Prospective students


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

Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP)

The IEP is an teaching framework that allows both specialist and interdisciplinary engineering education to be delivered intelligently across different engineering disciplines. It creates programmes that teach fundamental technical knowledge in tandem with interdisciplinary, research-based projects and professional skills.

Students still register for a core discipline, but alongside their studies in this discipline they also take part in activities that span across departments. The programme is based on a number of innovative methods of teaching which encourage personal and professional development as part of the degree process.

Year 1

Compulsory / Core modules

  • COMP0005 - Algorithms (15 credits)
  • COMP0012 - Compilers (15 credits)
  • COMP0147 - Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists (15 credits)
  • COMP0004 - Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)
  • COMP0002 - Principles of Programming (15 credits)
  • COMP0003 - Theory of Computation (15 credits)
  • ENGF0002 - Design and Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • ENGF0001 - Engineering Challenges (15 credits)

All modules in this group are compulsory.

Year 2

Compulsory / Core Modules

  • COMP0008 - Computer Architecture and Concurrency (15 credits)
  • COMP0009 - Logic and Database Theory (15 credits)
  • COMP0011 - Mathematics and Statistics (15 credits)
  • COMP0141 - Security (15 credits)
  • COMP0010 - Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • COMP0016 - Systems Engineering (30 credits)

All modules in this group are compulsory.

Elective Modules

  • All 15 credit FES IEP Minor Modules

Students choose 15 credits from these elective modules.

Students should ONLY choose the appropriate module from their Integrated Engineering Programme Minors – other choices will not be confirmed. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that they register for the correct modules. See for details.

Year 3

Compulsory / Core Modules

  • COMP0017 - Computability and Complexity Theory (15 credits)
  • COMP0019 - Computer Systems (15 credits)
  • COMP0029 - Individual Project for Year 3 BSc (30 credits)

All modules in this group are compulsory.

Optional Modules

  • COMP0024 - Artificial Intelligence and Neural Computing (15 credits)
  • COMP0027 - Computer Graphics (15 credits)
  • COMP0038 - Computer Music (15 credits)
  • COMP0022 - Database and Information Management Systems (15 credits)
  • COMP0020 - Functional Programming (15 credits)
  • COMP0026 - Image Processing (15 credits)
  • COMP0021 - Interaction Design (15 credits)
  • COMP0025 - Introduction to Cryptography (15 credits)
  • COMP0142 - Machine Learning for Domain Specialists (15 credits)
  • COMP0023 - Networked Systems (15 credits)
  • PSYC0227 - Machine Learning for Behavioural Analytics: Predicting Human Behaviour (15 credits)

Choose 30 credits from these optional modules.

All choices are subject to timetabling constraints and the approval of the relevant Module Tutor and the Programme Director.

Elective Modules

  • All FES IEP Minor Modules

Students choose 30 credits from these elective modules.

Students should ONLY choose the appropriate module from their Integrated Engineering Programme Minors – other choices will not be confirmed. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that they register for the correct modules. See for details.

Syllabus content for all undergraduate modules can we found in the Department of Computer Science 2018/19 online syllabus pages.

Programme diet (modules available to you)

Your programme has a set curriculum (also called a diet) which prescribes in what combinations modules can be taken, any restrictions on doing so, and how much credit can and must be taken. The programme information pages show which modules form part of each programme, with links to descriptions and module syllabus information. Modules within a programme can be core, optional, or elective, which reflects whether they must be taken or are optionally taken.

Core modules

Core modules are fundamental to your programme’s core curriculum and are mandatory. You will automatically be registered on your programme's core modules, so will not have to select them. You are guaranteed a place on modules that are core for your programme. There will be no timetable clashes between core modules within a programme.

Optional modules

Optional modules are usually closely related to the programme's core curriculum and you will be able to choose which to take; choices are usually made from within specific groups (for example, choose two optional modules from one group and three from another, etc.) You are not guaranteed a place on optional modules as space is strictly limited. We allocate places on a first come, first serve basis, with preference given to Computer Science students over those of other departments. Bear in mind that some modules have prerequisites that must be met in order to be eligible for a place (see the module syllabus for information.)

Elective modules

Elective modules are usually not specifically related to the programme's curriculum. There is no guarantee of being accepted onto an elective module; they are core and/ or optional on other programme diets, so students on those programmes will be given priority. As with optional modules, some electives have prerequisites that must be met.

Deciding which modules to select

The programme information pages show which modules form part of each programme, with links to detailed module syllabus information and reading lists. You may be able to virtually audit lectures for some modules to get a sense of how the module is delivered. You can look up the timetable for each module via the common timetable to get a sense of the timetable that would eventuate from your module choices, which is an important consideration when making your final choices; you should aim to achieve a timetable that is feasible and will not stretch you too thinly.

Bear in mind that places on optional and elective modules are not guaranteed, so you might not always be able to take all your first choices. In that case, it is a good idea to have a second preference in mind.

If you need guidance with choosing which modules to select then please contact your Programme Director or the Departmental Tutor.

A levels

Grades          A*A*A

Subjects      A* 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 can be found 



IB Diploma

Points            40

Subjects        A total of 20 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Mathematics, with no score below 5.

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.


The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.


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.

UK/EU Fees: £TBC (2018/19)

Overseas Fees: £25,960 (2018/19)

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

Top graduate destinations:        

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • Cisco
  • Credit Suisse
  • Accenture

Top graduate roles:                 

  • Software Engineer
  • Technology Consultant        
  • Web Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Senior Developer

Top further study destinations:

  • UCL
  • University of Cambridge
  • LSE
  • Berkeley

Average starting salary £31,120 

Programme Administrator
Gertrud Levit 
+44 (0)20 7679 0324

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More information

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) using the course code G400. 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