Computing students

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course specialises in the application of engineering to the design, development, and maintenance of software.

About the course


This taught postgraduate course is aimed at students who may not have studied computing exclusively but who have studied a considerable amount of computing already.

If you want to become a specialist in a particular area of computing, this course will provide a first crucial step towards that goal.

This course specialises in the application of engineering to the design, development, and maintenance of software. Study areas include computational finance; computer networks and distributed systems; computer vision; computing for optimal decisions; custom computing; databases; distributed algorithms; distributed systems; graphics; intelligent data and probabilistic inference; and an introduction to bioinformatics.

We also offer specialisms in:

Each specialism has a flexible mix of breadth and depth, consisting of two or three compulsory modules as well as choices from a selection of core and optional modules.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry. For more information about each module please see the Department of Computing's website.

Core modules

  • MSc Software Engineering Practice
  • MSc Software Engineering Group Project
  • Software Engineering for Industry
  • MSc Computing Science (Specialist) Individual Project

Optional modules

Group 1

You choose four to seven modules from below.
Courses marked * are half courses, and 2 half courses is equal to 1 full course.

  • Advanced Databases
  • Advanced Issues in Object Oriented Programming
  • Dataflow Computing in Space*
  • Information and Coding Theory
  • Modal Logic*
  • Privacy Enhancing Techniques*
  • Separation Logic: Local Reasoning about Programs*
  • Software Reliability
  • Type Systems for Programming Languages
  • Cryptography Engineering
  • Distributed Algorithms
  • Large Scale Data Management*
  • Network and Web Security
  • Performance Engineering*
  • Pervasive Computing
  • Scalable Distributed Systems Design*
  • Systems Verification
Group 2

You choose up to three modules from below.

  • Complexity
  • Computational Optimisation
  • Computer Vision
  • Dynamical Systems and Deep Learning
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Mathematics for Inference and Machine Learning
  • Operations Research
  • Quantum Computing
  • Robotics
  • Simulation and Modelling
  • Advanced Computer Architecture
  • Advanced Computer Graphics
  • Advanced Statistical Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Argumentation and Multi-agent Systems
  • Computational Finance
  • Custom Computing
  • Data Analysis and Probabilistic Inference
  • Graphics
  • Independent Study Option
  • Machine Learning


  • Short Introduction to Prolog

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a science or engineering discipline, including computing.

All applicants (UK, EU, Overseas) must provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. As well as entering the scores on the application form, applicants must ask the GRE organisation to send scores either via validating certificates to the Department or via their online system.

If sending via the online system please use 3007 Imperial College as the Institution Code and 0402 Computer Science as the Department Code.

While there is no minimum requirement for GRE scores, a strong application would include scores higher than 159 for Quantitative Reasoning and higher than 145 for Verbal Reasoning. 

If sending certificates by post, please address them to:

Mr Sam Hesketh
Department of Computing
180 Queen's Gate
London SW7 2AZ

Only the first set of GRE scores received will be considered, and we will not be able to assess an application until we have received the official certificate/online confirmation from the GRE organisation.

Find out more about the GRE.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

Find out more about the MSc in Computing (Software Engineering), including more detailed course content.