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MSc in Networked Computer Systems

The MSc NCS (formerly DCNDS) programme

Advanced Internet Engineering for the 21st Century

The MSc NCS is an internationally renowned programme, lectured by acknowledged experts, producing high quality, highly employable graduates. It is an advanced one-year full-time masters programme, aimed at graduates who already have a background in computer science and who wish to specialise in the area of networks and distributed systems.

We strive to ensure that our graduates are amongst the best qualified individuals in this area anywhere in the world. This opens up considerable opportunities: in Europe currently, there are thousands of job vacancies in the area of computer networking and industry is seeking leaders with the depth of knowledge needed to help design, deploy and use Internet technologies for the new millennium.

Our students

In order to maintain the quality of our programme, we seek high quality applicants. Passing the MSc NCS adds considerably to your commercial worth, enhancing employment prospects both in terms of opportunity and level over students with only an undergraduate degree.

As a student on the MSc NCS, in addition to being taught by active researchers, you will have the opportunity of attending seminars given by people in the front line of commerce and industry. Finally, you will have the opportunity to put the principles you have been taught into practice in a six month full-time group project, working in either an active research field or on a practical problem of current interest, possibly with industrial involvement.

The Computer Science Department at UCL

UCL has been involved in much of the research and development that makes the Internet what it is today. UCL Computer Science pioneered the study of internetworking technologies in Europe and remains Europe's premier department for networking research.

Our current success is part of a long tradition of networking research at UCL. Peter Kirstein, our founding Head of Department was instrumental in bringing the first non-US Arpanet node (forerunner of the Internet) to UCL (in 1973). He has recently been honoured by receving the CBE from the Queen and the SIGCOMM Jon Postel Award for his pioneering work in networking, work that has formed the backbone of our research for the past 30 years.

As a college, UCL is a liberal institution, with a pioneering history of openness. It was the third university to be founded in England, after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to admit students regardless of race, class and religious beliefs. It was also the first university to admit women as full students. The progressive doctrines of its founders, which are part of our academic culture, have been a fundamental driver in shaping higher education across the globe.

In terms of research income, UCL is part of the 'super-league' of top four including Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College. UCL is ranked consistently by the Higher Education Funding Council for England as being in the top group multi-faculty universities for research.

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Updated 25-Mar-2010 by Mark Handley