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Computer Systems Engineering (Full-time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Computer Systems Engineering at Warwick?

  • This course combines teaching from our Department of Computer Science and the School of Engineering.
  • The Department of Computer Science is consistently ranked among the top UK Computer Science departments. High-quality teaching is complemented by high standards of research, with research groups directly influencing the curriculum of our undergraduate degrees.
  • There are opportunities to choose from many optional modules to broaden your interests, tailor your expertise and allow you to specialise.
  • You’ll be working in a stimulating environment with excellent computing facilities, a large, well-equipped Hardware Laboratory and a new student-run iLab, which provides hardware and software for use in academic projects and student-led activities. Our friendly academic community provides a strong pastoral support system, ensuring that you receive personal tuition throughout your period of study.
  • The School of Engineering is consistently in the top ten of all UK league tables, including the Guardian University Guide 2016, and were fourth in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 under 'General Engineering'.

Dr Matthew Leeke

Computer Science

Sarah Marshall

Computer Science undergraduate

Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

Do you have a desire to understand the technologies that enable our connected world? 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.

With teaching from research-leaders in the Department of Computer Science and the School of Engineering, you’ll explore digital electronics, lowpower systems, communications, control and realtime 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-the-art 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 your first year you’ll study computer programming, data structures and algorithms, system modelling, and electronic devices and circuits. Your second year builds on both core disciplines, covering areas such as digital systems, analogue systems design, advanced computerarchitectures, software engineering, signal processing and computer networks. Industry sponsored second-year projects provide exposure to leading organisations and real-world problems, and there’s flexibility to move between the BEng and MEng programmes until the end of your second year (subject to achieving a 2:i or above in your second year). A supervised individual project in your third year enables you to apply your knowledge to an area of your choice. You’ll also study embedded systems, sensor networks and mobile communications, robotics, and modern VLSI design.

If you are studying the 3-year variant of this course you may choose to have your degree awarded as a BEng or a BSc. If you follow the MEng course, you’ll study more advanced material in your fourth year. You will need to achieve a 2:i or higher in your second year to continue on the MEng course or move from the BSc to the MEng.

How will I learn?

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 computing laboratories, which are open 24/7.

How will I be assessed?

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 10:30:60 for a BSc degree and 10:20:35:35 for a Master’s degree.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

Entry Requirements

A Level AAA, including Maths

International Baccalaureate 38 points, including 6 in Higher Level Maths

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.

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 page.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking at A or AS level.

Further Information

Taking a Gap Year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days Applicants in receipt of an offer are invited to a Departmental Open Day. These are held between early November and early March. The university also allows prospective students to visit campus and take part in one of their main university open days, Campus Tours and Warwick Visits. For more information see the Visit Us section of the website.

What modules could I study?

The first year of our Computer Systems Engineering degrees provide an introduction to programming and computer science as well as engineering electronic systems.

You will take six core modules which could include Programming for Computer Scientists; Design of Information Structures; Computer Organisation and Architecture; Professional Skills; Engineering Mathematics and System Modelling, and Electrical and Electronic Circuits. Additional optional modules may include Mathematics for Computer Scientists I; Web Development Technologies; Computer Security; Biomedical Engineering; Multimedia Technology and a Foreign Language.

In your second year core modules could include Operating Systems and Computer Networks; Advanced Computer Architecture; Software Engineering; Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing; Analogue Systems Design; Digital Systems Design. Additional optional modules may include Digital Communications and Signal Processing; Artificial Intelligence; Database Systems; Starting a Business and a Foreign Language.

Your final year you will take core modules which could include a core Computer Systems Engineering Individual Project and Embedded Systems. Additional modules could include Mobile Robotics; Computer Graphics; Sensor Networks and Mobile Data Communications; Fault-Tolerant Systems; Systems Modelling and Control; Fundamentals of Modern VSLI Design; Compiler Design; Neural Computing; Advanced Databases; Principles of Programming Languages, amongst others.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Computer Science lead to?

A computing degree is a gateway to an excellent career in the IT industry, but our graduates have also joined consultancy firms, financial institutions, e-business consultancies and smaller organisations offering specialist technical services.

Career destinations of some of our most recent graduates include Software Engineer, IBM; Consultant, Accenture; Graduate Software Engineer, BAE Systems; Technologist, GCHQ; Technical Analyst, Goldman Sachs.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAA including Maths
IB: 38 points including 6 in Higher Level Maths


Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Computer Science

School of Engineering

Student blogs
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Jane Chan - Mechanical Engineering

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.