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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    02 January 2018

Course content

The MSc covers web-related technologies and big data analytics. It is intended for students with a general science and engineering background and is an ideal preparation for roles with some of the best internet-related industries and areas requiring big data analytical skills.

About this degree

Students will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of web-related technologies and big data analytics, ranging from information search and retrieval, natural language processing, data mining and knowledge acquisition, large-scale distributed data analytics and cloud computing to e-commerce and their business economic models and the latest concepts of social networks.

MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits), and the research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Complex Networks and Web (15 credits)
  • Information Retrieval and Data Mining (15 credits)
  • Web Economics (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students must choose a minimum of 45 and a maximum of 75 credits of optional modules. Up to two electives (30 credits) may also be chosen instead of two of the optional modules.

  • Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction (15 credits)
  • Applied Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Birkbeck College: Cloud Computing (15 credits)
  • Computer Graphics (15 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice (15 credits)
  • Graphical Models (15 credits)
  • Interaction Design (15 credits)
  • Machine Vision (15 credits)
  • Probabilistic and Unsupervised Learning (15 credits)
  • Statistical Natural Language Processing (15 credits)
  • Supervised Learning (15 credits)

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

A list of acceptable elective modules is available on the Departmental page.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars. Lectures are often supported by laboratory work with help from demonstrators. Student performance is assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and the dissertation.


Graduates from UCL are keenly sought after by the world's leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. Graduates of our Web Science and Big Data Analytics programmes are expected to develop careers in scientific research, the internet-based industry and other professional areas that require big data analytics skills.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Hoxton Analytics
  • Software Engineer, China Mobile
  • Computer Science Lecturer, Singapore Polytechnic
  • Software Developer, Barclays
  • Software Engineer, UCL


The MSc has a unique industry connection as almost all our lecturers have industry experience. Through long-term collaborations with big players in the field such as Google, Microsoft and BT, research is driven by the fundamental technical challenges faced by the industry. Throughout the degree, our students have the chance to interact with our industry collaborators and previous students, and have placement opportunities to address the specific technical problems faced by the industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research.

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 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 Web Science and Big Data Analytics (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!




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