MEng Computer Systems Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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 1

Course units for year 1

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
First Year Team Project COMP10120 20 Mandatory
Mathematical Techniques for Computer Science COMP11120 20 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computation COMP11212 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computer Engineering COMP12111 10 Mandatory
Data Science COMP13212 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computer Architecture COMP15111 10 Mandatory
Operating Systems COMP15212 10 Mandatory
Programming 1 COMP16321 20 Mandatory
Programming 2 COMP16412 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

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
Processor Microarchitecture COMP22111 10 Mandatory
Microcontrollers COMP22712 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Databases COMP23111 10 Mandatory
Software Engineering 1 COMP23311 10 Mandatory
Software Engineering 2 COMP23412 10 Mandatory
Operating Systems COMP25111 10 Mandatory
System Architecture COMP25212 10 Mandatory
Algorithms and Imperative Programming COMP26120 20 Mandatory
Mobile Systems COMP28512 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Management BMAN10011 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Technological Change BMAN10252 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Business Economics BMAN10612 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting B BMAN10621B 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Technology, Strategy and Innovation BMAN20792 10 Optional
Managing Business Operations BMAN20811 10 Optional
New Product Development and Innovation BMAN20821 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Global Contexts of Business and Management BMAN21012 10 Optional
Chinese Business BMAN24501 10 Optional
Organisations and Employment BMAN24521 10 Optional
Work Psychology For Career Success BMAN24571 10 Optional
Logic and Modelling COMP21111 10 Optional
Machine Learning and Optimisation COMP24111 10 Optional
Symbolic AI COMP24412 10 Optional
Computer Graphics and Image Processing COMP27112 10 Optional
Distributed Computing COMP28112 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 29 course units for year 2

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
Agile Software Engineering COMP33711 10 Optional
AI and Games COMP34120 20 Optional
Natural Language Systems COMP34412 10 Optional
Advanced Algorithms 1 COMP36111 10 Optional
Compilers COMP36512 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
Displaying 10 of 16 course units for year 3

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


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: