Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering teaches you to combine digital electronics, microprocessors and software to develop and enable the potential of embedded computer systems. Embedded systems are found in mobile phones, games consoles, car engine management systems, traffic lights, and wireless routers, to name but a few. Unlike PCs and traditional desktop computers that are designed for multiple tasks, embedded computer systems often have a dedicated function or purpose within a larger electromechanical system, and are often small, rugged and low power. They use microprocessors and microcontrollers, and link to sensors and sensor systems. Electronic and computing systems engineers define the hardware, firmware, and software that enable and are implemented within these embedded computer systems. The theory of digital electronics and electrical engineering underpins the studies, but complimented and augmented with subjects such as computer architecture and design, programming and embedded software engineering, field-programmable gate arrays (FGPA) design, digital interfacing and development, control and management theory. Like all computers, embedded systems are subject to Moore’s Law, and are increasing in capability, year by year, thus increasing the opportunity for application management and control. Our course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and will provide you with the digital electronic, microprocessor and software knowledge, tools and experience, to design and implement embedded computer systems in a range of applications, products, environments and industries. What's the difference between MEng and BEng? The MEng Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering degree is aimed at the most ambitious of students who wish to develop high-flying careers within different industrial sectors and to become the future leaders of industry in companies concerned with the design, development and application of electronic and computing systems. The MEng course is the preferred route to achieving Chartered Engineer status. The structure of the first two years are common between the BEng and MEng and provide you with engineering and electrical science core skills, combined with computer systems, programming modules and engineering management. The application of engineering and electrical science shared with the solution of industrial problems is a strong theme throughout the courses. The MEng structure is distinct from the BEng course in the third and fourth academic years, providing enhanced opportunities to study your chosen specialist subjects in depth. In addition, MEng students follow extra modules in business management, application of management theory, and design and microprocessor control systems. The MEng courses allow high calibre students to develop their understanding of the role of electronic and computer systems engineering in the industrial context, over and beyond that of the BEng courses.
For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.
Lecture based modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and formal examinations taken at the end of each semester. Project module assessments require written reports and technical presentations, preparing you for your subsequent career. The proportion of coursework assessment is approximately 30% to 50% depending on degree course, semester/year and optional modules.
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Additional entry requirements
Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application and interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. An interview also gives applicants the opportunity to visit, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.
Practical Science is required.
English language requirements
All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language.
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All of our courses have an established reputation with employers in industry. Companies, therefore, target the School with sandwich year opportunities and a number of companies offer sponsorship, for which there is intense competition. Students seeking sponsorship are urged to consult publications such as Career Research and Development (CRAC) and Engineering Opportunities. Students studying any of the School’s degree courses and intending to take up a career in the Armed Forces or Civil Service may be eligible for financial support under the Defence STEM Undergraduate Scheme. We are a member of the IET's Power Academy, and the UK Electronics Skills Foundation, both engineering scholarship funds supporting undergraduate students in electrical, electronic and power engineering at leading UK universities. The UKESF Scholarship Scheme connects undergraduates to leading employers in the Electronics sector and provides an annual bursary, paid summer work placements and a paid-for residential workshop. We also broker a range of sponsored places from leading companies such as BAE Systems, Frazer-Nash Consultancy and Jaguar Land Rover.