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MEng/BEng Computer & Electronic Systems

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UCAS Code (GHK6/GH46)

Dual accreditation with the IET and the British Computer Society (BCS)

What do 3DTV, digital cameras, smartphones, the iPad and sports instant replay have in common?  They are all examples of technology which have been developed combining skills from both computer science and electronic engineering.  These disciplines have become increasingly intertwined in recent years, so there is an acute 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.  These degrees are designed to produce such highly skilled professional engineers.

The employability of CES graduates is one of the highest of all disciplines. They have taken up posts as system analysts, information security engineers and software designers with employers such as BP, Amazon, Cisco and Microsoft. 

Download the Computer & Electronic Systems leaflet for further information.

Course Structure

The degrees are delivered jointly with the Department of Computer & Information Sciences (CIS).

Course Syllabus

Fundamental principles and concepts are established in Year 1 through electronic engineering, maths and computer science classes. Years 2 and 3 build on this base while introducing you to programming languages and techniques; computer communications; and hardware and software engineering systems. In Years 4 and 5 you customise your degree by choosing specialist topics such as Multimedia Information, Embedded Systems, AI Techniques, E-Commerce and Computer Security to match your career aspirations. There is also a group project. Transfer from BEng to MEng is possible.

Recent Graduates

"I loved the diversity of the course - one day I would be learning how to design transistor circuits and the next I would be learning how to program for real-time embedded systems. In the later years you get to tailor the degree to what you enjoy which makes it very interesting."

Lauren Stewart
Software Engineering, GE Aviation Systems

"The practical assignments were always very challenging and rewarding as you would be building something interesting and cool. I liked the fact we were working with cutting edge technology and were very hands on, it wasn't all theoretical like I initially anticipated it was going to be." 


Waleed Amjad
Technology Analyst, Morgan Stanley

"The Computer and Electronic Systems course at Strathclyde is a very relevant and exciting degree, based across two departments with excellent reputations. The course itself is well thought out, with flexibility to specialise in either discipline in later years. In my third year I worked closely with students from other departments alongside PhD students and academics carrying out research into sustainable energy solutions for people in developing countries and developed a prototype solar charging station."

Daniel Chakraverty
Electronics Engineer, Infiniti Red Bull Racing

"When applying for University I found it difficult to decide between studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The Computer and Electronic Systems course, offered by the department, gave me the opportunity to further my knowledge in both these exciting disciplines. I chose Strathclyde University because of its engineering department's great reputation which produces industry savvy and highly sought after graduates."

Adeeb Umar
Technology Analyst, Morgan Stanley

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of UK, EU and international qualifications for entry to our undergraduate degrees, details of which can be found in the following document

Further information can also be obtained by contacting the Undergraduate Academic Selector.

How to apply

Applications to any of our courses must be submitted via UCAS at  As part of your application you will be asked to provide details of the subjects you are studying, or have studied, and any grades achieved, along with a personal statement and an academic/teacher reference. 

The personal statement is your opportunity to shine as an applicant, demonstrating your interest in your chosen university course and the types of activities (academic or otherwise) you are involved in. eg. Duke of Edinburgh awards, sports clubs, volunteering, work experience, hobbies and interests.  Remember applications must be submitted by the set UCAS deadlines.  Once your application has been submitted to UCAS, they then send it onto the appropriate University/(s) and Department for their consideration. 

The Applicants' Guide outlines the decision making process for our Department.

Key Contacts

UG Academic Selector
Dr Martin Given
Tel: +44 (0)141 548 2471

UG Admissions Secretary
Mr Darren Rank
Tel: +44 (0)141 548 2350