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Course content

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.

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
-Introductory Programming
-Apps Design
-Architecture and Hardware
-Systems Infrastructure
-Algorithmics

Optional modules
-Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks
-Computer Music
-Database Systems
-Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
-Functional Programming
-Interaction Design
-Software Engineering
-Project Management

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.

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.

Top 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.

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.

Visit the Computer Science - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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