Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

H6G4 MEng Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems

Electronics and electronic systems have become the enabling technology of the material world. Develop the skills and knowledge to engineer the electronic signals that pervade the world around us.


Our MEng in Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems includes the core learning of the BEng Electronic Engineering and MEng Electronic Engineering to give you a thorough grounding in the field. You then have the opportunity to specialise and gain a greater understanding of the practical industrial applications of computer systems. Key areas of study include:

•    computer networks
•    advanced computer architecture
•    applied parallel and concurrent programming
•    computational modelling

Our MEng Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems will provide you with the skills to work in any area of the electronics industry. We have excellent relationships with employers, and have our own Careers Hub website. We also run an annual careers fair.


Our MEng Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and we are a member of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation.

Programme Structure

Students undertake four years of study. Each year there are compulsory modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests.

Key Facts

  • We are ranked first in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering by the 2016 Guardian University Guide
  • We are ranked in the top ten universities in the UK for Computer Sciences and IT by the 2016 Guardian University Guide and by the 2015 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide
  • Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2014/15 QS World Rankings
  • First in the UK for the volume and quality of Electrical and Electronic Engineering research (REF 2014)
  • 100 per cent of our Computer Science research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)
  • We have pioneered many of the most important advances in electronics and microelectronics over the past 30 years
  • We have outstanding facilities, including our £110m interdisciplinary clean room

Entry requirements


GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:

For 2016: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics. Physics may be substituted by Further Mathematics, Computer Science, or Electronics. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as one of the three A levels.

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.

Alternative Qualifications:

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC Higher National Diploma, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard (or higher) to an A level applicant.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website.

Mature Applicants:

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are may be eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection Process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application. UCAS code: H6G4 Course title: MEng Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems Course duration: 4 years



Year 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Core Modules

Semester 2

Compulsory Core Modules

Year 2

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 2

Compulsory Modules

Year 3

In this year, you will select three Optional modules; at least one of which will be a Specialised module.

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Core Modules

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules
Optional (Specialised) Modules

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Year 4

In this year, you will select five Optional modules; at least two of which will be Specialised modules.

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Core Modules


Assessment at Southampton means more than just essays and exams.  We use a variety of modern learning and teaching methods mixing theory and practical demonstrations, laboratory work in our outstanding facilities, group coursework and a challenging personal project.

A student-centred approach means that you can pursue your own interests according to your future goals.  We will support you in plotting a route through your degree programme which can be tailored for your interests and you can even personalise assessment paths and styles.

Southampton enjoys a range of modern services for learning and support, including world-class laboratories, a large number of internet-enabled workstations, a Careers Service, Job Shop and Students’ Information Centre. 

Our methods of assessment enable you to demonstrate your strengths by showing what you have learnt.  Your assessment will be closely linked to teaching and learning, developing throughout the programme.  By the time you reach the end of an assessment, you’ll understand the connection with subjects that were taught.

Related programmes

Career opportunities

Electronics and Computer Science students talk about their plans for the future

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are being taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules. 

The technical skills you will obtain are in high demand, as are skills of understanding and analysing problems, together with communicating the results.

We have excellent relationships with employers and our own ECS Careers Hub offers a valuable resource. Adam Malpass, an MEng graduate of Electronic Engineering, was UK Electronics Skills Foundation Scholar of the Year 2011.“The ECS careers fairs offer many opportunities for employment and placements,” he said.“Being in ECS really does open doors for you”.

Pre-course reading lists