The School encourages students to become student members of the British
Computer Society (BCS) or the Institution of Engineering and
The BSC is the Chartered Engineering Institution for Information
Systems Engineering. Student members are members of the BCS Young Professionals
Group. Further information and application forms are available from the General Office
(4.514) or from
Mr Iain Langdon (5B.521).
General information on the British Computer Society is available at:
Information about the local (Essex) branch of the BCS is available at:
The Branch holds many events throughout the year some of which are based at the
University Campus. Details are publicised on the University Intranet and on the
Branch Web site.
The BCS offers exemption from its professional examinations to students
following accredited degrees. At its last accreditation visit during the
academic year 2006-07, approval was granted for the School’s Postgraduate
schemes as follows:
MSc Computer Science conditionally
Exemption (Professional Graduate Diploma and PGD Project) is granted for a
period of five intakes, from the intake 2006 up to and including 2010, in the
full-time and part-time modes.
MSc Embedded Systems conditionally
Students must pass, at the first attempt, a practical problem-solving project.
Additionally all the above schemes provide partial academic fulfilment for CEng/CSci.
From October 2008 the School is offering some revised degree schemes:
MSc Advanced Web Engineering
MSc Computer and Information Networks
MSc Computer Security
MSc Intelligent Systems and Robotics
These schemes will be reviewed by the BCS during their next visit in 2011.
However, having had discussions with the BCS, it is our expectation that all the
schemes will benefit from similar accreditation as before, which will be applied
retrospectively during their visit in 2011.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the world’s leading professional
societies for the engineering and technology community.
IET literature is available at:
You can choose to join the IET at any time during your course but
obviously the sooner you join the sooner you benefit from membership.
In order to become a Student member you can complete an online
registration form at:
Locally the IET Anglian Coastal Network organise a number of
meetings here at the University. The topics selected for these evening
meetings are of broad interest to all students on our courses.
The meetings are also held in the Ipswich area and the IET Essex Branch
organises meetings in Chelmsford. Whether or not you choose to become a
Student member of the IET you are welcome to attend any of these events
which will be publicised in the Department by posters and also via email.
Details of local IET meetings and details of student bursaries can also be
found on the IET notice board.
If you join as a Student member you will be automatically transferred to the
class of Member of the IET (MIET) when you graduate. After a number of years in
a responsible position, you can apply to be become a Chartered Engineer.
Further information is available from
Dr. R. Palaniappan (5B.527).
IET accredits degrees on behalf of the UK Engineering Council.
This means that a graduate from these degree programmes will have
satisfied to Masters level the education requirements to allow them to apply to become
a Chartered Engineer once they have 4 years of appropriate responsible experience.
The following MSc schemes to be offered by the Department from October 2008 will be
reviewed by the IET during their next visit in 2011.
However, having discussions with the IET, it is our expectation that all
the schemes will benefit from accreditation, which will be applied retrospectively
during their visit in 2011.
MSc Telecommunication and Information Systems