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BEng (Hons)Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

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Today you are unlikely to come across any modern device without at least one microprocessor inside, giving birth to a new generation of smart devices that will shape the way we live in the future. The rapid pace of technological change and the diversity of modern applications require a broad educational background and a lifelong commitment to learning new and specialised skills.

This programme combines the core elements of Electronic Engineering with those of Computer Science, the intellectual discipline underlying all aspects of software development. Teaching is divided almost equally between the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics and the Department of Computer Science. Combining elements from these two disciplines will equip you with both an added breadth of knowledge, in addition to a degree of specialisation which enables greater penetration of these branches of learning. One other reason why our graduates are in demand is their fluency both in the language of electronic engineers as well as that of the computer scientists, enabling you to bridge the gap between software systems and the real world.

During the first year of the programme, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of Electronics as well as the underlying principles and theory of computing. Your lecture modules will cover the core subjects of Electronic Circuits, Digital Electronics, Java Programming and Data Structures.

In addition you will take modules such as Mathematics and spend one day a week doing practical work in both the computer and electronics laboratories. This will give you excellent practical and transferable skills vital for subsequent years of the programme and invaluable in your future career. The second year builds on the first with core modules in Software Engineering, Database Development, Digital Electronics and Signals and Communication Systems. More time is spent in the electronics laboratory doing practical work to consolidate the knowledge learnt in lectures and partaking in an extended team project.

In your third year you will have the option of selecting advanced modules from either Department according to your chosen area of specialisation. Electronics options include Verilog Digital System Design, Digital Control, Data Communications and Optical Information Systems. Typical Computer Science options are Biocomputation, Image Processing, Computer Vision and Graphics, Advanced Web Technologies and e-Commerce Technologies.

Also in the final year, you will undertake a 20-week individual project. Recent projects have included ‘real-time GPS tracking of a vehicle fleet by mobile phones’, and a ‘mobile multi-user dungeon (MUD) game using SMS messaging’.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Digital and Integrated Electronics Design
Electrical Circuits and Systems
Experimental Skills/Engineering Skills
Electronic Circuits
Java Programming
Data Structures

Programme Year Two

Signals and Systems
Electronic Circuits and Systems
Instrumentation and Control
Digital Electronics and Microprocessor Systems
Applied Design/Project
Software Engineering
Database Development
Operation System Concepts
Communication Systems

Programme Year Three

You undertake an extended individual project. Recent projects have included ‘real-time GPS tracking of a vehicle fleet by mobile phones’, and ‘mobile multi-user dungeon (MUD) game using SMS messaging’. You can choose lecture-based modules from the two disciplines.

The modules for Electronic Engineering are chosen from:

Embedded Computer Systems
Digital Wireless Communications
Signal Processing and Diigital Filtering
Digital System Design
Electronics for Instrumentation and Communications
Integrated Circuits – Concepts and Design
Image Processing
Neural Networks
Organic Electronics
Digital Control and Optimisation

In addition three Computer Science modules are chosen from the following:

Software Engineering
Multi-Agent Systems
Formal Methods
Semantics of Programming Languages
Introduction to Computational Game Theory

Plus, up to two modules can be chosen from the list of subsidiary subjects.

Career opportunities

Our degrees have excellent career prospects: 90% of graduates go on to graduate level jobs. Graduate employers include Siemens, BAE Systems, BT and Guardian Media Group. Careers are many and varied and include Design Engineer, Systems Engineer, Medical Physicist, Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Radio Frequency Scientist. Some of our graduates go on to work in the industrial sector, in government and in education, whilst others enter non-technical professions such as banking, accountancy, management and law.

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

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States