The range of uses for computers is increasing all the time – from
smartphones and tablets to aircraft flight control systems 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. The MEng
programme fully satisfies the educational requirements for becoming a
Applicants for September 2020 entry can apply for a scholarship of a £2,000 one-off payment. For more information and to apply, see DA VINCI Academic scholarship.
Our degree programme
Computer technology, telecommunications and consumer electronics are
rapidly evolving, so experts in these fields are in great demand. This
degree is based on leading-edge research and has been designed with
strong industrial input.
In your first and second years, 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.
The third 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.
The final year of the MEng programme brings your engineering skills
up to an advanced level, providing a broad knowledge of business
perspectives and extra opportunities for group project work.
All years include project work that replicates industrial practice to maximise the employability of our graduates.
Year in industry
You take a work placement between the second and third years of
your degree. This provides valuable workplace experience and can
increase your professional contacts.
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 anechoic chamber for EMC (pre-compliance testing) and antenna characterisation.
Kent School of Engineering and Digital Arts is undergoing a £3 million redevelopment and modernisation which is due for completion in July 2020. You gain state-of-the-art engineering and design facilities which include
a virtual reality suite a production studio (including photography, video and green screen facilities) a large teaching and design studio engineering workshop and fabrication facilities a dedicated makerspace.
There are a number of student-led societies at Kent which you may want to join. These include
UKC Digital Media Kent Engineering Society TinkerSoc – Kent’s Maker Society.
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.
Teaching includes lectures, coursework and laboratory assignments, examples classes where you develop your problem-solving skills and regular staff ‘surgeries’. Practical work is carried out in air-conditioned laboratories, with state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding IT infrastructure.
Stage 1 modules are assessed by coursework and examination at the end of the year. Stage 2, 3 and 4 modules, with the exception of the projects, are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. All years include project work to replicate industrial practice and develop skills to maximise employability.
Please note that progression thresholds apply. In particular, in order to be considered for an Industrial Placement, students are required to achieve an overall mark at Stage 1 of at least 60%.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- mathematical principles relevant to computer systems engineering
- scientific principles and methodology relevant to computer systems engineering
- advanced concepts of embedded systems, signals and image processing, control, computer communications and operating systems
- the value of intellectual property and contractual issues
- business and management techniques which may be used to achieve engineering objectives
- the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in computer systems engineering
- current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety and EMC standards and directives
- characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products
- appropriate codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues
- contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied
- embedded electronic systems and developing technologies in this field
- mathematical and computer models for analysis of embedded systems
- business, management and professional practice concepts, their limitations, and how they may be applied
- design processes relevant to embedded electronic systems
- characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products.
You develop the following intellectual abilities:
- analysis and solution of hardware and software engineering problems using appropriate mathematical methods
- the ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of
other engineering disciplines to support study of computer systems
- the use of engineering principles and how to apply them to analyse key computer systems engineering processes
- the ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of
systems and components through the use of analytical methods and
- the ability to apply and understand a systems approach to computer systems engineering problems
- the ability to investigate and define a problem and identify
constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and
safety and risk assessment issues
- the ability to use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic
solutions while understanding customer and user needs, and ensuring
fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production,
operation, maintenance and disposal
- the ability to demonstrate the economic and environmental context of the engineering solution
- the ability to use fundamental knowledge to explore new and emerging technologies
- the ability to understand the limitations of mathematical and
computer-based problem solving and assess the impact in particular cases
- the ability to extract the relevant data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem and apply it in the solution
- the ability to evaluate commercial risks
- the ability to apply engineering techniques taking account of commercial and industrial constraints.
You develop subject-specific skills including:
- the use of mathematical techniques to analyse and solve hardware and software problems
- the ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use electronic and workshop equipment, and CAD tools to create
- the ability to work with technical uncertainty
- the ability to apply quantitative methods and computer software
relevant to computer systems engineering in order to solve engineering
- the ability to implement software solutions using a range of structural and object- oriented languages
- the ability to design hardware or software systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance
- awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual
issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and
- the ability to use technical literature and other information sources and apply it to a design
- the ability to apply management techniques to the planning,
resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluate
- the ability to prepare technical reports and presentations
- the ability to apply business, management and professional issues to engineering projects
- the ability to apply knowledge of design processes in unfamiliar
situations and to generate innovative designs to fulfil new needs.
You gain transferable skills including:
- the ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data
- the use of information and communications technology
- personal and interpersonal skills and working as a member of a team
- effective communication (in writing, verbally and through drawings)
- effective learning for the purpose of continuing professional development
- critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
- how to manage time and resources within an individual project and a group project.
The programme aims to:
- educate students to become engineers, well-equipped for
professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities, and capable of meeting the challenges of a rapidly
- produce computer systems engineers with specialist skills in
hardware and software engineering, prepared for the complexities of
modern computer system design
- enable students to satisfy the professional requirements of the IET
- provide academic guidance and welfare support for all students
- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff
and students, and offer students an environment where they can develop
- produce high-calibre, professional engineers with advanced knowledge of modern embedded electronic systems
- enable students to fully satisfy all of the educational requirements for Membership of the IET and Chartered Engineer status.