student working on electronic wiring

BEng(Hons)

Electronic Engineering

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
H61D
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; three to four years part-time (with entry onto the third year of the course).
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Sabir Ghauri
Key fact:
Study full or part-time on this course, designed with input from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to equip you with the skills to succeed in your career.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study electronic engineering?

Imagine a world without electricity or electronic devices. It's easy to see why engineering is vital to our survival and the development of future technologies.

Electronic engineers play a vital role in the design, development, distribution and recycling of numerous everyday products. Qualified engineers are always in demand.

Why UWE Bristol?

BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering has been developed with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and major partner employers.

Learn the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in this sector. Study digital and analogue electronics, mathematics and computer programming.

Explore the application of electronics in a range of environments and examine signal processing, micro-controllers, communications, control systems and digital hardware design.

Develop professional skills in project planning, group work and communication.

Apply knowledge through practical projects in our well-equipped facilities. Gain an inside track on the industry through factory tours and professional briefings from leading organisations.

Attend careers fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate.

Where can it take me?

Choose a career designing electrical and electronic systems, working on consumer technology or solving engineering problems for communications and power generation/distribution companies.

You could also work in technology, manufacturing, transport and rail, aviation and a host of other industries.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Practical Electronics
  • C Programming
  • Digital Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles A
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles B.

Year two

You will study:

  • Microcontrollers Applications Group Laboratory
  • Maths for Signals and Control
  • Signal Processing and Circuits
  • Project Management
  • Control
  • Digital Design 1
  • Sensors, Transducers and Actuators.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year.

You will study:

  • Individual project.
  • Control Systems Design.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Industrial Placement (if you undertake a placement year)
  • Business Environment (if you do not undertake a placement year)
  • Engineering and Society.

And four optional modules from:

  • Group Design and Integration Project
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Communications
  • Analogue Electronic Design
  • Power Electronics
  • Energy Technologies.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different. 

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, case studies and mini projects, with a mixture of group and individual activities depending on the subject area.

Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals to gain an inside track on industry challenges and opportunities.

Showcase your work to employers and the public at your final year degree show.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, per year:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
129%71%0%100%
227%73%0%100%
319%81%0%100%

Boost your skills

Volunteer to help build infrastructure in developing countries with initiatives like Engineers without Borders, gaining valuable practical experience.

Achieve success in annual competitions like Eurathlon and Formula Student.

Study time

You can study this course full-time or on a part-time day release basis.

Modules are structured so you can attend all your lectures and tutorial sessions in a single day each week, minimising the time you spend away from the workplace.

If you join the course with an HNC in Electronic Engineering or equivalent, you'll be exempt from Level 1 of the course and will complete your degree in three to four years.

A benefit of studying part-time is that you can put your learning into practice and use work-related problems in projects.

Assessment

Assessment generally takes place through a mix of coursework, assignments and exams.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different assessment methods, per year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
147%53%0%100%
222%57%21%100%
328%62%10%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course fulfils the educational requirements you need to meet to register as a Chartered Engineer (CEng), when presented with an accredited MSc.

The course also meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

We have strong relationships with Rolls Royce, NPower and smaller local consultancies. They provide computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering work placements.

Past students have worked on electronic systems for next-generation Range Rovers. Others have developed fuel systems for Airbus.

Employers are impressed with the standard of our students and often offer them work on graduation.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

Throughout the course, you'll see engineering in action at a range of facilities run by partner employers like Airbus. 

On factory visits, you'll receive a guided tour of the shop floor and attend presentations from the host organisation.

Study facilities

Learn in well-equipped electronics, control systems and embedded systems laboratories.

Collaborate and develop ideas in our lab, which emulates a real-world software development environment.

Develop prototypes using robotic assembly cells, power distribution systems and motor drives, as well as subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels.

Produce hardware with industry standard software. Make circuit boards, leads and connectors in fabrication facilities with electronic test equipment, monitors and scopes.

Study control systems and telecommunications in specialist labs.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Demand for graduates with expertise in electrical and electronic engineering is high.

You could go into a career designing electrical and electronic systems, working on consumer technology or solving engineering problems for communications and power generation/distribution companies.

You could also work for companies in technology, manufacturing, transport and rail, aviation and a host of other industries.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in engineering

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in electronic or electrical engineering

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3
  • Relevant subjects: If you have an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree in a closely related subject, you may be considered for advanced entry onto the degree. If you have the City & Guilds Level 5 IVQ Advanced Technician Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, you will be considered for entry into the second year (full-time) or third year (part-time).
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: One of the following BTEC Diplomas: Aeronautical Engineering; Applied Science; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical / Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. Must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Mathematics for Technicians; Further Engineering Mathematics; Further Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit including 15 in Mathematics and 15 in another science or technology subject; Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language.
    Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in higher level Mathematics and a pass at higher level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the first year of the course.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Read more about entry requirements.

Advanced entry

If you have an HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with all Merits in the final year, you will normally join the second year of the part-time course.

If you have an HND or Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with all Merits in the final year, you will normally join the second year of the full-time course or the third year of the part-time course.

If you do not have all Merits in the final year or have studied a different but closely related subject, we will consider your application, and if we cannot give you advanced entry we may be able to credit you with certain modules.

In your application form, please list all the HNC, HND and Foundation Degree units that you have or are taking.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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