Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning Top-up) BEng (Hons)

Student working on computer aided design
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
2 years part-time distance learning (top-up), 3 years part-time distance learning (top-up)
Start Date
September 2022, September 2023

Overview

If you've already started your career and want to top up your HND or Foundation degree (FdA) to a full Bachelor's degree, this BEng (Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering top-up degree course is ideal.

Enhance your engineering skills and increase your contribution to your organisation with the potential to level up in a new role and increase your salary.

Study anywhere that suits you, over two or three years, while developing your potential as a skilled electronic engineer in areas such as consumer and professional electronics, robotics, defence, broadcasting and telecommunications.

Course highlights

  • Put mathematical models into practice, using computer-based design and simulation techniques
  • Get a core understanding of analogue and digital electronics, data communications and signal processing
  • Design systems, simulate and test prototypes using various technologies
  • Design economic solutions to meet the complex specifications of consumers today, using engineering analysis software tools

Benefits of distance learning

  • Work from anywhere, at your own pace, in your own time – with interactive online learning materials hosted on our virtual learning environment, Moodle, and available 24/7 on any device – find out how distance learning works 
  • Access to over 600,000 ebooks, 55,000 online journals, digital newspapers and a postal loan service from our University Library – see all library support for distance learners
  • Invitations to online forums where you can discuss your studies with other students and your lecturers
  • Access to all student support services via email, phone, online chat or video call

Entry requirements​

BEng (Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 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 (calculate your UCAS points)

You may need to have studied specific subjects:

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 (2 year)

See alternative English language qualifications (3 year)

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Qualifications or experience
  • 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 (calculate your UCAS points)

You may need to have studied specific subjects:

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 (2 year)

See alternative English language qualifications (3 year)

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Careers and opportunities

As an senior electronic engineer, you can expect a salary from £40,000 to £65,000.

If you're planning to stay with your current employer after graduating, you could use this top up course to secure a more senior role. But you could also apply your skills to any number of roles in industries that require engineers.

All engineering roles are listed in the UK Government’s 'skills shortage list' – which means engineers are currently in high demand. And the 2019 IET Skills and Demand in Industry report found that a third of employers increased their engineering and technology workforce in the previous 3 years.

What jobs can you do with an electronic systems engineering degree?

Previous students have gone on to work in roles including:

  • electronics engineer
  • product design engineer
  • application engineer

Our graduates have worked in areas such as:

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

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering Top-up degree

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

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

2-year course
3-year course

Modules (2-year course)

Core modules in this year include:

  • Data Communications – 20 credits
  • Digital Signal Processing – 20 credits
  • Electronics – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Control Engineering – 20 credits
  • Individual Project – 20 credits
  • Quality Management – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Modules (3-year course)

Core modules in this year include:

  • Data Communications – 20 credits
  • Electronics – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Digital Signal Processing – 20 credits
  • Quality Management – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Control Engineering – 20 credits
  • Individual Project – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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

You'll carry out your final project at your place of work or independently. Your assessments will be formally monitored and marked by University academic staff.

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 practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Supporting your learning

As a distance learner, you can get support via video and phone from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

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 mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

UK/Channel Islands/Isle of Man/International students

  • 2-year study mode – £2,310 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • 3-year study mode – £1,540 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

EU students

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • 2-year study mode – £2,310 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • 3-year study mode – £1,540 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each modules.

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 and memory sticks.

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.

Apply

How to apply

Apply for this part-time 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 part-time 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.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly (see the 'How to apply' section above) or 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.