Computing students

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
CampusSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Course Director
Dr Fariba Sadri

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

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.


Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

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

Optional modules – Group 1

You choose four to seven modules from below.

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

Courses marked * are half courses, and 2 half courses is equal to 1 full course.

Optional modules – Group 2

You choose up to three modules from below.

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


  • Short Introduction to Prolog

Tuition fees and funding

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

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry

Postgraduate Master's loan

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


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.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.


We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

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

Admissions test

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 requirement (all applicants)

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.

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

Department of Computing

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