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MEngComputer & Electronic Systems with International Study

Why this course?

What do 3D TV, digital cameras, smart phones, the iPad and sports instant replay have in common? They're all examples of technology which have been developed combining skills from both computer science and electronic engineering.

These subjects have become increasingly intertwined in recent years, so there's a need for engineers with the ability to create and embed intelligence into the products and systems of the future.

Engineers with operational and technical expertise in both electronics and software engineering are needed to design the next generation of computer apps, interactive vehicle robotic agents that monitor driver information and respond accordingly, or digital cinema technology. This degree is designed to produce these skilled professional engineers.

This is one of the few UK degrees with triple accreditation from the IET, BCS and Science Council.

We have very high student satisfaction and graduate employment rates, and offer an extensive industry-supported scholarship programme.

What you’ll study

Year 1

You’ll learn the fundamental principles and concepts in electronic engineering, mathematics and computer science classes.

Year 2

Here, you’ll build on this base while being introduced to programming languages and techniques, computer communications and hardware and software engineering systems.

Year 3

Those on this international study pathway will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner university overseas in Europe, South East Asia (Hong Kong, Japan & Singapore), the Americas (USA & Canada) or Australasia.

Year 4

You'll spend fourth year at a partner institution abroad. You’ll study an approved curriculum that is equivalent to the home one, and all the subjects/credits you pass count towards your degree at Strathclyde. You’ll not be required to take extra classes on returning.

The choice of which partner is yours – we offer opportunities in Europe through Erasmus or further afield through our international exchanges to USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand.  To give you some ideas, take a look at our latest international exchanges list.

Year 5

In Year 5, you'll have the opportunity to develop your team-working skills through a multidisciplinary group project. This project will have a strong industrial influence and provide you with the opportunity to utilise both your hardware and software skills by developing a fully functioning system, which you are required to demonstrate at an internal business tradeshow/exhibition at the end of the year.

In addition to the project, you'll select modules from a range of advanced electrical, computing and IT subjects.

Top-ranked departments

The course is run jointly by the departments of Electronic & Electrical Engineering and Computer & Information Sciences.

Electronic & Electrical Engineering is one of the premier providers of electronic & electrical engineering education in the UK, renowned for its teaching and research quality, student satisfaction ratings and excellent graduate employment rates. It provides the specialist theoretical and practical training in electronics, communications design and operation, hardware engineering systems, image/video processing and robotics.

Computer & Information Sciences is consistently ranked in the top five departments for its subject in Scotland and delivers the specialised teaching in computer programming, artificial intelligence, information sciences and software engineering.

Facilities

Students have exclusive access to our extensive computing network, and purpose built teaching spaces including high voltage facilities, and student design and project labs equipped with the latest technologies.

Accreditation

The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) - this programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by the British Computer Society for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Accredited by the British Computer Society on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Course content

Year 1 - Core Engineering & Science Skills

In first year you'll learn the essential skills and disciplines required to provide a strong foundation for future learning in electronic engineering, maths and computing science. You'll study subjects such as the principles of electronic circuits, software engineering, relevant mathematics and business skills. These skills will be reinforced by practical laboratory sessions which will help to develop your ability to translate concepts into reality.

Compulsory classes

Engineering Industry & Profession

To provide an overview of industry and give you some understanding of the industry environment that you would enter as well as the types of roles you would/could undertake. To explain role and responsibility of the engineering profession and individual engineer.

The class is delivered to first-year undergraduate students in the specific context of electronic and electrical engineering together with relationship to mechanical engineering and computer systems.

Machines, Languages & Computation
This class will help you achieve a broad knowledge of the essence of computation and computational systems, as embodied by the notions of computable functions, formal languages and recursion, logic and computability and abstract machines.
Programming Foundations
This class will provide you with a solid foundation in the principles of computer programming. On completing this class you should have the necessary skills to be able to design, build and test a small system in a high-level language (Java in the current incarnation of the class).
Fundamentals of Computer Systems

This class will further your knowledge of the design parameters of a typical computer system and the impact these have on the functionality, and implementation, of the hardware and software components.

Electronic & Electrical Principles 1
To provide you with a foundational understanding of the analysis and design of both analogue and digital electronic circuits.
Engineering Mathematics 1E
To give a basic understanding of the concepts and applications of mathematical functions, differentiation, integration and complex numbers.  The class also provides an introductory experience of using mathematical tools to apply these concepts to practical engineering examples.
Engineering Mathematics 2E
To give a basic understanding of the concepts and applications of calculus, geometry, vectors, matrices and numerical methods.

