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Computer Systems Engineering BEng Hons

What will you study?

This three-year combined honours degree is taught jointly by Lancaster’s Engineering Department – a broad-based engineering centre with a record for innovative teaching - and the School of Computing and Communications, which is recognised for its world-leading research in the Research Assessment Exercise, 2008. Lancaster’s degrees are also accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology or the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Studying Computer Systems Engineering at Lancaster gives you the opportunity to combine the fields of electronics and computer science and gain the skills and understanding needed to design the next generation of computer systems. The flexible structure of your degree allows you to focus your studies on hardware or software aspects, depending on your personal interest.

You’ll begin your degree with core modules including Electrical and Electronics Fundamentals; Sensing and Signals, and The Digital Domain. In your second year, you’ll study subjects such as Software Design; Engineering Analysis, and Instrumentation and Control before completing your degree with a Final Year Project and modules such as Engineering Management and Wireless Systems.

Where could it take you?

Specialising in Computer Systems Engineering opens many doors in industry, such as the design of computer hardware and applications engineering.

Our graduates’ versatile skills are in high demand from smaller technology companies and start-ups through to well-known companies like Philips, BP, Nissan, Hewlett Packard, British Telecom, Rolls-Royce and British Aerospace, where our graduates often start on salaries over £26,000 a year.

The problem-solving and project management skills you’ll learn will also help you succeed across a wide variety of professions and fields, from sales and marketing to design, project engineering, management or a legal career.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2015:

A-level: ABB inc. Mathematics and a Physical Science

General Studies: Accepted as one of the best 3 grades if 4 A-levels are presented

Key skills: Not included in offer

Scottish Highers: BBBBB. Advanced Higher in Maths is helpful.

Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

International Bacc:32 points overall with 16 points from best three HL courses, inc. Maths at higher level

IELTS: 6.5

BTEC: Overall grades of DDM in an Engineering related subject including Distinctions in the Mathematics and FurtherMathematics units

GCSE: Grade B in Mathematics and Grade C in English Language

HNC/HND: Distinctions and merits in all relevant units

New UK 'Diploma' & Cambridge Pre-U: Contact us for information

Direct entry to second year: Appropriate qualifications include a good Higher National Diploma or Certificate in relevant subjects, or a Higher Diploma from polytechnics in Hong Kong and Singapore. Candidates with other qualifications of comparable standing should write to enquire.

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

It will be necessary for students to purchase clothing for use in laboratories which is approximately £70. The University pays for student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology where appropriate plus contributes to specialist software and workshop materials.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.