What is the difference between Cybernetics and Computer Engineering?


What is the difference between Cybernetics and Computer Engineering, and which course at the University of Greenwich should you choose?

Gain knowledge for a career

The University of Greenwich offers degree programmes in both Computer Engineering and Cybernetics. Both degrees come with the option of being studied with an additional foundation year, which students might choose to do to prepare themselves for higher level study. Both degrees are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

The university also offers MEng Cybernetics and MEng Computer Engineering as well as the three-year Bachelor of Engineering degree. MEng means the Bachelor’s degree comes with an integrated Master’s level of study. Graduates will obtain different professional titles if they register for professional status depending on if they studied a BEng degree or a MEng degree.

In simple terms, Cybernetics is an area of computer engineering that focuses on machines and controlling them. Careers in the field include cyber security and digital forensics, but the field also relates to electrical engineering, software engineering and even the medical field, through technologies such as cybernetic prosthetics. Computer Engineering, meanwhile, is a broader field that encompasses the design, development and programming of digital systems in general.

Accredited courses at the University of Greenwich

In Year One, students on the Cybernetics and Computer Engineering degrees study the same modules, which include Fundamentals of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering and Design and Materials. There is an emphasis on students building professional transferable skills, including leadership and team-working skills and skills of creative thinking and critical analysis.

There are common modules in Year Two, with both groups of students learning about programming and embedded systems, but it is also in this year that the pathways diverge slightly, with computer engineers concentrating more on software development and mobile app design and computer architecture while Cybernetics students learn more about control, instrumentation and electrical circuits.

In Year Three, Computer Engineering students will take Advanced Computer Engineering and Web Systems Engineering and Cybernetics students will benefit from advanced study of analogue systems, including understanding and analysis of power systems.  Both groups of students will study computer hardware system design.

So many opportunities

In Year Three, all students are required to complete an Individual Project on a topic of their choice, allowing them to research an area of engineering that interests them and specialise in it – a great preparation for their future careers in their chosen field. University of Greenwich Cybernetics and Computer Engineering graduates have gone on to work for big companies including Delphi Technologies, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline and many more.

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