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Solent University (Southampton)

Media Engineering

UCAS Code: ME01

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A minimum of 2 A Levels required.

Accepted when studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Pass in Access course with 60 credits overall including 45 Level 3 credits passed with a minimum of Merit.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

D*D

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

From a minimum of 2 A Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma or other equivalent Level 3 qualifications. Our full course entry statement detailing more acceptable qualifications can be found using the link below: https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/documents/course-entry-requirement-statement.pdf

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Broadcast engineering

Interested in the technical side of media? Arguably one of the most exciting parts of the industry you can work in, this field offers opportunities to develop, install and maintain equipment used in live television and film. Our graduates have been working in the background of the most popular content viewed in the UK for 25 years, and you could be joining them.

You will study the fundamental principles behind the latest media and broadcast technologies, with an emphasis on how these relate to current working technologies. You will be supported to develop the skills to become those installing, operating and maintaining the latest TV studios, outside broadcast vehicles and cinemas after graduation.

Throughout your studies you will have access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your practical skills, these include our Dolby Atmos Cinema, and our full HD outside broadcasting vehicle. Solent University are one of a few institutions to own an HD outside broadcast vehicle which allows students to hone their craft at a variety of high profile events across the academic year. This regularly includes live broadcast transmission for BBC Children in Need, multi-camera stage feeds at Glastonbury Festival, Hampshire FA Cup Final and a variety of political, sports and music events around the South coast.

The academic team maintain excellent links with industry and alumni, which gives you the opportunity to learn valuable industry insight from guest lecturers who regularly visit to present on specialist subjects. Recent speakers have included; managing director of Vanguardia Consulting, an independent film sound designer and representatives from Advanced Communications Solutions.

Work experience opportunities are also heavily embedded into the curriculum, and you will be offered a variety of work experience and placement opportunities with companies specialising in anything from sports TV production, studio/venue installations, to hardware and software design. Students that participate in the opportunities frequently secure their first job as a result of the experience gained.

The blend of academic credit alongside a wealth of work experience makes BEng (Hons) Media Engineering graduates highly employable.

**What does this course lead to?**
Solent University has a 25-year history of producing successful media technology graduates. Solent alumni can be found working with all the top outside broadcast companies (NEP, Arena, Telegenic, CTV etc) on all the major sporting events covered in the UK and abroad. If they aren’t on the ground setting up and operating the equipment, they can be found at broadcasters such as SKY, BBC, ITV making sure the content comes to TV’s, tablets and mobiles all over the world.

**Who is this course for?**
This course is perfect for those wishing to pursue a career behind the scenes, in roles such as broadcast engineer, systems engineer or satellite transmission quality engineer, by taking an interest in science and engineering and applying it to the exciting media industry.

There is a great need for engineers with knowledge of broadcast and computing and networking technologies in this sector, making graduates of this course highly employable.

Modules

Year one
Core units

Audio Production
Introduction to Acoustics
Engineering Principles
Electronic Fundamentals
Video Production
Computing and Networking

Year two
Core units

Video Systems
Practical Electronics
Project Management
Media Formats
Event Technology

Options

Audio Systems
Applied Signal Processing

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year three
Core units

Media Networks and Communications
Emerging Technologies
Broadcast Systems Design
Project

Options

Transducer Design
Audio Systems Design
Signal Processing

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed via presentations, written assignments, practical work and in class tests.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,260
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Media, Art and Technology School

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
high
Broadcast engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Broadcast engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,800
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
10%
Engineering professionals

This is one of the more popular areas to study engineering and there is not quite such a serious shortage of electrical engineers as there is of other engineering subjects - but there's still plenty of demand. The most common jobs are in telecommunications, electrical and electronic engineering, but there is some crossover with the computing industry, so many graduates start work in IT and computing jobs. At the moment, there's a particular demand for electrical engineers in the electronics, and the car and aerospace industries, and also in defence, and salaries can vary across the country depending on the industry you start in. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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