Taught course

Computer Engineering

Institution
University of Essex · School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours degree, or equivalent, in computer science, electronics or relevant subject area.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Computer engineering encompasses the principles, methods, and modern tools for the design and implementation of computing systems. Advances in technology are yielding smaller and higher-performance computer systems permeating into a wide range of applications, from communication systems to consumer products and common household appliances. Our MSc Computer Engineering is the first in the UK and provides a balanced perspective of both hardware and software elements of computing systems, and their relative design trade-offs and applications. It will build on your knowledge in mathematics, science, and engineering to ensure you have a sound foundation. Laboratory experiences enable you to understand experimental design and simulation techniques. We are internationally leading in this and you will have access to unique computer engineering platforms including our intelligent Flat (iSpace), Robotics Arena and networked intelligent campus (iCampus), in addition to advanced networking and multimedia labs.

Upon graduation, you can look for employment in: heavy industries (like oil, steel, chemical and car ) designing advanced computer systems and control; hardware companies designing and developing microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers; communication and mobile phone companies designing advanced computer systems for communications systems; large computer and microelectronics companies writing software and firmware for embedded microcontrollers, and designing VLSI chips, analog sensors, mixed signal circuit boards, and operating systems; embedded system companies developing advanced computer systems, and mobile applications and phones; banks and businesses designing intelligent distributed systems to serve their operations; and computer games companies designing advanced computer games.

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and research, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) 95 per cent of our computer science research was rated of internationally recognised quality, with 15 per cent rated as 'world-learning'.

We are one of the largest and best resourced schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities and software aids, together with a wide range of test and instrumentation equipment. Our research covers a range of topics, from materials science and semiconductor device physics, to the theory of computation and the philosophy of computer science, with most of our research groups based around laboratories offering world-class facilities. Our impressive external research funding stands at over £4 million and we participate in a number of EU initiatives and undertake projects under contract to many outside bodies, including government and industrial organisations.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment17
Dissertation33 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 872719