Computer Systems Engineering including a Foundation Year (BEng (Hons))

University of Kent

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The award
BEng (Hons)

How long you will study
- 4 years

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Computer Systems Engineering including a Foundation Year at University of Kent

The range of uses for computers is increasing all the time – from smartphones, games consoles, and tablets to aircraft flight control systems, super computers, autonomous robots and global telecommunications. Our degree gives you up-to-date knowledge of computer hardware and software, and a background knowledge of electronics, communications systems and control theory.

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), on behalf of the Engineering Council. This allows graduates to follow an approved process to gain Chartered Engineer status.

Our degree programme

The Foundation Year aims to extend access to university education to students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and age groups and prepares these students for our three-year Engineering degrees. 

This programme is for students who do not have the grades they need for direct entry on to our BEng programmes. In your Foundation Year, you study electronics, computing, physics and mathematics. On successful completion of your Foundation Year, you can go to the Computer Systems Engineering degree or Electronic and Communications Engineering - BEng (Hons).

Computer technology, telecommunications and consumer electronics are rapidly evolving, so experts in these fields are in great demand. Our Computer Systems Engineering degree is based on leading-edge research and has been designed with strong industrial input.

In your first and second years of the BSc programme, you are introduced to a wide range of computing and engineering modules. You can study the theoretical background of digital technologies, communications principles and object-oriented programming, and take modules in robotics, computer interfacing and engineering mathematics.

Your final year allows you to specialise in a particular topic of interest. This could include computer networks and communication, computer security and cryptography, digital signal processing, digital control, digital systems design and embedded computer systems.

All years include project work that replicates industrial practice to maximise the employability of our graduates.

Year in industry

You can take a work placement between the second and third years of the degree. This provides valuable workplace experience and can increase your professional contacts. For more details, see Computer Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry.

Study resources

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts offers cutting-edge equipment and facilities, including:

  • four air-conditioned computer suites with 150 high-end computers
  • 120-seat engineering laboratory
  • extensive professional CAD development software
  • PCB and surface-mount facilities
  • mechanical workshop
  • Matlab for system modelling
  • 3dMD 3D imaging scanner for general purpose capture and biometric research
  • VICON Infrared Motion Capture System
  • anechoic chamber for EMC (pre-compliance testing) and antenna characterisation.

Extra activities

Kent Union has a range of student-run clubs and societies to enable you to network, develop your skills and socialise with students from across the University.

Professional network

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has a long history of collaboration with industry. We have a strong reputation for our placement year, matching dedicated students with a variety of organisations in the UK and overseas.

The range of uses for computers is increasing all the time – from smart phones and games consoles to aircraft flight control systems, super computers and global telecommunications.

This programme develops the skills and expertise needed to design computer systems, covering up-to-date detailed knowledge of computer hardware and software including electronics, communications systems and interface technologies.

We base our courses on leading-edge research, which is vital in a field that advances at such a fast pace. Our courses are designed with strong industrial input and therefore students graduate with excellent career prospects.

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has always scored well in the National Student Survey, coming top three times in the last six years. We recently celebrated over 30 years’ continuous accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2.1 at undergraduate level and a Merit at Master's level in a relevant discipline, from a UK or other approved university and/or equivalent. You must submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words on your intended topic.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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