Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. During the foundation year you will explore a range of creative disciplines and get a chance to develop in your chosen field, benefiting from workshops in our high end facilities and working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules within your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the Foundation year (Year 0), you will be able to move on to study for the Computer Systems Engineering BSc Honours over a further three years study.

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.

The 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.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Information Systems and Data Representation
  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Programming

Credit Level 3

You have a single group-based project module at level 4, namely Embedded System Project, where you will get to build an application using a microcontroller.

  • Subjects of study include:
  • Digital Systems
  • Electronics Principles
  • Embedded System Project
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Programming Methodology I
  • Programming Methodology II

Credit Level 4

You have two group-based project modules: in the Robotics Systems Project you will design and build a fully working robot to traverse a maze, in the Advanced Digital Systems module you will design and implement sequential circuits using field-programmable gate arrays. This will give you hands-on experience in the implementation of these advanced technologies.

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.

Advanced topics cover real-time systems, operating systems and embedded applications in Biomedical Electronics. This level culminates with you developing a complete project using the engineering knowledge and skills developed during the course.
Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A Levels – DDE/CC
  • Access to HE Diploma – pass with 64 UCAS tariff points or above
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma/National Diploma – MPP/MM

We consider applications that reflect a mixture of Level 3 qualifications as long as they are equivalent to our typical offer requirements. Mature entrants without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points

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Careers

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

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: £13,400 (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 our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

[email protected]

Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

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