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With a strong focus from semester one, you will develop a solid understanding of electronic practice, theory and industrial applications.
This course will allow you to develop an understanding of modern electronic engineering from programming and circuit design to signal analysis, signal processing and embedded systems. Utilising a connected programme of study, allowing you to build upon your knowledge gained in each semester, this degree will prepare you to become a well-rounded engineer equipped for a wide range of roles within industry.
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About this course
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Core to this degree is the Industrial Placement, in which you will take up employment in an engineering company, within the UK or worldwide. This industrial placement provides an important real world context for your studies and also allows you to gain relevant industrial experience, which is beneficial when applying for graduate positions.
Students who maintain a high enough standard within the first two years of the course have the option to transfer to the MEng Electronic Engineering.
Diploma in Professional Practice DPP
Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI
Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS
Find out more about placement awards
Duration and Mode of Attendance
Full-time: four years (including placement).
Typically 18-20 timetabled hours per week between 09.15 am and 5.15 pm. There are no timetabled activities on Wednesday afternoons.
- September 2020
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Formal lectures are supplemented by tutorials and laboratory investigations, as appropriate. Practical ‘hands on’ laboratory sessions are an integral part of many modules throughout all years. Case studies and group mini-project work are also extensively used. In the final year there is a major individual project.
Generally, a combination of continuous assessment and examination is employed in each module. Continuous assessment includes class tests, library and laboratory based assignments, and individual and group project work. Some modules across all years are continuously assessed.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Analytical Methods for Engineers
This module provides an understanding of the language and terminology of mathematics, together with the mathematical techniques from algebra, calculus and statistics that are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.
This module provides the fundamental principles mechanical and electrical technologies and provides a methodology for their practical application. The module covers topics such as: Statics and Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Linear DC Circuits, Energy Storage and AC Circuits.
This module will provide an introduction to semiconductor devices and their application in electronic circuits such as power supplies, voltage regulators and simple amplifier circuits.
Introductory Software Development
Students will be introduced to the basic aspects of software development through the use of the Python programming language. An emphasis is placed on developing a broad understanding of the types of programming used in Engineering and beyond, rather than depth in each specific area. Students will learn about objects, modules and code re-usability and self-documentation. They will be encouraged to take a platform independent approach to development and choose their own tools. They should complete the module with a knowledge of the development landscape in terms of tools and techniques.
Electronic Design Automation
This module provides an introduction to Electronic Design Automation, specifically in relation to the design, development and manufacture of electronic circuit boards.
This modules makes students aware of the relevant professional, ethical, legal, and sustainability issues associated with being a professional engineer. Induction in how to study at university is included at the start of the module. Assessment is a combination of individual report, class test and team group report.
A module which integrates formal study with a significant practical programme for the understanding and application of common manufacturing processes. Production of a working electro-mechanical product will deepen knowledge and develop basic skills for selected manufacturing processes. Candidates will critique their work to improve the product design and select appropriate production processes for batch manufacture.
This module is designed to enable students to be able to implement intelligent digital systems based on microcontroller technology.
Signals and Communications
This module provides a foundation in the fundamental principles of signals and communication systems.
Control Theory & Applications
This module provides an understanding of the theoretical concepts and use of feedback-control systems. Theoretical studies are supported by the use of appropriate PC-based analysis and design packages.
This module provides a strong basis in important analytical techniques from algebra and calculus and statistics, which are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.
Electrical services: the operation and application of transformers, AC and DC motors including selection, electromagnetic fields, circuits and electronics. Lighting systems. Students will also conduct laboratory experiments and undertake pratical laboratory based projects.
This module considers further component and system level analysis and design of analogue and digital electronic circuitry, appropriate to fields such as computing, communications, signal processing and instrumentation.
This module is designed to introduce engineering students to the basic principles of algorithmic programming, and the solution of engineering problems using MATLAB and LabVIEW.
This module provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain structured and professional work experience, in a work-based learning environment, as part of their planned programme of study. This experience allows students to develop, refine and reflect on their key personal and professional skills. The placement should significantly support the development of the student's employability skills, preparation for final year and enhance their employability journey.
International Academic Studies
This module is optional
This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.
The module provides a knowledge of analogue and digital signal processing with particular application to biomedical signals.
