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MEng Computer Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MEng
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer
A*A*A including A*A* in mathematics and a science subject.
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Grades A*AA including a Science subject and A* in Mathematics.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

38 points overall, with 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects, including 7 in Mathematics and 7 in a science subject, either Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

The Department of Computer Science receives in the region of 2500 applications per year for 250 places across our undergraduate degree courses.

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
GH4P
UCAS institution code
M20

Course overview

 
  • A broad and flexible course that provides the freedom to choose from an extremely wide range of Computer Science topics
  • Equips students with skills that are in high demand from industry
  • World's first stored-program computer developed here in 1948
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Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Department
Department of Computer Science
Contact name
Undergraduate Admissions Officer
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 6124
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 6204
Email
Website
https://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk
School/Faculty overview

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades A*A*A including A*A* in mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The Mathematics should contain a significant pure element (the Use of Mathematics or Core Mathematics does not satisfy this requirement). General Studies is welcome, but is not normally included as part of the standard offer.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including:

5  GCSES at Grade  A/7 or B/6   (both numeric and letter grade) including:

  • mathematics (please note we do not accept Applied GCSE Mathematics courses e.g. WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy)
  • two science subjects from computer science, physics, chemistry, biology or science and additional science

English Language is required at GCSE level with a minimum Grade of  C / 4. GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate

38 points overall, with 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects, including 7 in Mathematics and 7 in a science subject, either Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Detailed information on our international entry criteria is available on the  Department of Computer Science Website   

For general requirements not listed above see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Scottish requirements

We normally require grade A in Highers Mathematics and grades AAAA in four further Highers subjects with a scientific bias. The Highers must be taken in one sitting.

Or:

Three Advanced Highers at grades AAB, including AA in Advanced Highers Mathematics and a science subject, either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Computer Science. Two Highers in different subjects can replace the third Advanced Higher subject.

We also require grade 1 in five academic Intermediate 2 subjects, or grade A in five National 5 subjects, including mathematics and a physical science subject. If a physical science has not been taken at Higher/Advanced Higher we require two science subjects at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grades AB / Intermediate 2 grades AB / Standard Grade Credit level).

English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade 3).

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and this can be used in combination with two A level subjects including mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.  Our A level entry requirements are grades A*A*A including A*A* in mathematics and a science subject.  The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate can be used to replace the third A-level subject.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

An average of 90% including a minimum of 90% in mathematics studied for at least 5 periods per week and assessed by a final written examination.  A scientific bias to the specialist subjects studied.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the AQA Baccalaureate, but offers will be conditional on the A level subjects within the qualification rather than the overall Baccalaureate award.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the Northern Consortium (NCUK) International Foundation Year / INTO Manchester International Foundation in Science and Engineering programme in 2020, are required to achieve A*A*A with grade A* in Mathematics and grades A*A including Further Mathematics or Physics, and an EAP score of B. A good performance in local examinations before starting the foundation year, particularly in mathematics and physical science, is also required.

  • Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic Department to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades DDD in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades D*D in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade M plus the two A levels at grades A*A* including mathematics and a science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.  Our A level entry requirements are grades A*A*A, including A*A* in mathematics and a science subject, and the full National Extended Certificate can be used to replace the third A-level subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades DDD in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades D*D in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades MM plus the two A levels at grades A*A* including mathematics and a science subject.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics and a science subject, either Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.   Our A level entry requirements are grades A*A*A, including A*A* in mathematics and a science subject, and the full Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate can be used to replace the third A-level subject.

Access to HE Diploma

Applications are considered on an individual basis, e.g. additional educational achievements, life experience and skills. Please contact the University for further information.  Our standard academic requirements include 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 30 credits should be with a Distinction grade (15 of which must be in mathematics), plus 15 credits with a Merit grade in a science-related subject.  Students are also required to have a grade A* in A-level mathematics with a pure element.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects, including Mathematics and a scientific bias subject, is taken.

Conditional offers will be set on an individual basis but are likely to include achieving grade D1-D3 in three Principal Subjects including D2 in mathematics and a scientific bias subject.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Departments may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Non-standard educational routes

  • Access and Foundation Programmes: The Department accepts applications from other university Foundation programmes and from Access to Science and Engineering programmes. 

  • Direct admission to the second year: We receive many applications from students requesting direct admission to the second year of our undergraduate degree programmes. Each year we admit approximately 20 students in this category. Such students will normally have completed a relevant Diploma course in a Polytechnic or University abroad and will have achieved a minimum average grade of B or have completed the first year of an appropriate degree programme in the UK and have achieved an average mark of at least 70%. You should refer to the content of the first year of our degree programmes to verify that you have the required pre-requisites for direct entry into the second year.

  • Mature Students: We welcome mature students, particularly those with relevant industrial experience. You will need to demonstrate a good mathematical knowledge and a high degree of motivation.

