Computer Systems Engineering

Electronic and Computer Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Electronics and computing are two key growth areas for the technology industry, both making spectacular advances and impacting modern life beyond recognition. Studying all things electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at Kent will allow you to be part of this revolution and to gain the knowledge and skills to make your own mark in this exciting field.


The combination of electronic engineering skills with advanced knowledge of computer hardware and software engineering prepare you for creating the systems of the future. This course teaches many exciting topics including robotics/mechatronics, embedded systems, and artificial intelligence, as well as providing you with skills employers look for such as creativity, entrepreneurship and team working.

Reasons to study Electronic and Computer Engineering at Kent

  • This course combines electronic engineering with advanced computer hardware and software skills
  • You’ll cover all aspects of electronic and computer engineering, which means on graduation you can enter any branch of computing, electrical and electronics engineering
  • We base our courses on leading-edge research in computer science and engineering, vital in a field that advances at such a fast pace
  • Hands-on projects develop your technical, management and leadership skills
  • We also offer a four-year MEng option, which allows you to focus in-depth on particular topics
  • You can join our student-led engineering societies, such as Tinker Soc, to build, hack and make things.

What you’ll learn

Throughout your course, you study a mix of compulsory and optional modules. Your first year lays the foundation for the rest of your studies and includes modules on programming, electronics, engineering design, digital technologies, and engineering mathematics.

In your second year, you further develop your understanding of the field. As your knowledge grows, you discover which areas particularly interest you, so that in your final year you can specialise in preparation for your final-year project.

There’s a lot of support. If you go to the lecturers they will definitely help you out.

Krisha Kanumuru - Electronic and Communications Engineering BEng

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB including B in Mathematics plus one other science/technology subject (Physics, Computing or Electronics)

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    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

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    DMM in an Engineering subject including Further Maths/Further Maths for Engineering Technicians. Other subjects are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL including Mathematics (not Mathematics Studies) 5 at HL or 6 at SL or HL Maths: Analysis and Approaches at 5 (not Applications and Interpretations), and a science subject 5 at HL or 6 at SL

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

International students

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.


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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules currently include:

EENG3130 - Introduction to Programming (15 credits)

EENG3030 - Electronic Circuits (15 credits)

EENG3230 - Engineering Design and Mechanics (15 credits)

EENG3050 - Introduction to Electronics (15 credits)

EENG3110 - First Year Engineering Applications Project (15 credits)

EENG3150 - Digital Technologies (15 credits)

EENG3180 - Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)

EENG3190 - Engineering Analysis (15 credits)

Stage 2

Compulsory modules currently include:

EENG5780 - Systems Programming (15 credits)

EENG5600 - Microcomputer Engineering (15 credits)

EENG5770 - Entrepreneurship and Professional Development (15 credits)

EENG5620 - Engineering Group Project (15 credits)

EENG5650 - Instrumentation and Measurement Systems (15 credits)

EENG5680 - Digital Implementation (15 credits)

EENG5170 - Control and Mechatronics (15 credits)

EENG5700 - Communications Principles (15 credits)

Stage 3

Compulsory modules currently include:

EENG6000 - Project (45 credits)

EENG6670 - Embedded Computer Systems (15 credits)

EENG6830 - Reliability, Availability, Maintainability & Safety (RAMS) (15 credits)

EENG6730 - Digital Systems Design (15 credits)

EENG6760 - Digital Signal Processing and Control (15 credits)

Optional modules:

EENG6460 - Robotics and AI (15 credits)

EENG6770 - Communication Network and IoT (15 credits)

EENG5610 - Image Analysis and Applications (15 credits)


The fees for the 2024/25 year have not yet been set by the Government. As a guide, the tuition fees for undergraduate study in 2023/24 are shown below.

  • Home full-time £9,250
  • EU full-time £16,400
  • International full-time £21,900

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.


General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages

The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either mathematics or a modern foreign language. Please review the eligibility criteria.

