Years 1 and 2
The first two years of the BEng course cover aspects of software and hardware engineering, including:
• Computer programming
• Computer systems
• Networking and communications
• Digital electronics
• Dynamics and control
• Engineering mathematics
These modules will help students gain sufficient familiarity with the concepts and the language of computer systems and also allow them to communicate with colleagues with a real understanding of the problems associated with the application of computer systems in modern engineering environments.
In addition to this, engineers require managerial skills, the ability to communicate effectively, a good measure of human understanding and an awareness of the economic, environmental and social implications of their activity. Our courses are designed to provide excellent training in all these areas.
In the final year, the students have an opportunity to take modules covering advanced issues in modern computer systems, including web services, communications, and image processing.
The first term comprises of three core modules:
• Web server technology
• Modelling in software engineering
• Embedded and real time systems
These three modules form a core of the advanced knowledge you will take from the course.
Students will also have an opportunity to take modules covering advanced issues in modern computer systems, including:
• Web services
• Image processing
A popular feature of this course is the individual project, which runs throughout the final year. This may be a detailed design study, an experimental and/or theoretical investigation, or a critical review of a topic in computer systems engineering. You will have the opportunity to interact with members of the School’s various research teams, working alongside experienced researchers on highly relevant and exciting projects.
Teaching and assessment
The course is taught by staff from the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, with lectures from external experts who explain how technologies are currently being used in practice. The modular structure covers the design of modern electronic equipment and appropriate computer systems. There is a strong emphasis on computer programming and computer networking. The course is taught in formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, supplemented by an engineering applications course, involving laboratory and group projects.
The final degree classification is based on marks obtained in the second and final academic years. The final academic year contributes twice as much as the second year to the total. Coursework and engineering applications account for approximately 30 per cent of the total.
Professional placement and study abroad
Placement year (optional)
Students are strongly encouraged to seek placements after their second year through the industrial placement officer. The placement will give students the opportunity to learn more about industry, take on graduate-level responsibilities and in some cases work as part of a multinational work force. As this forms an integral part of the course, overseas students are eligible for placements. Students will receive a salary and many go on to be re-employed by their placement company when they graduate.