The range of uses for computers is increasing all the time – from smartphones, games consoles, and tablets to aircraft flight control systems, super computers, autonomous robots and global telecommunications. Our degree gives you up-to-date knowledge of computer hardware and software, and a background knowledge of electronics, communications systems and control theory.
The Computer Systems Engineering Including a Foundation Year (Hons) programme at University of Kent is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), on behalf of the Engineering Council. This allows graduates to follow an approved process to gain Chartered Engineer status.
Our degree programme
The Foundation Year aims to extend access to university education to students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and age groups and prepares these students for our three-year Engineering degrees.
This programme is for students who do not have the grades they need for direct entry on to our BEng programmes. In your Foundation Year, you study electronics, computing, physics and mathematics. On successful completion of your Foundation Year, you can go to the Computer Systems Engineering degree or Electronic and Communications Engineering - BEng (Hons).
Computer technology, telecommunications and consumer electronics are rapidly evolving, so experts in these fields are in great demand. Our Computer Systems Engineering degree is based on leading-edge research and has been designed with strong industrial input.
In your first and second years of the BSc programme, you are introduced to a wide range of computing and engineering modules. You can study the theoretical background of digital technologies, communications principles and object-oriented programming, and take modules in robotics, computer interfacing and engineering mathematics.
Your final year allows you to specialise in a particular topic of interest. This could include computer networks and communication, computer security and cryptography, digital signal processing, digital control, digital systems design and embedded computer systems.
All years include project work that replicates industrial practice to maximise the employability of our graduates.Year in industry
You can take a work placement between the second and third years of the degree. This provides valuable workplace experience and can increase your professional contacts. For more details, see Computer Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry.Study resources
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts offers cutting-edge equipment and facilities, including:
- four air-conditioned computer suites with 150 high-end computers
- 120-seat engineering laboratory
- extensive professional CAD development software
- PCB and surface-mount facilities
- mechanical workshop
- Matlab for system modelling
- anechoic chamber for EMC (pre-compliance testing) and antenna characterisation.
Kent School of Engineering and Digital Arts is undergoing a £3 million redevelopment and modernisation which is due for completion in July 2020. You gain state-of-the-art engineering and design facilities which include
- a virtual reality suite
- a production studio (including photography, video and green screen facilities)
- a large teaching and design studio
- engineering workshop and fabrication facilities
- a dedicated makerspace.
There are a number of student-led societies at Kent which you may want to join. These include
- UKC Digital Media
- Kent Engineering Society
- TinkerSoc – Kent’s Maker Society.
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has a long history of collaboration with industry. We have a strong reputation for our placement year, matching dedicated students with a variety of organisations in the UK and overseas.
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
This programme is for students who do not have the qualifications needed for direct entry to Stage 1 of our degree programmes. It covers electronics, computing, physics and mathematics.
If you successfully complete the foundation year, you can go on to take either the Computer Systems Engineering programmes mentioned above or Electronics and Communications Engineering.
Compulsory modules currently include:
- Electromagnetics for Engineers
- Engineering Principles
- Engineering and Programming Skills
- Graphs, Geometry and Trigonometry
- Algebra and Arithmetic
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A level: DDD
- GCSE: Mathematics and Science grade C
- Access to HE Diploma: The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma): The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be Merit, Merit, Pass.
- International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall or 12 at HL
Living costs for Canterbury
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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