MComp (Hons)

Computer Systems Engineering

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  • UCAS code(s): G412 / G413
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 / 5 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
This exciting new four-year course will enable you to reach your full potential, combining undergraduate and postgraduate course material with the option of a one-year work placement.

Why choose this course?

If you have an ambition to progress into a professional computing career in industry or academia, then this course is for you. You will acquire the skills to become an independent learner and, in the final two years, you will gain advanced knowledge of specialist areas of computer systems, cloud computing, wireless and mobile communications, embedded systems and computer security.

A group project to manage and deliver a significant multidisciplinary engineering project will help you to further develop your communication, project management and teamworking skills. In addition, you will undertake a substantial individual project where you will be required to develop software or hardware in an innovative manner.

You have the option to finish your studies at the end of Year Three with a BSc (Hons) qualification or you can transfer onto this course from a BSc course, subject to your performance. 

You will also have the opportunity for a year-long paid work placement. The School has strong links with industry, both nationally and internationally. Our industrial partners range from global hi-tech and high finance companies to local SMEs. They include representatives such as:

You will work alongside our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014). 

Many of our students join our academics in live project research and regularly co-author research papers. For example, the annual Interactive Technologies and Gaming Conference includes numerous papers based on student projects.

 

What you'll study

What's included in the course fees?

Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed.

  • You will have access to extensive computing facilities, some available 24 hours a day and including technician support
  • You will have dedicated online storage to support backup of work.
  • You will have access to Microsoft Academic Alliance membership, which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
  • As one of our students, you will be able to join the Oracle Academic Initiative as an individual member and get free database software.
  • Students are able to register for a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
  • Extensive equipment is available to loan for coursework and project work. For example, you can borrow cameras and phones.
  • We offer extensive free training software including tutorials on 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, TCP/IP Packet analysis, Java, Javascript, HTML5, Oracle.
  • Most major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite.

About the Computing and Technology Team

We have 35 full-time academic teaching staff with excellent support from our four dedicated technicians. We are very proud to have achieved 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014).

We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of system through to hardware aspects such as networking. This involves many uses of computing and considers all aspects including security and management. Our knowledge is built up and maintained through our wealth of industrial experience, our industrial links and our research activity. These are the ingredients for ensuring the relevance and vitality of your course.

Our highly regarded academics are active in a broad range of research areas, particularly in the areas of Games for Learning and in Security. For example, Professor David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Professor Paul Evans' innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.

We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Other examples of our activity are:

  • developing patents e.g. in voice signal processing
  • involvement in the GameCity Festival
  • organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
  • working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
  • publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

For information on International student support or to see our academic terms times please visit our International Student Support pages.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Foundations of Computing and Technology

    This module has several strands including programming and technical aspects that introduce you to the fundamentals of writing computer programs, as well as numeracy and website development.

    Computer Science Programming

    Learn about programming languages relevant to software with industrial scale, reliability and performance characteristics.

    Systems Technology

    Learn the key principles, underlying technologies and practical application of computer networks. You’ll be introduced to embedded systems, fundamentals, operation and hardware components.

    Systems Analysis and Design (SAD) with Professional Development

    Introducing you to the fundamental principles of SAD, this module gives you a working knowledge of key systems development methodologies, techniques and tools.

  • Year Two

    Communications Technology

    Analyse and test communication technology applications and understand their constraints and limitations.

    Information and Database Engineering

    Understand the nature and application of database management systems and acquire skills for database administration and management.

    Practical Project Management and Professional Development

    Continued professional development and lifelong learning are important to your future career. Through this module you’ll improve your time and project management skills, presentations and report writing.

    Software Design and Implementation

    Gain the knowledge and skills in software development techniques to support the development of robust, secure, maintainable and portable software systems.

    Distributed Network Architecture and Operating Systems

    Introduction to operating systems running on single machines and how they can be put together to form a large scale system comprising of many networked machines.

    Network Design and Administration

    Network infrastructure has become key to the effective operation of most organisations. This module will enable you to plan, configure and manage networking solutions to support business needs.

  • Year Three

    Optional placement for sandwich students. Please see our excellent placement opportunities section.

