a lecturer demonstrates a baxter industrial robot to electronic engineering students
UCAS Code
H613
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
4 years full-time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

If you’re interested in a career working at the forefront of electronic technology and want to graduate with a Master's degree, this MEng Electronic Engineering integrated Master's degree course is the first step to achieving your ambition.

The difference between this course and our BEng (Hons) course is that you'll specialise in more advanced topics, study for an extra year, and finish with a Master’s qualification.

On this MEng Electronic Engineering degree course, you’ll develop and acquire the knowledge and skills which will enable you to design, build and test a wide range of electronic systems that have a significant impact on our world and society such as medical electronic equipment, drones, smartphones, self-driving cars and games consoles.

Accredited by

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.

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

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 on a multidisciplinary group project to get the practical experience sought by employers

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, you'll have met the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. 

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 from our after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

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

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
  • Analogue Analysis and Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic
  • Control Systems Analysis

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Telecommunication Principles
  • Foreign Languages

After your second or third 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 the third year include:

  • Advanced Electronic Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Individual Project
  • VHDL and FPGA Systems
  • Real-time Embedded Systems

MEng year units include:

  • Advanced DSP Techniques
  • Analytical Management Techniques
  • MEng Multidisciplinary Group Project
  • Microwave and Wireless Technology
  • Sensors and Measurement System
  • Materials for Electronic Products

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.

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.

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

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

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 mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • Mid-May to early 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 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: 48% by exams and 52% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

​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.

Apply

How to apply

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

  • the UCAS course code – H613
  • 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.