Advanced Computer Science: Computer Systems Engineering [MSc]


Computer Systems Engineering is a well-established branch of Computer Science, closely related to Electrical Engineering, and concerned with software-hardware integration and the development of high-performance and energy-efficient embedded systems, for example as used in mobile computing. Aspects covered include questions such as how software can be designed to make use of new, ever more powerful (and often multicore) hardware, or how hardware can be designed to support certain software paradigms. The School of Computer Science is home to internationally renowned research groups working on these challenging tasks, and students following the Computer Systems Engineering pathway will have the opportunity to profit from their understanding of current technology and visions of how to exploit, for example, the formidable complexity of the billion transistor microchips that semiconductor technology will make commonplace over the next decade.

Pathways and specialisation

In the School of Computer Science, we recognise that it is not always possible to know in advance whether and within which academic field you wish to specialise. Therefore, you can start on the ACS course, choose themes and course units following our information sessions during Welcome Week, and even change your specialisation after arriving.

For example a student who enrols on the Advanced Computer Science course might decide during their studies that they wish to have a specialisation reflected in their degree title. If the student's study choices fit one of our pathways, then they can opt to have this pathway added as a specialisation at any time whilst studying at Manchester.

We have also made it easy for a student who enrols on a specialising pathway to decide later that they would prefer to have a broader skills set reflected in their degree title. To enable this we have made it very easy for a student to transfer from a pathway to the Advanced Computer Science course.

Please see the left hand navigation for a list of available pathways.

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