Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. A sound understanding of programme relevant core engineering principles, such as mathematics, is expected and must be demonstrated in a 2.1 or equivalent in core subject components from your Honours degree. Additionally we look for students to have studied approximately 1/3 electronics modules in their previous degree and also a computing science module which ensures that students are proficient with an object oriented programming language (C++ or similar).
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
Months of entry
This Masters in Computer Systems Engineering exposes students to state-of-the-art miniaturised and mobile computer systems and smart device technology, allowing them to acquire the complementary hardware and software knowledge and skills required for understanding and designing such systems.
- You will be taught jointly by the Schools of Engineering and Computing Science. You will benefit from their combined resources and expertise and from an industry-focused curriculum.
- Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow is consistently highly ranked recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017).
- If you are a computer engineering graduate, this programme will enhance your knowledge; if you are an electronic engineering graduate you can focus on developing your software skills; or if you are computer science graduate you can focus on developing your hardware skills.
- With a 92% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015, Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering combines both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
Modes of delivery of the MSc in Computer Systems Engineering include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.
- Digital signal processing
- Either networked systems or computer communications
- Human–computer interaction
- Software and requirements engineering
- MSc project.
Optional courses typically include
- Advanced operating systems
- Artificial intelligence
- Computer architecture
- Digital communications 4
- Human-centred security
- Information retrieval
- Internet technology
- Microwave and millimetre wave circuit design
- Optical communications
- Real time embedded programming
- Safety critical systems.
- In addition to taught work and practical assignments you will also complete a joint research project worth 60 credits in one of the state-of-the-art laboratories in the schools.
- This extended project is an integral part of the MSc programme: many of these are linked to industry while others are related to research in either of the participating Schools.
- The project is an important part of your MSc where you can apply your newly learned skills and show to future employers that you have been working on cutting edge projects relevant to the industry.
- You can choose a topic from a list of MSc projects in Computer Systems Engineering. Alternatively, should you have your own idea for a project, department members are always open to discussion of topics.
Examples of projects can be found online
*Posters shown are for illustrative purposes
- As computer systems have reduced in size, and are increasingly mobile with more complex functionalities, they are now a fundamental component of smart device technology.
- This postgraduate programme is particularly suited to acquiring the complementary hardware and software knowledge and skills required for understanding and designing such systems.
- The programme makes use of the combined resources and complementary expertise of the engineering and computing science staff to deliver a curriculum which is relevant to the needs of industry.
- The School of Computing Science has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion. Recent contributions in Computer Systems Engineering include: IBM, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Adobe and Red Hat.
- During the programme students have an opportunity to develop and practice relevant professional and transferrable skills, and to meet and learn from employers about working in the computer/software industry.
- The Computer Systems Engineering MSc programme also provides excellent preparation for those wanting to pursue a PhD in a similar research field.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Team