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Electronics and Computer Engineering

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Electrical and electronic engineering

The modern world is driven by technologies powered by embedded systems and cyber-physical systems. These embedded systems can be found in mobile phones, smart watches, drones, smart cars, Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing devices, smart meters, medical equipment, train ticket machines, Industry 4.0 robotics and supply chain management systems, space machines, robotics, etc. Embedded Systems make use of microprocessors and/or microcontrollers, and sensors to detect information from the real world to implement dedicated functions, control or purpose within larger electromechanical system. Interfaced with connectivity such as ethernet, LoRaWAN, Bluetooth and/or other forms of wired/wireless networking, embedded systems form the core of the IoT, giving things that do not normally communicate over the internet the ability to send sensed data to initiate smart controls or decision making, thereby feeding into the advent of big data, data processing and AI. Therefore, embedded systems have a wide range of applications such as smart farming, robotics, smart home applications, wireless communication, entertainment and multimedia in cars, mobile computing and networking, motor and cruise control systems, mobile application development, safety devices, etc.

Electronics and Computer Engineers use a wide range of skills to design and implement the hardware, firmware, and software for embedded systems as well as drive technological innovations in the fields of IoT, AI, and emerging embedded and cyber-physical systems.

Out Electronics and Computer Engineering degree equips students with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and competencies required to enter a range of Electronics and Computer Engineering related careers through the exploration of software/hardware design concepts and implementation, the analysis of emerging trends and innovations such as Internet of Things (IoT), Embedded Systems, electronic circuits, mobile application development, programmable electronics, sensor development, basic robotics, hardware artificial intelligence and control devices. The course builds both your hardware and programming knowledge through modules such as Mobile Application Development, Embedded Systems, Computer Systems, Object Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Electronics, and Microprocessors and IoT. Widely used state-of-the-art development boards for programming hardware such as microcontrollers, Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGAs), electromechanical robots and simulation environments are used wherever possible to give you hands-on practical experience.

Modules

To achieve the qualification you will be required to take 2 compulsory and 2 designated modules making a total of 120 credits.

• Professional Practice for Techologists (compulsory)

• Group Engineering Project (compulsory)

• Distributed Systems (designated)

• Mathematical Modelling (designated)

• Modern Computer Architecture (designated)

Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through the following:

• coursework

• oral presentations

• group work

• practical reports

• critical reviews

• a substantial independent research dissertation.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Electrical and electronic engineering

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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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.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
75%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Engineering professionals
13%
Design occupations
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£34k

£34k

£36k

£36k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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