Teaching and assessment

Most modules consist of a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and computer sessions.  All modules are continuously assessed. All years include project work that replicates industrial practice to maximise the employability of our graduates.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The course aims to:

  • Educate students to become electronic and computer engineers who are well equipped for professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities, and who are well adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject.
  • Produce electronic and computer engineers with specialist skills in hardware and software engineering, prepared for the complexities of modern electronic and computer system design.
  • Enable students to satisfy the educational requirements of the IET for C. Eng. registration.
  • Provide for all students, academic guidance and welfare support given by academic advisers and professional services staff. Create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer the students a community environment where, with staff and peers, they can develop their potential in terms of electronic and computer engineering and a rich set of transferable skills

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Mathematical principles relevant to electronic and computer engineering, underpinning circuit analysis and design, signal processing, embedded and control systems, and communication networks. (SM2p).
  • Scientific principles and methodology relevant to electronic and computer engineering with an emphasis on practical applications in computer systems, embedded and control systems and communication networks. (SM1p).
  • Advanced concepts of embedded systems, control, computer communications and operating systems, influenced by ongoing and current industrial needs and informed by internationally recognised relevant research expertise.
  • The value of intellectual property and contractual issues for professional and entrepreneurial engineers (EP5p, EP5m).
  • Business, management and project management techniques, seen mainly in a case study context which may be used to achieve engineering objectives (ET1p, ET2p, ET3p, ET5p, ET2m).
  • The need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in electronic and computer engineering, directly applied in a case study context. (ET1p, ET1m).
  • Current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety, environmental and EMC standards and directives (ET6p, D2p).
  • Characteristics of the materials, equipment, processes and products required for electronics, network communications, instrumentation, sensing and digital systems (EP2p, EP2m).
  • Appropriate codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues, directly applied in a case study context. (EP6p, EP7p, ET6p, EP6m, EP7m).
  • Contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied to solve new problems (EP1p).

Intellectual skills

  • Analysis and solution of hardware and software engineering problems using appropriate mathematical methods with a strong emphasis on engineering example based learning and assessment. (SM2p)
  • Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of computer systems engineering particularly through student led practical project design (SM3p).
  • Use of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key electronic and computer engineering processes with an emphasis on simulation and practical learning (EA1p).
  • Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques with an emphasis on simulation and practical learning (EA2p, EA2m).
  • Ability to apply and understand a systems approach to electronic and computer engineering problems by top level analysis to consolidate learning of underpinning principles. (EA4p).
  • Ability to investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues largely by undertaking student led individual and group project work. (ET6p, D2p, EP9p, D2m, EP11m).
  • Ability to use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic solutions whilst understanding customer and user needs, ensuring fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal (D1p, D2p, D4p, D5p, D1m, D2m, D6m).
  • Ability to demonstrate the economic and environmental context of the engineering solution (ET1p, ET3p, ET4p, ET4m).

Subject-specific skills

  • Use of mathematical techniques to analyse problems relevant to electronic, communications, instrumentation, control and embedded systems engineering. (SM2p)
  • Ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use a wide range of electronic equipment, workshop equipment and CAD tools for the practical realisation of electronic circuits (Ep1p, EP3p, EP3m).
  • Ability to work with technical uncertainty or incomplete knowledge particularly through experiential learning in practical project design (EP8p, D3p, D3m, EP8m).
  • Ability to apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to electronic and computer engineering in order to solve engineering problems in analytical, simulation based, and practical engineering activities (EA3p).
  • Ability to implement software solutions using a range of structural and object oriented languages.
  • Ability to design hardware or software systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance. (D5p, EP9p)
  • Awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards (EP5p, D2p, EP7p, ET2p, ET5p).
  • Ability to use technical literature and other information sources and apply it to a design (EP4p, EP4m).
  • Ability to apply management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluate outcomes (D5p, D3m).
  • Ability to prepare technical reports and give effective and appropriate presentations to technical and non-technical audiences. (D6p, D6m).

Transferable skills

  • Ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data.
  • Use of Information and Communications Technology.
  • Personal and interpersonal skills, work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods.
  • Ability for critical thinking, reasoning and reflection.
  • Ability to manage time and resources within an individual project and a group project.

Independent rankings

85% of Kent Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates were in graduate-level jobs or further study 15 months after graduation. (The Guardian University Guide 2023)


Graduate destinations

Our graduates go into careers in areas such as: 

  • electronic engineering and computing
  • telecommunications industries including radio, television and satellite communications;
  • medical electronics, instrumentation and industrial process control.

They have gone on to work in companies including:

  • BAE Systems
  • Nokia
  • the Royal Navy
  • Xilinx
  • British Energy
  • RDDS. 

Some graduates choose to go on to postgraduate study, for example, PhD or Masters by Research in Biomedical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. 

Professional recognition

For over 30 years, our BEng and MEng courses in Engineering have been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which enables fast-track career progression as a professional engineer.

Help finding a job

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

In addition to the technical skills you acquire on this programme, you also gain key transferable skills including:

  • planning and organisation
  • leadership
  • effective communication. 

You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

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