BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering
This course is open for applications.
Page last updated 23 April 2020
Study full or part-time on this course designed to equip you with the skills to succeed in your career.
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. Engineering is where change begins it's about asking questions, pushing boundaries and leading innovation. If that sounds like you, then you're already thinking like an engineer.
Why UWE Bristol?
Discover how engineering will challenge you, and change the way you learn. You'll tackle real world issues through live projects, and be encouraged to take risks as you develop solutions in our state-of-the art labs.
From 2020, you'll be taught in our new multi-million pound Engineering building. Featuring engine test cells, wind tunnels and dedicated learning spaces, it's purpose-built to support a wide range of engineering disciplines.
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, with some of the biggest names in engineering on your doorstep.
Attend careers fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate, and take the next step towards changing the world for the better.
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.
Hear how Electronic Engineering alumni, Awadh, first came to Bristol for an English language course, was offered a job before graduating and now enjoys lots of travel with his career.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The department is currently reviewing the curriculum for this course from year one onwards. The topics you will study are listed above, however the final topics are subject to approval as the changes go through university approval.
You will study:
- Engineering Practice
- Engineering Mathematics and Coding
- Principles of electrical Engineering
- Applied Electronics.
You will study:
- Engineering Practice 2
- Engineering Research
- Microprocessor Applications Group Lab
- Signals and Systems
- Analogue Systems
- Digital Systems.
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 placement after year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Engineering Project
- Group Design and Integration Project.
- Professionalism for Engineers
- Control Systems Design
- Power Electronics and Energy Systems.
Plus, one optional module from:
- Analogue Electronic Design
- Digital signal Processing
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.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Boost your skills
Volunteer to help build infrastructure in developing countries with initiatives like Engineers without Borders, gaining valuable practical experience.
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 generally takes place through a mix of coursework, assignments and exams.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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 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.
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.
Our new engineering building is designed to inspire the engineers of the future. Opening in summer 2020, it'll be built for hands-on investigation, with engine test cells, wind tunnels and collaborative learning spaces. An ideal environment for encouraging you to explore, take risks and discover ways to change the world for the better.
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 / 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.
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.
Full time course
Indicative Additional Costs
Part time course
Full time course with placement year
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.
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.
- Tariff points: 112
- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Grade B/5 in Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*). *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
- A-level subjects: Grade C 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. Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3
- Relevant subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: You must be studying one of the following: Aeronautical Engineering; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. To include Merit in one of the following units: Further Engineering Mathematics or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units you are taking in your application. For further advice on acceptable units please email us.
- Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics and 15 credits at Pass in another Science or Technology subject.
- 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
If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering (with Foundation Year).
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
If you have an HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with all Merits in the Final year, you would normally join Year two 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 would normally join Year two of the full-time course or Year three 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 Direct 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.
How to apply
UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this course between 25 February and 5 July 2020. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.
For further information
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333