Computers control virtually any ICT aspect of our lives. Computer systems are found embedded in for example mobile phones, the internet, data storage systems, game consoles, manufacturing systems, home appliances, transport and naturally desktop and mobile computers. The pervasiveness of computer systems has lead to an unprecedented growth in the demand for engineers that can design, configure, program, operate or improve computer systems. Computer systems engineers have expertise in both the hardware and software aspects. They can design and interface computer hardware and develop software to run on these systems. Computer systems engineers therefore play a central role in global industries such as telecommunications, data storage, cloud infrastructure, consumer electronics, microelectronics and manufacturing industries. The employment prospects for a Computer Systems Engineer both in Malta and around the world are high and the demand for this engineer is ongoing with a high probability of increasing as networked computer systems mushroom in society and as local industry develops higher value added products and services.
The degree in Computer Engineering covers both the hardware and software aspects of computer systems. This program of studies covers the skills required to design a computing system that captures, transmits and processes information, typically but not limited to multimedia. This degree is suitable for the student who is interested in all aspects of computer engineering including computer systems infrastructure, telecommunications, multimedia signal processing, microelectronics and programming. Foundational topics and techniques are emphasised such that graduates will be able to learn new technologies as they materialize in the future.
The first two years of the degree cover compulsory foundational topics, while in the last year students choose from a pool of elective units, spanning Telecommunications, ICT Infrastructure, Computer Systems Engineering, Multimedia Signal Processing and Microelectronics. Below are some more details on skills and outcomes.
• Scientific Knowledge of the underpinning theory, techniques, and methods that should form the arsenal of any Computer Engineer, allowing one to attain the necessary valid insight into real-world phenomena.
• Design and Engineering skills in planning micro, small and large computer and communication systems based on established and semi-formalised, or formalised, methodologies and tools.
• Hardware expertise in microelectronics and microsensor integrated circuit design
• Technology expertise and application: Knowledge, study, and use of existing technologies in specific fields of endeavour and the acquisition of skills pertaining to their effective application.
• Practical relevance: Clear appreciation and real mapping of theoretical knowledge to directly perceivable benefits in terms of practical situations and processes.
• Analytical, Critical and Computational Thinking Skills: The ability to learn and analyse an existing scenario and propose improvements and/or alternative solutions.
• Research methods: Knowledge and practice in the area of scientific exploration, discovery, representation and presentation of technological and scientific endeavour and propose clarifications, improvements and/or innovation.
• Basic process management: Knowledge and skills to assist in the correct monitoring and direction of modern concerted development effort.
Course intended for
This degree is intended for students looking for an engineering course in multimedia signal processing, telecommunication systems, embedded and computational hardware systems, microelectronics, as well as those who would like to gain access to computational theory and systems development, and to study issues from multiple perspectives. This three year degree typically leads to Master degrees in the areas of telecommunications, Signal Processing and Pattern Recognition, Microelectronics and Computer Systems Engineering.
Career opportunites and access to further studies
Computer Engineering graduates find employment in telecommunications, ICT infrastructure and multimedia, Computer Systems Engineering and embedded systems, software development and microelectronics. Typical employers and markets are mobile and fixed telecommunication companies, ICT infrastructure in building services, embedded systems design, integrated circuit design studios, manufacturing industries, multimedia related companies, government agencies, education and research institutions and many others.
This three year degree typically leads to Master and Doctoral studies in the areas of telecommunications, Signal Processing and Pattern Recognition, Microelectronics and Computer Systems Engineering.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.
Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:
(a) passes at Advanced Matriculation Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics and in one of the following subjects: Applied Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Computing and
(b) a pass at Intermediate Matriculation Level in Physics, provided that if Physics is presented at Advanced Matriculation Level, one of the following subjects must be presented (if not presented at Advanced Level): Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, English, Information Technology, Music, and Philosophy,
provided that the students who lack a grade in only one of the subjects of the special course requirements required at Advanced Matriculation Level indicated in paragraph (a) shall be admitted under those conditions as the Board may impose to compensate for the missing element. If, by the end of the first year, such students do not successfully complete all the requirements to progress regularly to the second year of the Course, they shall be required to withdraw from the Course and shall neither be entitled to repeat the year nor to progress conditionally as normally permitted under the Principal Regulations.
Admission to this course is also open to applicants in possession of:
(i) passes in the Secondary Education Certificate Examination including English Language, Mathematics and Maltese and
(ii) the MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in an area deemed to be relevant to the Course by the Board.
|€100 to 150 Euro Per month|
|Accommodation||€200 to 500 Euro Per month|
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