This integrated degree in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering will provide you with the skills needed to work with both software and hardware to design exciting electronic and computer-based systems. You’ll put theory into practice from day one, working in our cutting-edge facilities that feature electronic circuits measurement analysers, virtual instrumentation kits, PCB prototyping printers, circuit design and simulation tools, internet of things and industry 4.0 technology.
You’ll learn how to combine software and hardware to design the exciting electronic and computer-based systems that shape the way we live. Based on leading research and designed with strong industrial input, the degree gives you thorough knowledge in core engineering subjects such as electrical, electronics and computer theory, analog and digital electronics as well as low level hardware programming. The application of mathematics to the design of control systems will give you insight into the positioning and manipulation of automated machinery. In addition, you will cover digital signal processing, Internet of Things, and address the professional and ethical issues in engineering.
Real world experience can be obtained as part of your study by completing an optional sandwich year placement / industrial internship. Whether you want to work in industry, launch your own start-up company, or enter the world of research and development, the degree will give you the head start you need for a career in this rapidly growing sector.
This programme is seeking accreditation with the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. The course has been designed to meet the needs of accreditation and with a view to back dating the effective date to include all students who graduate from the programme.
This degree can be studied as a three-year full-time degree or a four-year degree that includes a year of foundational study. Our foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence.
The foundation year will be relevant to:
- Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
- Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.
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Please note: You will need to apply using a specific UCAS code if you wish to undertake the 4 years including foundation. Please refer to Key Course Information at the bottom of this page.
Year 1 will cover a number of topics designed to give a broad underpinning of the techniques and principles of engineering used within electronic and computer systems. You will study the theory and practice of designing analogue and digital systems, and will introduce the exciting world of mechanical and electronics systems in combination (mechatronics). Your work will be complimented with instruction in applied engineering mathematics, and the development and organisation of software build solutions. Project work will allow you to consolidate the material covered by developing systems to solve real world problems.
- Architectures and Operating Systems
- Principles of Programming
- Analog and Digital Electronics 1
- Engineering Mathematics 1
- Introduction to Mechatronics
Year 2 will build on the topics and themes of year 1 to introduce a number of additional topics designed to give you a deeper view of the techniques and principles of engineering used within electronic and computer systems. It will cover the theory and practice of designing signals, systems and communications. You will have the chance to build electronic systems to consolidate theoretical work through development of hardware projects. The application of mathematics to the design of control systems will give you insight into the positioning and manipulation of automated machinery. You will learn how electronic and computer systems must be developed mindful of the needs of the cyber threat. Research skills and project management options will also be covered. You will also undertake extensive project work to consolidate your learning by developing systems to solve real-life problems.
- Analog and Digital Electronics 2
- Engineering Mathematics 2
- Physical Computing
- Control Systems
- Signals and Communication Systems
- Engineering Project Management
Year 3 covers a range of topics in greater depth. Having developed programming skills in earlier years, you will go on to apply these skills to programming hardware and specialised microprocessor and controller chips. Work will continue to develop and deepen your understanding of analogue and digital systems, including communications and electronic power systems. In addition to core modules, there are options to study artificial intelligence and how it is applied to robotics and automated control applications; advanced computing architectures; cyber security; as well as technical project management. An individual project will enable you to consolidate your learning by developing systems to contribute towards solving a real-world problem of your choice.
Students also have the option to complete a year-long placement in industry between Years 2 and 3.
- Professional Engineering Practical Project
- Power Electronics and Systems
- Low Level Hardware Programming
- Digital Signal Processing
- Parallel & Distributed Systems
- Computational Intelligence
- Digital & Analogue Communications Systems
- Industrial Work Experience (Placement)
Building on a broad and deep understanding of topics covered in the first 3 years of the programme, year 4 will allow you to develop mastery and advanced skills across complex topics. It will do this by covering core topics in the Internet of Things, instrumentation and measurement techniques for data gathering. A group development project will give you the opportunity to bring together many of the topics covered on the programme, as well as allow investigation of a particular interest or area of development. Outside of these core aspects, there will be opportunities to explore in greater detail topics ranging from artificial intelligence, image compression, as well as examining up-and-coming future technologies. There is also an opportunity to undertake a short industrial placement, which can often prove very useful in securing future employment.
- Team Development Project
- The Internet of Things
- Professional & Ethical Issues in Engineering
- Measurement & Instrumentation
- Frontiers in Technology
- Image & Video Compression
- Advanced Signal Processing
- Programming for Data Analysis
Learning & Teaching
A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of a broad range of teaching strategies, such as technical labs and individual and group projects. This is further enhanced by real world case studies and guest talks from industry experts, and supported by Teams and Moodle, our virtual learning environments.
Due to the nature of the programme, online and campus-based practical workshops are key to developing students’ technical understanding and abilities, underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and understanding through directed self-study and independent learning time - in additional to the timetabled delivery - so as to develop a professional portfolio of project work and software artefacts as they move into graduate employment.
Students are supported academically and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Programme Director. Each student is also appointed a Personal Tutor from within the School, who provides a point of contact for general academic and pastoral issues. Students are also supported by Student Coaches; the Student Coach role is for current 2nd, 3rd year and Master’s students who provide peer support in Modules.
The assessment strategy for the programme varies to ensure the most appropriate method for each specific module and subject area. Modules are assessed through a combination of methods, such as formal examinations, practical programming assignments, written assignments, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, peer assessments and case studies.
Employability & Careers
The modern society we live in heavily relies on technology, and the digital revolution has played a significant role in the rapid expansion of smart and interconnected devices in health care, agriculture, space, automation and telecommunication. These advancements have led to substantial disruptions and changes, with engineers being the driving force behind these transformations. As a result, careers in engineering offer a wide range of rewarding opportunities.
In the United Kingdom, the engineering profession is overseen by professional institutions acting on behalf of the Engineering Council. These institutions establish the standards for education, training, and experience required to become registered as an Incorporated Engineer or a Chartered Engineer. These standards align with internationally recognized qualifications, ensuring that engineering professionals gain global recognition within the industry.
To ensure our students meet the required competences for education, Cardiff Met’s engineering programmes will be seeking accreditation via the most appropriate engineering institution – the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). New programmes are required to present evidence of a full cohort (students successfully progressing to graduation over the 4 years of the course) for scrutiny before full Accreditation is awarded. Once awarded, then all students who have attended that course can claim to have attended a recognised programme and so be eligible for full (MEng) or partial (BEng) recognition of the required education standard for professional registration.
Students will be encouraged to undertake an optional year out in industry to complement their studies with real world experience of engineering work in a commercial environment. This will better equip them for entering the workplace on graduation.
Students who do well on the programme are also offered opportunities to study at higher level for postgraduate qualifications in technology and engineering subjects through further taught programmes or through research.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
The following requirements are based on typical offers relevant to entering year 1 of the degree.
If you do not meet these entry requirements, we also offer a
Foundation Year which allows progression to Year 1 upon successful completion.
Tariff points: 112-120 (BEng Degree) or 120-128 (MEng Degree)
Contextual offer: See our
contextual offers page.
GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades BCC, including Grade C in Mathematics or Physics. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM (BEng Degree) or DDM (MEng Degree). To include 6 Merits within Mathematics or Physics modules.
T Level: Merit. To include Mathematics or Physics.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: To include Mathematics or Physics.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5 in Mathematics or Physics.
Irish Leaving Certificate: 3 x H2 grades including Mathematics or Physics. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades CD to include grade C in Mathematics or Physics. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.
Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact
Admissions or refer to the
UCAS Course Search.
Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found
If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or
RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.
How to Apply
Further information on how to apply can be found