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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.

Overview

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City's BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering degree course meets an increasing need for engineers who can contribute to both the hardware and software design of computer systems.

In addition, engineers require managerial skills, the ability to communicate effectively, a good measure of human understanding and an awareness of the economic, environmental and social implications of their activity. This course is designed to provide excellent training in all these areas.

Why study Computer Systems Engineering at City?

  • Each module has a practical component 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 future careers in the computing industry.
  • We have excellent links with local industry and can offer extensive support for industrial placements between the second and third years of study.

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

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points, including 'A' Level Physics and Mathematics with Mathematics at grade B
  • IB: 33 points, including 5 in higher Mathematics, higher Physics also required
  • BTEC: DDD in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering including D in L3 Mathematics in Extended Diploma only.
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 per year
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Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

H600; H601 with professional placement

Entry Requirements

For 2015 entry

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points, including 'A' Level Physics and Mathematics with Mathematics at grade B
  • IB: 33 points, including 5 in higher Mathematics, higher Physics also required
  • BTEC: DDD in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering including D in L3 Mathematics in Extended Diploma only.

In addition, the following is required:

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

Other Suitable Qualifications

Foundation Programmes

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

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • GCSE: English language grade C.

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 at City, 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 a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Duration:
3 years or 4 years including a professional placement

Course Content

City University London's BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering degree course covers aspects of electronics, engineering, mathematics and software engineering and, in the final year, you will complete an individual project.

Course Structure

Year one and year two

The first two years of this course are joined with the BEng (Hons)/MEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering and the BEng (Hons) Telecommunications. They cover aspects of electronics, computer systems, engineering mathematics and software engineering.

Subject areas include:

  • Circuit theory
  • Communications systems
  • Computer programming (C/C++/Java)
  • Dynamics and control
  • Electronics
  • Engineering design
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Signals & systems.

Year three

You will have the opportunity to take modules covering advanced issues in modern computer systems, including:

  • Computer systems & networks
  • Embedded & real-time systems
  • Java programming
  • Software engineering.

A popular feature of this course is the individual project, which runs throughout the final year. 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, working alongside experienced academic staff on highly relevant and exciting projects.

Teaching and Assessment

City's BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering course is delivered by academics in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, with lectures from external experts explaining how technologies are currently being used in practice.

The degree's modular structure covers the design of modern electronic equipment and appropriate computer systems. There is a strong emphasis on computer programming and computer networking.

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

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 per year

Funding

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

Prizes

There are prizes and awards for students who perform well in examinations and project work. Details of the prizes may be obtained from the Examinations Secretary. In addition, the committee may make recommendations for University awards.

Placements

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.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to:

  • Achieve a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
  • Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
  • Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

City's BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering enables graduates to pursue a diverse range of careers in electronic engineering, computer science and computer networks.

Professional accreditation

City's BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering degree course is accredited by the major professional engineering bodies - the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) - with whom we maintain close professional links.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Computer Systems Engineering, including:

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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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 2015 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2015. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2015 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.

Enquiries

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Admissions Office.
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