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With a strong focus from semester one, you will develop a solid understanding of electronic practice, theory and industrial applications.

Summary

Study Electronic Engineering at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This MEng Hons course has been designed with the aid of employers to prepare students for a wide range of industrial electronic roles. Expanding upon the knowledge gained in the first four years (3 in study, 1 in industry), this course will allow you to choose specialist subjects in the fifth year. This will allow you to extend your knowledge in an area of interest to you, or an area which will provide further career opportunities.

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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About

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.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Duration and Mode of Attendance

Full-time: five years (including placement).

Attendance
Typically 18-20 timetabled hours per week between 09.15 am and 5.15 pm. There are no timetabled activities on Wednesday afternoons.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

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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Year one

Analytical Methods for Engineers

Year: 1

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.

Engineering Fundamentals

Year: 1

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.

Electronics 1

Year: 1

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

Year: 1

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

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to Electronic Design Automation, specifically in relation to the design, development and manufacture of electronic circuit boards.

Professional Studies

Year: 1

This is a two-semester module which casts the student in the role of an engineer to work within a team to address a project task appropriate to their course of study. Learning is achieved by 'doing', supported by instruction and teaching programmed to give timely support to the progress of the project. Induction to study at the university is included at the start of the module. Assessment is based mostly on team activity and tests a wide range of engineering skills.

Manufacturing Processes

Year: 1

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.

Year two

Microcontroller Systems

Year: 2

This module is designed to enable students to be able to implement intelligent digital systems based on microcontroller technology.

Signals and Communications

Year: 2

This module provides a foundation in the fundamental principles of signals and communication systems.

Control Theory & Applications

Year: 2

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.

Engineering Analysis

Year: 2

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 Machines

Year: 2

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.

Electronics 2

Year: 2

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.

Engineering Programming

Year: 2

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.

Year three

Industrial Placement

Year: 3

This module is a year's paid industrial placement programmed to complement the undergraduate engineer's academic studies. The student will be employed as a junior engineer to enable improvement in their understanding of the work environment and development of their transferable, communication and personal skills. The experience will enhance their engineering ability, maturity and eventual employability.

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

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.

Year four

Signal Processing

Year: 4

The module provides a knowledge of analogue and digital signal processing with particular application to biomedical signals.

Advanced Control Systems

Year: 4

This module covers theoretical and practical aspects of advanced state space controllers.

Embedded Systems

Year: 4

This module enables the student to understand, design and program embedded systems using a 32-bit microcontroller.

Industrial Management

Year: 4

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.

German (ab initio)

Year: 4

This introductory module is to equip students with a basic linguistic competence and give them confidence in their own language learning abilities. The teaching methods aim at encouraging learner autonomy at the crucial early stages of language acquisition. The research on aspects of contemporary German society is to tune the students' sensitivity to another culture.

Nanotechnology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module gives the student an overview of nanotechnology and its applications in engineering.

Object Oriented Programming

Year: 4

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

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module enables the student to undertake complete analogue communications circuit design problems.

ASICs and digital design

Year: 4

This module is optional

Students taking this module are introduced to the major considerations of Digital Design using modern devices and tools.

Microelectronics

Year: 4

This module is optional

The course covers the theoretical background, analytical tools and practical skills to design digital integrated circuits in CMOS technology from device level up to register level.

Power Electronics

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is designed to enable students to be able to implement power electronic circuits based on modern switch technology with the aid of calculations and simulation programs.

Scientific Project with Seminar

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is designed to equip students with the appropriate research and project management skills needed to complete an electrical engineering project.

Academic Placement - Kempten

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module is offered in Germany and enables the student to study electrical and electronic engineering through the German language and partially fulfils the requirements for being awarded the German Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Electrical Drive Systems

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module covers the theoretical and practical aspects of modern electric drive systems and enables students to work on the field of development and application.

Academic placement - Augsburg

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module is offered in Germany and enables the student to study engineering through the German language and partially fulfills the requirements for being awarded the German Master's Degree in Mechatronic Systems.

Power Electronics and Electrical Drives

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is offered in Augsburg, Germany, and covers the theoretical and practical aspects of Power Electronics and Electrical Machines combined with the required new power semiconductors.

