Welcome to the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science Undergraduate Pages
Whether it be developing the next iPad, teaching computers to spot suspicious activities in CCTV footage or unlocking the secrets of DNA, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science are fascinating fields, which play a key role in solving everyday problems and driving scientific and technological progress that advance society and improve our quality of life.
The two fields unite diverse subjects, such as software engineering, multimedia, electronics, networking and communications, art, digital music, physics and mathematics, with problem solving as the central theme. They work on a wide range of problems, from finding new ways to do things, for example, making computers smaller and faster, to discovering entirely new things to do. They address varied questions, such as: how can we develop the next generation of mobile communication devices and apps? How can we teach computers to spot suspicious activities in CCTV footage? And how do we design alternatively powered vehicles?
Electronic engineers may design flight simulators, body scanners, global positioning satellites or computer information networks while a computer scientist may develop new anti-fraud technology, design a computer game, create a new mobile phone application or write code for a new programme.
Electronic engineers and computer scientists operate in a range of fields, including:
- Telecommunications – working on radio links, optical fibres and satellites, enabling global digital communication
- Multimedia and gaming – leading innovations in combining computer vision, music and speech for use in different environments, both real and virtual
- Security – developing firewalls, secure e-commerce transactions and anti-fraud technology, crucial in today’s high-tech world
- Networking – engineering solutions that allow home appliances, entertainment and security systems to be networked to each other and the internet.
Both electronic engineers and computer scientists apply logical and analytical thinking, creativity, design and programming skills to come up with innovative solutions. If you want to use your creativity, vision and talent to help develop and manage tomorrow’s technologies, these are the fields for you.
Our courses are designed to give you the skills to achieve a career in these growth industries or set you on a path for advanced studies.
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Nuzhah Gooda SahibBSc Computer Science
"Being an international student from Mauritius, I couldn’t come to visit the university before accepting my offer. I chose Queen Mary mainly because of the degree programme – it had the right combination of computer science and business modules that I wanted together with on-campus accommodation. It is very convenient to live a few minutes from lectures. Queen Mary is diverse – there are people from all over the world. It’s just a very enriching experience."Read more
Nuzhah Gooda Sahib
Being an international student from Mauritius, I couldn’t come to visit the university before accepting my offer. I chose Queen Mary mainly because of the degree programme – it had the right combination of computer science and business modules that I wanted together with on-campus accommodation. It is very convenient to live a few minutes from lectures. Queen Mary is diverse – there are people from all over the world. It’s just a very enriching experience.
The best thing about a joint programme like the BSc Computer Science with Business Management and Accounting is that it gives you the opportunity of being involved in two departments. It’s challenging but very interesting. Another great thing about it is that you get to meet loads of different people. Our lecturers are very involved in their own research groups and it’s very interesting to hear them talk about their pioneering research.
There are plenty of spaces at Queen Mary for socialising and there is no lack of places to relax between lectures. Our campus has several eating outlets and coffee shops. The new health and fitness centre provides another way to spend time. For some place a little quieter, Regent’s Canal runs through the campus and it’s a good place to sit on a nice, warm day.
The library provides a wide range of resources necessary for doing well on your degree programme, including books, journals, computers and printers. The 24/7 opening hours during revision and exam time is a blessing. The ‘Level One’ study area, which is appropriate for group study and teamwork, provides a very relaxed environment.
Like most computer science students, my favourite place on campus is the Informatics Teaching Laboratory (ITL). It is a building exclusively for the School’s students and it has the computers and software needed for our work. Whether an undergraduate or a master’s student, it’s the place where we spend most of our days. In fact, the first thing I do when I get to campus is go to the ITL to see who else is around.
Last academic year I was involved in PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) in the department. This is a voluntary scheme aimed at helping first year students to settle in university life and also to cope with the challenges involved with studies in computer science. I have really enjoyed this experience and feel that it’s worthwhile to help first year students. Also, as the scheme is run in other departments too the inter-departmental meetings allowed me to meet other people. The training programme provided useful careers advice on CV building, presentations and teamwork.
The most interesting – and most difficult – part of my degree has been the software engineering project in my second year. It involved a group project to build two card games. The project lasted for the year and was aimed at simulating a real work environment with deadlines and deliverables. Looking back now, I can say it was a very enriching experience as it taught me things I that will be really useful in my future career.