Two students working on an electronic engineering project
UCAS Code
H613 (MEng), H610 (BEng)
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
3 years (BEng), 4 years (MEng)
Start Date
September 2021
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Advances in electronic technology have a significant impact on the world, from games consoles, digital cameras and smartphones to drones and self-driving cars.

If you're interested in a career designing, developing and manufacturing electronic equipment and devices, this Electronic Engineering degree is the first step to achieving your ambition. You can study it as a Bachelor's degree over 3 years (BEng) or integrated Master's degree over 4 years (MEng).

You’ll examine the theory and design of electronic systems, devices and circuits and learn how electronic engineering contributes to the wider field of electrical engineering.

You’ll work with analogue and digital components such as microprocessors, microcontrollers and programmable devices, using sophisticated facilities and technology. In years 2 and 3, you can study specialist topics that match your interests and ambitions, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and telecommunications.

You’ll apply your skills on projects that solve the types of challenges you’ll face in your career. This includes the option to be part of one of the University’s Formula Student racing teams, where you can specialise in design, production, costing or manufacture of a racing car.

You can also get valuable professional experience by spending a sandwich year working in industry.

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

MEng or BEng?

The 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) and 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng) share the same modules in years 1–3. The MEng allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with an extra year of undergraduate study, which can further enhance your career prospects.

If you study the BEng, you can transfer to the MEng if you progress well and achieve good grades. You can also transfer from the MEng to the BEng if you change your mind once you start the course.

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Accreditation of European Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The MEng meets in full the academic requirement for registration as CEng (Chartered Engineer), while the BEng partially meets these requirements.
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

100% Graduates in work or further study (MEng) (DLHE, 2017)

100% Graduated in work or further study (BEng) (DLHE, 2017)

Entry requirements​

2021 start

Qualifications or experience
  • 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

See full entry requirements and 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

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
  • 120-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.

See full entry requirements and 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

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.

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 for analysing and measuring electronics, including logic analysers, spectrum analysers, digital scopes and multi-function generators
  • Learn in facilities including a microcontroller and digital lab, analogue electronics lab, telecommunications lab and computing suites with software applications such as Matlab
  • Use experimental kits, such as ServoSET servo-mechanism (which helps you learn how to stabilise systems) and superheterodyne radio receivers (which help you understand the principles of radio receiver operation)
  • Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Complete a high-level dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff
  • Develop skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, including team working, research, critical thinking and time management skills

You can also:

  • Get student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) – this gives you access to practical, technical and career-related resources, and opportunities to volunteer build links with prospective employers
  • Work on a multidisciplinary group project (MEng only) to get the practical experience sought by employers
  • Get valuable professional experience by spending a year working in industry between years 2 and 3
  • Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP programme

Careers and opportunities

Electronic engineering has a significant impact on our lives, from telecommunication systems bringing people together to medical technology looking after our health.

Due to the ongoing demand for innovation in medical technology devices, and consumer electronics such as mobile phones and televisions, there's high demand for skilled electronic engineers.

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

  • Defence electronics
  • Aerospace
  • Product design
  • Robotics
  • Broadcasting
  • Telecommunications
  • Advanced product manufacturing

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.

IEng and CEng status

When you finish the MEng course successfully, you'll meet the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status (CEng) status.

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

IEng and CEng status demonstrate your expertise and can include benefits such as improved career prospects and earning potential.

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

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.

"I was amazed at the amount of practical work on the course when I came for an open day. After I saw the lab equipment and facilities on offer, I knew I wanted to come to Portsmouth."

Read about Savannah's experience

​What you'll study

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

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

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Engineering Sciences
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming
  • Introduction to Analogue Circuits
  • Mathematical Principles
  • Principles of Digital Systems
  • Principles of Networked Systems

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Analogue Analysis and Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Group Design Project
  • Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Control Systems Analysis
  • Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
  • Telecommunication Principles

After your second year (BEng and MEng) or third year (MEng only), 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
  • BAE Systems
  • 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 modules in the third year include:

  • Advanced Electronic Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Individual Project

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Artificial Intelligence or Real-time Embedded Systems
  • Control Systems Design or VHDL and FPGA Systems

MEng year modules include:

  • Advanced DSP Techniques
  • Analytical Management Techniques
  • Engineering Management, Economics and Risk Analysis
  • Microwave and High Speed Digital Design
  • Multidisciplinary Group Project
  • Sensors and Measurement Systems

Changes to course content

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

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 into practice.

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this electronic engineering 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 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 UK Ministry of Defence collaborative programmes, and for a transnational programme in the Far East. On campus, John teaches Control Engineering.

Rallis Papademetriou, Principal Lecturer

Rallis a Senior Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of IET and a Chartered Engineer. He is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Energy and Electronic Engineering lecturing at BEng, MEng and MSc level. The joint recipient of 2 best research paper awards, he has published extensively on signal processing and communications in professional journals, conference proceedings and edited books.

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 modules. 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'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 modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 55% by exams and 45% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 62% by exams, 38% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by exams and 67% by coursework
  • Year 4 students (MEng only): 48% by exams and 52% by coursework

How you'll spend your time

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, practical classes and workshops for about 16 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2–4, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. Optional field trips may involve evening and weekend teaching or events. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to June (with some courses starting in October rather than September in 2020/21 only). There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

Extra learning support

You'll get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate 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.

Learning support tutors

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

Laboratory support

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

Academic skills support

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 support

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.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Café 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.

Support with English

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

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – awaiting confirmation 
  • International students – £17,600 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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

You’ll need to pay additional costs of £50–£1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad. The amount you’ll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • The UCAS course code – H610 (BEng) or H613 (MEng)
  • Our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form:

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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

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