tracked robot used by electronic engineering students
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019


Think of all the advances in technology over the years, from games consoles and smartphones to drones and self-driving cars. If you’re interested in a career working at the forefront of electronic technology, this course is the first step to achieving your ambition.

On this BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering degree course, you’ll examine the theory and design of electronic systems. You’ll get hands on with sophisticated facilities and put your skills to work in practice.

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

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for full Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partial Chartered Engineer (CEng). The educational requirements for IEng status are fully met by this course, and partially met for CEng status.

Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer status both indicate a proficiency in engineering understanding and skill to employers, so attaining either title greatly benefits you when looking for work , and generally lead to greater pay and progression opportunities. IEng status is often seen as a more hands-on, practical standard, and is used by many as a stepping stone to CEng status.

We'll cover your fees for student IET membership, giving you access to a worldwide community of industry professionals, and a wealth of products and services to support your learning and development.

The School Industrial Advisory Board also provides advice to ensure the course remains current and meets the demands of industry.

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 in the measurement and analysis of electronics
  • Use experimental kits, such as ServoSET servo-mechanism and superheterodyne radio receivers.
  • Tailor your studies, choosing unit options that match your interests and career ambitions

Careers and opportunities

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

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

  • defence electronics
  • robotics
  • broadcasting
  • telecommunications
  • advanced product manufacturing

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

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

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

Perry's story
"I get exposed to micro-controller technology and systems design..."

Through studying a BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering degree, Perry is building the skills and experience for an ambitious future. Find out about his experience at Portsmouth.

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

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering degree course

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

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

There are no optional units in this year.

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

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.

Core units in this year include:

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

Placement year

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.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory and project work
  • CAE system activity
  • open access study

There's an emphasis on honing your practical skills and putting what you learn to practice.

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this Animation degree course. 

Dr Abdulkarim Tawfik, Course Leader

Abdul is the Course Leader for a number of Electronic Engineering courses and also involved in the teaching of a number of topics in the area of Electronic Telecommunications. He completed his PhD in the area of Terrestrial Transhorizon Telecommunications Over the Sea at Portsmouth.

Dr Antigoni Barouni, Lecturer

Antigoni is involved, as a Research Fellow, in several European projects and has published studies in the area of damage assessment in composites. Her research is now focused on damage assessment and post-processing using X-ray computed tomography of sustainable natural composite laminates.

Dr Cliff Pritchard, Senior Lecturer

Cliff has worked in the fields of instrumentation design, semiconductor design and manufacture and seismic data acquisition and processing. He is a member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). An experienced senior lecturer, he has taught at university level for 24 years.

Dr John Geddes, Principal Lecturer

John is the course leader for the Electronic Systems Engineering top-up degree, by distance learning. He is the University Academic Contact for 4 UK M of Defence collaborative programmes, and for a transnational programme in the Far East. On campus, John teaches Control Engineering and is module coordinator for Engineering Mathematics.

Dr Branislav Vuksanovic, Senior Lecturer

Branislav worked as a Project Engineer for the Croatian Electricity Board in Osijek, Croatia, and has published papers in the field of active noise control, biomedical signal processing and pattern recognition for intrusion detection and knowledge-based authentication. He teaches Digital Signal Processing, Advanced DSP Techniques, Power Systems and Electrical Machines modules.

Dr Nils Bausch, Lecturer

Nils gained his PhD in Engineering (Smart Homes) at the University of Portsmouth and now works as the Departmental Research Degrees Coordinator in the School of Energy and Electronic Engineering. He teaches VHDL (VHSIC Hardware Description Language) and programming units. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

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 units 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

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 88-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit. You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.


How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H610
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.