1. 2016 Entry
  2. 2015 Entry

Computer Systems Engineering  BEng (Hons)

This course meets an increasing need for engineers who can contribute to both the hardware and software design of computer systems.


The modern world is dominated by digital devices of different sizes and functionalities. These devices are built by engineers with knowledge and skills in computing and integration of microprocessors, and computers in larger engineering systems.

The BEng (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering equips students with the skills and knowledge required to enter this exciting digital world and build a career as a system engineer.This course is a unique combination of engineering problem-solving skills, knowledge of electronics, computer systems, signal processing, advanced mathematics and developed software skills.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Institute of Measurement & Control.

Why study Computer Systems Engineering at City?

  • We have excellent links with local industry and can offer extensive support for a one year placement taken after your second year
  • You will have access to cutting-edge research in the field of embedded systems, networking, security, imaging and sensor systems
  • Each module has a wide selection of academic study and practical with group and design projects forming a major part of all courses. This enables you to develop your analytical, presentation and teamwork skills, providing you with valuable experience for a future career in the computing industry.

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Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 300 UCAS tariff points, including at least grade B in 'A' Level Mathematics and at least one 'A' Level in a science subject, preferably Physics or Electronics
  • IB: 32 points, including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and a science subject
  • BTEC: DDD in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, including D in both L3 Mathematics in Extended Diploma only. 
  • GCSE: English Langage grade C (or equivalent)

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:

H600; H601 with professional placement

Entry Requirements

For 2016 entry

  • 'A' Level: 300 UCAS tariff points, including at least grade B in 'A' Level Mathematics and at least one 'A' Level in a science subject, preferably Physics or Electronics
  • IB: 32 points, including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and a science subject
  • BTEC: DDD in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, including D in both L3 Mathematics in Extended Diploma only.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: English Language, grade C (or equivalent)

Undergraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum requirement is:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
3 years or 4 years including a professional placement.

Course Content

The course covers aspects of electronics, engineering, mathematics and software engineering. Each module includes a practical component, typically a laboratory project or a programming assignment.

Course Structure

Year one

Year one provides a broad foundation in engineering concepts. The fundamental principles of engineering and applied physics that underpin the design of electrical and computer equipment are studied.

The first two years of this course are delivered jointly with Electrical & Electronic Engineering and the Telecommunications degree.

Core modules include:

  • Engineering mathematics 1
  • Engineering science
  • Engineering practice
  • Digital logic
  • Electronic circuit design 1
  • Programming and design
  • Systems, modelling and control.

Year two

The second year focuses on specialist areas in electrical and electronic engineering, computer systems and telecommunications.

Core modules include:

  • Engineering mathematics 2
  • Engineering management 2
  • Object-orientated programming
  • Communication systems
  • Dynamics and control
  • Electronic circuit design 2
  • Numerical computing and statistics.

Year three

In the final year, you will be required to complete an individual project. This may be a detailed design study, an experimental and/or theoretical investigation or a critical review of a topic in computer systems engineering. You will have the opportunity to interact with members of the School's various research teams and working alongside experienced academic staff on relevant projects.

You will also have the opportunity to take several core and advanced specialist computer systems modules.

Core modules include:

  • Engineering management 3
  • Computer systems and networks
  • Java programming
  • Embedded and real-time systems
  • Optical and wireless communications
  • Control system design.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered by academic staff, with some lectures from consultants and experts from industry.

Learning methods include lectures, seminars and tutorials supplemented by an engineering applications course involving laboratory and group projects.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.


There are prizes and awards for students who perform well in examinations and project work. These include:

Further details of the prizes may be obtained from the Examinations Secretary. In addition, the committee may make recommendations for University awards.


You are strongly encouraged to seek a placement after your second year. The placement will give you the opportunity to learn more about the industry, take on graduate-level responsibilities and in some cases work as part of a multinational work force.

Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Career Prospects

The course enables graduates to pursue a diverse range of careers in:

  • Electronic engineering
  • Computer science
  • Computer networks
  • Telecommunications
  • Digital media
  • Financial industries.

Computer Systems Engineering

UCAS code: H600; H601 with professional placement

Applications for degree courses must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

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UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

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You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


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