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Computer Systems Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

Computer systems engineers work on everything from games consoles, to car controls, to hospital equipment. Reviewed every year to make sure it’s up-to-date, this hands-on degree will help you get to grips the with hardware and software design in any computer system. We focus on giving you the skills, knowledge and work experience needed to get straight into a career in the field.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This course will help you develop your expertise as a hardware designer, developer and programmer in the field of computer systems engineering. There’s an emphasis on microprocessor and microcontroller-based systems and embedded systems.

One of the main strengths of our course is its focus on practical work. You’ll develop your hands-on skills through lab work and optional work placements, ensuring your technical expertise is just as strong as your knowledge base.

Alongside subject-specific knowledge, the course is designed to further your interpersonal, team-working and IT skills, and develop your ethical and environmental awareness. As the course progresses, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you, through modules like Audio Engineering, Ethical Hacking and Network Security.


You'll be assessed through coursework reports, case studies, individual and group research assignments, written and laboratory-based examinations and a final engineering project or dissertation. You'll receive regular, supportive feedback throughout the course.

If you do not complete the course with the required achievements to qualify for the IET-accredited BEng (Hons) degree, you may be awarded a lesser degree, such as the BSc (Hons) degree. The final award will be determined at the end of the course.

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). You’ll be able to apply for student membership while undertaking your degree. Your fees will be covered by the University, and you’ll have access to resources such as a digital library, jobs boards and networking events.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum grades CCD, one of which must be from a relevant subject (or a minimum of 88 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Computer Network Enginerring Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course include studies undertaken at an IET-accredited institution.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Computer Hardware and Software Architectures
  • Electronic Systems
  • Logic and Mathematical Techniques
  • Programming

Year 2 modules include:

  • Advanced Electronics Systems
  • Microprocessors and Embedded Systems
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law
  • Work-Related Learning
  • C++ Programming (optional)
  • Ethical Hacking (optional)
  • Network Engineering (optional)
  • Signals and Systems (optional)

Year 3 modules include:

  • Data Acquisition and Interfacing
  • Digital Systems Applications
  • Project
  • Wireless Networks (Cisco)
  • Mobile Applications (optional)
  • Network and Cloud Security (optional)
  • Network Security (Cisco) (optional)
  • Work-Related Learning II (optional)

“Thanks to this course, I can now build my own robot - just like I dreamed during my school days!”

"This course taught me how to solve engineering problems using Java, C, Matlab, Assembly language and VHDL.”

“The course provided lots of varied options, so I could decide what I studied in my second and third years.”

The recent advances in computing mean that system engineers are in high demand right now. Through this course, you’ll learn to design, program and build devices and systems used by a number of industries, including games and entertainment, medicine and automotive.

With the technical skills and the know-how to work on anything from generic embedded systems to extremely sophisticated, specialised and critical systems such as safety systems, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career as a hardware designer, a systems programmer or a designer or consultant.

This course is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study or research.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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