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Computer Systems Engineering

Entry Year: 2024

4 study options

Computer Systems Engineering BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2024
UCAS code
HI62
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£28,350
Funding information
Paying your fees

Electronic Engineering with Foundation BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2024
UCAS code
HHX0
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BCC at A-Level. This must include grade B in A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£23,350
Funding information
Paying your fees

Computer Systems Engineering with Industrial Experience BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2024
UCAS code
H163
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£28,350
Funding information
Paying your fees

Computer Systems Engineering with Year Abroad BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2024
UCAS code
HI6Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£28,350
Funding information
Paying your fees

Year abroad cost

Finances for studying abroad on exchange

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Overview

Technology is transforming our lives. Combine computing skills and engineering expertise to build the future.

Technology is continuing to evolve and rapid developments and digitisation are changing life as we know it. Learn to design the innovative systems behind these developments while examining how they collect and process information. 

You could study just computer science or electronic engineering, but by studying a programme that is a 50/50 split, you’ll be able to choose from a wider range of career opportunities.   Our expert teaching team cover the foundations of computer software and hardware, with modules in everything from programming and circuit design to operating systems and signals. 

In our Electronics Lab and Informatics Teaching Lab, you’ll get practical experience with digital circuit design, embedded systems and various software development tools. These form the foundation of computer systems, the internet and the applications that run on it. You’ll also learn about intelligent systems, which have a range of applications, from vehicles to smart cities. 

Uncover your interests

You’ll have the chance to complete two practical projects. In your second year, youll team up with other students on an engineering project, which will be software-based. Then in your final year, youll work on a hardware or software-based project focused on your interests. 

Not only will you graduate with a range of sought-after skills, but you’ll also have built a strong personal brand, thanks to our MySkills initiative within the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. Get ready to impress employers and secure a role where you can put your knowledge into action. 

Professional recognition

This programme will be reviewed for re-accreditation by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in December 2023. This review is expected to result in accreditation for the 2024 and 2025 intakes. Accreditation can only be granted after a successful review and is subject to approval by the IET’s Academic Accreditation Committee.

Structure

This three-year programme is available with an additional foundation year, as well as an optional industrial experience year or year abroad.

Year 0

Foundation


Semester 1

  • Computing
  • Physics - Mechanics and Materials
  • Communication in Science and Technology
  • Mathematics B (double module across semesters 1 and 2)


Semester 2

  • Physics - Fields and Waves
  • Physics - Electricity and Atomic Physics
  • Digital Electronics and Computer Systems
  • Mathematics B (double module across semesters 1 and 2)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 1

Semester 1

  • ECS401U - Procedural Programming (15 credits)
  • ECS408U - Electronic Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)
  • ECS412U - Digital Circuit Design (15 credits)
  • ECS431U - Engineering Skills and Practice (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)

Find out more about module descriptions and assessment in our module directory.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Semester 3

  • ECS502U - Microprocessor Systems Design (15 credits)
  • ECS505U - Software Engineering (15 credits
  • ECS528U - Communications Systems (15 credits)
  • ECS529U - Algorithms and Data Structures (15 credits)


Semester 4

  • ECS506U - Software Engineering Project (15 credits)
  • ECS518U - Operating Systems (15 credits)
  • ECS527U - Digital Systems Design (15 credits)

Choose one from:

  • ECS515U - Signals and Systems Theory (15 credits)
  • ECS522U - Graphical User Interfaces (15 credits)


Optional summer internship

  • ECS620U - Optional credit-bearing summer internship (15 credits), offered between second and final year

Find out more about module descriptions and assessment in our module directory.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Semester 5

  • ECS635U - Project (30 credits)
  • ECS642U - Embedded Systems (15 credits)

Choose two modules from:

  • ECS601U - Control Systems (15 credits)
  • ECS602U - Digital Signal Processing (15 credits)
  • ECS607U - Data Mining (15 credits)
  • ECS639U - Web Programming (15 credits)
  • ECS640U - Big Data Processing (15 credits)


Semester 6

  • ECS635U - Project (30 credits)
  • ECS617U - Integrated Circuit Design (15 credits)

Choose two modules from:

  • ECS605U - Image Processing (15 credits)
  • ECS622U - Product Development (15 credits)
  • ECS637U - Digital Media and Social Networks (15 credits)
  • ECS647U - Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (15 credits)
  • ECS654U - Advanced Control Systems (15 credits)
  • ECS655U - Security Engineering (15 credits)
  • ECS656U - Distributed Systems (15 credits)
  • ECS661U - User Experience Design (15 credits)

Please note that optional modules are subject to timetabling constraints and module availability.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Integrated foundation year

Students who do not have the required high school qualifications for admission to this degree, or do not meet their UCAS conditional offer, may be considered for our Electronic Engineering foundation year, which offers students who meet progression requirements a pathway to year one of BEng Computer Systems Engineering.

