MEng (Hons) in Computer Engineering

London South Bank University

Program Description

MEng (Hons) in Computer Engineering

London South Bank University

MEng (Hons) Computer Engineering offers an integrated route that combines undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study over four years. You'll explore a wide range of computer engineering applications and design and develop software, hardware and networking systems.

6 reasons to study here

  1. Career progression:
    Extends studies to Masters level and provides greater breadth and depth of study which is the quickest and easiest way to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

  2. Multi-disciplinary:
    Combines the expertise of electrical and electronic engineering, computer science and informatics.

  3. Sophisticated software:
    Students gain a wealth of experience in using industry-standard equipment, computer programming, and simulation packages.

  4. European study:
    You can choose to spend your third year studying with our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, in Germany.

  5. Work experience:
    Option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.

  6. Innovative research:
    No. 1 London Modern Uni for Research Quality - Computing, Sunday Times League Table 2017.

This degree course covers

This MEng course encourages you to acquire a deeper understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories, and principles of electrical engineering and its underpinning science and mathematics. This course covers:
  • hardware and software engineering
  • digital systems
  • embedded systems
  • computer and network design
  • software development
  • analysis
  • mathematics
  • engineering science
You can apply for undergraduate student funding for this course, so you can gain a postgraduate level qualification without the financial pressures normally associated with the further study.
This course is subject to validation and content may change.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 4 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 5 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 6 years September Southwark Campus


Methods of assessment for course overall: 44% coursework

Year 1

  • Engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Principles of computer engineering
  • Data communications & networks
  • Engineering Principles
  • Engineering Computing
  • Design and practice

Year 2

  • Computer architecture and operating systems
  • Engineering software data structures and algorithms
  • Object-oriented software design and network programming
  • Team design project
  • Digital systems and microprocessor design
  • Computer networks and mobile computing
  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modeling

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Embedded systems and the Internet of Things
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Systems and software engineering
  • Advanced computer engineering
  • BEng Project

Plus optional modules (see below)

Year 5

  • Technical research and professional skills
  • Cyber Security and cryptography
  • MEng group project

Optional modules

  • Technology evaluation and commercialization
  • Advanced networking technologies
  • Communications, information theory, and coding
  • Pattern recognition and machine learning
  • Computer network design
  • Computer vision and image processing
  • Digital signal processing and real-time systems
  • Cloud computing and virtualization

Assessment is through formal written examinations, phase tests, formative and summative assignments. Ability to apply and integrate knowledge is assessed by larger scale project work as well group assignments (where appropriate) and logbooks.


With computers now an essential part of our lives, the demand and opportunities for those who can design computer hardware and develop software applications, manage and service computer systems are only going to continue to grow. Our societies and utilities are driven and controlled by computer-based systems that could not function without large, professional hardware and software systems - put simply the world cannot function without computers.

Skills for industry

After graduation, you'll understand how to build computer systems and components and how to measure how computer software and hardware works. You'll acquire laboratory experience; you'll understand how to develop, design and test software and various computer equipment. You'll be able to use industry-standard software and CAD for the design, simulation, and prototyping of computer systems. You'll understand methods and techniques in designing software applications and interfaces for various computing devices and will learn how to construct and maintain software and networks.

This variety of skills makes you attractive to potential employers. More generally, hands-on experience of industry-standard equipment and simulation packages, the ability to complete analytical investigative work and experience gained on a placement year will also stand you in good stead when searching for a job.

Extra skills gained from an MEng

In addition to the essential skills provided by the 3 year BEng course, students taking the MEng course will have the opportunity to develop greater expertise in advanced technical topics such as circuit design, digital systems and computer architecture, technical research and professional skills, advanced networking, computer and network security, computer vision and sensor systems, real-time systems, machine learning and advanced networking technologies. As a MEng graduate, you will have the ability to develop appropriate solutions to computer engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity, and change. MEng Computer engineers at Masters level obtain high-level computing skills and are typically engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess effective interpersonal skills. You will be capable to develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts, or pioneer new engineering services and management methods.

Types of roles you can expect

Our computer engineering graduates are equipped with the skills needed to work in a wide range of computer engineering, software engineering, and commerce roles. These include computer network administration under Windows and Unix/Linux, as well as software engineering and design using Java and C++. You could work independently as a developer, tester or evaluator of any kind of hardware and software application. You'll be able to develop operating systems, compilers, computer games, business applications, computer programs, analyze data and constructing and managing computer systems.

Sectors you could work in include computer and network security, computer programming, research and development, product development engineering, governmental and defense industries, educational sectors, health and medicine, communications, network service providers, aerospace, entrepreneurship, transport and in many other fields, or you can work as a consultant. You could also progress to postgraduate study to obtain strong analytical and technical skills in a specific area.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


If you choose to take the five year sandwich course, the third year is spent on an industrial placement in the UK. Our industrial placement team will provide the necessary guidance, support, and advice in finding a suitable placement.

The sandwich option presents an opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment.

European placement opportunity

Alternatively, you may choose to spend your placement in Germany. The European Studies endorsement is available on all our BEng courses. If you choose to complete a sandwich year abroad you will study German at our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, and then complete the year with an industrial placement in Germany.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching members of staff have a great amount of experience. Whether they're teaching, carrying out research or involved in consultancy for the industry they have the skills to make a difference to you. You'll learn in a modern, well-equipped environment complete with sophisticated technology.

Approach to learning

You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award. You'll develop skills in effective communication, problem-solving, project planning and teamwork that will set you apart to give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.

Hands-on engineering

The amount of project-based learning that you'll do on an engineering degree varies from university to university. At LSBU we offer 'design-make-test' projects throughout the degree course rather than concentrating them all on your final year. This means that you'll adapt theoretical principles to solving real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career. This experience of delivering innovation makes you attractive to employers. Innovation is at the very heart of what an engineer does on a day-to-day basis. Engineers look for practical ways of making things better, more efficient, cheaper, safer, stronger, more resilient, quicker, more integrated and more effective. Our engineering courses will teach you first-hand how to develop these crucial skills and traits.

Prepared for modern engineering practice

In reality, most engineers will find themselves working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary project teams. One of the greatest professional assets that you can have is the ability to function well in this team set-up. That's why some of our modules are shared across all our engineering courses. These modules are about understanding the commercial priorities that shape engineering practice and problem-solving. Guest lecturers from world-renowned companies, such as Rolls Royce, have lectured on these modules.

Entry requirements

  • A Level AAB or
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Distinctions 6 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 144 UCAS points.
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths or Physical Science.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £6935; International fee: £10937.5
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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