.
  • EngD programme: run in collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture and focuses on research in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation.
  • UK PhD Centre in Financial Computing: 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.
  • 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.

Why study with us

Why choose UCL

We are one of the world's best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. Currently we are 5th in the QS World University Rankings, and 4th in Europe in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Rankings. UCL has a global outlook, nearly 40% of our students come from over 150 countries worldwide – UCL enjoys a friendly and cosmopolitan atmosphere. We also support ambition; UCL Advances, our centre for entrepreneurship, offers networking and business support, and the chance to win start-up funding for UCL students seeking to start their own business.


Our graduates are particularly valued because of UCL’s international reputation, the Department’s strong links with top industry partners, and an ideal location close to the City of London. Throughout the year we offer a programme of careers events aimed at sharpening the key skills needed to improve students’ employability. 95% of our graduates find work or further study six months after graduation, and a Computer Science graduate enjoys an average starting salary of £32,120 (according up-to-date graduate surveys). Recent graduate destinations include Microsoft, IBM, Google, Cisco, Deutsche and JP Morgan.


UCL is home to the largest educational Stock-Trading Floor in London, where real-time data feeds from major global stock exchanges recreate the excitement an investment bank trading floor. Students can also experiment in 3-D our Immersive Virtual Environments Lab, which uses high-resolution stereo-pair images, projected in real-time on three walls and the floor, to recreate virtual scenarios. Computer facilities include a multi-apps studio lab 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. 


We enjoy growing our relationships with exciting start-ups on Silicon Roundabout, as well as collaborating closely with world-leading technology and finance companies. This means students engage with industry throughout their course - they work on real-world projects with industry clients; are awarded industry prizes; attend guest lectures delivered by industry experts; and can benefit from ongoing support from our alumni mentoring service. Internships with industry partners are available throughout the year.

#1 for Research

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) evaluation ranked UCL 1st for Computer Science in the UK, out of 89 Universities assessed, and considerably ahead of other Institutions. 61% of our research work is now rated as world-leading (the highest possible category), and 96% of our research work is now rated as internationally excellent. Our research has made a deep, lasting and sustained impact on today’s society. Code written at UCL is used  across all 3G mobile networks for instant messaging and videoconferencing; medical image computing has led to faster prostate cancer diagnosis and has developed tools to help neurosurgeons avoid damagingessential communication pathways during brain surgery; and our human-centred approach to computer security has transformed the UK government’s delivery of online security.


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

Diogo Norinho, MSc Computational Statistics and Machine Learning Graduate, now Data Scientist.

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

Erin Oerton, BSc Computer Science

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

JP Morgan

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

Niloy Mitra, Professor of Geometry Processing

“It was a great experience to study in one of the best universities in the world. During my studies I had the pleasure to meet and work with brilliant and friendly people. MSc Computer Science is well respected within the industry, opening plenty of doors”.

William Blackwell, MSc Computer Science Graduate, now Security Consultant

“We have excellent experience working with UCL Computer Science graduates on focussed tasks – they have the necessary analytical skills, self-determination and independence to crack hard problems without hand holding, and write and communicate to a high standard”.

Dr Christian Nentwich, PhD Graduate, CEO & Co-Founder of Duco

“MSc Computer Graphics and Vision Imaging provided me with tons of field knowledge and experience and subsequently gave me a great basis from which I have started my PhD. The tutors are excellent at presenting difficult ideas. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in a future in graphics or vision”.

James Hennessey, Smart Geometry Doctoral Student

"I was given the chance to apply for Cisco’s Silicon Valley Internship Programme, and its been an amazing experience. I’m working on a small machine learning startup to build a predictive analytics platform for outcome-based healthcare. The work is challenging and interesting, it's a great opportunity to experience life in Silicon Valley, I'd recommend it to anyone.

Nicholas Dingwall, MSc Machine Learning

360 Tours

Take a 360 virtual tour of our Immersive Display Lab and our Touch Lab

Virtual Open Days

Registration is now open for Computer Science's Virtual Open Days. The Open Days are for anyone interested in studying SSc, MEng, MSc & MRes level programmes.

Join us online to chat to our Admissions Tutor, Teaching Staff, Programme Administrator and current students. To join, please register here and we will send you a link just prior to the Open Day. 

Upcoming Virtual Open Days:

  • MSc Information Security, Wednesday 1 February, 2.00pm

About us

Some of our undergraduates made a short video about studying Computer Science and life as a student at UCL.

Our research makes a deep and lasting impact on all aspects of society. See how our work is modelling the world around us.

Dr Dan Stoyanov tells us about the wide array of options available to Computer Science students at UCL.

UCLU Tech Society connects students with industry through events and initiatives and is free for students to join.