Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Embedded computer systems are found in every part of modern life, from cameras and kitchen appliances to collision-avoidance systems in cars. This has created a surge in demand for highly skilled engineers who can program computers and deploy them in the implementation of hardware systems.

This course provides a solid grounding in the design and realisation of modern embedded systems with particular emphasis on robotic systems. The latter have, in recent years, become a fast-growing and exciting application area of embedded systems, and this course builds on more than two decades' of robotics experience within the Department.

By its very nature, robotics is a cross-disciplinary area with its roots in traditional engineering subjects such as electronic, electrical, computing, mechanical, networking and control. However, robotics also opens up new and fascinating areas of study such as computer vision and machine intelligence. Robotic systems find application in a broad range of sectors such as transport, logistics, military, manufacturing, emergency services, domestic assistance and healthcare.

Many employers today require their engineers to be multidisciplinary. Graduates from this course will have the breadth of creative and problem-solving skills required to efficiently combine software with hardware in the design of the next generation of embedded and robotic systems. You will also acquire the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

The course aims to provide an exciting, enjoyable and rewarding learning experience which will serve as a solid foundation for a professional engineering career, leading eventually to registration as a Chartered Engineer.

You will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of electronics, mathematics and computing, along with the analytical skills to characterise, model and design circuits and systems. You will be encouraged to use initiative and confidence in approaching engineering problems, investigating solutions using a blend of analytical and practical skills. Project-based learning plays a large part in the course, with project modules highly valued by employers. These include a robotics systems project in Year 2, and an individual project of your choice in Year 3.

The course shares a common Year 1 with the Electronic Engineering BEng Honours degree, and if you wish you can transfer courses at the end of the common first year.

Teaching methods include lectures and seminars, laboratories and computer-aided engineering, group and individual projects, and online learning.

Assessments include formal exams, group work, written reports, and presentations and posters.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Analog Electronics
  • Digital Systems
  • Embedded Systems Project
  • Engineering Programming
  • Mathematics and Engineering Principles
  • Signals, Systems and Communications

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Analog System Engineering
  • Digital System Design and Implementation
  • Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Professional Engineering Practice and Industrial Management
  • Robotic Systems Project
  • Robotics Principles
  • Signals and Communication Engineering

Credit Level 5

Industrial placement year

You will have the opportunity to take a placement in industry between Years 2 and 3. This gives you practical experience in the workplace and a competitive edge in the job market. It also contributes to your professional development towards Chartered Engineer status.

Subjects of study include:

  • Algorithm and System Implementations
  • Applied Robotics
  • Communication Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing Design
  • Embedded and Real Time Systems Architecture
  • Individual Project

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Engineering Council and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), enabling you, as a graduate, to become a Chartered Engineer after a period of professional experience and, in the case of this BEng award, further study to MEng level.

Careers

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A levels – BBB including Maths
  • International Baccalaureate – 30 points including 5 in Higher Level Maths
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma – DDM including Distinction in Maths at Level 3
  • Advanced Diploma - Grade B in Engineering and relevant ASL at Grade B including Certificate in Mathematics for Engineering or A2 Maths

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Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 30 points including 5 in Higher Level Maths

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

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International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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