Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Electronic Engineering

School of Computing, Science and Engineering

Full-time

With placement

Attendance

Three year

Four year

Course

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

From transport to communications to commerce, electronics is revolutionising every industry, changing the way we live, work and play. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution and shape our lives around connected technology, find your place in this exciting field with our BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering degree.

The electronics industry leads the creation of consumer tech that we’ll all soon be using. Working in the electronics sector is often fast-paced and dynamic. Engineers work in different areas of electronics, including the design of microchips, tech manufacturing, product testing and development.  Currently, industry is focused on wireless charging, the Internet of Things and contactless payments, but new trends and inventions emerge all of the time.

Our Electronic Engineering degree is taught by internationally-recognised engineers and researchers, who will shape you for an exciting career in electronic design and consultancy. Across three years - or four if you add an industrial placement - you'll explore wireless networks, digital signal processing, transmission systems and machine learning. You'll build problem-solving and group design skills, and be ready to find an exciting electronics-based role.

You will:
  • Learn all aspects of electronic engineering, from analogue electronics to mobile networking to WAN.
  • Develop the skills to solve a wide range of technical challenges and opportunities that can shape exciting and innovative consumer tech
  • Benefit from the engineering department’s strong industry connections and research into innovative, trending technologies
  • Learn in advanced electronics laboratories and facilities at our Peel Park and MediaCityUK campuses
  • Gain valuable experience by including a industrial placement year in your studies
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You're passionate about electronics, with a keen interest in science and technology.

2.

You're a problem-solver who enjoyed mathematics or physics at school/college

3.

You want to gain a recognised degree, building relevant electronic engineering skills

Course details

All about the course

Having the ability to apply technical detail is at the heart of engineering, and core to Salford’s values, so we strive to embed this as a core learning objective throughout your studies.

In year one, you'll explore analogue and digital electronics, mathematics, computer fundamentals and computer networking. As you progress to year two, you'll broaden your knowledge of electronics systems, telecommunications, digital systems design and digital signal processing.

Your final year will include aspects of power and control systems, embedded systems and wide area telecommunications. Modules include a significant amount of project work aimed at developing practical skills. You'll conclude your studies with an individual project, based on an area of interest.

Take a placement

Industry placements are a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and make those early career connections.  On this course, you'll have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Although you’ll be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By successfully completing a placement year, you can also add 'with professional experience' to your final degree award.

Year one

Technologies in Context

This first year module places electronics and electronic engineering in a global context. You’ll study why electronics is important, how it affects our daily lives, what drives innovation, and the evolution of electronics technology and future trends.

Analogue and Digital Electronics

These two modules span both semesters in the first year, and are at the heart of first year teaching. The main aim is to introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of analogue and digital electronics, and develop the skills necessary to design and build electronic circuits.

Introduction to Computers and Network Systems

Core to many electronics systems lies a central processor, managing and manipulating data, sometimes from remote locations. To fully understand this concept and the processes involved, this module introduces the fundamentals of computer hardware, software and networking technology including some more advanced concepts such as security.

Mathematics

You will cover some core mathematics to get you A-Level standard. We've chosen specific topics that are relevant to further study, such as algebra, trigonometry, calculus, coordinate geometry, probability and statistics.

Mathematics and Computing

Building on the subject knowledge from the Mathematics module you will further you knowledge of differential equations and series with emphasis on their applications to physics and develop your awareness of the importance of mathematics in a quantitative description of physics. You will be introduced to the use of spreadsheets, computing programming and symbolic computing.

Year two

Digital Signal Processing

This module gives a thorough grounding in the techniques and applications of digital technology in the acquisition, processing, storage and transmission of acoustic signals.

Computing Laboratory

The Computing Laboratory module will help you build computer programming skills, so you can tackle simple non-analytic physical and engineering problems. You will use the numerical methods and techniques frequently encountered in physical and engineering challenges, and learn how to implement these them on the computer. You will also learn about interfacing sensors to computers and computer control of experiments.

