BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering - University of Portsmouth
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BEng (Hons)

Electronic Engineering

UCAS codeH610

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Focus on the development of modern electronic products and systems

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Think of all the advances in technology over the years, from games consoles and smart phones to drones and self-driving cars. The role of electronic engineers in the future will be crucial as we become increasingly reliant on faster, more intelligent technologies.

On this course you’ll learn about the many aspects of electronic engineering in a practical and exciting way. 

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Gain essential theoretical and practical knowledge in the design of electronic systems
  • Use modern and sophisticated equipment in the measurement and analysis of a wide range of electronic systems
  • Experiment with our range of control applications – from helicopter development kits to walking robots
  • Put learning into practice by doing a paid work placement, either in the UK or overseas after the second 
    ​year ​
    of the course

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). It fulfils the educational criteria required to gain Incorporated Engineer status (IEng), and it will support progression to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience. This course also meets the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) which is set by the Engineering Council, putting you in an excellent position to start a career as a professional engineer.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • professional electronics
  • design
  • research and development
  • product manufacture
  • project management


Paolo Enrico de Falco, BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering student 2013

One of the special things about this course is the possibility to do an industrial placement that will allow you to apply for a professional certification.

Paolo Enrico de Falco, BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering student 2013



Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Hands-on opportunities to gain practical experience by solving real-world problems
  • Approachable and passionate lecturers with industrial experience 
  • Excellent facilities and good employment prospects

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

You will begin the course with the foundations of engineering science. In this year, and throughout the course, you’ll benefit from hands-on experience due to the project-based learning approach on many of the units relating to analogue and digital electronics.

Core units in this year include:

  • Writing and Research in the Workplace
  • Mathematical Principles
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming
  • Introduction to Analogue Circuits
  • Principles of Digital Systems

Year two

In order to broaden the knowledge that you gained in the first year, you’ll study further mathematics, electronic design, telecommunications and control engineering.

Core units in this year include:

  • Group Design Project
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Analogue Analysis and Design
  • Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic
  • Control Systems Analysis

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Telecommunication Principles
  • Foreign Languages

Year three*

In your final year, you will cover advanced electronics, manufacturing and digital signal processing. A range of optional areas of study will enable you to tailor your studies and your individual practical and project work.

Core units in this year include:

  • Individual Bachelor's project
  • Advanced Electronic Systems
  • VHDL and FPGA Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Real-Time Embedded Systems

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory and project work, CAE system activity and open access study. The course has a strong practical emphasis and we pride ourselves on working at the leading-edge of technology and learning practices.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 36% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 64% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 34% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 66% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 16% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 84% studying independently and 0% on work placement


A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • written examinations
  • coursework
  • practical tests
  • project work
  • presentations

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

  • Year one students: 55% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 45% by coursework
  • Year two students: 62% by written exams, 15% by practical exams and 23% by coursework
  • Year three students: 38% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 62% by coursework

Tutor's view


Dr Djamel Azzi
Electronic Engineering

A careful blend of practical and theoretical work will turn you into fit-for-purpose graduates that the electronics industry requires nowadays. A hands-on approach centred on learning through problem-solving crystallises classroom knowledge into a rich set of tools to tackle real life problems. I find this approach extremely effective and rewarding.

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Facilities & Features


We have a wide range of modern facilities in our Analogue and Digital Electronics Engineering Laboratory and our Telecommunications and Signal Processing Laboratory. Both labs are fully equipped with industry standard experimental and computational hardware and software from radio receivers and walking robots to advanced digital signal processing (DSP) kits.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

It is generally accepted that there is a current shortage of engineers and our courses are aimed at educating engineers for a multitude of different careers in engineering and technology. Not only does it meet the requirements of the major engineering graduate programmes, it gives you the chance to sample the workplace with a year-long industrial placement. Placement employers may even offer a sponsorship for your remaining years of study, a job offer on graduation, or both.

You could find jobs in areas as diverse as consumer and professional electronics, robotics, defence, broadcasting and telecommunications.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • electronics engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make and, more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. Our Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) not only helps you to arrange your placement but acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to your employability as well as assisting you in securing other types of work experience.

Here are some examples of the roles our students have secured for their placements:

  • Trainee Engineer at Sperry Rail
  • Flying Probe/Test Department Assistant at Celab
  • Student Quality Engineer at Apollo

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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