International students who may not have had the chance to study A-level-equivalent qualifications may qualify for our one-year International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme, commonly known as the ISEFP.

On successfully completing the ISEFP, and subject to meeting the progression requirements, you are guaranteed a place on your chosen degree programme at Queen Mary.

Year in industry

This degree can be taken with an optional Industrial Experience Year, spent working in a role related to your field of study. This is taken in your third year of studies. Past students have worked with companies including:

  • ITRS Group
  • JWG Insights Ltd.
  • Tower Hamlets Council

Find out more about degrees with industrial experience.

Please note that industrial placements are highly competitive and awarded based on application, academic track record and performance at interview. If you are not successful in securing a placement, your third year will be spent at Queen Mary completing your studies.

Year abroad

Go global and add an optional year abroad to your degree. Our School has a wide range of international partners all over the world. Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary.

Please note - you can either do a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options.

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Testimonial

"This course has been a perfect match between the core concepts of computer science and electrical engineering. I have been able to learn software languages like Java, JavaScript, and Python, alongside working on projects that require VHDL, C programming and microcontrollers. I have enjoyed the challenges presented in coursework and learning new programming languages."

Mohammad, BEng Computer Systems Engineering, quoted in 2023

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You’ll spend 15 to 20 hours per week in lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials. You will also be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. You’ll meet with your personal advisor regularly to ensure that you are settling in and progressing well.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (presentations, assignments, essay report writing, in-class tests, research and project work) and/or examinations in May or June.

Individual and group projects are assessed through a written report, practical demonstration and oral examination.

Resources and facilities

As a student, your home will be the Mile End campus.You'll spend lots of time in our ITL building, which is only used by Electronic Engineering and Computer Science students. This lab is made up of 300 fully networked multimedia workstations, which run both the Linux and Windows operating systems. The ITL is due to undergo a £5.8 million refurbishment, funded by the Office for Students.

A range of specialised equipment is also available in the Electronics Lab.

The labs are open seven days a week, generally between 8am and midnight. Students can also gain remote access to the School’s computing facilities 24-hours a day.

We have a number of students employed as 'module demonstrators', who are available in labs to help first and second-year students to navigate software and programming tools.​

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level. We will consider either Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEAccess qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

Contextualised admissions

Our standard contextual offer: Grades BBC with B in Maths at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

Our enhanced contextual offer (for care experienced students, refugee/asylum seekers or students who have completed Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary): Grades BCC with B in Maths at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

More information on how this information is used for a contextual offer can be found on our contextualised admissions page.

A-LevelGrades BCC at A-Level. This must include grade B in A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 26 points overall, including 5,4,4 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEAccess qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4 and Maths at grade B or 5.
Contextualised admissionsWe 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.
A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level. We will consider either Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEAccess qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
Contextualised admissionsOur standard contextual offer: Grades BBC with B in Maths at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

Our enhanced contextual offer (for care experienced students, refugee/asylum seekers or students who have completed Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary): Grades BCC with B in Maths at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

More information on how this information is used for a contextual offer can be found on our contextualised admissions page.
A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level. We will consider either Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
Contextualised admissionsOur standard contextual offer: Grades BBC with B in Maths at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

Our enhanced contextual offer (for care experienced students, refugee/asylum seekers or students who have completed Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary): Grades BCC with B in Maths at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

More information on how this information is used for a contextual offer can be found on our contextualised admissions page.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Graduate destinations

This course equips students to pursue a wide range of careers within electronics and computing, internet operations or the manufacturing industry.

Previous graduates of this programme are working in roles such as:

  • Electronic Systems Analyst
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Junior Computer Engineer

Graduates of this programme will also be well-placed to pursue masters degrees in computing and data science, or electronic and electrical engineering.

Career support

Our Careers and Enterprise service run regular employability events and workshops, and host industry speakers on campus. We have recently welcomed speakers from companies including IBM, Amazon Web Services and FDM Group.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path,
  • support with finding work experience, internships and jobs,
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms,
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

We also have an industrial placement advisor within our School, who supports students with finding and applying to year-long placements.

Data for these courses

Computer Systems Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Electronic Engineering with Foundation - BEng (Hons)

Computer Systems Engineering with Industrial Experience - BEng (Hons)

Computer Systems Engineering with Year Abroad - BEng (Hons)

The Discover Uni dataset (formerly Unistats)

About the School

The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science carries out world-class research – and applies it to real-world problems. Being taught by someone who is changing the world with their ideas makes for exciting lectures, and helps you to stay ahead of the curve in your field. 99 per cent of our research is classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2021).

We are proud of our excellent student-staff relations, and our diverse student body, made up of learners from more than 60 countries.

The School has a close-knit student community, who take part in competitions and extracurricular lab activities.

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