Designed with IBM

From power generation and distribution systems to modern processing and manufacturing plants, there’s an array of complex technologies that rely on computer systems developed and designed by computer engineers. This course will set you on track to be one of those engineers. Computer hardware and software engineering, digital systems, embedded systems, computer and network design and software development in a variety of modern programming languages – you’ll cover it all.

At the end of your second year of the BEng (Hons) Computer Engineering course, you'll be given the possibility to transfer onto the MEng course.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why study Computer Engineering at LSBU?

  • Course content developed with IBM, so you can be sure it’s 100 per-cent professionally relevant.
  • Sophisticated software: gain experience in using industry-standard equipment, computer programming and simulation packages.
  • Choose to spend your third year studying with our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, in Germany.
  • Paid work experience: option to complete your third year in a professional work placement
  • Innovative research: No. 1 London Modern Uni for Research Quality - Computing, Sunday Times League Table 2017.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 4 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 4 years September Southwark Campus


We worked with technology giant IBM to develop the content for this course. So, you can be sure that you’re getting the skills you need for the workplace. You’ll learn how to build computer systems and components – and measure how well software and hardware functions. You'll learn how to develop, design and test software using industry-standard software and CAD for design, simulation, and prototyping.

By the final year, you have the chance to specialize – and you’re in control. You’ll have a choice of modules, including coverage of multimedia systems and games programming or artificial intelligence. Your third-year placement gives you the chance to further hone your skills by developing real-world systems in professional environments.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 59% coursework.

Year 1

  • Engineering mathematics and modelling
  • Data communications and networks
  • Engineering principles
  • Engineering computing
  • Design and practice
  • Principles of electronics and computer engineering

Year 2

  • Computer architecture and operating systems
  • Engineering software, data structures and algorithms
  • Team design project
  • Object-oriented software for engineers
  • Digital systems and microprocessor design
  • Computer networks and mobile computing

Year 3

Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Systems and software engineering
  • Embedded systems and the internet of things
  • BEng Project

Plus optional modules from:

  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Advanced computer engineering
  • Signals and systems
  • Digital systems design
  • Computer graphics and multimedia systems
  • Software development and computer games programming
  • High-performance computing
  • Artificial intelligence

Assessment is through formal written examinations, phase tests, formative and summative assignments. Ability to apply and integrate knowledge is assessed by larger scale project work as well group assignments (where appropriate) and logbooks.


Computer engineers work in most industries, including computing, automobile, aerospace, telecommunications, power production, manufacturing, defense, and electronics. You could design high-tech devices ranging from tiny integrated-circuit chips to powerful systems that utilize those chips and efficient telecommunication systems.

Likely jobs for graduates include computer network administration under Windows and Unix/Linux, as well as software engineering and design using Java and C++. You could also work independently as a developer, tester or evaluator of any kind of hardware and software application. You'll be able to develop operating systems, compilers, computer games, business applications, computer programs, analyze data and constructing and managing computer systems. In short, you’ll be highly employable in a wide variety of sectors.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning

Your lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award.

We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem-solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.

Applied knowledge is what counts

The amount of project-based learning that you'll do on an engineering degree varies from university to university. At LSBU we offer 'design-make-test' projects throughout the degree course rather than concentrating them all on your final year. This means that you'll adapt theoretical principles to solving real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career.

This experience of delivering innovation makes you attractive to employers. Innovation is at the very heart of what an engineer does on a day-to-day basis. Engineers look for practical ways of making things better, more efficient, cheaper, safer, stronger, more resilient, quicker, more integrated and more effective. Our engineering courses will teach you first-hand how to develop these crucial skills and traits.

Personal Tutoring

As an undergraduate or MEng Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions 21 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths or Physical Science
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
3 - 4 years
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £6935; International fee: £9843.75
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Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
End Date
Jan 24, 2022
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