Computer and Internet Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with our programmes ranked 3rd in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
We also received 93 per cent for overall satisfaction in electronic and electrical engineering in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017, placing us in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction.
Developed with input from industry, our BEng and MEng Computer and Internet Engineering courses offer an integrated training in communications (both hardware and software), media and content delivery, and security and machine learning, developing the next generation of engineers for the internet age.
What you will study
Tomorrow’s connected world demands engineers with well-rounded training, spanning both electronics and cutting-edge software for the internet age.
Our BEng and MEng Computer and Internet Engineering courses are informed by our leading-edge research in next generation mobile communications, audio-visual processing and engineering for health – with on-campus facilities including our 5G Innovation Centre and new £12.5m Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory.
Our aim is to develop engineers with a solid grounding in electronics, plus the specialist skills needed to work at the forefront of mobile and internet technology.
After a common foundation year in programming and electronics, you will go on to study advanced modules in topics such as mobile communications, digital signal processing and artificial intelligence.
You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Masters of Engineering). The MEng builds on the BEng course with a masters year, and is a direct route to a masters qualification. Depending on your progress, you may have the option to switch to a BEng or MEng during your studies.
|Qualification||Course length||Foundation year||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BEng (Hons)||36 months||G402||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||G403||View KIS data set|
|MEng||48 months||G404||View KIS data set|
|MEng||60 months||G405||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||H642||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||60 months||H643||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Computer and Internet Engineering placements
One of the benefits of studying at Surrey is the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement year and gain practical industry experience.
Taking a Professional Training placement enables you to try out a specialised engineering sector, earn a salary, enhance your CV and build up a network of contacts, as well as enabling you to apply and enhance the skills you’re learning and appreciate things that you cannot learn in a lecture or laboratory.
The enhanced interpersonal and management skills you gain will be highly valued by employers, giving you a real head start as you enter the job market. Students also find the year deepens their understanding of studies in the later stages of their programme.
Arrangements for your placement are made through the University. During the placement you are employed by a company but are still a member of the University and you will be visited by a Professional Training placement tutor, who will monitor your progress and liaise with your company. Occasionally students secure overseas placements.
Well-known companies that have participated in the Professional Training programme include:
- Sky TV
- Sony Europe Ltd
- Avco Systems Ltd
- Nintendo of Europe GmbH
- Cisco Systems Ltd.
In addition, we have contacts with many smaller companies which provide excellent placement opportunities.
Many of our students return from their placement with offers of employment, and often with financial sponsorship, from their placement company.
Professional Training can be used in partial fulfilment of the training component for chartered engineer status.
BEng (Hons) - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
MEng - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
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.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
We find that the work record established during Professional Training placements gives our students a decided advantage when employers are making offers.
As our graduates are highly numerate, literate, computer literate, organised, confident, business minded and commercially aware, they are also very attractive recruits for companies operating in many other professions, including management, banking, accountancy and software development.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training placement year working in another country. If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.
Extensive teaching laboratories and networked computer suites with 24-hour access are available to all undergraduate students in the Department.
Access to state-of-the-art research facilities is available in Year 3 for students undertaking a project linked to one of our research centres in electronics, ‘internet of things’, communications, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and AI programming.
We actively encourage you to do project work outside of timetabled hours, as long as you follow safe working practices.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
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Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.