Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £6,000 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 4 years

* The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.

Course summary

Computer systems engineering is a growing market in today’s computer industry. Embedded systems have become widespread in industry and can be found in almost all modern consumer devices, from washing machines to cars. This course focuses on three main areas – the computer system, embedded systems and program development.

The course aims to develop your skills as a strong computer-based engineer, in demand in both industry and research. You will have the technical expertise and knowledge to take a good idea from conception through to a viable product, a key characteristic for many employers.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

The course focuses on the fundamental topics that form the basis for a complete knowledge of a computer system and its operation, including programming, computer organisation (including network aspects), and digital systems, and some of these modules are project based.

Subjects of study include:

  • Audio Processing Using an Embedded Microcomputer
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Digital Systems
  • Electronics and Circuits
  • Mathematics
  • Programming

Credit Level 4

You are introduced via three group-based project modules to the design and implementation of sequential circuits using field-programmable gate arrays, embedded microprocessor systems, and data transmission, giving you hands-on experience in the implementation of these advanced technologies. Software design is also included.

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Networks
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Event-Driven and GUI Programming
  • FPGA Design*
  • Micromouse Maze-Solving Competition*
  • Network Software Engineering
  • Operating Systems
  • Professional Employability Skills

Credit Level 5

* these subjects are taught as group projects

Sandwich placement year

A placement in industry may be taken between Year 2 and Year 3. This gives you practical experience in the workplace and a competitive edge in the job market. It contributes to your professional development towards Incorporated Engineer status.

Advanced topics cover the design and the performance of computers, the design of real-time systems, and making the designs safe and secure. There are also modules dealing with software, networks and industrial project management. This level culminates with you developing a complete project using the engineering knowledge and skills developed during the course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Networks
  • Business Finance and Management
  • Computer Architecture and Performance
  • Concurrent Programming
  • Individual Project
  • Real-Time and Embedded Systems
  • Safety and Security in Systems Design

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A levels – CDD/BB
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – MMP/DM
  • Access to HE Diploma – Grade D in a relevant subject eg IT or Engineering, and a relevant ASL at Grade D

Plus GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or equivalent grades in Key Skills (Functional Skills qualifications are not accepted).

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 6.0 in each element.

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We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
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  • 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.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £6,000 (The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per 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.

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

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

International tuition fee: £12,500 (The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per 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

Find out about funding for international students.

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.

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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