Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)


Think of all the advances in technology over the years, from games consoles and smartphones to drones and self-driving cars. If you’re interested in a career working at the forefront of electronic technology, this course is the first step to achieving your ambition.

On this BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering degree course, you’ll examine the theory and design of electronic systems. You’ll get hands on with sophisticated facilities and put your skills to work in practice.

You'll also have the option to get involved with UP Racing Electric, the University's Formula Student Racing team. You can specialise in design, production, costing or manufacture, and even replicate the success of the team's 2019 entry which won the overall Class 2 competition. 

This course opens doors to a career as a professional engineer and puts you on the path towards Chartered Engineer status.

What you'll experience:

  • Get theoretical and practical knowledge in the design of electronic systems
  • Use the latest equipment in the measurement and analysis of electronics
  • Use experimental kits, such as ServoSET servo-mechanism and superheterodyne radio receivers.
  • Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Engineering Sciences – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll be introduced to the key concepts and principles of applied physics and their applications to mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering.

Introduction to Algorithms and Programming – 20 credits- This module introduces you to software development for engineering and applications. 

Introduction to Analogue Circuits – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the physics of fundamental components used in electrical and electronic circuits, and circuit analysis techniques that allow simple systems to be analysed and designed.

Mathematical Principles – 20 credits- This module gives you a foundation in algebra, trigonometry and calculus of a real variable required for engineering analysis. 

Principles of Digital Systems – 20 credits- This module introduces you to digital electronics and microcontrollers and the fundamental principles of combinational and sequential logic, Boolean Algebra and logic circuit design techniques such as Karnaugh Maps

Writing and Research in the Workplace – 20 credits- On this module you'll develop your communication and employability skills by exploring technology and its effects on the environment.

Year 2

Core modules

Analogue Analysis and Design – 20 credits- This module develops your knowledge of analogue circuit design and analysis methods and is suitable if you’re pursuing more advanced electronic systems design.

Engineering Mathematics – 20 credits- The module introduces you to the basic mathematical tools commonly used in electronic, mechanical and communications engineering, covering transform techniques and statistical methods.

Group Design Project – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll work in groups to learn about product development processes and examine common management issues found in professional workplaces.

Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic – 20 credits- In this module you'll consider the design and implementation of more complex digital systems including the design of state machines and you'll learn about various interfacing techniques that will allow for connection of the circuit within a larger system.

Optional modules

Control Systems Analysis – 20 credits- On this module you'll develop the tools you need to analyse the stability and performance of feedback control systems using so-called classical methods.

Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits- In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.

Telecommunication Principles - 20 credits- In this module, you’ll examine the principles of some of the key processes that take place in modern telecommunication systems and their applications.

Year 3

Core modules

Advanced Electronic Systems – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll examine a number of topics relevant to the design of advanced electronic systems.

Digital Signal Processing – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the concepts of digital signal processing (DSP).

Individual Project (Engineering) – 40 credits- On this module you'll formulate an independent piece of work based on the knowledge gained in all other course modules.

    Optional modules

    Control Systems Design – 20 credits (or VHDL and FPGA Systems - 20 credits)- In this module you’ll examine various controller design techniques. This module is taught in teaching block 1.

    VHDL and FPGA Systems - 20 credits (or Control Systems Design – 20 credits)- Digital electronics is a crucial technology for the implementation of most computer and consumer goods available today. This module is taught in teaching block 1.

    Artificial Intelligence – 20 credits (or Real-Time Embedded Systems – 20 credits)- This module introduces you to the theory and concepts that span the development of artificial intelligence (AI) systems. This module is taught in teaching block 2.

    Real-Time Embedded Systems – 20 credits (or Artificial Intelligence – 20 credits)- Through this module, you’ll study the underlying principles and current practice of embedded and real-time systems design and development. This module is taught in teaching block 2.

    How you're assessed

    You’ll be assessed through:

    • written examinations
    • coursework
    • practical tests
    • project work
    • presentations

    You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

    You will get feedback on all formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

    The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

    • Year 1 students: 55% by exam and 45% by coursework
    • Year 2 students: 62% by exam 38% by coursework
    • Year 3 students: 33% by exam and 67% by coursework

    Careers and opportunities

    When you finish the course, you'll have met the educational requirements to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status once you've met the work experience requirements, and you can progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

    BEng (Hons), BEng (Hons) Award
    September Start
    Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
    3 years Duration

    Entry Requirements For This Course

    96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

    English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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