This four-year MEng degree in electronic communications integrates a year of Master's-level study and an industrial placement.
At a Glance
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A Level: AAA
IB: 37 points
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Your first three years mirror those of our Electronic Communications BEng degree. You study a common curriculum providing core electronic engineering skills, followed by specialist topics such as:
- digital control systems and image processing
- machine vision
In the fourth year, you complete an industrial placement in the UK or abroad, helping you boost your CV and develop industry contacts. You will develop specialist knowledge in fields such as:
- power system operation
- mobile and cellular communications
You complete several design projects to showcase your skills to future employers. For example, developing brain-to-machine interfaces and metallic object detection and identification.
Highlights of this degree
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
We have a policy of seeking professional accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This means you can be assured of graduating with a degree that meets the standards set by the electrical and engineering profession.
BEng or MEng?
Both our BEng and MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). This is one of the most recognised international engineering qualifications.
Our Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are considered a more direct route to becoming chartered as they completely satisfy the academic requirements to achieve this professional qualification. You do not undertake any further study on the route to chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status later in your career, though you will need to undertake a further period of study, for example an accredited or approved Master's degree, or appropriate further learning to Master's level. A BEng is also suitable for international students who don't need British Chartered Engineer status.
Find out more
Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council's website.
Quality and RankingQuality and Ranking
Electrical Engineering at Newcastle achieved an impressive 93% overall student satisfaction, ranking us in the top 10 in the UK in the National Student Survey 2016.
We are in the top 10 for world-leading research in the UK with 90% of our research classed as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
What you will studyWhat you will study
We cover core topics to enable you to understand the operation of simple electrical machines and electronic communications systems, such as:
- current flow in semiconductor devices
- analogue circuits
- linear control theory
We complement this with teaching in how to analyse, design and construct electrical and electronic circuits to meet specific criteria.
We help you to develop your computing skills and engineering mathematics knowledge, with topics covering:
- extended C and assembly language programming techniques
- the design and testing of microprocessor systems
- the application of differential equations and linear algebra to describe complex engineering systems
You also take part in a series of group projects to develop your skills in soldering, wiring, circuit board construction and project planning such as a simple digital voltmeter, a power amplifier, a radio transmitter and receiver, and a mini-racing car that can find its own way round a track.
Industrial projectIndustrial project
A major element of Stage 4 for MEng students is an industrial project. This gives you valuable experience of working on a real engineering project set by your host business, boosting your CV and giving you the chance to develop valuable industry contacts.
Many students choose to do this at a local company, but you may undertake the project anywhere in the UK or abroad.
Recent participating companies include:
- Imagination Technologies
Recent projects have included:
- satellite electronic communication systems for mobile phones and navigation
- protocols for electronic drive control
- an electric bike
- underwater autonomous vehicle control
Flexible degree structureFlexible degree structure
We understand that you may not yet know which area of electrical and electronic engineering you want to specialise in.
We have designed our degrees so that all of our students study a common syllabus for the first two years. This gives you the chance to see where your interests lie.
It also means that you may transfer between any of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering degrees up to the end of the second year should your ideas change as your skills and knowledge develop.
Transfer from a BEng degree to a MEng degree is subject to you achieving the appropriate academic standard.
Sponsorship / DTUSSponsorship / DTUS
Our students are so sought after that many leading companies offer sponsorship and scholarships to our students (on a competitive basis) via the E3 Academy and UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF).
We are one of only three university members of the E3 Academy, which provides scholarships and work experience placements to students of electrical engineering.
We are also a partner university in the UKESF, which also provides bursaries, work placements and mentoring.
Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
This degree is also approved by DTUS for entry to all technical corps.
DTUS is a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation.
Find out more on the DTUS programme.
Facilities and support
The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is located in Merz Court in the heart of our city-centre campus.
Continued investment in our undergraduate teaching laboratories means that you can learn in excellent facilities