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Master of Engineering

Master of Engineering, MEng, is an integrated master’s degree which combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course.

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Course overview

Smart devices shape the way we live, both now and in the future. Study Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at Liverpool and ensure you’re a part of the rapid technological development taking place globally.

Introduction

This programme combines the core elements of electronic engineering with those of computer science, which is the intellectual discipline underlying all aspects of software development.

Combining elements from these two disciplines will equip you with an added breadth of knowledge and greater specialisation. Our graduates are in demand because of their fluency both in the language of electronic engineers, as well as that of computer scientists, enabling you to bridge the gap between software systems and the real world.

You’ll be taught by staff who are actively engaged in research, most with international reputations, ensuring you’ll receive the most up-to-date and commercially-relevant education.

The MEng degree programme provides added depth to the BEng (Hons), and you will study a greater range of subjects. It is the best preparation for either graduate-level employment or undertaking a research degree. It is also a quicker route to Chartered Engineer status.

This programme also has a year abroad option, an incredible opportunity to spend an academic year at one of our partner universities.  On the 4-year integrated masters programme, you can go abroad either between Year 2 and 3 (apply in Year 2) OR Year 3 and 4 (apply in Year 3).

What you'll learn

  • A broad educational background in electronics and computing
  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • The practical application of concepts and theory, always with awareness of their relevance to the real world
  • How to take projects from conception, through to design, implementation and operation
  • Use of industry standard tools, technologies and working methods

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditations in detail

Teaching Excellence Framework 2023

We’re proud to announce we’ve been awarded a Gold rating for educational excellence.

Accreditations

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

During year one you will be introduced to the fundamentals of electronics as well as the underlying principles and theory of computing. Your lecture modules will cover the core subjects of electronic circuits, digital electronics, Java programming and data structures.

In addition, you will take modules such as mathematics and spend one day a week doing practical work in both the computer and electronics laboratories. This will give you excellent practical and transferable skills vital for subsequent years of the programme and invaluable in your future career.

Compulsory modules

Electrical Circuits & Systems (ELEC142)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

Fundamental course on circuit analysis techniques.

Digital & Integrated Electronics Design (ELEC143)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

The module comprises of two parts Digital Electronics and Integrated Electronics. For the Digital part, students are provided with the knowledge of number systems, laws of Boolean algebra and introduced to the basic methods for designing combinational and sequential logic circuits. For the Integrated part, students are introduced to various silicon electronic devices and provided with the opportunity to understand the basic principles of silicon microelectronics designs processes including designing layouts for simple circuit.

Electronic Circuits (ELEC104)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module aims to introduce students to fundamental electronic devices (diodes and transistors), and how these devices are used in amplifier and switching circuits. The module is assessed via two laboratory sessions (20%) and two coursework online assignments (80%).

Engineering Skills (ELEC171)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

Introductory module that teaches practical skills for electrical engineering students, focusing on basic laboratory skills. The practical skills are linked with theory presented in other Year 1 modules including those on analogue and digital electronics, and electromagnetics. The module includes an introduction to a technical programming language (MATLAB) and an introduction to the ethical and sustainability issues that face modern engineers.

Object-Oriented Programming (COMP122)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

The intention of COMP122 is to introduce students to the concepts and methodology of object-oriented programming using the Java programming language. Topics covered include hierarchical structures, polymorphism, collections and iterators, exception handling, and graphical user interface design. Basic concepts of software design methodology, testing, and version control are also included in the module. It is normally expected that students have prior programming experience.

Mathematics A for Electrical Engineers (ELEC191)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Mathematics for students registered in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, to support their technical modules.

Mathematics B for Electrical Engineers (ELEC192)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Basic mathematics for students registered in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, concentrating on those groups of students who have, on the average, weaker preparation for University level Maths such as entrants with the BTEC qualification (but not limited to that group). Exam practice is another important component of this module. This module follows on from ELEC191

Optional modules

Introduction To Programming (COMP101)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module provides an introduction to procedural programming using current language platforms. The module incorporates program design, problem solving, the importance of maintainable, robust software and testing as well as introducing procedural language main programming constructs. Students gain practical experience with program design, programming and testing during weekly laboratory sessions.

Programming Language Paradigms (COMP105)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module is for students that already have some programming skills. Students will learn about the two main programming paradigms: imperative programming and functional programming. Since most introductory programming courses teach imperative programming, this module will focus on the functional paradigm. Students will learn how to program in Haskell, a popular functional programming language. They will learn how to formulate programs in a functional way, and the common techniques and idioms that are used to solve problems in functional programming.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Study as a bachelor's degree

This course is also available as a three year BEng (Hons) programme.

View Computer Science and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

Your experience

All of our lecturers are actively engaged in research, ensuring students are given the most up-to-date and commercially relevant education. Your course will be delivered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics and the Department of Computer Science.

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Supporting your learning

From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:

Careers and employability

Some of our graduates go on to work in the industrial sector, in government and in education, whilst others enter non-technical professions such as banking, accountancy, management and law.

Specific career paths are many and varied, and have previously included design engineer, systems engineer, medical physicist, postdoctoral research scientist, and radio frequency scientist.

Many graduates have moved on to have careers with employers in the following industries:

  • Technology: ARM Holdings Ltd, Ericsson Ltd, Logica CMG, Marconi, Siemens UK
  • Energy: British Nuclear Group, Energetix Group PLC, Scottish Power, United Utilities PLC.
  • Healthcare: Royal Liverpool University Hospital
  • Government/Research: Daresbury Laboratory, Ministry of Defence, Science and Technology Facilities Council, The Highways Agency
  • Engineering/Manufacturing: Deva Electronic Controls, Heap and Partners Ltd
  • Royal Liverpool University Hospital (Clinical Engineering)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Scottish Power
  • Siemens UK
  • The Highways Agency
  • United Utilities PLC.

