School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Undergraduate study

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Unexpectedly creative

Creative, imaginative approaches to finding solutions to society's problems are at the heart of studying Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at Essex.

At Essex we were among the founders of artificial intelligence in the UK and pioneered the systems approach to telecommunications. Our integrated approach allows us to specialise in areas as diverse as assistive technologies, brain-computer interfaces, computer games, evolutionary computation, computational finance, big data, human language technology, intelligent environments, future networks, optoelectronics and robotics. We are home to many of the world’s top scientists and engineers in their field, and our work is driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence.


Explore our undergraduate courses
Why choose us?
  • 88% of our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering students are in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2017)
  • We are ranked Top 15 for electronic engineering (TGUG 2019)
  • We were one of the first departments in the UK to be seriously interested in artificial intelligence

What do we have to offer?

Create your ideal degree

Our courses offer a highly flexible, modular structure. You can build a programme of study that matches your interests by choosing from our wide range of undergraduate modules.

In each of our teaching areas, courses share common first-year modules and so it is normally possible to change your degree course at the end of your first year.

Our courses are designed to give you the skills you need to work in technical industries.

Our standard courses are three years but each can be taken with an additional year between your second and final years, during which you undertake either an industrial placement, designed to maximise your chances of success in the graduate job  market or a year studying abroad, which offers an excellent opportunity for personal development.

Our main areas

Our undergraduate courses span three main areas:

  • Computer science - covering computer systems and how they are programmed. If you plan to work in computer games or information and communication technology, these are the courses for you.
  • Computer systems engineering - spanning the disciplines of computer science and digital electronics. As well as gaining software and systems skills, you will learn more about how computer networks and embedded systems work.
  • Electronic and telecommunications engineering - providing an in-depth knowledge of electronic engineering, with options to specialise in electronics or telecommunications systems.

Many of our degrees are accredited by the relevant professional bodies, enhancing your CV further.

Getting you ready for life after graduation

There has rarely been a better time for students to choose to study computing or electronic engineering at university. Employers need skilled graduates. The IT and engineering sectors are now growing at a rate that outstrips the supply of fresh talent.

There will be openings for suitably qualified software professionals and engineers as the market for graduates continues to expand.

In their final year, all of our students complete a capstone project to help develop and ultimately demonstrate their skills, which will be highly desired and easily transferable in a working environment. 

Our courses are designed to equip you with the skills you will need for a career in the IT or engineering sector. We place an emphasis on learning key skills that will be valuable even if you decide to move away from these sectors. By studying with us you will also be prepared for postgraduate study in the future.

Professional accreditation

Many of our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). We encourage our students to become members of both organisations, and their accreditation of our courses gives you an accelerated pathway to full membership after you graduate.

Diverse career options

Our graduates have been very successful in finding employment as systems analysts, software engineers, programmers and electronic design engineers. Some of the companies and organisations where our former students are now employed include:

  • IBM
  • BT
  • EDS
  • Google
  • Force India F1
  • BAE Systems
  • Accenture
  • RBC Capital Markets.

Throughout your time at Essex, advisors at our Employability and Careers Centre will be available to help you formulate your career pan.

Gain valuable experience with The Games Hub

You might be studying computer games as part of your course, but our programme gives the opportunity to gain invaluable experience building your own game alongside your studies, and to meet some of the most influential names in the computer games industry.

Based at the Colchester Campus Knowledge Gateway, The Games Hub is a multi award-winning programme and studio space for aspiring games and app developers. Teams work together to develop a game idea while learning about games development and the business of gaming from some of the biggest names in business and the games industry.

By the end of the programme, teams will not only have developed a game or prototype, but will also have put together a business plan and pitch presentation for their game. You can see some of the amazing work previous years' teams are working on if you take a look at our website.

"Prior to coming to Essex, I knew nothing about programming or computer networks. I only had a basic understanding of computers and how to use them. My lecturers were very helpful so even if you have no background knowledge on anything computer related, there is a lot of help provided."
Valentine Adejoh bSC INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY