Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (3 Year) BEng (Hons)


Whether it’s the next innovation in computer hardware or a smartphone app, today's electronic engineers need to come up with practical, economic solutions to meet consumer needs and demands.

If you have a talent for improving and creating electronic products and want to top up your HND or Foundation degree to a full Bachelor's degree, this BEng (Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering top-up degree course is ideal.

The course is delivered by distance learning over 2 or 3 years. You'll develop technical competence and engineering knowledge, while easily fitting study around your job.

After the course, you can use your degree to boost your career prospects in areas such as consumer and professional electronics, robotics, defence, broadcasting and telecommunications. You could also continue your studies at Master's level.

What you'll experience:

  • Design systems, build and test prototypes using various technologies
  • Tap in to our Library’s electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection
  • Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Take part in live Web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students

If you can get to Portsmouth, you can also:

  • Put your skills to the test by building your own products in our workshops
  • Get involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits.

If you study this course over 2 years, you'll probably study modules worth 60 credits a year. If you do the course over 3 years, you'll likely study modules worth 40 credits a year.

Modules (3-year course)

Year 1

  • Data Communications
  • Electronics

Year 2

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Operations and Quality Management

Year 3

  • Control Engineering
  • Individual Project


Most of the course is delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment. With access to all the study material you’ll need, discussion forums and the chance to connect with peers and lecturers via chat sessions, you’ll have plenty of academic support and heaps of resources.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written assignments
  • quizzes
  • design activities
  • project work
  • exams

Ideally, you'll carry out your final project at your place of work with a mentor approved by the University. If this isn't possible, then you can carry out the project at the University or elsewhere with the guidance of a University-approved mentor.

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

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

Careers and opportunities:

A degree in electronic systems engineering puts you in an excellent position to continue or start a career as a professional engineer in areas such as:

  • consumer and professional electronics
  • robotics
  • defence
  • broadcasting and telecommunications

What jobs can you do with an Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) degree?

Previous students have gone on to work in roles including:

  • electronics engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer
  • project manager

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or joined graduate engineering schemes. You can also progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BEng (Hons) Award
September Start
Part-time, Distance Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above.

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

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