MEng (Hons) in Computer Systems and Networks Engineering

London South Bank University

Program Description

MEng (Hons) in Computer Systems and Networks Engineering

London South Bank University

This course offers a balanced programme of computer hardware, interface electronics, programming for real-time and embedded systems and telecommunications - all of which are supported by modules in analysis, software and database design.

5 reasons to study here

  1. Professional accreditation:
    Accredited by Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the IEE) under license from the Engineering Council, and offers fast-track progression to Chartered Engineer status.

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

  3. 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).

  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.

This degree course covers

You'll gain experience in using industry-standard equipment and simulation packages. You'll also take apart, rebuild and configure a PC at sub-component level and carry out assignments in network configuration and management. This course covers:
  • computer engineering
  • engineering mathematics
  • data networks
  • multimedia
  • communications systems
  • software engineering
  • network technologies

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
  • Principles of computer engineering
  • Introduction to data communication & networks
  • Engineering Principles
  • Engineering Computing
  • Design and practice

Year 2

  • Operating systems and multimedia
  • Introduction to communication systems and networks
  • Engineering software C++
  • Computer networks
  • Team design project
  • Object-oriented software

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Systems and software engineering
  • Network technologies and design
  • Advanced computer engineering
  • Project

Year 5

  • Technical, research and professional skills
  • Computer network design
  • Group project

Plus two options from:

  • Advanced instrumentation and control
  • Digital signal processing and real-time systems
  • Advanced power electronics and renewable energy systems
  • Wireless communication and satellite systems
  • Technology evaluation and commercialization
  • Optical and microwave communications
  • Smart receivers and transmission techniques
  • Future internet technologies
  • Machine learning
  • Data protection and confidentiality
  • Systems and cyber threats: vulnerabilities and countermeasures
  • Security risk assessment
  • Computer forensics
  • Statistical analysis and modeling
  • Business intelligence
  • Data management
  • Data mining and analysis
  • Wireless and mobile networking
  • Media (VoIP/Video) technologies


With computers now an essential part of our lives, the demand and opportunities for those who can design, manage and service computer systems are only going to continue to grow.

This means Computer Systems Engineering graduates are equipped with the skills needed to work in a wide range of computer network engineering and commerce roles. These include computer network administration under Windows and Unix, as well as software engineering and design using Java and C++.

Graduates have a variety of skills that make them desirable to potential employers, including hands-on experience of industry-standard equipment and simulation packages, the ability to complete analytical investigative work and also the opportunity to take up a placement in a sandwich year in industry.

Graduate success stories

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto a range of high technically challenging posts including Computer Networking Engineer, Embedded Systems Developer, Senior Computer Programmer, Computer Systems Administrator and Operations & Infrastructure Manager.

Progression to postgraduate studies

Graduates will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time or part-time MSc Embedded and Distributed Systems or MSc Computer Systems and Networking.

What to expect from your career

Information Systems Manager

One option is to work in information systems – these are the overall information and communications technology infrastructures in an organization. Information systems managers are responsible for ensuring that these infrastructures are well designed, tested, implemented and managed on an on-going basis.

This means that information systems managers carry lots of responsibilities, with tasks including managing a team of professionals, developing plans in great detail and being responsible for budgets. It is a role suited to people with exceptional technical expertise, but it also requires fantastic organizational skill, strong teamwork abilities and rigorous attention to detail. As I.T. is a constantly developing field, most jobs will likely require keeping up-to-date with the latest technological changes and learning new skills in order to be successful.

Computer Network Engineer

Another option is to work as a Computer Networking Engineer. These people are technical experts who set up computer networks and maintain them. They are also the people who help provide solutions when something goes wrong, with both hardware and software.

Starting salaries

Starting salaries for those in information systems are around the £20,000-£25,000 mark. For those who progress to management level, salaries between £50,000 and £100,000 are not uncommon. (All About Careers)

Salaries for entry-level network engineers tend to be around £19,000-£26,000, while senior network engineers can earn up to £60,000 a year. (All About Careers)

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.


For those students who choose to take the five year sandwich course, the third year is spent on an industrial placement in the UK and our industrial placement team will provide the necessary guidance, support, and advice.

This option is a great opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment.

European placement opportunity

The European Studies endorsement is available on all our BEng and Meng 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.


Our students learn in an environment that is highly in tune with leading technologies. They gain the knowledge and training needed to meet future demands for products and services. You'll learn to use the latest computer interfacing technologies in our National Instruments Laboratory. Sponsored by National Instruments, the laboratory contains virtual instrument workstations using software including Multisim, Ultiboard, and Labview.

Teaching and learning

The vocational approach to teaching taken at LSBU will have a positive impact on your employability. This is because our graduates understand the theory, but can also confidently apply that learning and adapt their skills to the workplace.

Our teaching staff has 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. We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem-solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and 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.

Entry requirements

  • A Level AAB or
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Distinctions and 6 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 138 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths
  • 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
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Sept. 2019
4 - 6 years
Part time
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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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