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Computer Engineering



Computer Engineering (CoE) is an engineering discipline that is growing rapidly and in importance in the age of computing platform. Computer platforms are terms used to define the eras of computer and its applications. The computer era started in the 1950’s with mainframe computers which were then replaced with servers in the 1980’s. The current computing platform that we live in had started in the 2010’s is defined as an interaction between mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, big data analytics and Internet-of-Things. In the current computing era, Computer Engineering contribution is not limited to areas with applications such as computer systems and telecommunication system, but it can also be extended into areas of applications such as in mobile computing, manufacturing, medicine, information technology and many more. Unlike other engineering disciplines, Computer Engineering is very dynamic and becoming more pervasive in the world.


Computer engineers are involved in the design, building, testing and development of high technology devices ranging from the most powerful supercomputers to the smallest, most energy efficient microprocessors and microcontrollers used in systems with applications in areas such as social media search engines, data farms, cloud computing systems, virtual reality systems, massively parallel online systems which are used in gaming systems and large data processing systems. In addition to the previously mentioned application areas, Computer engineers also contribute to the automation for electromechanical systems and electronic control systems applied in process plants, automotive industry, aerospace, and even maintenance through new technologies such as Internet-of-Things and robotics. In other words, Computer engineers are in high demand in various fields in the current and future workplace.


The Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours programme at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS emphasises on a strong foundation in physics, mathematics, and programming skills, followed by a thorough coverage of basic electrical and electronic engineering courses such as electrical technology, analogue electronics, digital electronics, microprocessor, and computer architectures. At higher levels, students are exposed to data and computer networking, operating systems, embedded systems, big data analytics and parallel and distributed computing. In the final year, students have the opportunity to major in one of these selected areas of their interest:

  • Intelligent Vision System
  • Next Generation Communication System
  • Intelligent Robotics


Programme Educational Objectives

    1. Engineers who are competent with the potential to become leaders in Computer Engineering and related industries.
    2. Engineers who are involved towards sustainable development in Computer Engineering and related Industries for the betterment of the society.

Programme Outcomes

To produce graduates with the following outcomes:

    1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, natural science, engineeringfundamentals and an engineering specialisation as specified in WK1 to WK4 respectively to the solution of complex engineering problems.
    2. Identify, formulate, conduct research literature, and analyse complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering sciences (WK1 to WK4).
    3. Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal, and environmental considerations (WK5).
    4. Conduct investigation of complex engineering problems using research-based knowledge (WK8) and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information to provide valid conclusions.
    5. Select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools, including prediction and modelling, to complex engineering problems, with an understanding of the limitations (WK6).
    6. Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice and solutions to complex engineering problems (WK7).
    7. Understand and evaluate the sustainability and impact of professional engineering work in the solutions of complex engineering problems in societal and environmental contexts (WK7).
    8. Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering practice (WK7).
    9. Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams and in multi-disciplinary settings.
    10. Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and society.
    11. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering management principles, economic decision making and entrepreneurial skills to manage projects in multidisciplinary environments.
    12. Recognize the need for and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours, students are required to obtain a minimum of 144 credit hours and a minimum CGPA of 2.00

Summary of Courses Required for ​Graduation
Course Group (G) Number of Credit Hours
NR - National Requirement 10
UR - University Requirement 15
CC- Core Common 21
CD - Core Discipline 75
CI - Core Industrial Internship 14
CSp - Core Specialisation 9​


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is Bachelor of computer engineering the same as computer science?

No, the Bachelor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science are separate programmes. Computer Engineering primarily focuses on hardware and systems, while Computer Science emphasises software development and computing theory.

2. What are the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours programme at UTP?

The admission requirements for the Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours programme at UTP include a foundation in a relevant field from a recognised institution, A-Level or equivalent qualifications, and Australian Matriculation or equivalent qualifications.

3. What subjects and courses are covered in the Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours programme at UTP?

In the Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours programme at UniversitiTeknologi PETRONAS, the curriculum encompasses subjects such as physics, mathematics, programming, electrical engineering, data networking, operating systems, and specialised areas including scalable computing and wireless communication.

4. What career opportunities are available for graduates of the Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours programme at UTP?

Career options for computer engineering graduates include software engineer, network engineer, systems engineer, data engineer, embedded systems engineer, cloud engineer, AI engineer, and cybersecurity engineer.

5. How many years is a computer engineering course?

The duration of a bachelor's degree in computer engineering is typically four years.