Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic 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.

The Computer Systems Engineering BSc Honours aims to develop your skills as a strong computer-based engineer, in demand in both industry and research. It will equip you with necessary knowledge and engineering skills related to modern day computer and embedded microprocessors, as well as embracing their structure, design and efficient operation.

This course focuses on three main areas – the computer system, embedded systems and program development – and you will gain the technical expertise and knowledge to take a good idea from conception through to a viable product, a key characteristic for many employers. You will also acquire the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

The course aims to provide an enjoyable learning experience which will serve as a solid intellectual basis for a professional engineering career in embedded systems, systems-based programming and related fields.

You will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of computer systems, embedded systems, systems programming and real time systems, along with knowledge and understanding of modern computer architectures. You will be encouraged to use initiative and confidence in approaching engineering problems, investigating solutions using a blend of analytical and practical skills.

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:

  • Digital Systems
  • Electronics Principles
  • Embedded System Project
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Programming Methodology I
  • Programming Methodology II

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Digital Systems
  • Network Software Engineering
  • Operating Systems & Systems Programming
  • Professional Engineering Practice & Industrial Management
  • Robotics Systems Project
  • Scripting for Engineering
  • Sensors, Data Acquisition & Interfaces

Credit Level 5

Sandwich 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 Incorporated Engineer status.

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Biomedical Electronics
  • Algorithm and System Implementation
  • Applied Distributed System Programming
  • Embedded & Real Time Systems Architecture
  • Individual Project
  • Operating Systems & Drivers

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A levels – CCC/AA including at least one technical subject

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points including 5 in any Higher Level technical subject

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – DMM/D*D* including Merit in Maths at Level 3

  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

  • Advanced Diploma - Grade C in a relevant subject eg IT or Engineering, and a relevant ASL at Grade C

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  •    GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

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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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points including 5 in any Higher Level technical subject

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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Careers

This program will develop students as engineers that will have skills to work in the areas of embedded systems, electronic engineering, and software engineering and so work for companies like BBC and BSkyB as well as electronics and technology giants such as BT, Nokia, British Aerospace, Philips and Mitsubishi, and to smaller private companies. Students also go on to work in the financial district in the City of London while others have started up their own businesses in manufacturing or consultancy. Opportunities also exist for postgraduate study leading to PhD qualifications.

The programme aims to create graduates who are well prepared for entry into a career in not only the engineering industries but also in any field requiring engineering skills. With an industry-wide shortage, high quality engineering graduates are enjoying a choice of job opportunities with good salaries.

The course provides an exciting, enjoyable and rewarding learning experience which will serve as a solid foundation for a professional engineering career leading eventually to registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Companies that are involved with our course, including industrial placements, are Intel, Broadcom, GE Aviation Systems Ltd., Smardtv, BBC, IBM UK Ltd., Catapult Satellite Applications, Spirent, NHS, Schneider Electric, STFC, TfL, Network Rail, ESA, Edwards and Siemens.

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.

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.

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: £12,750 (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

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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