Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)
BEng Hons Electronic Engineering
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, which is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), 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.
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
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.
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
- Portsmouth Water
- 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.
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
- 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.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This course also meets the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), which is set by the Engineering Council.
These accreditations let potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the engineering industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,100 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.
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.
What you'll study
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.
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
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.
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
- 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.
Maths and stats support
The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- 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.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 36% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 64% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 34% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 66% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 16% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 84% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written examinations
- practical tests
- project work
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
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.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – H610
- our institution code – P80
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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.