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University of Portsmouth

Electronic Engineering

UCAS Code: H613

Master of Engineering - MEng

Entry requirements


120-136 Tariff points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.

122-138 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics based).

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

25-27

25-27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with Mathematics plus two relevant subjects at Higher Level.

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


To include Higher Level Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.

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

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Must be in a relevant subject

120-136 Tariff points to include a minimum of 3 Advanced Highers, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

120-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.

About this course


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

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subjects

Electronic engineering

Electrical and electronic engineering

**Overview**

Advances in electronic technology have a significant impact on the world, from games consoles, digital cameras and smartphones to drones and self-driving cars.

If you're interested in a career designing, developing and manufacturing electronic equipment and devices, this Electronic Engineering degree is the first step to achieving your ambition. You can study it as a Bachelor's degree over 3 years (BEng) or integrated Master's degree over 4 years (MEng).

You’ll examine the theory and design of electronic systems, devices and circuits and learn how electronic engineering contributes to the wider field of electrical engineering.

You’ll work with analogue and digital components such as microprocessors, microcontrollers and programmable devices, using sophisticated facilities and technology. In years 2 and 3, you can study specialist topics that match your interests and ambitions, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and telecommunications.

You’ll apply your skills on projects that solve the types of challenges you’ll face in your career. This includes the option to be part of one of the University’s Formula Student racing teams, where you can specialise in design, production, costing or manufacture of a racing car.

You can also get valuable professional experience by spending a sandwich year working in industry.

The course opens doors to a career as a professional electronics engineer and puts you on the path towards Chartered Engineer status.

**MEng and BEng differences**

The 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) and 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng) share the same modules in years 1–3. The MEng allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with an extra year of undergraduate study, which can further enhance your career prospects.

**Transferring to the MEng or BEng**

If you study the BEng, you can transfer to the MEng if you progress well and achieve good grades. You can also transfer from the MEng to the BEng if you change your mind once you start the course.

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the Accreditation of European Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The MEng meets in full the academic requirement for registration as CEng (Chartered Engineer), while the BEng partially meets these requirements.

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

94% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

**What you'll experience**

On this degree course you’ll:

- Get theoretical and practical knowledge in the design of electronic systems

- Use the latest equipment for analysing and measuring electronics

- Use experimental kits, such as ServoSET servo-mechanism and superheterodyne radio receivers.

- Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions

**Careers and opportunities**

Electronic engineering has a significant impact on our lives, from telecommunication systems bringing people together to medical technology looking after our health.

Due to the ongoing demand for innovation in medical technology devices, and consumer electronics such as mobile phones and televisions, there's high demand for skilled electronic engineers.

Previous students have gone on to work in the following areas, many on graduate training programmes:

- Defence electronics

- Aerospace

- Product design

- Robotics

- Broadcasting

- Telecommunications

- Advanced product manufacturing

When you finish the MEng course successfully, you'll meet the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status (CEng) status.

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

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 or third 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 the third year include:
- Advanced Electronic Systems
- Digital Signal Processing
- Individual Project
- VHDL and FPGA Systems

Optional modules in this year include:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Control Systems Design
- Real-time Embedded Systems

Year 4
Core modules in this year include:
- Advanced DSP Techniques
- Analytical Management Techniques
- Materials for Electronic Products
- Microwave and Wireless Technology
- Multidisciplinary Group Project
- Sensors and Measurement System

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.

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 exams and 45% by coursework
Year 2 students: 62% by exams, 38% by coursework
Year 3 students: 33% by exams and 67% by coursework
Year 4 students: 48% by exams and 52% 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
£16,400
per year
Northern 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

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.

78%
med
Electronic engineering
78%
med
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

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

83%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
95%
Male students
5%
Female students
100%
2:1 or above
31%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
A

Electrical and electronic engineering

Teaching and learning

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

83%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
A

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.

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.

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.

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