Year 2 - Core Engineering & Technology Skills

In second year you'll build on the strong foundations of the first year and further broaden your knowledge through the introduction to a range of programming techniques and languages, and computer communications. More analysis of both hardware and software systems will be undertaken to enable you to see the bigger picture. Small scale projects will be introduced to allow you to hone the skills and techniques you have developed in the first two years of the course.

Compulsory classes

Engineering Design & Manufacture
This class aims to introduce you to concepts and methodology required to undertake effective design and development of engineering systems. The product development process will be introduced and through practice, a working knowledge of appropriate engineering design processes, tools and techniques will be gained.

An overview of manufacturing and the manufacturing industry will provide a general appreciation of the range of processes employed in manufacturing together with an understanding of how components can be manufactured economically and reliably.
Advanced Programming

This class will further your skills in object-oriented programming, provide knowledge of key abstract data types along with their implementation and usage, and to provide experience in the development of larger scale software and an introduction to design.

Your main goal is to be able to develop larger programs with specialized data structures and utilizing APIs from a specification, and being able to ensure and show how the system they developed matches the specification.

Computer Systems & Architecture
This class will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of typical computer architectures and their instruction sets and the complex tradeoffs between CPU clock speed, cache size, bus organisation, number of core processors, etc, that influence their design and have a fundamental impact on their performance.
Electronic & Electrical Principles 2
To introduce you to the analysis and design of analogue circuits and systems as used in electronics, energy & power systems, communications, control and analogue signal processing applications.
Digital Electronic Systems
To introduce you to the use of digital electronics and the rudiments of digital signal processing systems.
Engineering Mathematics 3E
The aims of this class are:
  • to develop the means of solving certain differential equations
  • to consider applications of Taylor and Maclaurin series
  • to generalise earlier ideas in calculus to deal with functions of several variables
  • to discuss in more detail matrices, determinants and functions of a complex variable
  • to introduce vector calculus and eigenvalues/eigenvectors

Elective classes

A maximum of two classes are to be chosen.

Logic & Algorithms
This class will equip you with the tools to model and measure computation. To build on the module Machines, Languages and Computation, and develop further understanding of the mathematical foundations of computation. To foster an analytical and empirical appreciation of the behaviour of algorithms and the use of abstract data types.
Physical Electronics
Following completion of this class you'll be able to demonstrate knowledge of following topics:
Basic Quantum Theory
Early experiments – e/m, photo-electric effect
Structure of the atom
Wave-particle duality
Schrodinger equation and application in simple systems
Basic Semiconductor Physics
Crystal structure Electron mobility Band theory
Doping of semiconductors
Physics of p-n junctions
Basic Device Physics
Diode operation
LED and laser diodes
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Electromagnetism
You'll gain an understanding of the application of electromagnetic effects in practical devices and develop the mathematical skills necessary to analyse these effects in simple geometries.

Year 3 - Specialist Engineering Skills

You'll study an approved curriculum at the overseas academic partner that's equivalent to what you would have studied if you had spent year 3 at Strathclyde.

Year 4

You'll spend this year at a recognised overseas academic partner.

You’ll study an approved curriculum that is equivalent to the home one, and all the subjects/credits you pass count towards your degree at Strathclyde.

The choice of which partner is yours – we offer opportunities in Europe through Erasmus or further afield through our international exchanges to USA, Canada, China, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand.

To give you some ideas, take a look at our latest international exchanges list.

Year 5 - Engineering for Your Professional Future

In year 5 you'll have the opportunity to develop your team-working skills through a multidisciplinary group project.

In addition to the project, you'll select from a range of advanced computing and electronic application areas.

Compulsory class

CES group project

This project will have a strong industrial influence and provide you with the opportunity to utilise both your hardware and software skills by developing a fully functioning system, which you're required to demonstrate at an internal business tradeshow/exhibition at the end of the year.

Elective classes

At least four classes are to be chosen.

Computer Security

This class aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the nature of security in the contexts of computers, information and networks.

Designing Usable Systems

To develop research level understanding of the design of interfaces for newly emerging technologies and computing domains such as ubiquitous and mobile computing, universal access and collaborative displays.

Distributed Information Systems

This class will help you to gain an extended understanding of the deep technical issues underlying information systems in the particular context of distributing content over the world-wide web.

