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BEng(Hons)

Electronic Engineering

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

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 our course. Designed alongside major employers, it will equip you with the skills and knowledge for a successful career in this profession.

Page last updated 22 March 2017

Introduction

Why study BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering?

Imagine a world without electricity or electronic devices. It is easy to see why electrical and electronic engineering is vital to our survival and the development of future technologies. Electronic engineers play a vital role in the design, development, distribution and eventual recycling of numerous everyday products. As a result, qualified electrical and electronic engineers are in demand.

Why study our course?

The BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering at UWE Bristol involves the study of digital and analogue electronics, mathematics and computer programming, and the application of electronics in a range of environments. As you progress, you will examine signal processing, micro-controllers, communications, control systems and digital hardware design. Alongside this, you will develop professional skills in project planning, group work and communication.

Real world experience

Throughout the course, you will apply knowledge through practical projects in our state-of-the-art facilities. You will gain an inside track on the industry through factory tours and professional briefings from leading organisations. We also arrange Careers Fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be able to go on to a career designing electrical and electronic systems, working on consumer technology or solving engineering problems for communications and power generation/distribution companies. Opportunities are also available in technology, manufacturing, transport and rail, aviation and a host of other industries.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

Year one

The year builds a solid base in the principles of digital and analogue electronics, along with electrical principles. This is underpinned by the study of mathematics and embedded computer programming. Individual and group laboratory work is used to support and integrate the lectures. Project planning, group work and communication skills, which are all considered highly important by prospective employers, are an integral part of the year.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Year two

In Year two, you will study further modules in mathematics, signal processing, micro-controllers, communications and control systems. Interdisciplinary group project and management exercises develop the themes from the first year. The first of your option choices will be between electrical engineering and electronic engineering. The electrical option will introduce the fundamentals of electrical power systems, motors and drives, while the electronic option will involve the study digital hardware design through the use of hardware description languages. This will introduce you to hardware development through the design, implementation and verification of a small microprocessor.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Optional placement year

If you undertake a placement year, you will complete an industrial placement module.

Final year

In the final year (BEng), there are further pathway specific modules, which allow you to specialise towards your chosen career path. Provided you have performed well, you may choose between the BEng and MEng. Academic staff and student advisers will be on hand to help you make these choices. You will undertake a significant individual research and development project, which will allow you to focus on a specific topic of your own choice, and give you the chance to put into practice what you have learnt about project management in previous years.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Individual project
  • Control System Design.

In addition to the above, you will study one optional module from the list below:

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

You will also study four of the following optional modules:

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

You will be able to exit after Year three with BEng or continue to complete a MEng Electronic Engineering.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

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

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, case studies and mini-projects, with a mixture of group and individual activities optimised for the particular subject area.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Part-time students

This course is available to study on a part-time day release basis. Modules are structured to allow you to attend lectures and tutorial sessions one day per week, therefore minimising the time spent away from the workplace.

You will generally be able to join the course with an HNC in Electronic Engineering or equivalent, which will exempt you from Level one, and gain the degree in three to four years at UWE Bristol. The course structure changes each year, so you might find some variation between here and the final version of your course.

A key benefit of studying part-time is that you will be anabled to put your learning directly into practice and, where possible, use work-related problems in projects.

Assessment

Assessment generally takes place through a mixture of coursework, assignments and examinations.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer, when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition, the course meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Placements

Students who complete a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. So, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

We work with major partner employers and have strong relationships with Rolls Royce, NPower and smaller local consultancies. These provide work placements ranging from those that are CAD focused to all-round engineering roles. Past students have worked on electronic systems for next generation Range Rovers. Others have developed fuel systems for Airbus. Employers have often been impressed with the calibre of our students and offered them work on graduation.

Fieldwork

Throughout the course, you will see engineering in action at a range of facilities. On these factory visits, you will receive a guided tour of the shop floor and attend presentations from host organisations such as Airbus.

Study facilities

We have well-equipped electronics, control systems and embedded systems laboratories, where you will:

  • collaborate and develop ideas in our lab, which is designed to emulate 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
  • develop hardware using 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.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

To give you the inside track on industry challenges and opportunities, we organise regular presentations from visiting professionals.

Network with industry

We arrange Careers Fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate. We also arrange workshops with our partner employers, providing advice on careers, CV-writing and interview techniques.

Boost your skills

We have an Engineering Society and will encourage youto get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost your skills and experience. Some students volunteer their skills to help develop the infrastructure in third world countries through initiatives like Engineers without Borders. Others have achieved success in annual competitions such as Eurathlon and Formula Student.

Showcase your work

Final year Electronic Engineering students showcase their work to employers, students and the public at UWE Bristol's annual Environment and Technology Degree Show.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Demand for graduates with expertise in electrical and electronic engineering is high. On graduation, you will be able to go on to 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.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Engineering

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

Fees

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.

The honours degree is 360 credits in total. Part-time study generally involves between 60 (15 x 4) and 90 (15 x 6) credits each year and involves annual payment for credits taken in that year. As a part-time UK or EU student, you may be entitled to a fees loan from the Government.

Find more information on our part time home (UK) student funding pages.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language or equivalent. 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: GCSE Maths Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading. 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 Maths for Technicians; Further Maths for Construction and the Built Environment. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics (before you apply, ask us which Maths units you need to do) and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit 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.

Please read the general information 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

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

Applications and enquiries for day-release study are made directly to Admissions and International Development on the telephone number and email address below. You should expect to be invited to UWE Bristol for an informal discussion.

For further information

Unistats

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