100% of electrical engineering and electronics students are in work and/or further study 15 months after graduation.

Discover Uni, 2018-19.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £28,000
Year abroad fee £14,000
Fees are correct for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that the Year Abroad fee also applies to the Year in China.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books or stationery. All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books or stationery. All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to provide tuition fee discounts and help with living expenses while at university.

Check out our Liverpool Bursary, worth up to £2,000 per year for eligible UK students. Or for international students, our Undergraduate Global Advancement Scholarship offers a tuition fee discount of up to £5,000 for eligible international students starting an undergraduate degree from September 2024.

Discover our full range of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

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Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

AAB including Mathematics and a science subject (Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Physics or Electronics).

Applicants with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are eligible for a reduction in grade requirements. For this course, the offer is ABB with A in the EPQ.

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

T levels

T levels are not currently accepted.

GCSE 4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics
Subject requirements

For applicants from England: For science A Levels that include the separately graded practical endorsement, a Pass is required.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Distinction* in BTEC (any subject) plus AB in A Levels.

A Levels must include Mathematics and a science subject (Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Physics or Electronics).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

D*D* in a relevant BTEC considered alongside grade B in A Level Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*D*D* and grade B in A Level Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

35 overall, including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 in a Higher Level science subject.

Irish Leaving Certificate H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H3 including H2 or above in Mathematics and a science subject (Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Physics or Electronics).
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

AAB in Advanced Highers including Mathematics and a science subject (Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Physics or Electronics).

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Accepted at grade B alongside A Level grades AA in Mathematics and a science subject (Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Physics or Electronics).
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma D3 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade A M2 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade B Global Perspectives and Short Courses are not accepted.
Access Considered if taking a relevant subject. 42 Level 3 credits at Distinction, including 15 Level 3 credits in Mathematics is required. GCSE English and Mathematics grade C/4 or above also required. Students will be required to take an online Mathematics assessment, please contact the University for further information.
International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language, unless you’re from a majority English speaking country.

We accept a variety of international language tests and country-specific qualifications.

International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component below 5.5
TOEFL iBT 78 overall, with minimum scores of listening 17, writing 17, reading 17 and speaking 19
Duolingo English Test 105 overall, with no component below 95
Pearson PTE Academic 59 overall, with no component below 59
LanguageCert Academic 65 overall, with no skill below 60
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0500 Grade C overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking and listening. Speaking and listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0990 Grade 4 overall, with Merit in speaking and listening
Cambridge IGCSE Second Language English 0510/0511 0510: Grade C overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 0511: Grade C overall.
Cambridge IGCSE Second Language English 0993/0991 0993: Grade 5 overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 0991: Grade 5 overall.
International Baccalaureate Standard Level grade 5 or Higher Level grade 4 in English B, English Language and Literature, or English Language
Cambridge ESOL Level 2/3 Advanced 169 overall, with no paper below 162

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH

Do you need to complete a Pre-Sessional English course to meet the English language requirements for this course?

The length of Pre-Sessional English course you’ll need to take depends on your current level of English language ability.

Find out the length of Pre-Sessional English course you may require for this degree.

Pre-sessional English

If you don’t meet our English language requirements, we can use your most recent IELTS score, or the equivalent score in selected other English language tests, to determine the length of Pre-Sessional English course you require.

Use the table below to check the course length you're likely to require for your current English language ability and see whether the course is available on campus or online.

Your most recent IELTS score Pre-Sessional English course length On campus or online
5.5 overall, with no component below 5.5 6 weeks On campus
5.5 overall, with no component below 5.0 10 weeks On campus and online options available
5.0 overall, with no component below 5.0 12 weeks On campus and online options available
5.0 overall, with no component below 4.5 20 weeks On campus
4.5 overall, with no component below 4.5 30 weeks On campus
4.0 overall, with no component below 4.0 40 weeks On campus

If you’ve completed an alternative English language test to IELTS, we may be able to use this to assess your English language ability and determine the Pre-Sessional English course length you require.

Please see our guide to Pre-Sessional English entry requirements for IELTS 6.0, with no component below 5.5, for further details.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

Changes to Computer Science and Electronic Engineering MEng

See what updates we've made to this course since it was published. We document changes to information such as course content, entry requirements and how you'll be taught.

7 June 2022: New course pages

New course pages launched.

6 December 2022: Module changes

Compulsory module list updated

Year 3 compulsory modules

Added – ELEC352: Engineering Management & Entrepreneurial Skills

 

Year 3 optional module list updated – See course page

 

Year 4 compulsory modules

Removed – COMP523: Advanced Algorithmic Techniques

Added – COMP526: Efficient Algorithms

 

Year 4 optional module list updated – See course page

7 December 2022: Module changes

Compulsory module list updated

 

Year 3 compulsory modules

Added: ELEC352: Engineering Management & Entrepreneurial Skills

 

Year 3 optional module list updated – See course page

Year 4 compulsory modules

Removed: COMP523: Advanced Algorithmic Techniques
Added: COMP526: Efficient Algorithms

 

Year 4 optional module list updated – See course page

8 December 2022: Module changes

Compulsory module list updated

Year 3 compulsory modules

REMOVED:

COMP390: Honours Year Computer Science Project

9 December 2022: Module changes

Year 3 optional modules updated:

Removed: COMP315

20 May 2024: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering MEng – course overview

In the course overview section, have added: ‘This programme also has a year abroad option, an incredible opportunity to spend an academic year at one of our partner universities.  On the 4-year integrated masters programme, you can go abroad either between Year 2 and 3 (apply in Year 2) OR Year 3 and 4 (apply in Year 3).’