VLSI Design

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module is offered in Germany and covers the theoretical and practical aspects of VLSI by design and fabrication of ASIC chips specified to perform signal processing functions.

Control and Automation

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module is offered in Germany and covers theoretical and practical aspects of modern process automation concepts.

Communications

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module is offered in Germany and covers theoretical and practical aspects of digital communication systems.

Telecommunication Systems

Year: 4

This module is optional

This course covers the theoretical background, algorithmic details and practical aspects of modern digital telecommunication systems.

Mechatronics

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is offered in Germany and covers the theoretical and practical aspects of mechatronics, control and simulation techniques for micro-mechanical systems combined with electronics and bonding technologies to connect both.

Electric Power Systems

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module covers theoretical and practical aspects of electric power systems with a large share of decentralised and renewable generation units.

Year five

MEng Final Year Dissertation

Year: 5

This module is designed to equip students with the appropriate research and project management skills needed to complete an MEng level project and prepares them to be able to contribute positively in their first engineering graduate employment. An ethos of professionalism can be developed and demonstrated in the way that earlier learned material can be successfully applied in engineering applications; this can continue after graduation and is an essential requirement of a practising Chartered Engineer.

Students are expected to design the project in collaboration with their supervisor. They will be responsible for carrying out the project and writing up and presenting their work in the form of an oral/poster presentation and a final written dissertation.

Product Innovation

Year: 5

This module aims to provide participants with the capability to improve the competitiveness of companies through new product and/or process innovation. A major team design project is addressed, derived from a real problem from within a local manufacturing company. Material covered is supported through tutorial/lecture sessions as appropriate.

Embedded Systems RTOS Design

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module enables the student to design and implement cost-effective reliable real-time embedded systems that can be shown to meet the current industry performance, reliability and safety standards.

RF Design

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module will equip the student with a deeper knowledge of RF circuit design and provide an understanding of how practical RF devices are implemented in integrated circuit form for deployment in modern communication systems.

Digital Signal Processing

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module enables the student to understand, design apply and evaluate digital signal processing algorithms.

Micro- & Nano-Scale Devices

Year: 5

This module is optional

The course provides an in depth knowledge of micro and nanofabrication techniques using elements from surface science, nanoscience and nanotechnology, plasmas and thin films, biosensors, tissue engineering and biomaterials.

Entry conditions

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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A level

The GCE A Level requirement for this course is grades AAB to include GCE A Level Mathematics and one from GCE A Level Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Design and Technology or Engineering.

BTEC

The requirement for this course is successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a related Engineering subject area with overall award profile of DDD to include a minimum of 11 unit distinctions. Also requires a minimum Distinction in a unit of Further Mathematics.

The Faculty of Computing and Engineering accept combinations of A Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact Faculty admissions staff T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E: compeng@ulster.ac.uk

Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence

Irish Leaving Certificate

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) grades H2,H2,H2,H3,H3 to include Mathematics and 1 subject from Physics, Chemistry, Technology, Physics and Chemistry, Engineering, Technology and Design or Biology and English Grade H6 or above (HL) or Grade O4 or above (OL) if not sitting Higher Level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is ABBBC (to include minimum of A in Mathematics and B in another science subject).

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BBC (to include Mathematics and a science subject).

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 28 points to include 14 at Higher Level and to include minimum grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and grade 5 in another Higher Level science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

MEng entry is not available directly from an Access course.

GCSE

GCSE Grade C (or above) in English Language (or equivalent).

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

The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent). Please check the following link.

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching Methods

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.

Assessment

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.

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 MEng Hons course have the opportunity to transfer to the linked MEng Electronic Engineering + German Masters degree course. Transferability is dependent on academic performance and availability of places.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

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 MEng Hons, first class or upper second class award all satisfy the requirements for a wide range of postgraduate research posts and scholarships in electronic, computing, mechatronic and biomedical engineering.

Professional recognition

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

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.

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

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.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Find out more about fees

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more
International:
£13,240.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The Faculty of Computing and Engineering Prize list is available at :

ulster.ac.uk/academicoffice/prizes.html

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.

Contact

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305

E: compeng.ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Chris Rea

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8825

E: c.rea@ulster.ac.uk