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University of Reading

School of Systems Engineering
University of Reading

About The School of Systems Engineering

The School of Systems runs undergraduate and postgraduate courses in our associated subject areas of Computer Science, Cybernetics, Electronic Engineering and Information Systems. At the undergraduate level there are degrees in each of these subject areas, as well as joint subject degrees between each pair of the first three subjects: we also have school wide degrees in Robotics and in Systems Engineering; joint degrees between IT and Business; and a new Computational Science degree with Mathematics. All these degrees last three years, leading to a BSc or BEng qualification; some degrees have variants with an extra year in industry; we also run some four year degrees leading to a MEng qualification. Our degrees are accredited by the professional bodies IET (formerly IEE) or BCS as appropriate. At the postgraduate level, we run a number of single year MSc degrees, in Networked Centred Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences and Cybernetics; we also run a European ERASMUS MUNDUS MSc in Network and e-Business Centered Computing programme jointly with Aristotle University of Thessaloniki(AUTh), University Carlos III Madrid (UC3M) and Trinity College Dublin.

The degrees are supported by excellent laboratories and equipment. A significant feature is that the degrees have considerable practical "hands-on" content, including substantial project work. External Examiners have often commented that the best undergraduate projects they have seen at Reading are as good as the best projects at other UK Universities.

There are numerous reasons for choosing our degrees, for instance:

Highly respected degrees. Our graduates are described as readily employable and highly regarded by industry, by the government's quality assurance body and by accrediting institutions.

Excellent career opportunities. Located at the heart of the Thames Valley where many of the UK's biggest Hi-Tech companies are located. Almost all of our graduates find jobs either prior or soon after graduation.

Great choice of degrees, with the ability to change between different degrees, and with options to learn a foreign language or industrial placement.

Internationally renowned School for excellence in research.

Guaranteed Accommodation in a hall of residence if Reading is your first choice.

The University of Reading

The University of Reading is at the cutting edge of teaching and learning, as well as being one of the foremost research-led universities in the UK. Founded in the nineteenth century and gaining a Royal Charter in 1926, we offer a wide range of programmes from the pure and applied sciences to languages, social sciences and fine art. New subjects and programmes are regularly introduced reflecting an awareness of our changing society and academic needs. Degrees are reviewed to enable our students to develop crucial transferable skills in addition to an in-depth subject knowledge. New research and the latest thinking continually feed into undergraduate teaching, with our academic staff working at the forefront of their fields of expertise.

The University offers you one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. Set amidst 320 acres of landscaped grounds, our academic subjects and halls of residence are surrounded by green open spaces. A short distance away lie the students Union, with its shops, bars, catering outlets and entertainment, the main library, bank and study facilities. You can take a walk around Whiteknights Lake or use our first-class Wolfenden Sports Centre. They are all located here at our main Whiteknights site along with the Reading Film Theatre, our nearby Health Centre and the Chaplaincy Centre. Reading city centre, which is a short walk or bus ride away, houses the famous Oracle shopping centre.

Bulmershe Court, our second site, is about a mile away and houses the Faculty of Education & Community Studies. An additional library, Students' Union, Hall of Residence and a cafeteria supplement some excellent specialist teaching facilities. Our London Road site and the University Great Hall are just a short walk away.

With its superb location and facilities, Reading offers a lively but safe community in which to study. The University is based in Reading which is at the heart of the high technology industry in the UK. Reading is situated near to London and has excellent communication links. A fast train service means that London is only 25 minutes away, and trains stop at Reading on the way to many places in the UK. Heathrow airport is easily accessed. The M4 motorway is just south of Reading, and so provides easy access to the UK motorway network.

Address Information

Address Whiteknights, Reading, Berks, UK,RG6 6AY
Tel. No. +44 (0) 118 378 5225
Fax No. +44 (0) 118 975 1994
E-mail address
Programmes Undergraduate degrees:
Computer Science
Electronic Engineering
Information Technology
(we also offer joint degrees between the subjects e.g. Computer Science and Cybernetics)

MSc degrees:
Network Centred Computing
Engineering and Information Sciences
Type of courses Undergraduate – full time;
MSc can be full or part-time
Length of course Undergraduate degrees are 3 years (for BSc/BEng) or 4 for MEng
MSc degrees are 1 year
Date of commencement Undergraduate – October
MSc October, some February also
Class size Undergraduate: on average 25 per degree
MSc – varies up to 50
Accommodation Available
Fees Details can be found at
Course directors Dr Ali Shirsavar, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment
Professor Vassil Alexandrov, for MSc degrees
Top recruiters of our graduates A large proportion of graduates get ‘graduate level’ jobs or enters research. Most are in industry
Student grants/
Financial Assistance
Some entrance scholarships are available
Admission requirements
  • The 3 year undergraduate degrees typically require around 280 UCAS points or 29 IB
  • The 4 year undergraduate MEng degrees require 320 UCAS points or 32 IB
  • MSc degrees require a suitable first degree at 2-2 level or above
  • IELTS (British Council International English Language Test) - score of 6.5
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - score of 590
  • Contact person For undergraduate degrees, application should be through UCAS.

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