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Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,C,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject or equivalent.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, to include Mathematics plus a relevant subject at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include Higher Level Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject.

104-120 Tariff points, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

T Level

M

T Level in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development: Not Acceptable // T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning: Merit // T Level in Education and Childcare: Not Acceptable

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include an A level in Mathematics, plus a relevant subject, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Electronic engineering

Electrical and electronic engineering

**Overview**
Electronic engineering powers the world we live in today. From games consoles, smartphones and fitness trackers to life-saving medical systems, cyber security and self-driving cars.

On this course, you’ll learn to design, develop and manufacture electronic equipment and devices that could have a significant impact on the world. Develop your knowledge of the theory and design of electronics while putting theory into practice in our extensive facilities.

Electronic technology evolves rapidly. Be part of the future on a course that opens doors to a career as a professional electronics engineer.

**BEng or MEng?**
You can study this course as a 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) or a 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng).

When you finish the BEng course successfully, you'll meet the educational requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. Once you've met the work experience requirements for IEng status, you can progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

The MEng allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with just one extra year of undergraduate study. When you finish the MEng course successfully, you'll meet the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status (CEng).

IEng and CEng status demonstrate your expertise and can include benefits such as improved career prospects and earning potential.

**Course highlights**

- Use the latest equipment for analysing and measuring electronics, including logic analysers, spectrum analysers, digital scopes and multi-function generators

- Work with analogue and digital components such as microprocessors, microcontrollers and programmable devices

- Use experimental kits, such as ServoSET servo-mechanism (which helps you learn how to stabilise systems) and superheterodyne radio receivers (which help you understand the principles of radio receiver operation)

- Get student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, at no cost to you – giving you access to practical, technical and career-related resources, and opportunities to build links with prospective employers

- Work on a multidisciplinary group project to get the practical experience sought by employers when you choose the 4-year MEng option

**Careers and opportunities**
The demand for innovation in medical technology devices, and consumer electronics such as mobile phones and televisions is always increasing. In fact, all engineering roles are listed in the UK Government’s 'skills shortage list' – which means engineers are currently in high demand.

So not surprisingly, 90% of our BEng graduates and 95% of our MEng graduates are in work or further study after completing their course.

With electronic engineering professionals in high demand, graduates of our MEng course are earning £39,500 a year on average, 5 years after graduation.

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

- Thales

- QinetiQ

- Barnbrook Systems

- Royal Navy

- Network Rail

- Flylogix

- NXP Semiconductors

Our graduates now work in roles including:

- communications and information systems engineer

- digital design engineer

- electronic design engineer

- graduate signalling and telecoms engineer

- hardware design engineer

- service application consultant

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

**Placement opportunities**

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

A placement year gives you an advantage over other graduates who may understand theory but won't have the experience of applying their learning to a working environment. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations, and you’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Engineering Sciences
- Introduction to Algorithms and Programming
- Introduction to Analogue Circuits
- Mathematical Principles
- Principles of Digital Systems
- Writing and Research in the Workplace

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Analogue Analysis and Design
- Engineering Mathematics
- Group Design Project
- Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Control Systems Analysis
- Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
- Telecommunication Principles

Placement year (optional)
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.Students have completed work placements at organisations including: XMOS Core, Airbus, Portsmouth Water, Spirent, IBM, Apollo Fire Detectors. Many students have gone on to work for their placement employer after the course.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Individual project
- Digital Signal Processing
- Advanced Electronic Systems
Optional modules in this year include:
- Artificial Intelligence or Real-time Embedded Systems
- Control Systems Design or VHDL and FPGA Systems

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module. Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

written examinations
coursework
practical tests
project work
presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You will get feedback on all formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 55% by exam and 45% by coursework
Year 2 students: 62% by exam 38% by coursework
Year 3 students: 33% by exam and 67% by coursework

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
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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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.

50%
low
Electronic engineering
50%
low
Electrical and electronic 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

58%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

57%
Library resources
64%
IT resources
56%
Course specific equipment and facilities
37%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
D
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.

Electrical and electronic 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.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Engineering professionals
31%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
19%
Information technology 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.

Electronic & electrical 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.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Engineering professionals
31%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
19%
Information technology 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.

£27k

£27k

£32k

£32k

£39k

£39k

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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