Computer Systems EngineeringBEng (Hons)

About the course

A skills shortage in the electronic engineering industry means that this course offers you the chance to acquire valuable expertise and establish yourself in a highly rewarding career.

You will use your existing engineering background, digital signal processing and embedded programming skills on a course that is structured to allow you to explore advanced computer and electronic engineering techniques.

You will then be able to apply these techniques to solve real-world engineering problems and develop your communication and team-working skills.


The Institution of Engineering and Technology - Accredited Programme

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - H650
  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start Dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time
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This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course. 

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification. 

There is also a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2019.


With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire. 

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree. 

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

 

Why study a Foundation Year degree?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 

Why choose this course?

  • Learn to use advanced computer techniques to solve engineering problems relating to analysis, design, implementation and testing
  • Study the theory and practicalities of project management and successful team working
  • Develop your existing engineering background, digital signal processing and embedded programming skills
  • Gain hands-on experience in the use of the software and hardware toolkits commonly used by electric and electronic engineers
  • Work with your fellow students to explore possible equality and diversity issues in the industry
  • Challenge your knowledge and skills with involvement in real-world R&D projects
  • Benefit from links with our influential local and regional industry partners
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What will I learn?

Units

  • Engineering Mathematics (CIS034-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations Of Electronic Systems And Computer Networks (CIS038-1) Compulsory
  • Fundamentals Of Computer Studies (CIS018-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Software Development (CIS020-1) Compulsory
  • Circuit Analysis And Signal Processing (CIS047-2) Compulsory
  • Concepts And Technologies Of Artificial Intelligence (CIS006-2) Compulsory
  • Dsp And Embedded Systems Development (CIS048-2) Compulsory
  • Object Oriented Programming And Software Engineering (CIS016-2) Compulsory
  • Optimisation Applications And Systems Engineering (CIS018-3) Compulsory
  • Research Methodologies And Emerging Technologies (CIS013-3) Compulsory
  • Social And Professional Project Management (CIS015-3) Compulsory
  • Undergraduate Project (CIS017-3) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

The assessments provide you with opportunities to identify your skills, abilities, academic/occupational background and level to give you an early indication if there are any specific learning practices you may need more help in.

This starts at the student induction period in conjunction with Fundamentals of Computing unit and continues throughout your course. There will be frequent opportunities to get feedback both from tutors, peers and via self assessment.

Year 1 
  • Written exams = 28%
  • Coursework = 49%
  • Practical exams = 23%
Year 2 
  • Written exams = 44%
  • Coursework = 28%
  • Practical exams = 28%
Year 3 
  • Written exams = 15%
  • Coursework = 85%
  • Practical exams = 0%

Entry requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed. At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

 

 

 

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

This course gives you skills that are valuable for a career within Computer Science but it is also relevant for a much wider range of applications.

The final year unit ‘Social and Professional Project Management’ in particular requires you to work in a team so as to apply current project management methodology that embraces these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

The final year project fosters independent and autonomous study. You learn to take up the responsibility of conducting your project, typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

 

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

Facilities

Facilities

Milton Keynes campus is the new University campus for Milton Keynes backed by the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council.

Milton Keynes campus is the newest addition to the vibrant, wider University of Bedfordshire population of 24,000 students from around the world.

The campus and facilities

The Milton Keynes campus is located in the centre of Milton Keynes close to shops, businesses and local amenities.

It's easy to get to if you live locally and Milton Keynes is very well connected, being within 35 minutes of London by fast train.

The campus is well equipped with the latest facilities including:

  • high specification teaching rooms with top-quality audio visual and ICT equipment (seating up to 50 students) ensure optimal delivery of courses
  • special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratory provides the specialist equipment for our future engineers
  • large general purpose computer lab gives hands-on experience to IT students
  • Learning Resources Centre provides general purpose computing facilities and small group study areas and silent study provision – students can study in the ways that best suit their needs, especially if studying at home is difficult
  • student social space to meet up with friends and colleagues, as well as for important events and get-togethers

High-quality education

Committed to excellence in our teaching, learning and support:

  • many of our teaching staff have extensive experience and some have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contributions to teaching
  • we provide exceptional academic and personal support for our students with award-winning tutors and online resources
  • excellence in academic standards – courses underpinned by our world-leading research

Location

Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with excellent transport links to London and the Midlands, and internationally, as well as local connections. It is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with hundreds of businesses close at hand and near to all amenities Milton Keynes has to offer.

..it brings a university to my doorstep.

The new campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a Student Information Desk and the Students' Union, so our students can prosper both academically and personally. 

Study locally and save money if you're MK-based. For example, our foundation degrees offer you part-time and flexible learning study modes, so you can continue to work full-time and live at home whilst studying for your degree.

I chose MK as I live three minutes away from the University campus.

 

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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