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Computer Systems Engineering

HI62 BEng (Hons) 3 years

Overview

This unique programme include the digital
circuit design elements of the electronic engineering
programmes but also emphasise computer systems and
software. It also focus on the increasingly important
areas of artificial intelligence and network computing,
internet protocols and applications.

Beyond these core themes there is an opportunity to specialise by
selecting from optional modules. These include Security
(developing firewalls, secure e-commerce transactions
and anti-fraud technology), data processing (including
data mining, signal processing, and advanced databases),
and Networking (enabling sensors, home appliances,
entertainment and security systems to be networked
to each other and the internet, creating the “internet of
things”).

The programmes prepare you for a
wide range of careers related to the computing,
internet and manufacturing industries.

Structure

Year 1 Modules

Semester 1

ECS401U Procedural Programming (15 credits)

ECS402U Professional and Research Themes (15 credits)

ECS408U Electronic Engineering Mathematics I (15 credits)

ECS412U Digital Circuit Design (15 credits)

Semester 2

ECS403U Communications and Networks

ECS409U Analogue Electronic Systems (15 credits)

ECS411U Signals and Information (15 credits)

ECS414U Object Oriented Programming (15 credits)

Semester 1 and 2

ECS422U Skills for Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (non-credit bearing module)

 

Year 2 Modules

Semester 3

ECS501U C Programming (15 credits)

ECS502U Microprocessor Systems Design (15 credits)

ECS505U Software Engineering (15 credits)

ECS524U Internet Protocols and Applications (15 credits)

Semester 4

ECS506U Software Engineering Project (15 credits)

ECS518U Operating Systems (15 credits)

ECS519U Database Systems (15 credits)

Plus one from:

ECS515U Signals and Systems Theory (15 credits)

ECS522U Graphical User Interfaces (15 credits)

 

Final Year Modules

Semester 5

ECS625U Project (30 credits)

ECS615U Digital Systems Design (15 credits)

Plus two modules from:

ECS601U Control Systems (15 credits)

ECS602U Digital Signal Processing (15 credits)

ES604U Entrepreneurship in Information Technology (15 credits)

ECS607U Data Mining (15 credits)

ECS612U Interaction Design (15 credits)

ECS613U Advanced Database Systems and Technology (15 credits)

ECS640U Big Data Processing (15 credits)

ECS642U Embedded Systems (15 credits)

Semester 6

ECS625U Project (cont. 30 credits)

ECS617U Integrated Circuit Design (15 credits)

Plus two modules from:

ECS608U Distributed Systems and Security (15 credits)

ECS621U Software Risk Assessment (15 credits)

ECS622U Product Development (15 credits)

ECS624U C++ for Image Processing (15 credits)

ECS637U Digital Media and Social Networks (15 credits)

ECS639U Web Programming (15 credits)

                                                                                                                       

 PLEASE NOTE THAT ELECTIVE MODULE AVAILABILITY IS SUBJECT TO TIMETABLING CONSTRAINTS AND THAT MODULES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Entry requirements

A-levels

Standard grades requirement: ABB, including A-level maths. General studies is excluded.

For information on our standard requirements for other qualifications, please see our entry requirements page .

Applicants should also tell us about previous programming experience, whether in a formal qualification (GCSE, A-level or other) or as an extra-curricular activity.

Vocational or applied A-levels

Acceptability: Accepted and subject to the above tariff requirements for A/AS-levels. Additional information: Must be in related subject, Electronic Engineering/Engineering/Applied Science.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Pass with D*DD in Engineering or Applied Science with grade B in A-level Maths.

BTEC Diploma (120 Credit)

Pass with D*D in Engineering or Applied Science with grade B in A-level Maths or Science.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (60 Credit)

Pass with D*. These qualifications are acceptable ONLY if offered with two appropriate A-levels i.e. Maths/ICT grade B.

HNC

For first year entry only. 120 credits at level 4. Must pass with Distinction overall.

HND

Possible entry for 2nd year. 240 credits at level 5. Pass with Distinction overall.

Access

Pass with 45 credits in Access in Engineering at level 3, of which 30 credits must be Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or Higher. An additional entry maths test will be required if you do not hold A level Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

Acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications. Subjects and grades required: 32 points overall. Must include either HL English grade 4 or SL English grade 4 or above. HL Mathematics must be at least grade 5.

Further information on our entry requirements.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Information for applicants from outside the United Kingdom, including English language qualifications

Learning and teaching

Classes include lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorial sessions. In lectures, you will learn core material, while in laboratory and tutorial sessions you will work on problem-based learning activities in smaller classes. You will spend 15-20 hours per week in lectures, as well as undertaking independent work and study. You will meet with your personal adviser regularly to ensure that you are settling in and progressing well. Throughout your programme, we highlight issues relevant to the professional context of your studies. We strongly encourage you to get experience of applying your knowledge and skills through paid or unpaid work opportunities or a year-long industrial placement.

Independent study

For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study and laboratory sessions you attend, along with your reading and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Assessment for most modules is through a combination of examination and coursework. Coursework can take many different forms appropriate to the individual module. Laboratory-based modules are often assessed through practical assignments, while more theoretical modules may be assessed through exercise sheets or written assignments. Project work, both group and individual, forms a significant component of assessment in your programme. During your second year, you will undertake an extended group project and during your final year, you will undertake a substantial individual project. You will be guided in your project work by a supervisor, who will meet with you regularly and advise you on both academic content and project management issues. Projects are normally assessed through a combination of written report, practical demonstration and oral examination.

Fees and finance

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2016 entry
Full-time £9,000

Tuition fees for International students

2016 entry
Full-time £16,950

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as Technical Specialist or Junior Technician, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as Consultancy, Education or Finance.

The national 2011 destination survey confirmed that 77.3% of the students in our Department of Electronic Engineering were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 73.5% already working/studying at graduate level. These graduates also have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £20,000.

The broad range of skills gained through courses in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:

  • Technical Specialis, Hewlett-Packard Autonomy
  • System Analyst, Siemens
  • Compliance Analyst Trainer, RBS
  • Junior Consultant, Leadent Solutions
  • Product Manager, Solid State Logic
  • Research Assistant, Queen Mary University of London
  • IT Infrastructure Engineer, Bank of America
  • Applications Support Analyst, Calyon Financial SNC
  • Product Development Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

Throughout the course, students have access to a bespoke careers programme, to prepare them for internships and graduate level work. This programme includes workshops on job hunting and job applications as well as employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.

Recent careers events in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science include the IT and Technology Fair featuring thirty organisations including BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Logica, and SELEX Galileo; and ‘Start Up, Stand Up’ led by QM Careers and QM Entrepreneurs, to inspire entrepreneurship in Technology.

Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study, through, for example, our QM Projects work experience scheme, QM Temps job agency, Experience Works events and QMSU Provide volunteering services. Over 800 vacancies are available to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.

Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Gym Instructor and from Society President to Student Mentor.

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages.

Profiles

Name: Umar Farouk
Studying: BEng Computer Engineering (now replaced with BEng Electronic Engineering and Computing)


“I chose Queen Mary because of its stellar engineering programme that teaches you both electronic engineering and computer science modules. You will understand both the hardware and software side of things unlike other courses that teach you the inner workings of one, while you use the other as a tool."

“The lecturers are always willing to help, both in and out of class, and are not afraid to try new interactive teaching methods. The most interesting we’ve done was the Design and Build group project in our second year. It involved building a device from scratch and defending the cost we would sell it for."

“The best thing about Queen Mary is its diversity. It truly brings people from different backgrounds together and exposes you to different cultures.”

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