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Profile of Programme

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is a key discipline, at the heart of the technology frontier. It deals with the design and analysis of electrical, magnetic and optical devices, and the processing, control, and transmission of information and energy. The tools used in electrical and computer engineering include electrical, electromagnetic and optical phenomena, systems theory, and computational hardware and software. The discipline can be divided in the fields of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.
Specifically, Computer Engineering is a broad field that covers many diverse areas of study such as computer networks, computational intelligence and robotics, computer hardware systems, embedded and real-time systems, computer software design, operating systems, algorithms, etc. Students and faculty in Computer Engineering also develop synergies with disciplines outside of engineering; for example, with medicine and the life sciences that can lead to education and research in biomedical engineering.

The main objective of the Master of Science in Computer Engineering/Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering program is to educate and train in-depth engineers in various fields of computer engineering, who will subsequently be able to solve advanced computer engineering problems using software tools and state-of-the-art equipment. In this problem solving process, technological constraints and constraints inherent to the problem at hand, both in terms of hardware and software, are taken into account. Furthermore, the program aims to introduce students to the cutting-edge research and innovation currently taking place in the various areas of Computer Engineering.
The program emphasizes mastery in the field of interest of each student as well as advanced knowledge of other subjects in related areas. It is tailored to meet the needs of each student with some certain general restrictions set by the Department. The course offerings provide the student with an opportunity to deepen his or her knowledge in a specific area of computer engineering, as well as broaden his or her knowledge by also taking courses in a number of other areas of computer engineering.

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the Master of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering programs, students are expected to have the following abilities and skills:

1. Ability to use software tools as well as develop software programs to solve advanced computer engineering problems.
2. Knowledge of electrical and electronic components and their use in computing systems.
3. Ability to model, design, analyze and evaluate components and systems.
4. Breadth and depth of knowledge in areas such as:

• Computer Networks
• Biomedical Engineering
• Intelligent Systems and Robotics
• Computer Architecture
• Embedded and Real-time Systems
• Computer Vision
• Fault-Tolerant Systems

5. Ability to identify emerging research trends and challenges in Computer Engineering, and apply the acquired principles to address the technological challenges of the future.
6. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems using techniques, skills and modern engineering tools.
7. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs and to design, conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data.
8. Ability to address advanced computer engineering problems.
9. Ability to function on, and lead multidisciplinary teams and to communicate effectively.
10. Adhere to the highest professional and ethical responsibility standards.
11. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global/societal context. Recognition of need for and ability to engage in lifelong learning.

Key Information

Department: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Programme Name: Computer Engineering (M.Sc.)

Direction: Computer Engineering (M.Sc.)

Level of Qualification: 2nd Cycle (Master's Degree) [3 Semesters]

Mode of Study: Full time

Language of Instruction: English

Coordinator: Dr. Theocharis Theocharides, Associate Professor

Curriculum Structure

Course Type ECTS
Compulsory 58
Restricted Elective 32

Courses per Semester

Conditions of Study

The number of places available are announced by the Graduate School with the eligibility criteria for candidates, as well as other required documents that must be attached to the application such as:
• Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University.
• Previous University education in a suitable subject (academic background) and grades of relevant degrees.
• Letters of recommendation.
• Personal interview and/or written examination (if provided by the Department’s internal rules).
• Submission of preliminary research proposal for admission to a doctoral course (if provided by the Department’s internal rules).
The Department may also set additional criteria and quality indicators such as: (a) number of students’ publications in scientific journals, (b) students’ participation in seminars, symposia, research programmes, (c) presentations by students at conferences, (d) knowledge of foreign languages, and (e) professional experience, etc.

Students must always advise the University's' Postgraduate Study Rules  

Successful completion of the requirements of the Program

The grading system is numerical, from 0 to 10 with increments of ½. The minimum passing grade is 5. The final grade of a graduate student is calculated as the grade point average of all courses passed by the student.

In a postgraduate programme of study, courses can be graded as Success/Failure. These courses do not count towards the student’s GPA, and may not exceed 25% of the programme’s ECTS, with the exception of the dissertation units. All courses are presented in the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus.
The diploma dissertation, thesis, research and writing stages are graded with Success / Failure. The final grade of the dissertation is registered in the last semester of its elaboration. Master level dissertations are calculated qualitatively as Excellent, Very Good, Good, and Failure.

Further Information

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

Despite the fact that the Cypriot market is at an embryonic stage in creating such jobs (according to the same Eurostat survey, the corresponding high-tech jobs in Cyprus fluctuated to around 1% in 2016), the combination of the high expenditure of the Cypriot government in the field of Education, Research and Development combined with the rising employment rate of recent graduates (see Figure 1), is expected to provide a big push to Cyprus's effort to create a knowledge-based society. The ECE Department at
UCY, is therefore expected to play a leading role in this transition. In particular, according
to the Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA) of Cyprus, the forecast for Cyprus is that the number of total jobs per sector related to the broader field of Computer Engineering is capable of absorbing the expected annual number of graduates of the ECE department.

Access to Further Studies

Graduates can be admitted to Doctoral Programs