    MComp Project

    Investigate problems in computing, implement solutions, critically evaluate and reflect on your work, and develop your abilities to communicate, self-organise and manage.

    Advanced Analysis and Design

    Study the critical elements of 2D and 3D image capture and display systems.

    Wireless and Mobile Communications

    Continuing from Year Two’s Communications Technology module, you’ll study and examine a range of current and emerging wireless communication systems and their applications.

    Service-centric and Cloud Computing

    Discover two challenging aspects of implementing distributed computing systems in Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA).

    Plus, choose one module from:

    Advanced Software Engineering

    Extend your existing programming skills and develop expertise in a variety of intelligent system engineering contexts and object-orientated program development.

    Information Systems Management

    Develop an understanding of how to manage the build and deployment of enterprise and Internet information systems in small to medium organisations.

    Mobile Platform Development

    Gain an awareness of the requirements, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile platform technologies and consider how they can be used to build systems which are outside the traditional desktop paradigm.

  • Final year

    Year Four ( Year Five for sandwich students)

    Group Design Project

    During this module, you will focus mainly on the technical aspects of developing a crossdisciplinary group design project. The set projects will be taken from areas of advancing technology.

    Embedded Systems

    This module introduces the theory and practice of embedded engineering including performance, limitations, and benefits of micro-controllers and other embedded controller systems. Through the use of a small scale development project on an embedded device, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the communications and integration capabilities of embedded devices.

    Principles of Information Security

    This module provides you with knowledge and understanding of the main issues related to information security. Learn about security solutions, risks and computer forensics.

    Computer Security

    Learn how to critically analyse the security problems affecting computing systems at the operating system and application levels, understand the design patterns for developing secure code and devise security solutions and formulate detailed technical reports.

    Network and Cloud Security

    Develop your knowledge of the security problems associated with computer networks and the main technologies relating to network securities. You’ll learn about the challenges of migrating a networked computing solutions to Cloud infrastructure while addressing the associated security risks.

    Plus, choose two modules from:

    Entrepreneurial Leadership and Project Management

    You will develop your appreciation of entrepreneurship and leadership, and their role in economic development, project management and entrepreneurial business success. You will learn the tools and methodologies for effective project management.

    Global Business Management

    This module includes global business enterprises, global supply chain management, international marketing and the strategic importance of integrated marketing, design, finance, manufacturing and distribution.

    Robotics and Cybernetics

    This module provides an introduction to robotics, including sensors, actuators, feedback control systems, embedded systems programming and algorithm development. You will develop knowledge of the relevant theory, advanced techniques, and practice underpinning modern robotic and cybernetic systems. The module also investigates the issues and ideas associated with robotics including robot design, construction and programming techniques.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Careers and employability

As one of our graduates, you will have the knowledge and skills to take up roles across a wide spectrum of jobs in the computing industry or to become a professional computer systems engineer specialising in, for example, telecommunications, cybernetics or automation.

You will possess a wide range of practical, academic and transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers, including investigative and analytical techniques, problem-solving, planning, organisation and communication skills.

Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

What our graduates say

My experience at NTU has been the foundation for where I am now. Ten years ago I wouldn't have dreamed of having my own business. My placement was invaluable and if it were not for NTU, I would never have had the opportunity to work for Microsoft and I honestly believe that having this on my CV has helped me get to where I am today.

Graduate – Paul Turnbull
Sabalex – Senior Software Engineer / Webmaster

We encourage students to take the optional placement year at the end of Year two. This will give you the chance to:

  • gain vital experience
  • put your knowledge into practice.

A placement could help start your career and many of our students impress their placement employers so much they are offered jobs upon graduation. Recent placement salaries have ranged from £12,000 to £30,000 and our students have worked both here in the UK and internationally, in companies including:

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – ABB, including an IT, Maths or Science subject OR
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant IT, Maths or Science modules OR
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B or equivalent in an IT, Maths or a Science subject AND
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – ABB, including an IT, Maths or Science subject OR
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant IT, Maths or Science modules OR
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B or equivalent in an IT, Maths or a Science subject AND
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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