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MEng Hons Computer Systems Engineering

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Engineering
UCAS Code: HHP6 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Engineering Director of Studies: Dr IDB Pamunuwa
Total Credit Points: 480 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120 Credit Points Year 4: 120

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This four-year undergraduate programme aims to equip graduates with a sound foundation in the essentials of engineering science, together with a deeper capability in their computer systems engineering specialism, so that they acquire characteristics of future leaders of the engineering professions and are well prepared to cope with changes that will occur in their professional life.

    In pursuit of this aim, the objectives of the programme are

    • To ensure as far as possible that students acquire a basic core of understanding in the key computer systems engineering subjects, as well as familiarity and confidence with some electronic engineering and/or computer systems engineering topics;
    • Through an emphasis on teaching through design, to develop students capabilities in assessing engineering options across a broad range of subjects, their capacity to make decisions, and their creativity and flair;
    • To encourage and value the development of students key skills in communications, IT (including CAD, analysis and simulation tools), lifelong learning, team-working and project management;
    • By providing a multi-disciplinary environment, to foster students capacity to deal with situations that cross subject boundaries;
    • To both broaden students experience and enhance the depth of understanding of their own specialism;
    • To generate the outlook, skills and knowledge required for future leaders of the engineering profession.


    As compared with the BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering programme, this MEng programme is designed to provide greater breadth through additional subjects taken in third and fourth years, and increased depth of study of the subjects taken in the fourth year. A very important feature of the fourth year, the major group design project, requires students to maintain an awareness of the full breadth of the whole project, whilst applying their engineering science knowledge and skills to their own designated aspect of the task; they must also communicate effectively with other team members, and with sources of information both inside and outside the University and with outside suppliers.


    The four MEng (Hons) programmes offered by Lancaster University Engineering Department are distinguished from each other by their subject emphasis, whilst sharing similar general aims.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates of this programme will:

    Be able to write down and verbalise the fundamental concepts of Computer Systems Engineering Science, complementing their otherwise general engineering background.

    Be able to confidently select and apply appropriate mathematical methods and principles of Computer Systems Engineering Science to model and analyse engineering situations.

    Be able to write down and verbalise general principles of Computer Systems Engineering design, design techniques and characteristics of computing systems and software tools

    Be able to apply Computer Systems Engineering knowledge and understanding to the design of a system, a program or process to meet a need.

    Be able to analyse existing engineering systems and create new systems through synthesis of ideas and Computer Systems concepts from a range of sources.

    Know the fundamentals of a range of programming techniques and the requirements for their reliable implementation.

    Be able to apply fundamental concepts of management and business practices to an computing or electronics design project.

    Be able to undertake engineering projects cognisant of the professional and ethical responsibilities expected of the engineer.

    Be able to work with others to manage a team project and be able to offer leadership in a team situation.

    Demonstrate knowledge of technology-based leadership via team-based project activities and short industrial placement experiences.

    Understand problems where knowledge can be incomplete and benefit from subsequent research and inquiry.

    Be converse with and fulfil the engineering function expected of an Computer Systems Engineer in a range of industrial contexts.

    Fulfil the educational requirements of Chartered Engineer registration with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  

Learning and Teaching Strategies and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding, Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    Learning and teaching methods include lectures, practical laboratory classes, tutorials, directed self-study and group workshops. Engineering skills will be demonstrated to students via these routes also.

    Students will learn via a project-based approach, both on an individual basis and as part of a team, on different occasions throughout the programme.

    Students will hone their skills via set problems (both written and laboratory-based) and coursework.

    Students will be required to liaise with chartered engineers inside and outside of the university, during projects and short industrial placements. They will deal with professional colleagues as well as people who will have adopted the role of customer, superior, subordinate and supplier throughout their studies. 

    Students will undertake specific course modules in project management, presentation skills and entrepreneurship.  An extended period of the programme will be spent focused on a research-based team project, and activities involving industrially relevant problem solving.

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    (to include personal development and employability skills)

    Students’ capacity to learn and work independently will be developed through the gradual increase in complexity of the demands placed upon then the gradual tapering of direct support. The tutoring arrangements provide for fine-tuning of this process.

    Students will be expected to manage their studies, reading around the subject and meet deadlines as will be required in their professional lives. In the context of their project work they will be expected to present their ideas to their peers and academic supervisors in both written and verbal forms.

    Students will be required to liaise with cothers inside and outside of the university during projects and short industrial placements. They will deal with professional colleagues as well as people who will have adopted the role of customer, superior, subordinate and supplier throughout their studies. 



Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
    • The assessment strategy is designed to be comprehensive and rigorous whilst trying to ensure that every variant of engineering skill has the opportunity to be showcased and valued appropriately.
    • Knowledge, understanding and skills will be assessed via formal examination, written report, short tests, long project report, project viva and project presentations. In the case where team-based assessment is employed (ie for some project activities) the subject-specific contribution by an individual in a given team will also be evaluated.

     General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    • General learning outcomes will also be assessed via the methods described above under subject-specific assessment, such as the correct use of engineering symbols, units, design criteria, written style/grammar and mathematical consistency.
    • For the compulsory industrial project activities written feedback will also be obtained on the general capability (professional skills) of students during completion of their project activity.

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