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:
  • GCSE English Language grade C/4 or;
  • IELTS Overall 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each component) , or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Departments may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

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Factors contributing to a successful application include:
  • past academic performance;
  • predicted academic performance;
  • enthusiasm for, and realistic grasp of, chosen degree programme;
  • evidence of interpersonal skills and non-academic interests/achievements.

How your application is considered

If you are successful in receiving an offer and currently residing in the UK, you will be invited to attend an applicant Visit Day, which will include a group tutorial session with an academic member of staff.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

The Computer Systems Engineering programme delivers a degree course that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to develop computer-based systems with real-time response. Sophisticated electronic systems permeate all aspects of life. Typical examples include MP3 players, games consoles, mobile phones, vehicle control systems and radar. All of these are embedded systems, which typically contain one or more microprocessors, memory, a communications capability, application-specific hardware and software. Consequently a wide range of knowledge and skills are needed to support their development, including digital electronics, software engineering, computer architecture, and digital signal processing.

Teaching and learning

The Department has excellent teaching facilities with modern lecture theatres, dedicated computer suites and well equipped teaching laboratories. Our laboratories include clean rooms, the most modern facility for molecular beam epitaxy and one of the highest specification high voltage laboratories in the UK.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of most course units is by examination combined with an element of course work, such as marked laboratory work or marked examples. Substantial projects are assessed by written reports, presentations and demonstrations.

Course unit details

 The first two years of the programme involve the study of subjects crucial to the design and implementation of embedded systems, reinforced with significant project work. The later parts provide the opportunity for specialisation, and for involvement in leading-edge research and development projects, often sponsored by industry.

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Third Year Project Laboratory COMP30040 40 Mandatory
Implementing System-on-Chip Designs COMP32211 10 Mandatory
Chip Multiprocessors COMP35112 10 Mandatory
Enterprise Management for Computer Scientists MCEL30031 10 Mandatory
Managing Finance in Enterprises for Computer Scientists MCEL30032 10 Mandatory
The Internet of Things: Architectures and Applications COMP32412 10 Optional
User Experience COMP33511 10 Optional
AI and Games COMP34120 20 Optional
Natural Language Systems COMP34412 10 Optional
Advanced Algorithms 1 COMP36111 10 Optional
Advanced Algorithms 2 COMP36212 10 Optional
Advanced Computer Graphics COMP37111 10 Optional
Computer Vision COMP37212 10 Optional
Documents and Data on the Web COMP38211 10 Optional
Cryptography & Network Security COMP38411 10 Optional
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Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Summer Industrial Project COMP40901 25 Mandatory
Business Feasibility Study MCEL40042 15 Mandatory

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances. It is estimated that more than a third of our students will receive bursaries of up to £3,000 per year and many will be offered even more generous support. For further information, please visit the University scholarships and bursaries page.

What our students say

Student Ambassadors working on an Open Day
Student Ambassadors working on an Open Day
'Personally, this university stood out from the other universities for its reputation and location. I thought it's excellence in technology would be attractive to employers, and being in Manchester meant the student life would be fantastic. The Embedded System Project in the first two years was great as it gave a practical side and highlighted the importance of team work. Another thing I like is the diversity of the modules, as I never knew exactly the area I might specialise in. Two modules I have enjoyed the most are Signals and Systems and Control Systems, being closely linked with Digital Signal Processing. This is something my third year project, Automatic Music Transcription, concentrates on.' - Khalid

Facilities

Students working in Collabs in the Kilburn Building
Students working in Collabs in the Kilburn Building
As you would expect from leaders in the field, we offer some of the most up to date facilities in the world. Amongst the wide range of facilities available to you are:
  • Newly refurbished computing labs furnished with modern desktop computers, available with Linux and Windows
  • Access to world leading academic staff
  • Collaborative working labs complete with specialist computing and audio visual equipment to support group working.
  • Over 300 Computers in the Department dedicated exclusively for the use of our students.
  • Access to a hardware library, with top of the range equipment, including drones, robots and oculus rifts.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Duncan Hull, Employability Tutor

Here at Manchester, we encourage and support all our students to gain industrial experience during their study.

This not only enables them to broaden and deepen their skills by combining academic knowledge with practical experience in the workplace, but also connects them with potential employers to help shape their future career.

Duncan Hull / Lecturer & Employability Tutor
Increasingly, employers are seeking graduates with high-level computing skills, and the ability to apply them in innovative ways to solve the problems facing their organisations. Opportunities exist in fields as diverse as finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, and public services - virtually all areas of business and society.

Employers, from large multinational firms such as EA Electronic Arts , IBM and Microsoft to small local organisations, actively target our students, recognising that Manchester Computer Science graduates are equipped with the skills that enable them to excel in a whole host of positions, including many that are not traditionally associated with computing graduates

Accrediting organisations

 British Computer Society (BCS).