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MCompComputer Systems Engineering

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Why choose this course?
If you have an ambition to progress into a professional computing career in industry or academia, then this course is for you. You will acquire the skills to become an independent learner and, in the final two years, you will gain advanced knowledge of specialist areas of computer systems, cloud computing, wireless and mobile communications, embedded systems and computer security.

A group project to manage and deliver a significant multidisciplinary engineering project will help you to further develop your communication, project management and teamworking skills. In addition, you will undertake a substantial individual project where you will be required to develop software or hardware in an innovative manner.

You have the option to finish your studies at the end of Year Three with a BSc (Hons) qualification or you can transfer onto this course from a BSc course, subject to your performance.

You will also have the opportunity for a year-long paid work placement. The School has strong links with industry, both nationally and internationally. Our industrial partners range from global hi-tech and high finance companies to local SMEs. They include representatives such as:

BNP Paribas
Her Majesty’s Government’s Communications Centre (HMGCC)
You will work alongside our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF2014).

Many of our students join our academics in live project research and regularly co-author research papers. For example, the annual Interactive Technologies and Gaming Conference includes numerous papers based on student projects.

Programme structure

Year One

Foundations of Computing and Technology
Computer Science Programming
Systems Technology
Systems Analysis and Design with Professional Development.
Year Two

Communications Technology
Information and Database Engineering
Practical Project Management and Professional Development
Software Design and Implementation
Distributed Network Architecture and Operating Systems
Network Design and Administration.
Optional Year Three – Industrial Placement year for sandwich students.

Year Three (Year Four for sandwich students)

Project for MComp
Advanced Analysis and Design
Wireless and Mobile Communications
Service-Centric and Cloud Computing.
Plus, choose one module from:

Advanced Software Engineering
Information Systems Management
Mobile Platform Development.
Year 4 (Year five for sandwich students)

Group Design Project
Embedded Systems
Principles of Information Security
Computer Security
Network and Cloud Security.
Plus, choose one module from:

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Project Management
Global Business Management
Robotics and Cybernetics.

What’s included in the course fees?
Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed.

We provide extensive computing facilities. Some of which are available twenty-four hours a day and include technician support.
Most major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite (exception is Encase which is housed in our specialist isolated Networking and Forensics labs).
We provide dedicated online storage to support backup of work.
You will be provided with free or discounted personal copies of all software used on the course except Encase.
You will have Microsoft Academic Alliance membership, which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
We will provide you with a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
Extensive equipment will be available for you to loan for your coursework and project work. For example, you can borrow cameras, phones and games consoles.
You will also have access to extensive free training software including tutorials on 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, TCP/IP Packet analysis, Java, Javascript, HTML5, Oracle.
About the Computing and Technology Team
We have 35 full-time academic teaching staff with excellent support from our four dedicated technicians. We are very proud to have achieved 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF2014).
We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of system through to hardware aspects such as networking. This involves many uses of computing and considers all aspects including security and management. Our knowledge is built up and maintained through our wealth of industrial experience, our industrial links and our research activity. These are the ingredients for ensuring the relevance and vitality of your course.

Our highly regarded academics are active in a broad range of research areas, particularly in the areas of Games for Learning and in Security. For example, Professor David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Professor Paul Evans’ innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.

We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Other examples of our activity are:

developing patents e.g. in voice signal processing
involvement in the GameCity Festival
organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.

Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

enhance your communication skills
enrich your experience when travelling abroad
boost your career prospects.

Career opportunities

As one of our graduates, you will have the knowledge and skills to take up roles across a wide spectrum of jobs in the computing industry or to become a professional computer systems engineer specialising in, for example, telecommunications, cybernetics or automation.

You will possess a wide range of practical, academic and transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers, including investigative and analytical techniques, problem-solving, planning, organisation and communication skills.

Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

Citi – Java Developer
Freelance – Web Developer / Systems Engineer
American Express – Business Analyst
Wipro Technologies – Associate Consultant.
What our graduates say
“My experience at NTU has been the foundation for where I am now. Ten years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of having my own business. My placement was invaluable and if it were not for NTU, I would never have had the opportunity to work for Microsoft and I honestly believe that having this on my CV has helped me get to where I am today.”

Graduate – Paul Turnbull
Sabalex – Senior Software Engineer / Webmaster

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States