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 degrees are run jointly by the Departments of Computer & Information Sciences (CIS) and Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE).
Core classes in electronic engineering, mathematics and computer science subjects are taken in Year 1 to provide a strong foundation for later study. 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 have the opportunity to control your degree's focus by choosing specialist topics to match your personal career aspirations. Topics include multimedia information, embedded systems, AI techniques, e-commerce and computer security.
A significant individual project in Year 4 and a major group project in Year 5 allow for advanced personal and professional development (Student Tradeshow).
Year 1 – Fundamental Engineering Skills
In first year you will learn the essential skills and disciplines required to provide a strong foundation for future learning in electronic engineering and computing science. You will 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.
Year 2 – Core Engineering & Technology Skills
In Year 2 you will build upon the strong foundations of the first year course and further broaden your knowledge through the introduction to a wider range of programming techniques and languages. 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 enable you to hone the skills and techniques you have cultivated in the first two years of the course.
Year 3 – Specialist Engineering Skills
In Year 3 you will be given the opportunity to choose from a range of specialist modules, such as Artificial Intelligence and Analogue & Digital System Design, in order to tailor your degree to your own personal interests or career aspirations. You will also study a carefully designed core curriculum which will cover aspects of computer communications and interfacing hardware and software systems.
Year 4 - Professional Training
In Year 4 you will undertake an individual project, which will help you gain valuable technical and project management skills. The range of career paths open to you is reflected in the classes available in this year:
- Software Architecture
- Computer Vision
- Artificial Intelligence
- Communication Networks
- Digital Signal Processing
- Distributed Systems
- E-Commerce Technologies
- Embedded Systems
- Information Transmission and Security
- Multimedia Information
BEng (Hons) students graduate at the end of this year.
Year 5 (MEng only) - Professional Training
In Year 5 you will have the opportunity to develop your teamworking 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. In addition to the project, you will select from a range of advanced computing and electronic application areas:
- Computer Security
- Distributed Information Management
- Multimedia Signal and Image Processing
- Communication Network Design
- Software Architecture
MEng students graduate at the end of this year. This degree meets all the educational requirements of the IET and BCS, offering the most direct route to CEng status.
The Department has close ties with industry, providing a variety of opportunities for employment. My degree is also diverse, offering me a joint course between Computer Science and Electronics. During my third year I went to Canada to study in the University of Toronto. It is a good time to meet new people and experience other cultures.
Instrument & Protective Engineer, BP
I was involved in projects that ranged from a recreation of a 1980's interactive board game computer (Dark Tower) to simulations of the signal processing used in sophisticated directional hearing aids. For the last three years of my degree I was involved in the Formula Student Team.
Studying a PhD at the Department
Computer & Electronic Systems is a great mix of both Electronic & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. If you are undecided between the two, or want a mix of hardware and software then Computer Electronic Systems is the course for you.
IT Leadership Program, General Electric (GE)
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.