Advanced Topics in Software Engineering

The class will introduce you to a selection of recent advances in software engineering, along with some of the challenges and outstanding problems.

The detailed aims of the class are:

  • To make you aware of key aspects of current software engineering research
  • To familiarise you with the state-of-the-art in terms of what problems can be solved and what are the current exciting challenges
  • To develop the necessary skills to allow you to contribute to the software engineering research community
  • To equip you with the skills and background to appreciate the contributions to software engineering research across the full range of material presented at the key international conferences in the field
Image & Video Processing
To provide an introduction to the techniques relevant to digital images and video.
This includes techniques both to process images and video and also to efficiently compress and communicate them.
The class will give you a comprehensive understanding of various image and video processing and coding standards. You'll also study some key applications of these standards.
Mobile Software and Applications

The aim of this class is to develop an understanding of the underpinning theories, paradigms, algorithms and architectures for building software applications to function in mobile computing environments.

Advanced Digital Signal Processing
Develop the necessary skills that will allow you to analyse, design, implement and simulate advanced DSP techniques and algorithms for a variety of communications and general engineering problems.
Advanced Microcontroller Applications
Provide advanced competence in the use of industry standard microcontrollers programmed in low and high level languages in real time applications.
Control Techniques

This class aims:

  • to introduce you to the concepts and tools of modelling, simulation for control of dynamical systems
  • to introduce you to the concepts of computer control engineering and enable you to learn the skills required to understand and analyse digital control systems for real time engineering applications
  • to enable you to appreciate the design of estimation and its use in control design
  • to introduce you to the methods of system parameter identification and its application in control engineering
  • to present you with the concepts of fault monitoring, detection, isolation in dynamical systems
  • to introduce you to the monitoring and evaluation of closed-loop system performance
  • to appreciate the industrial applications of control engineering methods
DSP & FPGA-Based Embedded System Design
Design and implementation of real time embedded systems through familiarisation with Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) and FPGAs via lectures, up-to-date technical discussions and hardware programming. This class provides hands-on experience in translating Digital Signal Processing concepts into real-time embedded systems applications.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a wide range of methods including assignments, exams and individual and group-based projects. You’ll make use of web-based and multimedia facilities.

In Years 1 & 2, you'll complete at least six modules per year. Each module is made up of a combination of written assignments, individual and group reports, oral presentations, practical lab work, and where appropriate, an end-of-term exam.

Year 3 will be spent studying at one of our overseas university partners. You'll complete the pre-agreed curriculum, fulfilling all assessments as required by the partner.

In Year 4, you'll complete at least four modules and an individual project. Assessment of this project consists of four elements, interim report, poster & oral presentations, conduct and final report.

In Year 5, you'll complete at least four modules and a major group project. Assessment of this project is based on project specification, interim report, oral presentation, group conduct, peer review, individual assessment, tradeshow show demonstration and a final report.

Learning & teaching

You’ll learn through interactive lectures, small group problem-solving tutorials, practical laboratories as well as industrial visits and seminars by professional engineers.

We aim to develop not only technical engineering and computing expertise but also, and equally importantly, communication, project management, leadership and entrepreneurial skills in our students.

The course typically consists of around 10 lectures, five tutorial/problem-solving classes and three practical classes per week. Students also undertake around 20 hours of self-study.

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Highers

AAAAB (Maths A, Physics or Engineering Science)

A Levels

Year 1 entry: BBB (Maths, Physics)

Typical entry requirements: AAB

Year 2 entry: AAB (Maths, Physics, Computing) 

Typical entry requirements: A*AA

International Baccalaureate

36 (Maths HL6, Physics HL6) 

HNC/HND

Entry to BEng in first instance

Additional Information

  • Applicant interviews are conducted in January & February.

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes – for example MSci, MEng and MPharm – will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

Scholarships

The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE) can help you with funding and getting relevant work experience while you study, through its industry-supported scholarship programme. More than 200 students currently benefit from this. They receive annual bursaries, paid summer placements and company mentoring from key UK and global employers including Rolls-Royce, ScottishPower, Wood Group, Jaguar Land Rover and Xilinx.

Details of all the scholarships on offer each year are highlighted at a scholarship seminar in week three of Semester 1. In addition, each October we host a scholarships fair, providing the opportunity for you to meet potential sponsors face-to-face. You can learn more about the funding and work experience prospects, build useful contacts for the future and develop industry-specific knowledge through visiting the companies’ exhibitions and presentations.

