Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Smart computer system engineering is a growing market in today’s computer industry. Embedded systems have become widespread and can be found in almost all modern consumer devices, from washing machines to cars and robots. Computer system technologies are becoming smart and expanding even further to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) connectivity. You’ll study all of these topics throughout our course.

Our Smart Computer Systems BEng is designed around three themes: software/hardware programming, wireless networking and smart technologies. You’ll be exposed to many programming opportunities for a multitude of platforms and operating systems, and acquire an excellent knowledge of networking and client/server programming leading to the latest developments of the Internet of Things ecosystems, security and smart technologies such as smart sensors, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Our course aims to provide an exciting, enjoyable and rewarding learning experience, which will serve as a solid foundation for a successful professional engineering career and meet the current demand from employers.

The course offers a short-term work-based learning experience that will give you the opportunity to work on a real-life problem, which is normally set by an external organisation as a small-scale project. This experience will allow you to put theory into practice by applying your knowledge and skills gained from various modules to address a real-life situation, usually within the context of a business-related problem.

In addition, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and enhance your employability after you graduate. You’ll be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team. Typically, you’ll be assigned into roles involving tasks related to software and/or hardware computer engineering.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Expert-led workshops will help you develop in-demand skills
  • An exciting, enjoyable and rewarding learning experience in the heart of London
  • Our course will prepare you to be resilient and adaptable to changes that engineering and technology bring

Course structure

Our range of teaching methods includes lectures, seminars, projects (group and individual), laboratory sessions, computer-aided engineering sessions, problem sheets and online learning.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Communication Principles
  • Computer Organisation & Digital Systems
  • Microcontroller project
  • Programming Methodology

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Embedded systems project 
  • Machine Learning & Data Mining
  • Network Software Engineering 
  • Operating Systems 
  • Professional Engineering Practice 
  • Robotic Principles 
  • Sensors and Interfaces 
  • Threats & Countermeasures 

Credit Level 5

This course gives you the opportunity to take a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and increase your chances of employability after you graduate.

You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team.

Typically, you will be assigned into roles involving tasks related to software and/or hardware computer engineering.

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied AI
  • Applied Distributed System Programming
  • Applied Robotics 
  • Enterprise networks 
  • Individual project 
  • Internet-of-Things 
  • Operating Systems & Drivers 
  • Real Time Embedded Systems 

Credit Level 6

Course accreditation

The course is intended to fulfil the educational requirements of the British Computer Society (BCS) to fulfil the educational requirements registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partial Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Please note that accreditation from BCS is being sought but is currently pending.
 

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Our students are successful in finding employment in the areas of engineering, telecommunications and IT in the UK and across the world. 

Career development is embedded in the course. Students work part-time and on placements, and enjoy work-related learning across all three years of study.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Get ahead before graduating

The work-based learning opportunities built into our course will provide you with valuable practical commercial experience.

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Taught by experts

You'll be taught by lecturers and practitioners with years of experience and strong industry links.

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Stand out from the crowd

Computer engineers are currently in high demand in the job market.

Industry links

You'll be taught by lecturers and practitioners with years of experience and strong industry links. Alumni and other industry professionals regularly appear as guest speakers.

Industry experts support our final year projects, advising, mentoring and challenging students to produce their best work.

Many companies are involved in the course and offer industrial placements. Recent companies have included:

  • BBC
  • Broadcom
  • Catapult Satellite Applications
  • Edwards
  • ESA
  • GE Aviation Systems Ltd.
  • IBM UK Ltd.
  • Intel
  • Network Rail
  • NHS
  • Schneider Electric
  • Siemens
  • Smardtv
  • Spirent
  • STFC
  • TFL

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

Previous students of our Computer Science Engineering BSc (which has now been replaced by our Smart Computer Systems BEng course) have gone on to work in the financial district in the City of London and have found employment at organisations including:

  • IBM UK Ltd.
  • Intel
  • Network Rail & Transport for London
  • NHS
  • Spirent

Many students have also started up their own businesses in manufacturing or consultancy, while others have gone on to postgraduate studies.

Job roles

With an industry-wide shortage of computer engineers, high-quality computer engineering graduates are enjoying a choice of job opportunities with good salaries.

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Computer engineers – responsible for developing, testing and evaluating software either for computer systems and/or for controlling and connecting various devices, such as sensors and machines that are different from traditional computers
  • Computer network engineers – able to code, debug, test software for connecting a computer network, control data flow and address network security issues
  • Embedded systems engineers – responsible for coding, debugging, testing and writing corresponding documentation, work largely with hardware and software, and often need to develop or configure a custom based operating system unique to hardware and even memory
  • Software engineers – able to code, debug, test and write corresponding documentation, work largely with software and/or internet applications
  • Systems engineers – responsible for monitoring the performance of systems, control a variety of processes and continually assess all stages of operations to ensure that a problem is solved and may work in virtually any industry, from software development and robotics to other parts of engineering

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Fantastic central London location

Based in our Cavendish Campus in central London, you’ll enjoy the benefits of studying in a major tech hub.

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Industry links

Alumni and other industry professionals regularly appear as guest speakers.

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A supportive environment

We provide our students with the right environment, support and guidance throughout their studies to keep them motivated.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including 5 in a Higher Level technical subject. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*
  • Access – 104 to 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

Mature entrants without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including 5 in a Higher Level technical subject

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Learn a new language

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

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: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

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.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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2
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3
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Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Written exams Practical Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Location

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring,

Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.
 

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