Computer Systems Engineering BSc (Hons)
This course is a three-year honours degree, preparing you for a professional career in electronics and computer systems design. This degree has been designed especially for candidates without the usual qualifications in Mathematics and Physics to be able to pursue their interest in electronics and computer science to degree level. You will get a thorough grounding in all the latest techniques in analogue and digital electronics as well as modules in software development and computer science, together with training in professional skills, project management techniques and an intensive preparation in maths and science for electronics. You will gain extensive practical experience to ensure that you develop sound practical skills as well as a thorough theoretical knowledge.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- You may may be eligible for a special Electronic Engineering Bursary of £1,500 or for one of the three Electronic Engineering Scholarships of £1,500 over three years. There are also other scholarships and bursaries available, including the Drapers’ Bursary. See this page for more information or contact the admissions tutor.
- We have a long history of expertise in electronic engineering and now offer a particularly rich range of modules.
- Electronic Engineering at Bangor is ranked 4th in the UK for Research Outputs.
- We have a strong research base in optoelectronics, communications, microelectronics, bioelectronics and materials science, and organic and plastic electronics.
- You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. As well as large, well equipped teaching laboratories, Electronic Engineering has several research laboratory areas and houses the UK National Centre for Laser Micromachining (UK-LMC).
- We are a lively community with well-equipped computer rooms using industry-standard software and its own reference library.
- You will be taught by staff who are experienced electronic engineers and who maintain links with industry to ensure that courses reflect recent developments.
- We also have staff who specialise in teaching mathematics for engineers, and students will have extra tuition in mathematics and science as part of their course.
- We offer you the opportunity to spend a year working in industry between the second and third years. Individual projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company - providing you with advantages when seeking employment.
- There is high demand from international employers for graduates of this course.
- We have a 95% employability rating.
Key Facts from UniStats
You will spend about 12 hours in lectures and 8 in laboratories each week. You will also have 4 tutorials in each module and have to write up experiments, work on software design and complete numerical problem-solving exercises.
You will have an examination for each module at the end of the semester. Some modules have coursework assessment as well. Your laboratory work books, technical reports on some of the experiments and the final-year project also contribute to your marks.
Our lecturers are really good at what they do. They are very helpful and would generally go to the trouble of explaining the topics to you after a lecture if you did not quite get it.Shammi Rahman
What will you study on this course?
- Circuit Theory
- Circuit Design
- Digital Circuits and Design
- Electronics Laboratory 1 (20 credits)
- Imperative Programming in C
- Mathematics 1
- Mathematics 2
- Mathematics 3
- Programming Fundamentals
- Professional Perspectives
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Digital Circuits 2
- Sensors and Instrumentation
- VLSI Design
- Engineering Analysis 1
- Engineering Analysis 2
- Electronics Laboratory 2
- Project Planning and Management
- Operating Systems and Concurrency
- Algorithm Design
- Engineering Group Project
- Signal Processing
- Pattern Recognition and Neural Networks
- Control Systems
- Information and Coding
- Individual Project
- Business Process Re-Engineering
- Quality Value and TQM
- Data Networks and Distributed Systems
- Microwave System Design Techniques and Applications
Module listings are for guidance only and are subject to change annually.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Computer Systems Engineering Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
The common core of electronics knowledge and skills covered in the course combined with specialist knowledge in hardware means that graduates will have enviable career prospects: many will take up electronic or computer systems designer posts, or work for government or private research.
Through the Bangor Employability Award I have become much better at time management and handling stress and pressures. It put me in different types of situations, which allowed me to become more flexible with how I handle new challenges and different types of people.Kathryn Howard
Employability and the School of Electronic Engineering
Our graduates go on to work in a huge range of different industries. They are extremely valuable to all kinds of employers. This is because our courses combine high quality teaching coupled with laboratory time. Our students learn the theory and put this into practice in the laboratory straight away.
Working in many different areas
Our graduates can work in many different areas, from automotive electronics to computer games hardware design and from government research laboratories to consumer electronics manufacturers.
The mathematical modelling, problem-solving and project management skills that we teach our students make them attractive to a much wider range of employers which is why over 99% of our students walk straight into graduate jobs when they leave Bangor.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
Working while you Study
The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
- GO Wales opportunties
To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.
For 2019 entry:
- 80 tariff points from level 3 qualifications* in any subjects (Electronics, Design and Technology, Physics and Maths welcome, but not essential), plus GCSE in Science at Grade C, GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C and GCSE Mathematics, Upper Tier at Grade B. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
- We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
For 2018 entry:
- 80 tariff points from level 3 qualifications* in any subjects (Electronics, Design and Technology, Physics and Maths welcome, but not essential), plus GCSE in Science, Maths, English or Welsh Language at grade C. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
- We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
General University entry requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants
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When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for guest tickets (£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
There are no additional course costs.
How to apply through UCASApply online via UCAS
UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.
Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.
The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.
The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.
Your Personal Statement
Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.
To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.
Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.
After you’ve applied
You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.
You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.
If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.
As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;
- apply via UCAS,
- or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
- or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents
We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.
Confused about your next steps?
Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.
Studying within the School of Electronic Engineering
- The School off Electronic Engineering has been ranked Number 1 in Wales for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016)
- Ranked 2nd in the UK for research. Our research expertise is reflected in all the teaching students receive. Students are therefore guaranteed access to cutting edge research as soon as they arrive at Bangor.
- We are the oldest Electronic Engineering School in the UK.
- The School is over 50 years old and can trace its roots back over a century to the Department of Physics.
- Direct practical experience of techniques and equipment.
- State of the art class 1000 clean room facility.
- All courses make use of the well-equipped laboratories, networked computers and industry software in the large and lively community of the Schools of Electronics and Computer Science.
- 30 years of IET accredited courses. The IET commended Bangor for its staff /student ratio which ensures both excellent student support and the creation of a very good learning environment.
- Students can opt to spend a year working in industry during their studies.
- Individual projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company providing valuable work experience.
- Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.
Studying at Bangor
Rated Gold for teaching
We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Award-winning clubs and societies!
Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Investment in facilities
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
Guaranteed accommodation in award-wining halls of residence
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Frm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
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