MEng

Electronic Engineering

The key to advancing today's technology

H613UCAS code 4yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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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.

The difference between this course and our BEng (Hons) route is that you will specialise in more advanced topics. Also, on successful completion of the course, you’ll meet the full educational requirements of the IET for CEng (Chartered Engineer) status. You'll also meet the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation (EUR-ACE).

Find out about awards and scholarships available to students studying IET accredited engineering and technology courses.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Gain the essential theoretical and practical knowledge in the design of electronic systems
  • Use modern, sophisticated equipment to measure and analyse of a range of electronic systems
  • Experiment with our range of control applications – from helicopter development kits to walking robots
  • Choose an area of specialism
  • Work on a multidisciplinary group project to gain the practical experience sought by industry
  • Put learning into practice by doing a paid work placement, either in the UK or overseas after either the second or third of the course

What opportunities might it lead to?

This MEng course has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), meeting the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Successfully completing this MEng course will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation.  You will also be awarded the EUR-ACE certificates meaning that you will fully meet the criteria of second cycle European engineering programmes.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • professional electronics
  • design
  • research and development
  • product manufacture
  • project management
Isaac Emere Johnson, MEng Electronic Engineering student 2013

Accrediting bodies such as the IET give my degree an edge compared to other universities. This means I have a career boost before I graduate as my degree is accredited by a well known engineering institution.

Isaac Emere Johnson, MEng Electronic Engineering student 2013

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
H613
Duration
4 years full time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
2017 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
120-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects. See full entry requirements

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

Course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £13,700 p/a**
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Contact
admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 5566
Department
School of Engineering
Programme specification
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Subject:

Engineering

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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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

Broaden your knowledge 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
  • Analogue Analysis and Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic
  • Control Systems Analysis

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Computer Architecture and Organisation
  • Analogue and Digital Communications
  • Foreign Languages

Years three and four*

In your final two years you will cover advanced electronics and manufacturing and digital signal processing. There is also a range of topics for you to tailor your studies as well as practical individual project work.

Core units in the third year include:

  • Advanced Electronic System
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Individual Project
  • VHDL and FPGA Systems

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Real-time Embedded Systems
  • Artifical Intelligence
  • Transmission Techniques and Broadcasting
  • Control Systems Design

MEng year units include:

  • Advanced DSP Techniques
  • Analytical Management Techniques
  • MEng Multidisciplinary Group Project
  • Microwave and Wireless Technology
  • Sensors and Measurement System
  • Multidisciplinary Group Project

*This course is also available as a 5-year sandwich (work placement)


Teaching and Assessment

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.

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 examinations
  • coursework
  • practical tests
  • project work
  • presentations
Dr Djamel Azzi

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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Laboratories

We offer you a range of labs such as the Analogue Electronics and Control Engineering Laboratory and the Telecommunications and Signal Processing Laboratory. From Digital Signal Processing (DSP) kits to walking robots, all are well-equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational facilities.

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.

Matthew Alexander Haines, MEng Electronic Engineering student

We have had a couple of guest speakers come in and give a talk about how what we are learning at university will be used in the industry. This gives us a good insight into how the skills we learn will be put to use later on.

Matthew Alexander Haines, MEng Electronic Engineering student

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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Career prospects

Where next?
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 this course 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

Employment boosting opportunities
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
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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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