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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 Management: 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.  

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