Computer Systems Engineering

When studying on one of our Computer Systems Engineering
Undergraduate degrees, you will learn the full set of skills that will
allow you to thrive in whatever sector you decide to work in.

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Computing is becoming one of the biggest industries in the world, with almost everything linked up to a computer system. On the Computer Systems Engineering degree, you will look at the latest developments and discoveries in computer engineering, including the applications in other areas, such as: healthcare, biology, neuroscience, and finance. Computer Systems are an ever increasingly component of advanced engineering products from the latest smart phone to driverless cars.

Whether you want to go onto developing advanced models of next-generation products or
embedded systems for the control of advanced engineering, this degree will prepare you for your future career.

You will study a variety of skills needed in computer and software engineering, including: object oriented design, systems engineering and advanced hardware. Along with core concepts of simulation, modelling, control, and optimisation, you will develop the knowledge and
understanding to work in advanced computer systems.

Laboratory and professional skills are strongly integrated within the taught modules. Our
students undertake your laboratory work in our award winning Diamond building, which is home to the latest equipment and technologies.

You will also have the opportunity to go on placement if you study on the Year in Industry BEng or MEng. Working in an engineering or technology company will put your academics studies into context, improve your skills, and enhance your employment prospects when you graduate.

Key Facts

Entry requirements: AAB
Other entry requirements

Duration: 3 - 4 years

Key modules:

Introduction to Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering Mathematics

Physical Systems

Modelling and Analysis

Digital and Embedded Systems

Electrical and Electronic Systems

See all modules

Undergraduate Prospectus 2019
Computer Systems Engineering MEng UCAS: G500 | 4 years
Computer Systems Engineering BEng USAS: H130 | 3 years
Computer Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng UCAS: 8M74 | 5 years
Computer Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry BEng UCAS: 2A47 | 4 years

What will you learn?

Whether you study the BEng or MEng, our course will give you a firm understanding of the principles of computer systems engineering.

Learn how to design, analyse and test transforming robots, autonomous vehicles, and other complex electro-mechanical systems. We'll also show you how to control robotic systems using modern microprocessor technology.

You can also explore advanced concepts including manufacturing systems, noise and vibration control, spacecraft systems and robot technology.

In the First Year of study, you will learn the very basics of Systems and Control Engineering along with other ACSE First Year students. You will be introduced to a number of specialist programmes to complete tasks and assignments, such as building and programming a Beacon Robot.

In the Second Year, you will have the opportunity to study a Computer Science module on Computer Problem Solving and Objected Oriented Design.

Third year students will be able to specialise their degree by choosing modules in:

  • Intelligent Systems
  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • System Identification
  • Robotics
  • Adaptive Intelligence
  • Computer Security and Forensics

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Learn more about modules.    Course structure.

How do we teach?

The award winning Diamond building opened in September 2015. Our students have access the state-of-the-art control lab. We have reviewed our undergraduate module provision to ensure that the development of professional and laboratory skills sits at the heart of our teaching.

Getting hands-on laboratory experience is essential to both your student experience and your career as an engineer. You will use the control lab to develop a range of practical skills and us our PC suite to enhance your knowledge on a range of specialist programmes.

Modules, regardless of year or course, will be taught via a range of lectures, tutorials and lab classes. Students will be taught by specialists in their specific fields, and will be able to contact them throughout term time either in drop-in sessions or via email.

Both the BEng and MEng Computer Systems Engineering courses are accredited by the IET and InstMC.

Career opportunities.

Our graduates are in high demand and earn substantial salaries, starting from (on average) £26,900. The most recent statistics show that 95 per cent of our graduates are in graduate-level employment or further study six months after graduation.

Qualified systems and control engineers make a genuine difference in the world. The scope for System Engineers is incredible. Our students go on to work in a variety of industries, from health sciences to space instrumentation, from manufacturing to building energy grids. They build robots and autonomous systems that allow cities, companies and services to run. They can even help to predict climate change, financial trends or reserves of raw materials.

Throughout your studies, you will be able to make the most out of the careers support the Department and the University offer, from attending the ACSE Careers day to being able to drop into the Job Shop. We work with a range of employers to make sure that you get the most out of your studies and provide you with real-life scenarios for project work.

There are also opportunities for you to take part in extra-curricular projects within the Engineering Faculty and wider University. Our students have taken part in a range of projects, conferences and competitions while studying with us. You can read more about some of these projects below:

SunbYte    ROV MATE    TAROS Conference