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This Masters in Computer Systems Engineering provides an extensive introduction to state-of-the-art miniaturised and mobile computer systems and smart device technology. This allows you to acquire the complementary hardware and software knowledge and skills required to design and develop such systems.

Why this programme

  • You will be taught jointly by the Schools of Engineering and Computing Science. You will benefit from their combined resources and expertise and from an industry-focused curriculum.
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Glasgow is ranked 5th in the UK and 1st in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2020)
  • If you are a computer engineering graduate, this programme will enhance your knowledge; if you are an electronic engineering graduate you can focus on developing your software skills; or if you are computer science graduate you can focus on developing your hardware skills.
  • The School of Computing Science has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion. Recent contributions in Computer Systems Engineering include: IBM, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Adobe and Red Hat.
  • The school has an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating the school’s commitment to supporting women in scientific studies and careers, and to improving the working environment for all.
  • As computer systems have reduced in size, and are increasingly mobile with more complex functionalities, they are now a fundamental component of smart device technology. This postgraduate programme is particularly suited to acquiring the complementary hardware and software knowledge and skills required for understanding and designing such systems.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Computer Systems Engineering include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work. 

Core courses

  • Digital signal processing
  • Human–computer interaction
  • Integrated systems design project
  • Software and engineering
  • MSc project

Optional courses typically include

  • Advanced operating systems
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer architecture
  • Cryptography and secure development
  • Cyber system forensics
  • Digital communications
  • Internet technology
  • Microwave and millimetre wave circuit design
  • Optical communications 
  • Real time embedded programming
  • Safety critical systems development
  • Web science

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in software development, chip design, embedded system design, telecommunications, video systems, automation and control, aerospace, development of PC peripherals and FPGA programming, defence and services for the heavy industries, for example generator and industrial motor control systems, etc.


Visit the Computer Systems Engineering - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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