University of Essex

University of Essex

Computer Engineering

This course provides a balanced perspective of both hardware and software elements of computing systems, and their relative design trade-offs and applications; it builds on students' knowledge in mathematics; science; and engineering to ensure they have a sound foundation; laboratory experiences enables our students to understand experimental design and simulation techniques; students have access to unique computer engineering platforms including our intelligent flat (iSpace); robotics arena and networked intelligent campus (iCampus); in addition to advanced networking and multimedia labs; upon graduation, students can look for employment in: heavy industries (like oil, steel, chemical and car ) designing advanced computer systems and control; hardware companies designing and developing microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers; communication and mobile phone companies designing advanced computer systems for communications systems; large computer and microelectronics companies writing software and firmware for embedded microcontrollers, and designing VLSI chips, analog sensors, mixed signal circuit boards, and operating systems; embedded system companies developing advanced computer systems, and mobile applications and phones; banks and businesses designing intelligent distributed systems to serve their operations; and computer games companies designing advanced computer games.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in computer science, electronic engineering or a related discipline. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.0, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Converged networks and services; digital signal processing; high level logic design; professional practice and research methodology; programming embedded systems; project and dissertation. Optional modules include: Advanced embedded systems design; artificial neural networks; creating and growing a new business venture; electronic system design and integration; intelligent systems and robotics; mobile communications.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,665 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 2,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Telephone number: 
01206 872719