Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Computer Engineering)

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Computer Engineering)

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Computer Engineering)
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Type of qualification/award First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Owen Casha
Delivered by Faculty of Information and Communication Technology
Applicants wishing to join the part-time mode must submit their application as full-time, and then include a note in the comments box of the application form, denoting their preference to be considered for the part-time option. Such requests will be considered by the Board of the Faculty.

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 if you are interested in all aspects of computer engineering, including computer systems infrastructure, telecommunications, multimedia signal processing, microelectronics and programming. As a possible computer systems’ engineer, you would have expertise in both the hardware and software aspects. You 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.

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Communication and Academic Skills Programme
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General Entry Requirements together with:

a) two Advanced Level passes at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics and in one of the following subjects: Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computing and Physics and

b) an Intermediate Level pass in Physics, if not presented at Advanced Level


Successful completion of the Certificate in Engineering Sciences from the University of Malta.

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 Faculty Board


the Certificate in ICT Foundation Studies from the University of Malta.

Applicants wishing to join the part-time mode must submit their application as full-time, and then include a note in the comments box of the online application, denoting their preference to be considered for the part-time option. Such requests will be considered by the Faculty Board.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2023.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

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After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
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 you 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.

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This degree is intended for you if you are looking for an engineering course in multimedia signal processing, telecommunication systems, embedded and computational hardware systems, microelectronics, as well as if you would like to gain access to computational theory and systems development, and to study issues from multiple perspectives.
As a computer engineering graduate, you will 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.

If you are interested in furthering your studies, this three year degree typically leads to Master and Doctoral studies in the areas of Telecommunications, Signal Processing and Machine Learning, Microelectronics and Computer Systems Engineering.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first and/or the second semester of the second year of the course.
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Last Updated: 24 April 2023

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