Computer Systems and Robotics BEng Honours

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UCAS code: H650 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time

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Start: 17 September 2016
Duration: 3 or 4 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Cavendish

All prices quoted are for the academic year 2016/17 only.

Home/EU: £9,000.00
Overseas: £12,250.00

Embedded computer systems are found in every part of modern life, from cameras and kitchen appliances to collision-avoidance systems in cars, creating a surge in demand for engineers with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop and implement such systems.

Course content

This course provides a solid grounding in the design and realisation of modern embedded systems with particular emphasis on robotic systems. Robotics is a cross-disciplinary area with its roots in traditional engineering subjects such as electronic, electrical, computing, mechanical, communications and control. However, it also opens up new and fascinating areas of study such as computer vision and machine intelligence. Robotic systems find application in a broad range of sectors such as transport, logistics, drones, manufacturing, emergency services, domestic assistance and healthcare.

Project-based learning forms an integral part of the course, with project modules being highly valued by employers. These projects include the design, construction and testing of an analog voice-over amplifier, an autonomous maze-solving robot with its associated drive and control circuitry as well as a full-custom design and implementation of a digital system utilising industry standard design tools. The projects are also designed to enhance your practical skills as well as develop your teamwork and project management skills. 

The course shares a common Year 1 with the Electronic and Electrical Engineering as well as the Electronic Engineering BEng Honours degrees, and if you wish you can transfer courses at the end of that year.

Teaching methods include lectures and seminars, laboratory work, group and individual projects and mobile learning.

Assessments include formal exams, group work, written reports, presentations and posters. 

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • Analog Electronics
  • Digital Systems
  • Embedded Systems Project
  • Engineering Programming
  • Mathematics and Engineering Principles
  • Signals, Systems and Communications

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • Analog System Engineering
  • Digital System Design and Implementation
  • Professional Engineering Practice and Industrial Management
  • Robotics Principles
  • Robotic Systems Project

Plus one option from:

  • Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Signals and Communication Engineering

Industrial 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 Chartered Engineer status.

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Robotics
  • Individual Project in Embedded Systems and Robotics

Plus three options from:

  • Analog Microelectronics
  • Algorithm and System Implementation
  • Digital Signal Processing Design
  • Embedded and Real Time System Architectures

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Engineering Council and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), enabling you, as a graduate, to become a Chartered Engineer after a period of professional experience. In the case of the BEng award, further study to MEng level is also required.

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelors degree entry requirements. For more information visit the Kaplan International College website.

The Computer Systems and Robotics BEng (Hons) aims to create graduates who are well prepared for entry into a career not only in the electronics industries but also in any application with an electronic component.

With an industry-wide shortage, high quality engineering graduates are enjoying a choice of job opportunities with good salaries. Students on the Department’s degree courses have gone on to work for the BBC and BSkyB as well as electronics and technology giants such as BT, Nokia, British Aerospace, Philips and Mitsubishi, and to smaller private companies. Some have gone 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.


Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.


After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Upcoming undergraduate open days

08 October 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
09 November 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
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Science and Technology

Our active research and postgraduate programmes also ensure that undergraduate students are in close contact with the cutting edge of applied scientific knowledge.

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