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BEng (Honours) Computer Systems Engineering

In an increasingly connected world, become an expert in the latest computing techniques.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS HG66 Course code

Course description

What you study
This course emphasises the need to be adaptable to the constantly evolving systems and changing needs of the computer systems engineering industry. We live an increasingly connected world with a high demand for engineers capable of producing next generation computer systems. These technologies range from high-performance distributed systems to small scale embedded devices that are omnipresent in our everyday lives – with more and more of these devices including network connectivity.

This course develops the knowledge and practical skills needed to design and produce integrated computer systems solutions well suited to the constantly evolving needs of industry. We draw on the cutting-edge research and knowledge transfer activities of the department to continuously update course content to reflect the most up-to-date teaching, which is an essential requirement in such a rapidly changing field.

You learn to design, develop, install, maintain and monitor a range of computer systems and communication networks for many areas of industry and commerce. To provide you with the skills you'll require when you graduate, you work on real-world projects - both individually and in a group - to design, develop and test computer system solutions suitable for the needs of industrial partners.

Key areas include • computer systems engineering • embedded systems design and development • programming • data communications and network engineering.

Facilities
You learn in specialist labs that have recently had substantial redevelopment - including dedicated embedded systems, networking, data communications and electronics laboratories. These laboratory facilities provide the ability to design, develop and simulate a range of computer systems solutions and communication networks using technologies such as state-of-the-art ARM processors, CAN bus and Zigbee networks, and industry standard networking hardware.

Placements and work experience
Once you’ve honed your skills, you get the opportunity to use them in industry on a paid one-year placement. We have a dedicated placements team who support you in both finding a placement and settling in to the company. Previous students have worked in businesses such as • IBM • CISCO • Citrix • Barracuda networks • BT Exact • PlusNet • Proact.

Your placement will provide you with the opportunity to gain new skills, build contacts and learn how industry works.

Typical placement roles include
• designing and building computer network infrastructure for clients
• developing embedded networked solutions for consumer electronics
• commissioning and support of computer systems and network infrastructure

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. It counts towards the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and / or partially meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer, conditionally, as follows:
Condition: Students must have studied the final year at the Sheffield Hallam campus.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a scientific subject.) We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a scientific subject.) We accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Foundation – pass from the Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics, dependent on academic performance

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We will make an offer to all applicants who are likely to achieve or better these entry requirements.

We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

2018 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a scientific subject.) We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a scientific subject.) We accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Foundation – pass from the Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics, dependent on academic performance

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We will make an offer to all applicants who are likely to achieve or better these entry requirements.

We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• fundamentals of communication and network engineering • introduction to programming • introduction to computer systems • mathematics for networks • electronics • project 1

Year two modules

• fundamentals of wireless LANs • computer networks • computer systems engineering • embedded systems design • object orientated programming for engineers • project 2

Year three

• optional work placement (no tuition fee is charged whilst on placement)

At least 36 weeks on a work-based placement. Currently the salary for a student on placement is typically £10,000–£24,000 per annum.

Final year core modules

• advanced network engineering • embedded computer networks • architectures for the internet-of-the-things • individual project

Final year options

• network and systems security • telecommunications technology

Assessment
  • coursework
  • group work
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • examinations

Employability

Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as IBM, CISCO, and Hewlett Packard.

Typical graduate roles involve designing computer network infrastructure, developing embedded consumer electronics, and management of IT research and development projects.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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