First Year Regulations

Examinations

There are eight core modules, each with their own coursework and written examination: Introduction to Computer Systems, Introduction to Computer Architecture, Logic, Reasoning about Programs, Mathematics I, Discrete Structures, Graphs and Algorithms, Introduction to Databases.

Continuous Assessment

Lecture modules have associated coursework, contributing 15% of the marks. There is also an integrated module of coursework in all three terms: Computing Practical 1. It includes Programming and Professional Issues.

Programming is assessed by on-line tests and project work.

There is also a research aspect, which runs in the first and second terms. This is assessed by reports and presentations.

Marks
ComponentECTS / CATS
 Eight core modules
 40 / 80 (each module contributes 5 / 10)
 Computing Practical 1
 20 / 40
 Total  60 / 120
components of first year

 

Computing Practical 1 Breakdown
ComponentShare of submoduleShare of module
 Haskell    
   Practice Test  0%   0%
   Interim Test  17%   5%
   Final Test  83%   25%
  = 100%  = 30%
     
 Java    
   Practice Test  5%   2%
   Interim Test  12%   5%
   Final Test  83%   35%
  = 100%  = 42%
     
 C    
   Group Project  44%  8%
   Main Test  56%  10%
  = 100% = 18%
     
 Professional Issues    
   Ethics Project  50%  5%
   Research Project  50%  5%
   = 100%  = 10%
     
 Total    100%
all components

 

Progression Requirements

In order to pass the Part I examination (First Year of studies) and qualify to progress to the Second Year, the candidate must achieve:

  1. A minimum of 40% for each of the eight core modules;
  2. A minimum of 50% for Computing Practical 1;
  3. A minimum of 40% overall.

The First Year of studies is weighted at 7.50% overall, both for the MEng and the BEng. More information can be found in the Programme specifications page (MEng and BEng).

Supplementary Qualifying Tests

At the discretion of the Examiners, Supplementary Qualifying Tests may be offered to a student who marginally fails to achieve the above requirements.

Second Year Regulations

Core Modules
CodeTitleTermECTS
 COMP50001  Algorithm Design and Analysis  1  5
 COMP50002  Software Engineering Design  1  5
 COMP50003  Models of Computation  1  5
 COMP50004  Operating Systems  1  5
 COMP50005  Networks and Communications  2  5
 COMP50006  Compilers  2  5
 COMP50007  Computing Practical 2  1 - 2  15
 COMP50008  Mathematics 2: Probability and Statistics  2  5
 COMP50010  2nd Year Computing Group Project  3  5
There are nine core modules in Year 2
Summary of the table's contents
Optional Modules
CodeTitleTermECTS
 COMP50009  Computational Techniques  2  5
 COMP50011  Introduction to Model-Based Artificial Intelligence  2  5
There are two optional modules in Year 2 and students must select one of these
Summary of the table's contents

 

Continuous Assessment

Lecture modules have associated coursework, contributing 15% of the marks for the module. The remaining 85% of the module mark is assessed by written examination.
Computing Practical 2 has an integrated programme of laboratory exercises that runs throughout the first two terms and there is a separate summer term group project.

 

Credit

Each module contributes its relative ECTS weight towards the year total.
In total there are 60 ECTS in Year 2 - 55 ECTS from core modules and 5 ECTS from one optional module.

 

COMP50007 Computing Practical 2 Breakdown

ComponentShareElement
COMP50007.1 Laboratory 2
   61%
  Pintos - Task 0 (Codebase Preview)  7%  
  Pintos - Task 1 (Scheduling)  14%  
  Pintos - Task 2 (User Programs)  21%  
  Linkload  3%  
  DevOps - Continuous Delivery  5%  
  WACC - Front-End  25%  
  WACC - Back-End  25%  
   100%  
COMP50007.2 Introduction to Prolog    6%
  Coursework  100%  
   100%  
COMP50007.3 Advanced Laboratory 2    33%
  Pintos - Task 3 (Virtual Memory)  50%  
  True Concurrency  27%  
  WACC - Extensions  23%  
   100%  
 Total    100%
 

 

COMP50010 2nd Year Computing Group Project Breakdown

ComponentShareElement
COMP50010.1 Designing for Real People    90%
 WebApps Milestones x 4  32% ( 5% / 11% / 11% / 5% )  
 WebApps Documentation  11%  
 WebApps Presentation/Demonstration  57%  
   100%  
COMP50010.2 An Introduction to Law for Computer Scientists    10%
  Law Case Study  100%  
 Total    100%

 

Progression Requirements

In order to pass the second year and qualify to progress to the third year, the candidate must achieve:
  1. A minimum of 40% for each examinable module.
  2. A minimum of 40% in the Laboratory component.
  3. A minimum of 40% overall.

In order to progress to the third year of the MEng program, students must achieve an overall (second year) aggregate mark of at least 60%. Students who fail to achieve this will normally be required to transfer to the third year of the BEng program

Supplementary Qualifying Tests

At the discretion of the Examiners, Supplementary Qualifying Tests may be offered to a candidate who marginally fails to achieve the above requirements.

Third Year Regulations

Courses

Students select seven courses from an approved list of options. Students may include as one of their options a course from the Imperial College Business School or Horizons programme.

Coursework

Each lecture course has associated coursework. The weighting is normally 20% although for some more practical courses (C333, C338, and C395) the weighting is 30%, while C322 has a separate assessment criteria. The rest is assessed by written examination.

Projects

Students participate in a group project in the first term.

Credit
ElementCredit
Seven options (each contributing 180)  1260
Software Engineering Group Project  440
 Total  1700

Progression requirements

In order to progress to the fourth year a student must pass the group project. Students who fail the group project will normally be required to transfer to the BEng degree for the remainder of the third year.

To qualify for the fourth year students must normally obtain an overall mark of at least 40% in the third year, including at least 40% in the group project. Students who fail to achieve this will normally be required to transfer to the BEng degree and complete an individual project. 

Fourth Year Regulations

Students will be offered a choice of courses from the approved course list. Students take seven options, each of which is examined either by a written paper or by essay/coursework. The mark of a course assessed by essay/ coursework is considered as the mark of a written examination. Students may study up to two optional courses offered by other departments in the Engineering Faculty, the Imperial College Business School or the Humanities Department. Students must also submit an outsourcing report which is unassessed, and an individual project, and must also give an individual presentation.

Coursework

Each lecture course has assessed coursework associated with it.
There is also supporting project work which is assessed.

Marks
ElementMarks Total Marks
 7 x Courses (80% Exam + 20% Coursework, except C440, C468, C496 and C417 which have 30%
 Coursework, C424, C460 which are 50% coursework and C475 and C322 which have a separate assessment criteria)
 265 x 7  1855
 Individual Project  1545  1545
 Total    3400

 

Honours Classification (All MEng programmes)

The marks for all components of the four years of the course are aggregated into an overall mark. The class of Honours awarded depends on this overall mark, with the proviso that candidates must have achieved at least 40% overall in Part IV and at least 40% in their individual project.

In addition to these requirements, candidates are normally expected to successfully complete the MEng degree programme in four continuous years.

For each year, the total possible marks are:

Year 1 total 850
Year 2 total 1700
Year 3 total 1700
Year 4 total 3400
Total over 4 years 7650