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Overview

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 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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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.

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.

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: four 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 2018
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.

Final Year Project

Year: 4

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.

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.

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.

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 BBB to include Grade B in one from GCE A Level Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Engineering or Electronics.

See the GCSE subject and grade requirements including specific Mathematics grade required depending on the GCE A level subject presented.

BTEC

Extended Diploma in a related Engineering subject area with overall award profile of DDM to include a minimum of 9 unit distinctions. Also requires a minimum Merit in a unit of Applied or Further Mathematics.

The Faculty of Computing and Engineering 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 Faculty admissions staff by 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

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.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC (to include AA 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).

International Baccalaureate

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.

Other Access courses considered individually, please contact admissions staff:
T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305
E: compeng@ulster.ac.uk

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.

GCSE

If offering GCE A Level Technology and Design, 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).

HND/HNC
HNC requirement is overall Distinction in an Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering subject (plus GCSE Maths grade C or an acceptable alternative Mathematics module) will be considered for year 1 entry only.

HND requirement is overall Merit in an Engineering, Science or Applied Science subject (plus GCSE Maths Grade C or Merit in an acceptable alternative Mathematics module) 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 with an overall mark of 55% and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules. Applicants will normally be considered for entry to an associated Honours degree (normally Year 2 entry).

For further information regarding all of the above qualifications please contact the Faculty admissions staff by 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.

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.

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 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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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 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.

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 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

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 and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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: Dr Robert J McMurray

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6176

E: rj.mcmurray@ulster.ac.uk