The aim of Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering is to produce globally competitive computer engineering professionals for Qatar, the region, and the wider world.
The program is built on HBKU’s unique model of developing interdisciplinary programs that draw on the expert knowledge of its partner institutions alongside its own faculty. This means that students are able to take courses provided by Texas A&M University at Qatar and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar in addition to the comprehensive range of course offerings from HBKU.
Students explore the design of real-world computer engineering systems and are exposed to real-life problems and challenges through a design component that is integrated into the program, as well as through a final year project.
The dynamic multidisciplinary approach of the curriculum equips the program’s graduates with an exceptionally well-rounded understanding of computer engineering, ensuring that they have all the necessary skills needed for them to go on to explore a wide range of rewarding careers or further study.
The Bachelor of Science program in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, www.abet.org.
Accelerated BS + MS Option
The computer engineering program at HBKU provides qualified undergraduate students with the opportunity to apply to an accelerated path of study.
The study plan is designed to allow students to graduate with both a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Data Science and Engineering, or a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity, in five years instead of six.
Through the accelerated program, qualified students in their senior year of undergraduate studies will be admitted to the master’s degree program and will be offered the opportunity to take graduate-level classes that can be used to fulfill the master’s degree requirement, hence enhancing their research capabilities by exposing them to high-level graduate courses.
Students who are eligible for such an option will undergo extensive research training and will have the opportunity to enroll in research thesis work under the supervision of HBKU faculty.
They will also be offered the opportunity to intern at one of HBKU’s research institutes, including Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). Students admitted to this accelerated program can use credits hours towards both their bachelor and master’s degrees, hence shortening the time it takes to earn a master’s degree.
Typically, the grade assessment is based on a final examination, mid-term examinations, quizzes, and assignments that include project and/or laboratory work. Credits are earned semester-by-semester, of which there are eight (two per year, spread across four years).
Each student is required to complete a final year project, as a member of a team of 2-4 classmates. The goal of this project is to give students the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the theoretical and experiential knowledge they have built up over the duration of the program. The final year project is conducted under the supervision of faculty.