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University of Huddersfield

Computer Systems Engineering

UCAS Code: H6G4

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,B,B

A Levels must include Mathematics and at least one other suitable Science/Technology subject as listed in Further information.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

in relevant Science/Technology subjects.

120-112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which must include Science/Technology subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

in Engineering. DDM-DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Science/Technology is also acceptable with A Level Mathematics at least at Grade C. See Further information for further details of what is accepted.

UCAS Tariff

120-112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications which must include the accepted qualifications as listed in Further information.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subjects

Computer science

Electrical and electronic engineering

Computer systems are all around us from home entertainment packages and mobile phones through to car control systems, agriculture, retail, and complex communication networks. If you want to work in an industry that has the potential to improve everyday life and the society we live in, working and designing components that effect all aspects of society, our course aims to give you the skills you need for a career in this thriving industry sector.

During the course we’ll introduce you to a range of computer systems and you’ll investigate the nature of computer systems engineering. From desktop and workstation computers through to high performance computer systems, we aim to give you a thorough background in a wide range of areas. You’ll have the chance to find out what’s really involved in computer systems engineering.

If you’re hoping to be a computer systems engineer, potential employers will be looking for you to understand:

* Software programming techniques

* Computer systems architecture

* Electronics

This course focuses on these three core aspects to give you the chance to build your knowledge and skills.

You’ll be taught by professional engineers, many of whom have worked in the industry, and you can be confident that the course covers topics that the industry is looking for, as we regularly meet up with our Industry Advisory Panel to get their feedback.

We want to give you as much practical experience as possible. So after your second year, you’ll have the chance to go on a year-long placement to put your skills into practice.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council. When you finish your studies, you could become registered as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), which could be a feather in your cap when you’re looking for your first exciting role in the industry. The course could also lead on to you gaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status following further study.

The teaching team here at Huddersfield has a wealth of industry and professional experience and are also active researchers, with many at the forefront of their research field. We support our students in gaining the skills valued by industry, and inspire them to be enquiring and experimental. Our aim is that you graduate fully prepared for either work or further study depending on your ambitions. With that in mind you'll have access to industry standard facilities in a supportive environment. ~ Professor Nigel Schofield, Subject Area Leader, Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Professional links and accreditation:
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (http://www.theiet.org/) and fully meets the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) (https://www.imeche.org/membership-registration/become-a-member/incorporated-engineer), and partly meets the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community and IET accreditation is recognised around the world as an indicator of quality. Our relationship with the IET means that they feel our course content is relevant to the needs of industry, which could give you a potential advantage when looking for a job as employers may ask for graduates with accredited degrees.

This accreditation is reviewed on a regular basis.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Computer Organisation and Architecture
Software Design and Development
Professional Development
Electronics 1
Mathematics

Year 2
Core modules:
Algorithms Processes and Data
Relational Databases and Web Integration
Operating Systems and Language Translators
Electronics 2
Embedded Systems
Enterprise: Electronic Product Design and Manufacture

Year 3 – optional placement year

Final year
Core modules:
Final Year Project
Digital System Integration
Parallel Computer Architecture Clusters and Grids
Project Quality and Production Management

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include -
DSP Applications
Information Architecture

Assessment methods

Assessment of your progress is made through a variety of methods including assignments, exams and individual project work, with a strong focus on practical work.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Students doing IET accredited courses can apply for these scholarships and grants.

For further information please visit the IET’s website - http://www.theiet.org/membership/awards/index.cfm

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Engineering and Technology (CEET)

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
med
Computer science
78%
med
Electrical and electronic engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

Electrical and electronic engineering

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

33%
UK students
67%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

62%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
5%
Engineering professionals

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

Electrical and electronic engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
90%
med
Employed or in further education
58%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Science, engineering and production technicians
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

This is one of the more popular areas to study engineering and there is not quite such a serious shortage of electrical engineers as there is of other engineering subjects - but there's still plenty of demand. The most common jobs are in telecommunications, electrical and electronic engineering, but there is some crossover with the computing industry, so many graduates start work in IT and computing jobs. At the moment, there's a particular demand for electrical engineers in the electronics, and the car and aerospace industries, and also in defence, and salaries can vary across the country depending on the industry you start in. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computer science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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