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Computer Science and Engineering

Study Computer Science and Engineering

The Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Humanities, Science and Engineering (Computer Science and Engineering) provides a route to a variety of related postgraduate degrees at the University of Sussex. There are two lengths of study available. You can choose from a 2-semester or 1-semester option of this programme, depending on entry requirements.

Why study with us?

There are many reasons why you may want to study this preparational programme and have the opportunity to progress to a range of postgraduate degrees. These include:

  • 95% of our research overall in Mathematical Sciences was assessed to be world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)
  • The campus is home to cutting-edge facilities, including the Future Technologies Lab, which houses leading robotics and technology equipment
  • The University of Sussex is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

What you’ll study

During your programme you will study a combination of academic modules, specific to your pathway, and compulsory modules.

Core modules

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide. You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

This module introduces you to key academic skills by inviting you to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary fashion on a group project. You will study a range of skills targeted towards introductory postgraduate-level research, using key literature. By focusing on a series of key texts, you will learn how to analyse language and structure in academic literature and place this effectively into a larger context. The module culminates in group poster presentations, allowing you to present the research you have undertaken throughout the semester.

*This module is applicable to 2-semester programme only.

This module facilitates your learning about your post-Master's vocation or studies. Through targeted and focused supervision, you will undertake individual research projects into your prospective future work or studies and what skills will be required for you to succeed.

This module aims to provide the relevant knowledge and skills for students progressing onto postgraduate courses at the University of Sussex. The module concentrates on four key areas, algebra, calculus, statistics and discrete maths. You will represent real-word problems with mathematical models and learn how to effectively communicate your conclusions.

Pathway modules

This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your skills in preparing, analysing, and visualizing large datasets, as well as creating models and simulations using industry-standard tools. The module will familiarise you with industry-standard tools and techniques used for data analysis and modelling and provide hands-on experience with real-world datasets to strengthen your practical skills.

You will explore how technology affects many aspects of life and will be able to apply your subject knowledge in a variety of real-world contexts. You will discuss and debate issues such as the impact of technology on the way we think and act, questions concerning who actually benefits from technological progress, the industrial revolution, development and globalisation, and the public understanding of science and technology.

This module is in two parts. In the first six weeks you will learn how certain electronic components work and how they are used in practical electronic circuits. Then you will work in teams to build a prototype circuit using computer aided design equipment, test it and record results. In the second six weeks you will acquire mechanical engineering knowledge in order to build and test a prototype of a mechanical device.

This module is only available for the January start date.

You will work as a team of computer scientists and engineers to create hardware models that solve two problems by programming a single-board microcontroller like the Arduino. In the first problem, you will need to use a range of sensors and actuators to simulate a complex system like an intruder alarm system or a traffic light junction. In the second problem, you will develop an autonomous robot that uses artificial intelligence to make decisions in order to achieve a goal. You will have the opportunity to enhance the design and programming skills that you have acquired in your previous degree.

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How to apply

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University of Sussex International Study Centre

Develop skills to change the world at the University of Sussex International Study Centre. Improve your English, develop your academic skills, and grow the confidence you need to succeed in your degree.

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English language courses

Improve your English skills with one of our Online English language courses designed to support international students studying a pathway programme at the International Study Centre.

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