The Computer Systems Engineering degree is a practical hands-on course that allows you to combine the study of computing science with a specialist focus on electronics. Its flexibility allows you to either develop your knowledge of computing systems through specialisation or explore wider subject areas such as computer graphics or artificial intelligence.
You will learn how computer hardware and software interact to form more complex systems, and how computer aided design (CAD) tools are used to manage this complexity. Throughout your studies you will encounter a wide variety of subjects, from computer architectures used to program simple devices, to engaging with electronics, digital circuits, and programmable hardware. Your final year research project will give you the opportunity to put all that you have learnt into practice and showcase the engineering skills you have acquired.
The academics leading the programme hold first degrees in Electronics and many of them have spent part of their careers working in industry.
A Level: ABB
International Baccalaureate: 32 points including one HL subject from the preferred list at 5 and one other at HL subject at 5
Scottish Highers: AABBB
Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB
Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB
Access Course: Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in either Mathematics, Science or Economics
BTEC: DDM - minimum of 6 units in a science subject. BTEC IT Practitioners acceptable
European Baccalaureate: 75% overall
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).
During the first year of the programme you will study a range of compulsory modules providing you with a thorough introduction to computing programming, systems architecture, mathematics and logic. You will also begin your study of computer architectures, learning how to program simple devices such as Lego robots using C, alongside beginning your study of object-oriented high level languages with Java.
In the second year you will engage with processing tools, techniques and practises alongside studying electronics. You will learn how to design, build and test a range of digital and analogue circuits, from simple digital timing circuits to video and speech encoders. You will also be able to select modules from a range of computing and business related subjects that match your own interests.
In the final year you will gain experience working with the embedded computing devices that are at the heart of many everyday products, alongside the computer networks that enable their processing power to be harnessed. You will also carry out a year-long supervised research project, providing you with first-hand experience of independent project work from a technical and an organisational perspective.
The School of Computing Sciences leads the university in utilizing its internationally recognized research commercially through SYS Consulting, its consulting company, and through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Many of the projects and coursework that you will take part in use data or scenarios that come from real industry and business applications, giving you effective practical experience that can be applied in a working environment.
Depending on which specialties you studied during your degree course, you will have the necessary skills to work in many application areas of computing science, from computer games development to computer systems engineering, and many more. Our students also use their technical and entrepreneurial skills to play influential roles in the creation of companies such as Travel Republic, Evoke systems, Fyfo and Shoretech systems.
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