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The fields of graphics, vision and imaging increasingly rely on one another. This unique and timely MSc provides training in computer graphics, geometry processing, virtual reality, machine vision and imaging technology from world-leading experts, enabling students to specialise in any of these areas and gain a grounding in the others.

About this degree

Graduates will understand the basic mathematical principles underlying the development and application of new techniques in computer graphics and computer vision and will be aware of the range of algorithms and approaches available, and be able to design, develop and evaluate algorithms and methods for new problems, emerging technologies and applications.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Computer Graphics (15 credits)
  • Image Processing (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Methods, Algorithmics and Implementations (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Reading (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students must choose a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 credits from Group One options. Students must choose a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 45 credits from Group Two options.

Group One Options (15 to 30 credits)

  • Machine Vision (15 credits)
  • Virtual Environments (15 credits)

Group Two Options (30 to 45 credits)

  • Acquisition and Processing of 3D Geometry (15 credits)
  • Computational Modelling for Biomedical Imaging (15 credits)
  • Computational Photography and Capture (15 credits)
  • Geometry of Images (15 credits)
  • Graphical Models (15 credits)
  • Information Processing in Medical Imaging (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Inverse Problems in Imaging (15 credits)
  • Numerical Optimisation (15 credits)
  • Robotic Sensing, Manipulation and Interaction (15 credits)
  • Robotic Vision and Navigation (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of optional modules may vary, depending on your selection.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project related to a problem of industrial interest or on a topic near the leading edge of research, which culminates in a 60–80 page dissertation.

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 Graphics, Vision and Imaging MSc

Careers

Graduates are ready for employment in a wide range of high-technology companies and will be able to contribute to maintaining and enhancing the UK's position in these important and expanding areas. The MSc provides graduates with the up-to-date technical skills required to support a wealth of research and development opportunities in broad areas of computer science and engineering, such as multimedia applications, medicine, architecture, film animation and computer games. Our market research shows that the leading companies in these areas demand the deep technical knowledge that this programme provides. Graduates have found positions at global companies such as Disney, Sony and Siemens. Others have gone on to PhD programmes at leading universities worldwide.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Business Analyst, Adobe
  • Software Engineer, FactSet Research Systems
  • MRes in Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Software Engineer, Sengtian Software
  • PhD in Computer Graphics, UCL

Employability

UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Our graduates have some of the highest employment rates of any university in the UK. This degree programme also provides a foundation for further PhD study or industrial research.

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 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science contains some of the world's leading researchers in computer graphics, geometry processing, computer vision and virtual environments.

Research activities include geometric acquisition and 3D fabrication, real-time photo-realistic rendering, mixed and augmented reality, face recognition, content-based image-database search, video-texture modelling, depth perception in stereo vision, colour imaging for industrial inspection, mapping brain function and connectivity and tracking for SLAM (simultaneous localisation and mapping).

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.


Visit the Computer Graphics, Vision and Imaging (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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