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We pride ourselves on producing good quality, highly employable graduates. To maintain our reputation, and the perceived value of the degree, we require a good standard of our applicants. In general, we are looking for people with a previous degree which contains a substantial element of computer science, and a reasonable grade (at least equivalent to a II:i - upper second class - in a UK University, or else at least two years of experience per grade lower than that).

Successful candidates will have good programming skills in C/C++ or Java, and we would expect candidates to have at least some knowledge of both of these.

Checklist for admissions: all applicants must provide a completed application form accompanied by:

  1. A full transcript, in English, for their previous degree(s) (see below)
  2. Two references, in English
  3. Evidence of their profiency in English if required (see below)

Applications can not be processed until all of these documents are received.

Please note that all applicants must provide, with their application forms, certified transcripts of marks for all degree/diploma programmes that have been completed. If you are currently enrolled on a programme then you should provide certified transcripts of your marks so far.

All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. For those whose first language is not English a number of qualifications are acceptable. A score of at least 590 (or 260 in the Computer-Based Test) in TOEFL together with a score of at least 4.0 in the Test in Written English (TWE) is acceptable as is a score of 6.5 in the IELTS examination with a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four sub-tests. The language requirement is very important: there is some group work within the programme including a group project, and so it essential that all students admitted to the programme can communicate well in English, including spoken English.

From November 2009, we will be accepting applications for entry to September 2010. The deadline for application submissions is 1 June 2010. However, please be aware that we assess applications and make offers as applications are submitted from now until this deadline. The programme is extremely popular - we normally have about 15 applicants for each place on the programme. Early application is strongly recommended. It normally takes approximately 6-8 weeks to process an application, but up to 10 weeks is possible, at times, due to the large numbers of applicants. All applicants should be notified of a decision regarding admissions by the end of May 2010. We have an online version of the application form, together with guidelines for completing it here. For further information, or to obtain a form by post please contact the Central Admissions Office at UCL on +44 (0)20 7679 7742. International students should look here for further advice.

The Departmental Senior Advanced Programme Administrator is:
    Tracy J Williams
    +44 (0)20 7679 7287

The Programme Director is:
    Mark Handley

Updated 25-Sep-2009 by Mark Handley