Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (2 or 3 Year) BEng (Hons)

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
2 years part-time distance learning (top-up)
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019

Whether it’s the next innovation in computer hardware or a smartphone app, today's electronic engineers need to come up with practical, economic solutions to meet consumer needs and demands.

If you have a talent for improving and creating electronic products and want to top up your HND or Foundation degree to a full Bachelor's degree, this BEng (Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering top-up degree course is ideal.

The course is delivered by distance learning over 2 or 3 years. You'll develop technical competence and engineering knowledge, while easily fitting study around your job.

After the course, you can use your degree to boost your career prospects in areas such as consumer and professional electronics, robotics, defence, broadcasting and telecommunications. You could also continue your studies at Master's level.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Design systems, build and test prototypes using various technologies
  • Tap in to our Library’s electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection
  • Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Take part in live Web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students

If you can get to Portsmouth, you can also:

  • Put your skills to the test by building your own products in our workshops
  • Get involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students

Work experience and career planning

If you're not currently in an engineering role, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

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

Careers and opportunities

A degree in electronic systems engineering puts you in an excellent position to continue or start a career as a professional engineer in areas such as:

  • consumer and professional electronics
  • robotics
  • defence
  • broadcasting and telecommunications

Previous students have gone on to work in roles including:

  • electronics engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer
  • project manager

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or joined graduate engineering schemes. You can also progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Typical offer

A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above.

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

Typical offer

A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above.

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 (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands/Isle of Man/international students – £2,310 (for the 2-year study mode) or £1,540 (for the 3-year study mode) (may be 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.

There are additional costs for sitting exams at external exam centres.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll need to study units worth a total of 120 credits.

If you study this course over 2 years, you'll probably study units worth 60 credits a year. If you do the course over 3 years, you'll likely study units worth 40 credits a year.

Units currently being studied

Core units on this course include:

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

Core units on this course include:

  • Control Engineering
  • Individual Project
  • Operations and Quality Management

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.

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

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills. You can contact us by phone and email and use our online resources.

Teaching​

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 you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written assignments
  • quizzes
  • design activities
  • project work
  • exams

Ideally, you'll carry out your final project at your place of work with a mentor approved by the University. If this isn't possible, then you can carry out the project at the University or elsewhere with the guidance of a University-approved mentor.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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.

Apply

How to apply

Apply for this course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

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.

 

Apply for this course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

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.

 

Contact information
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  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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Engineering
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