MEng Computer Science and Electronics (GH46)

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UCAS code GH46
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available on this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 130
Number of places for 2016/17 21

About MEng Computer Science and Electronics

This course is a joint degree between the departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. It has been designed to meet the needs of the modern computer and electronics industries.

The Bristol area in particular hosts a thriving and world-leading semiconductor design industry with increasing demand for engineering graduates with knowledge of both electronics and computing. Our students benefit from the close collaboration we enjoy with local industry, including the opportunity for an industrial placement in year three.

The course has four core areas:

  • Software, Architecture and Protocols
  • Signals and Control
  • Electronics and Communications
  • Transferable Skills.

From the third year onwards you can currently specialise in Microelectronics or Communications. In your final year, you will undertake a solo research project, and take optional subjects to suit your interests.

MEng degrees cover the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, which denotes a professional engineer.

More about Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Find out more about studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • Linear Circuits
  • Electronics
  • Programming and Algorithms
  • Mathematics
  • Discrete Mathematics

Second year

  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Symbols, Patterns and Signals
  • Language Engineering
  • Digital Systems
  • Signals and Systems
  • Communications
  • Control
  • Digital Design, Group Project
  • Professional Studies

Third year

Selected units from:

  • Cryptography
  • High Performance Computing
  • Embedded System Integration
  • Digital Filters and Spectral Analysis
  • Mobile Communications
  • Embedded and Real-Time Systems
  • VLSI Design
  • Networks and Protocols
  • Group Project
  • Professional Studies - Professional Awareness
  • Industrial Project

Fourth year

  • Individual Research Project
  • Innovation Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
  • A choice of seven units from the following:
    • Advanced Computer Architecture
    • Fault Tolerant Computing and VLSI Testing
    • Robotic Systems
    • Speech and Audio Processing
    • Advanced Mobile Radio Techniques
    • Image and Video Coding
    • Advanced DSP and FPGA Implementation
    • Broadband Wireless Communications
    • Device Interconnect - Principles and Practice.
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Typical offer for MEng Computer Science and Electronics

(including international A-levels)
AAA including Mathematics*. An offer of AAB (including A in Mathematics) may be made in exceptional circumstances.
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB  including A in Mathematics*
IB Diploma 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall to include 17 points at Higehr Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Science or Science and Engineering) with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. 15 credits at level 3 Mathematics are required with 12 of these at Distinction. The Mathematics units taken should include calculus, algebra and trigonometry. Where possible we recommend taking as many level 3 mathematics credits as possible. A-level Mathematics at grade A.**
BTEC D*DD (Engineering) plus A-level Mathematics at grade A.**
SQASH: AAAAB and AH: AA including Mathematics
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics
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English language requirements Profile E
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Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:Grade C in Mathematics and English
Academic qualifications

*Preferred second subjects are: Physics, Electronics, Further Maths, Computing, Computer Science, Statistics.

**Where A-level Mathematics is not offered alongside this qualification, please see section 2.2 in the admission statement.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1640

Fees and funding

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International students

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as Chartered Engineer.

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