school of computer science and electronic engineering

Professional accreditation

What we hold

Most of our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). We encourage our students to join one or both of these professional bodies.

British Computer Society (BCS) - now the Chartered Institute for IT


Membership of the BCS is an attribute that graduate employers are increasingly looking for. It demonstrates your commitment to being a professional in the sector.

You can apply to become a student member of the BCS. While studying you will be a member of the BCS Young Professionals Group.

In your third year, you can apply for accelerated full membership (MBCS) via the Membership on Graduation Scheme. Membership is then awarded on the successful completion of your course saving you a significant amount of time, as you would normally have to work in a relevant job for three years before becoming eligible for full membership.

The Essex branch of the BCS holds events throughout the year, some of which are held at our Colchester Campus.


The following courses give you full or partial exemption from BCS professional examinations. The versions of these courses which include a year abroad or a placement year are included.


  • MSci Computer Science
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Computer Games
  • BEng Computer Networks
  • BSc Information and Communication Technologies
  • BEng Computer Systems Engineering
  • BEng Computers with Electronics

Exemptions are only available to full-time students whose courses started in or after October 2011. You must pass, at the first attempt, a practical problem-solving project in your final year.

Further information

Further information and application forms for student membership are available from the CSEE School Office (4.514). Details of professional exam exemptions and information about the accelerated full membership scheme are available from the BCS representatives, Professor John Gan ( or Keith Primrose (

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)


You can apply online for student membership of the IET at any time after you begin your course. 

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 further Masters level study and four years of relevant experience, you can apply to be become a Chartered Engineer.

Locally the IET Anglian Coastal Network organises a number of meetings at our University. The topics are of broad interest to all students on our courses. 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 our School.


All of our BSc, BEng and MSc courses have received formal accreditation from the IET on behalf of the UK Engineering Council.

Further information

Further information about the IET and membership is available from Dr David Bebbington ( or Professor Anthony Vickers (