BEng (Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering (Top-up) - University of Portsmouth
BEng (Hons)

Electronic Systems Engineering (Top-up)

Engineering solutions to meet real-world needs

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Today’s engineers derive practical, economic solutions to meet real-world needs and consumer demands. Whether it’s the next Apple product or latest app, growing technologies and developing systems are areas that rely on the expertise of the modern electronic engineer.

This top-up course can be studied over two or three years, through distance learning. It is designed to develop your technical competence and engineering knowledge while easily fitting around your current work constraints.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Design systems, build and test prototypes while employing a wide range of technologies
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course puts you in an excellent position to start a career as a professional engineer in areas as diverse as consumer and professional electronics, robotics, defence, broadcasting and telecommunications. It also meets the requirements of many of the major engineering graduate programmes and provides a route to postgraduate study at Portsmouth or academic institutions elsewhere.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

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


Evi Egedegbe, BEng (Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering (Top up) student 2013

One special feature my course has is its unique teaching method - online study in the form of chats. These chats tend to improve my understanding and help my learning.

Evi Egedegbe, BEng (Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering (Top up) 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

The course is by distance learning over two or three years.

Core units include:

  • Electronics
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Data Communications
  • Control Engineering
  • Operations and Quality Management

In your final year you will tackle a substantial piece of project work which will reflect your particular areas of interest. It will encourage the development of planning and project management techniques alongside technical experimentation and design.

Teaching and Assessment

Most of the course is delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment. With access to all the study material you’ll need, discussion forums and the chance to connect with peers and lecturers via chat sessions, you’ll have plenty of academic support and heaps of resources. 

How are you assessed?

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 assignments
  • quizzes
  • design activities
  • project work
  • exams

Tutor's view


Dr Abdulkarim N Tawfik
Electronic Engineering

You will benefit from a very well structured Virtual Learning Environment that not only allows you to have access to a variety of materials but it also allows you to contact us through discussion forums round the clock.

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Facilities & Features

Flexible Learning

Although you may not be campus based, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website, LookUP, will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

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?

This course is a great first step to becoming a professional engineer and can lead to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with further learning. 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. The worldwide electronics industry offers a tremendous range of career opportunities.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

This course is delivered in partnership with you and your employer. Incorporating elements of your work into your learning, it will cause as little disruption as possible to your employment and help you to make a more effective contribution to your organisation, as well as improve your career prospects.

Ideally, your final project will be carried out at your place of work and overseen by a work-based mentor. However, all projects are supervised and assessed by University academic staff. If a work-based project is not feasible, then it may be possible to propose your own project idea, or to undertake a project proposed by an academic member of staff.

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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Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

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Fees and Funding

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