Final Year Project
Each student taking this module will carry out an individual project on a topic relevant to their degree of study. Students are expected to design the project in collaboration with a nominated supervisor. They will be responsible for carrying out the project and writing up the results in the form of a final dissertation.
This module enables the student to understand, design and program embedded systems using a 32-bit microcontroller.
This module provides an insight to key areas of management within organisations; operations management, strategic management and human behaviour within organisations. Teaching methods include lectures, guided discussions and seminars.
This module is optional
This module gives the student an overview of nanotechnology and its applications in engineering.
Object Oriented Programming
This module is optional
This module extends the students understanding of the design and creation of software structures using an object-oriented paradigm. The programming language is C++ which is of particular relevance to engineering students.
Communications circuit design
This module is optional
This module enables the student to undertake complete analogue communications circuit design problems.
ASICs and digital design
This module is optional
Students taking this module are introduced to the major considerations of Digital Design using modern devices and tools.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The GCE A Level requirement for this course is grades BBB to include Grade B in one from GCE A Level Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Design and Technology, Engineering, Electronics or Double Award Science/Applied Science.
Applicants presenting a desirable A Level subject e.g. Maths, Further Maths or Physics will receive a one grade reduction e.g. BBC. The desirable subject can be achieved at grade B or C.
See the GCSE subject and grade requirements including specific Mathematics grade required depending on the GCE A level subject presented.
Applied General Qualifications
BTEC QCF National Extended Diploma in Engineering with overall award profile of DDM to include a minimum of 9 unit distinctions. Also requires a minimum Merit in a unit of Mathematics or Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians.
BTEC Level 3 RQF National Extended Diploma in Engineering with profile DDM to include Merit in Engineering Principles and Merit in Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems.
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Evironment accept combinations of A Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma/National Foundation Diploma and BTEC Diploma/ National Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact Admissions staff by T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6309 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 (typical grade profile) including minimum H3 Higher Level Mathematics and one other Higher Level from Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Engineering or Technology and Design.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC (to include BB in Mathematics and a science subject).
Scottish Advanced Highers
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC (to include Mathematics and a science subject).
Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 26 points to include 13 at Higher Level and to include minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and a Higher Level science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.
Access to Higher Education (HE)
The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of an Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall Mark of 70% and 70% in NICATS Mathematics (Level 2). Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.
If offering GCE A Level Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Engineering, or Electronics must have GCSE Mathematics at Grade A (or equivalent) and GCSE English Language at Grade C (or equivalent) otherwise GCSE Grade C in Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent) is required.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
OCR/Cambridge Technical Combinations
The Faculty of Computing and Engineering accept a range of alternative combination of qualifications such as OCR Nationals and OCR Cambridge Technicals when presented with an A Level in one of the specified subjects (please refer to A level section).
HNC requirement is overall Distinction in an Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering subject (plus GCSE Maths Grade C and an acceptable alternative Mathematics module) will be considered for year 1 entry only.
HND requirement is overall Distinction in an Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering subject to include a Merit in either Level 4 or Level 5 Analytical Methods module (plus GCSE Maths Grade C). Applicants may be considered for year 2 entry where the curriculum sufficiently matches that of Ulster University full time year 1 course.
Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree in a relevant subject area with an overall mark of 55% and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules and 55% in the Level 4 Mathematics module within the Foundation Degree. Applicants will normally be considered for year 2 entry to the linked Honours degree.
For further information regarding all of the above qualifications please contact the Faculty Admissions staff by T:+44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E: email@example.com. Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent). Please check the following link http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements#ger.
Exemptions and transferability
Applicants who have successfully completed studies equivalent in content and level to the Year 1 modules are considered for direct entry into Year 2. Students on the BEng Hons course who demonstrate exceptional performance have the opportunity to transfer to the linked MEng Electronic Engineering or MEng Electronic Engineering + German Masters degree courses. Transferability is dependent on academic performance and availability of places.
Careers & opportunities
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Job prospects in a wide range of engineering industries are excellent with the majority of graduates finding employment within four months of graduation. Graduates with a BEng Hons, first class or upper second class award all satisfy the requirements for a wide range of postgraduate research posts and scholarships in, electronic and biomedical engineering.
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:
£9,250.00 Discounts available
- £14,060.00 Scholarships available
Scholarships, awards and prizes
The Faculty of Computing and Engineering Prize list is available at :
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
Course Director: Dr Robert J McMurray
Admissions Contact: Sharon Moore
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