Engineering for Intelligent Systems, BEng Hons



The digital world is changing from a world of computers to a world of connected smart devices and intelligent systems embedded in the environment, commonly described as the Internet of Things. The future of technology is increasingly focused on bringing the virtual world into the real world through innovations such as Google Glass and smart watches. At the same time, there are hardware advances such as robots that can vacuum your floors, walk, dance and even climb stairs. Developments in sensing technology allow people to play with games consoles by simply waving their arms. These trends will gain pace as technology moves away from the keyboard and screen to become truly embedded in the environment around you.

The move towards smart interconnected devices is going to be as revolutionary as the advent of personal computing, but will only be successful if companies can combine the traditional disciplines of computing and engineering to develop a new generation of intelligent systems that are designed to integrate together seamlessly. This exciting new degree programme is uniquely placed to provide you with the skills to be at the cutting edge of this new area by developing your skills as a cross-disciplinary innovator.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide you with the knowledge and skills relevant to a career as a professional engineer who can work effectively with current and future engineering product/ intelligent system development and production/implementation methods
  • To support you in understanding the innovative and pioneering approaches in this field and to be able to apply them to the solution of real-world problems to develop new products and technologies for the Internet of Things
  • To help you acquire the knowledge and skills required to perform a variety of professional roles within Engineering, Mechatronics, Robotics and Computing.

What you'll study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

                Design and Materials (30 credits)

                Engineering Professional Skills 1 (30 credits)

                Practical and Experimental Skills (30 credits)

                Engineering Mathematics 1 (30 credits)

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

                Electrical Circuits (15 credits)

                Materials for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (15 credits)

                Control and Instrumentation (15 credits)

                Digital and Embedded Electronic Systems (15 credits)

                Programming for Engineers (15 credits)

                Sensors and Networks (15 credits)

                Engineering Professional Skills 2 (15 credits)

                Engineering Mathematics 2 (15 credits)

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

                Individual Project (30 credits)

                Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Systems (15 credits)

                Distributed Networks (15 credits)

                Secure Systems Engineering (15 credits)

                Engineering Professional Skills 3 (30 credits)

                User-centred Design (15 credits)


Extra information


Student progress is assessed through a mix of examinations, assignments and project/laboratory work.

Professional recognition

DETC accreditation is strongly anticipated.


These programmes are designed to provide the knowledge and skills you need to enter a wide range of careers in technology, engineering and computing, particularly in the field of emerging technologies. A number of former students have opted to create their own companies.




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