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University of Southampton: Shaping the future of electronics and computer science

Situated in a vibrant city on the south coast of England, the University of Southampton is a leading choice for both UK and international students, consistently ranking among the top universities in the UK. Southampton currently ranks 12th in the UK and 81st globally (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023, QS World University Rankings 2024).

The University of Southampton is renowned particularly for its programmes in engineering, computer science and electronics. These all provide a well-rounded education, equipping students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills, as well as supporting them in reaching their potential – and ensuring they are prepared and ready to excel in the working world.

The School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) provides outstanding opportunities for students — offered as part of degree programmes accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

These include: Biomedical Engineering (MEng)Artificial Intelligence (MEng) and Computer Engineering (MEng).

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Biomedical Engineering (MEng)

Biomedical Engineering is ideal for students keen to explore the intersection of technology and healthcare. One of the most innovative courses in the UK, it ensures that students are equipped to help design, develop and deliver the health and wellbeing devices of the future. Pathways — in Electronic Systems, Mechatronics for Health, Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence — enable you to specialise and tailor your degree to your interests; and whatever you choose, you’ll be guided by dedicated academic staff.

“For me, the speciality of the course was a massive winning point. In my second year, I had a design project looking at remote monitoring of physical therapy exercises for stroke rehabilitation,” says third-year student Isabel Howard. “It was a really fun project, with incorporation from different sides of my course, including physical sensors, software design and machine learning.”

Projects take place in years 3 and 4. As well as working with students in other disciplines, you also have the opportunity to work with leading academics and industry customers.

Artificial Intelligence (MEng)

In this programme, you encounter the fascinating world of AI, from machine learning to robotics. You’ll even explore natural intelligence using computer models, and learn to build systems capable of intelligent decisions and actions. The curriculum is designed to ensure that you are well-equipped to tackle the current challenges and opportunities in the AI industry. With access to state-of-the-art labs and a Faculty at the forefront of AI innovation, this programme is a stepping-stone to your future career, as well as helping to shape the future of technology and innovation. Years 3 and 4 are spent on projects. In Year 4, you’ll undertake a group design project, and specialise further in areas such as algorithmic game theory, biometrics, data visualisation, social media and network science, and simulation modelling.

Computer Engineering (MEng)

From the phones in our pockets to the supercomputers predicting tomorrow’s weather, computers drive our lives and society. If you’re excited by the idea of designing and implementing a fully-working CPU from the ground up, then the Computer Engineering (MEng) programme is a great choice.

You’ll develop your skills in designing and performing experiments, analysing results through practice, as well as gaining an expert understanding of computer hardware. This enables you to choose between software and hardware implementations; understand how to select and implement appropriate algorithms, architectures and design processes for meeting performance targets and power constraints; and incorporate ethics, security, performance, efficiency and robustness across computer engineering design and delivery.

All of this will ensure you gain the hard skills required for your future career. But it’s through practical project work — such as creating a combined hardware and software robotic system and collaborating with AI students to give it intelligence — that you’ll hone other essential skills: including teamwork, project planning, time management, and presentation.

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Full suite of support, thriving student-led societies

From your first step on campus until the day you graduate, you’ll have the support and guidance of our University community to help you realise your career ambitions. Our dedicated Advice Centre, the Student Hub and personal academic tutors are all key to ensuring this outcome. Free independent and confidential advice and information on practical matters, such as housing and finance, is accessible at our Advice Centre, ensuring you get the right help at the right time. Tutorial sessions provide more tailored pastoral and academic support, and give you a direct line of contact to a member of our teaching faculty.

For enriching and fun events on campus and beyond, join the Electronics and Computer Science Society (ECSS). It has a full schedule of volunteer-run events all year long, from socials to talks, Hackathons to games nights and movie-viewings to day trips. It’s only one of several student societies and groups in ECS, and with the vast number of societies affiliated to the Students’ Union, it ensures you’ll always have plenty of people to meet!

Click here to learn more about the School of Electronics and Computer Science.

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