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Computer Systems Engineering (MEng) (Course full)


Please note: this course is full for 2019 entry.


Full-time 2019 entry, A*AA, IB 38

This integrated joint honours course combines the study of computer science and electronic engineering, focusing on the design of computer systems and their real-time applications.

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Our Computer Systems Engineering degree is designed for students who want to integrate the study of computer science and electronic engineering, developing a sought-after set of skills at the interface of these closely related disciplines. The course is taught jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the School of Engineering.

With teaching from research-leaders in the Department of Computer Science and the School of Engineering, you’ll explore digital electronics, low-power systems, communications, control and real-time operation. The curriculum places particular emphasis on pervasive technologies, including wireless networks, mobile devices and sensors, robotics and wearable technology. You’ll learn to apply state-of-theart computer science methods for validation and design, and code optimisation; and to use high-performance computing techniques to design efficient and robust embedded systems. You’ll develop skills in communication, documentation, reporting, teamwork, and the ability to effectively articulate technical concepts.

In each year of the course, students are expected to study a core group of modules and to make up the required normal load for the year by choosing a set of optional modules. There is a choice of optional modules available and there may be requirements to be satisfied by the choices: that a minimum number be chosen from a specific list.

Our courses offer a balance of core material delivered through lectures, small-group seminars and hands-on laboratory sessions. Approximately a quarter of your time is spent in timetabled classes, with the remainder being used for private study, completing assignments and projects, and practical work in the dedicated computing laboratories, which are open 24/7.

Your performance on most modules will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The coursework may be individual or group work involving programming, research, writing and presentation. The final-year project work is fully assessed by a presentation and project reports. Each year contributes to the final degree classification, typically in the ratio of 10:20:35:35 for a Master’s degree.

You can spend a year at one of our partner institutions overseas. We have an established exchange programme with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which provides opportunities for our students to experience teaching and learning at another world leading institution. In addition to benefitting from a rich cultural experience, students returning from studying overseas exhibit an international profile that is attractive to potential employers.

We provide support for students wanting to spend a year in industry by promoting opportunities, hosting departmental careers fairs and offering one-to-one sessions with our departmental careers advisor. Intercalated year students are supported by their personal tutor and our Industrial Liaison Team during their year in industry. Students working in the UK are visited by academic representatives to review their development during the year.

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A level: A*AA to include A in Mathematics

  • IB: 38 to include 6,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics

    You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Further Information

  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Programming for Computer Scientists
  • Design of Information Structure
  • Computer Organisation and Architecture
  • Professional Skills
  • Electrical and Electronic Circuits
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Systems Modelling, Simulation and Computation

Year 2

  • Operating Systems and Computer Networks
  • Advanced Computer Architecture
  • Software Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing
  • Analogue Systems Design
  • Digital Systems Design
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying

Mathematics for Computer Scientists 1; Web Development Technologies; Computer Security; Digital Communications and Signal Processing; Artificial Intelligence; Cyber Security; Starting a Business; Mobile Robotics; Computer Graphics; Machine Learning; Digital Forensics; Image and Video; Analysis; Data Mining; Biomechanics.

See the Computer Science Teaching pages for a full range of modules.

  • BAE Systems
  • GCHQ
  • Accenture
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
Job titles
  • Application Developer
  • Analysis Programmer
  • Graduate Software Developer
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Risk Assessor

Entry Requirements

A level A*AA to include Mathematics

IB 38 to include three 6s at Higher Level including Mathematics


Master of Engineering (MEng)

4 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs
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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.