Department scholarships

FM Bruce Scholarships

These scholarships, established to foster the next generation of world-class engineers, were given in honour of a distinguished former head of department and professor of power engineering. Up to 15 awards of £500 each towards tuition fees or course expenses are available for first-year students.

IET Power Academy

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. Its awards programme rewards and celebrates excellence and innovation. The Power Academy is just one of their prestigious scholarship schemes for undergraduate students.

The academy brings together eight leading UK universities, key power sector organisations with support from the IET, Energy & Utility Skills, and National Skills Academy for Power, to deliver a scholarship fund combining financial support with work placements.

We are the only university department in Scotland to be a member of the Power Academy.

Between 50 to 60 awards are on offer. Benefits include a bursary of £2,200 for each year of study, a contribution towards tuition fees, books and software, and a paid summer placement with the company sponsor.  Industry mentoring is provided through a series of local and national networking events, including the annual Power Academy Seminar which brings together leading academic and industry experts.

Company partners:

  • ABB
  • Atkins Global
  • BAE Systems
  • Costain
  • CCFE
  • London Underground
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • National Grid
  • Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE)
  • Northern Powergrid
  • Rolls-Royce
  • RWE npower
  • ScottishPower
  • Siemens
  • SSE
  • UK Power Networks
  • Western Power Distribution

Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Scholarships

Students are also eligible for a range of other awards offered by the Faculty of Engineering’s Undergraduate Scholarship Programme, the University and external professional bodies.

Lloyd’s Register Foundation Scholarships

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a charity which supports the advancement of engineering-related education, and funds research and development that enhances safety of life at seas, on land and in the air. The EEE department is one of three participating in this scholarship scheme.

A total of nine awards of £3,000 each as a contribution towards tuition fees, are on offer across the three departments. All students in Years 2 to 4 of our undergraduate degrees are eligible. We inform students of when applications can be submitted and selection is based on academic performance.

Sagentia Scholarships

Sagentia is a global technology and product development services company with over 27 years’ experience. The company has over 150 scientists, engineers and market experts and is a part of the Sagentia Group; with headquarters in Cambridge, UK and offices in London, Boston, Houston and Dubai. Their clients range from start-ups through to global market leaders in the medical, industrial, oil & gas, and consumer sectors.

Ten awards of £2,500 per annum, with selected paid placements, are on offer and students will be competing with those from other institutions.  Check the Sagentia website for details on course eligibility and how to apply.

ScottishPower Engineering Excellence Scholarships

ScottishPower Retail & Generation employs more than 3,000 people within the UK and brings a dynamic set of departments together under one umbrella, all with the desire to deliver outstanding service to their customers.

Normally two awards of £2,000 each with a paid summer placement are available and third year students on this degree are eligible to apply.



Additional fees 

Course materials & costs 

There is no charge for lecture notes or equipment.  Students are supplied with 500 free print units - but must purchase any additional units.  However, most coursework is submitted electronically.  

Books are recommended, but not a compulsory purchase.  The department ensures that the University library is stocked with copies of textbooks.  

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

Careers

With skills including numeracy, problem-solving, IT, critical thinking and analysis, computer and electronic systems graduates can choose from a wide range of careers. The degree’s triple accreditation ensures graduates have the technical expertise and skills to compete for jobs on an equal footing with computer scientists and electronic engineers, so can consider careers in a diverse range of sectors including:

  • Communications
  • Software Engineering
  • Consumer & Electronics Design
  • Automotive & Aerospace Industries
  • Information Technology
  • Finance & Banking
  • Power & Energy
  • Project Management & Engineering Consultancy

How much will I earn?

The average salary of graduates in full-time work is £33,000. However, your earning potential will depend on your job and the industry you work in.

With experience, communication engineers earn up to £45,000 software engineers up to £49,000. Project managers can earn up to £75,000.*

Where are they now?**

100% of graduates are in work or further study.

Job titles include:

  • Applications Developer
  • Electrical & Instrumentation Engineer
  • Graduate Instrument Engineer
  • Graduate Software Engineer
  • Instrument and Protective Systems Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • IT Project Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Technical Solutions Specialist

Employers include:

  • Aker Solutions
  • BP
  • CGI
  • EADS Astrium
  • General Electric
  • IBM Corporation
  • JP Morgan
  • Maersk Oil
  • Simul8 
  • Wood Group

*Information is intended only as a guide.

**Based on the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).



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