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Computer Systems Engineering

HI6D MEng (Hons) 4 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 MEng includes an extra year after the BEng,
allowing you to study advanced modules on machine
learning, music, speech, video and image processing,
quality management and network modelling and
performance.

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

Structure

The modules listed below provide some general guidance on what you may be expected to learn during each semester and year of this degree. The exact modules available may vary depending on staff availability, research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Year 1 Modules

Semester 1

  • Procedural Programming (15 credits)
  • Electronic Engineering Mathematics I (15 credits)
  • Digital Circuit Design (15 credits)
  • Professional and Research Practice (15 credits)

Semester 2

  • Communications and Networks
  • Analogue Electronic Systems(15 credits)
  • Signals and Information (15 credits)
  • Object Oriented Programming (15 credits)

Semester 1 and 2

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

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please contact: eecs-ug-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk.

Year 2 Modules

Semester 3

  • C Programming (15 credits)
  • Microprocessor Systems Design (15 credits)
  • Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • Telecommunications Systems (15 credits)

Semester 4

  • Software Engineering Project (15 credits)
  • Operating Systems (15 credits)
  • Digital Systems Design (15 credits)

Plus one from:

  • Signals and Systems Theory (15 credits)
  • Database Systems (15 credits)
  • Graphical User Interfaces (15 credits)

Year 3 Modules

Semester 5

  • Team Project (30 credits)
  • Digital Systems Design (15 credits) (pre-requisite for Integrated Circuit Design 2017/18 only)
  • Embedded Systems (15 credits)

Plus two modules from:

  • Control Systems (15 credits)
  • Digital Signal Processing (15 credits)
  • Data Mining (15 credits)
  • Web Programming (15 credits)
  • Big Data Processing (15 credits)
  • Semi-Structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling (15 credits)

Semester 6

  • Team Project (cont) (30 credits)
  • Integrated Circuit Design (15 credits) (pre-requisite Digital Systems Design)

Plus two modules from:

  • Interaction Design (15 credits)
  • Product Development (15 credits)
  • C++ for Image Processing (15 credits)
  • Digital Media and Social Networks (15 credits)
  • Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (15 credits)                                
  • Distributed Systems (15 credits)                                                                                      

Final Year Modules

Semester 7

  • Project (30 credits)

Plus three modules from:

  • Mobile and WLAN Technologies (15 credits)
  • 21st Century Networks (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Functional Programming (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering (15 credits) (pre-requisite for IPLM702U)

Semester 8

  • Project (cont) (30 credits)
  • Real-Time and Critical Systems (15 credits)

Plus two modules from:

  • Network Modeling and Performance (15 credits)
  • Mobile Services (15 credits)
  • Security and Authentication (15 credits)
  • Business Technology Strategy (15 credits)
  • Real-Time DSP (15 credits)
  • Foundations of IP Law and Management (15 credits) (must have taken IPLM701U)

We aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. Please be assured that we review our modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes.

Please check the School website for further module information.

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

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements for 2017 Entry and General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level.
BTEC See our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve an 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements. An additional entry Maths test will be required if you do not hold A-Level Mathematics at grade B or above.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
Contextualised admissions We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

2017 Entry requirements

A-levels

Standard grades requirement: AAB, 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, Engineering OR Applied Science.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Pass with D*D*D* 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 ie Maths/ICT grade B.

HNC

For 1st year only. 120 credits at level 4.Must have distinction overall.

HND

2nd year possible.240 credits at level 5.Pass HND 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: 34 points overall. Must include either HL English grade 4 or SL English grade 4 or above. HL Maths must be at least 6.

 

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

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.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

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

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £17,450

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

There are many exciting career opportunities for engineers who have a thorough grounding in both software and hardware technologies. Graduates find careers with organisations that research, design, manufacture and install information systems in addition to those that depend on them for their business processes.

Why study electronic engineering and computing?
What can I do afterwards?
A degree in electronic engineering or computer science offers excellent career prospects – recent research by e-skills UK estimates numbers of IT and telecoms professionals will grow at four times the UK average during 2010 to 2020. In addition to technical skills, you will develop valuable transferable skills, including:
• Team-working
• Project management
• Entrepreneurship
• Problem solving
Our graduates gain employment with both multinational corporations and small and medium sized enterprises, and some start their own business. For graduates seeking a career in IT, a huge variety of opportunities exists within the IT sector and other sectors, such as: finance, education, health, entertainment and the media. Roles include: systems analyst, web developer, software developer, games designer and IT consultant.
For graduates wishing to enter the electronics and electrical engineering fields, opportunities can be found in sectors such as: transport, telecommunications, energy and electric power, IT, aerospace, manufacturing, and education and research. Roles include: electrical engineer, network engineer, digital/audio media specialist, computer hardware engineer and communications engineer.

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