The course

UCAS code
GH46
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

Increasingly, computers are networked together within organisations, nationally and internationally, offering access to vast amounts of information. The rapid development of electronic systems provides a background against which engineers are required to pioneer new developments, and to deliver systems that are robust, reliable and user friendly. As a result there is expected to be an intense demand for practitioners who are adept in working in the niche area referred to as firmware. Computing and Electronics contains the basic material in hardware and software that provides the essential grounding for the design and development of modern integrated systems. This is a joint programme between the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.

The MEng programme is aimed at students who consistently maintain a high level of academic performance and who, by the end of Year 3, show the academic ability, flair and interest necessary to benefit from the enhanced programme. It involves an industrial placement, providing an opportunity for practical experience and to develop management competencies appropriate for a range of industrial enterprises.

Accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Technical competence is developed in high-level language programming, basic methods for software engineering, operation of a simple digital computer, concepts of circuit theory and the ability to develop simple digital and logic designs.

Year 2

Develops the Level 1 material in the topics of data structures and algorithm design, circuit analysis, signals, computer architecture, and internet communications.

Year 3

Teamwork, the issues faced by the qualified practitioner, specialist study of computation and information systems, and digital and communication systems are covered. A quarter of your time will be spent on a team-based product development project incorporating electronic, mechanical and computer aspects.

Year 4

As well as working on a thesis project, students choose from an extensive range of options including: Embedded Systems, Communications, Digital Signal Processing, Distributed Systems Programming, Mobile Communications and Programming, Robotics and Automation, 3D Modelling and Animation, Image Processing, and Network Applications. An individual project and dissertation offers opportunities to demonstrate practical skills, organisational ability and initiative in a major piece of firmware development.

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