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Electronic Engineering (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Sabir Ghauri
Key fact:
Designed alongside major employers, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in this profession.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


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 involves the study digital and analogue electronics, engineering mathematics and computer programming, as well as the application of electronic engineering in a range of environments. As you progress, you will examine signal processing, micro-controllers based systems, communication systems, 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 laboratory work, using 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 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, a variety of careers will be available to you. These involve a range of activities, including designing electrical and electronic systems, working on consumer technology or solving engineering problems for communications. You could also work in microcontroller system designs, find yourself looking at the advanced technology electronic systems used in the aerospace and automobile industries (electric cars) or involve yourself in solar/hydro/wind/bio-energy transmission to main power grids and power generation/distribution companies. Opportunities are available in technology, manufacturing, transport and rail, aviation and a host of other industries.

If you successfully complete Level two with satisfactory marks, you will have the opportunity to progress onto the postgraduate MEng Electronic Engineering course.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year 0 (Foundation Year)

You will study the following modules:

  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Foundation Group Project
  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Maths, Algebra and Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechatronics

You will study the Foundation Year alongside students from our other Engineering and Maths courses, and so you may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation Year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year 0 modules before progressing to Year 1.

Year 1

The modules in Year 1 are all core, and common to both the electrical and electronic engineering routes. The year builds a solid base in the principles of digital and analogue electronics, and electrical principles. This is underpinned with 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, all considered highly important by prospective employers, are an integral part of the year.

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

Year 2

In Year 2, 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. You may have the first of your option choices between electrical engineering and electronic engineering. An electrical option will introduce the fundamentals of electrical power systems, motors and drives. An electronic option will study digital hardware design through the use of hardware description languages. This introduces hardware development through the design, implementation and verification of a small microprocessor.

  • Group Fabrication Laboratory
  • Maths for Signals and Control
  • Project Management
  • Signal Processing and Circuits
  • Control
  • One optional module from the list below:

Optional modules

  • Digital Design
  • Electrical Technology

Option to switch to the MEng Electronic Engineering pathway subject to satisfactory marks at the end of the second year

Optional Placement Year

Students who undertake a placement year will complete an industrial placement module.

Final year

In the final year 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 do a significant individual research and development project, which allows you to focus on a specific topic of your own choice, and gives you the chance to put into practice what you have learnt about project management in previous years.

  • Individual project
  • Control System Design
  • One optional module from the list below:

Optional modules

  • Industrial Placement (for students who undertook a placement year)
  • Business Environment (for students who didn't undertake a placement year)

Plus four of the following optional modules:

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

Students can exit after Year 3 with BEng or continue to complete a MEng Electronic Engineering.

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.


Assessment is generally by a mixture of coursework, assignments and examinations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

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


Students who do a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better practical skills set and get 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 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 are impressed with the calibre of our students and often offer them work on graduation.


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

Study facilities

We have well-equipped electronics, control systems and microcontroller systems laboratories.

  • Collaborate and develop ideas in our lab, which is designed to emulate a real-world software development environment.
  • Develop prototypes using a set of actuators, transduces and sensors (e.g, 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 arrange workshops with our partner employers providing advice on careers, CV-writing and interview techniques.

Boost your skills

We have an Engineering Society and encourage students to get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost their skills and experience. Some 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 / Further study

Demand for graduates with expertise in electrical and electronic engineering is high. On graduation, you can 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 helps 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


Indicative Additional Costs

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

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) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full 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) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719
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

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.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in Mathematics, 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: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

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

We are happy to consider applicants with a mixture of A levels and BTEC qualifications.

We welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, but who have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering course.

UWE Bristol's International College

International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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