Developers and programmers

The networking industry’s growth in recent years has been phenomenal. This balanced programme equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to become an engineer, developer or programmer – use it to take you where you want to go. Computer hardware, interface electronics, software and database design, programming for real-time and embedded systems and telecommunications – you’ll cover it all (and more).

Why study Computer Systems and Networks Engineering at LSBU?

  • Professionally accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, with fast-track progression to Chartered Engineer status.

  • 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 university 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


As a BEng degree programme, this course develops a deep understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories, and principles of computer engineering and its underpinning science and mathematics.

This is a balanced programme of computer hardware, interface electronics, programming for real-time and embedded systems and telecommunications – supported by the basics of analysis, software and database design. You’ll use industry-standard equipment to carry out assignments in the network configuration.

All learning at LSBU is applied. It’s just the way that we do things here. You can expect to take a PC apart, rebuild and configure it at sub-component level. 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: 44% coursework.

Year 1

  • Engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Principles of computer engineering
  • Introduction to data communication & networks
  • Engineering Principles
  • Engineering Computing
  • Design and practice

Year 2

  • Operating systems and multimedia
  • Introduction to communication systems and networks L5
  • Engineering software C++
  • Computer networks
  • Team design project

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Systems and software engineering
  • Network technologies and design
  • Advanced computer engineering
  • Project


With computers now an essential part of our lives, the demand and opportunities for those who can design, manage and service computer systems are only going to continue to grow.

When you graduate you’ll be fully equipped for computer network administration roles under Windows and Unix, software engineering and design. Recent graduates work as computer networking engineers, embedded systems developers, and senior computer programmers.

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.


You'll learn to use the latest computer interfacing technologies in our National Instruments Laboratory. Sponsored by National Instruments, the laboratory contains virtual instrument workstations using software including Multisim, Ultiboard, and Labview.

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.
  • 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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated September 8, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
3 - 4 
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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