Antenna and Transmission Systems

This second semester module explores the underlying principles of signal propagation and transmission systems. It will provide you with the tools to design and simulate transmission systems and introduces you to a wide range of transmission techniques currently used in modern communication systems.

Group Design Project Electronic Engineering

This module supports the development of personal and professional skills through the experience of working in a team to produce a working design from a formal specification. The module aims to provide an understanding of digital communications signals, coding and media delivery, and the digital hardware elements required to produce and process digital communication signals.                                        

Engineering Mathematics

You will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis. This will enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.

Digital Electronics 2

This module aims to provide knowledge and critical understanding of the digital hardware elements required to build digital electronic systems that process digital signals. It also aims to develop the practical skills required to use digital design tools in order to design and test digital hardware. The module also aims to enable students to understand the importance of testing, and to facilitate the use of a range of appropriate tools, techniques and equipment when testing and critically analysing digital circuits and systems.                

Year three

Power and Control Systems

This module runs across two semesters and develops knowledge in two key areas: Classical and digital control design methods, including frequency and time analysis for both continuous-time and discrete-time systems; and Electrical power, power distribution, and energy conversion.

Embedded Systems

The application of embedded systems are ubiquitous in modern electronic systems. This module includes a significant practical element where the functionality of embedded systems are explored through the design and implementation of modern microcontroller systems and their associated programming languages.

The WAN and Global Networks

This is a semester one module and will provide you with a systematic knowledge and understanding of wide area network (WAN) technologies. This includes the services that they offer, the factors that influence their design, and how WAN technologies are used to connect small to medium sized business networks.

Industrial Management and Project Preparation

This module has two main components. Industrial management in which you will be introduced to the commercial issues which must be addressed by engineering businesses, and the principles of quality management systems; and project preparation which will develop your ability to work independently, become competent in analysing and assessing the value of information, and develop effective communication skills both written and orally.

Final Year Project

The final year project module develops your ability to work with a significant degree of independence on a structured programme of activity. It will highlight your ability to become competent in analysing and assessing the value of information derived from that programme of work so that you will communicate effectively (both through written reports and orally) the details of the programme, and the conclusions that can be drawn together with suggestions of further work.

Digital Signal Processing and Machine Learning

You will perform modelling and analysis in the z-transformed domain and understand modern DSP techniques such as blind signal processing. You will apply the process of digital filtering; fixed, adaptive, recursive and non-recursive partly drawing on the latest research outcomes. You will also apply and understand Machine Learning methods for acoustics.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Teaching

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical activities
Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of formats. These include:

  • Laboratory exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

School overview

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics. Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our facilities

Salford has a suite of dedicated laboratories that support the teaching and practical development of electronic systems and projects. These include equipment and modern software simulations tools. We also provide CISCO-based networking laboratories at our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campus for you to experiment with networks and telecommunication systems.

 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Employment

On successful completion of the course, you’ll be closer to realising your ambition to work in electronics. You’ll be able to work in a number of industries and be are the forefront of technological advancements.

Popular industries include automotive electronics, aeronautics, process engineering, gaming, consumer electronics, technical sales, avionics, banking and commerce, wireless networks, security and surveillance, and sustainable energy.

Further study

You might find you want to learn more about engineering and applied electronics, so we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a significant fees discount. 

A taste of what you could become

A broadcast engineer

A systems analyst

An IT consultant

An electrical engineer

A systems developer

And more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the University’s academics and industry partners from engineering and technology fields. The course team has a wide range of long-standing, professional relationships with industry, both in the North West, and beyond.

This continued collaboration with the professions also ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities and professional memberships. 

Requirements

What you need to know

English Language Requirements

International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

There is no such thing as a typical engineering student. We're looking for applicants who have a keen desire to follow a career in electronics. Good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic are desirable. You should have a good understanding of linking theory to real-life applications with an attention to detail.

All applicants who meet the entrance requirements for the course will be invited to attend an interview.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) 

International students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

Although this course does not require an ATAS if you decide to progress to the MEng or the MSc element of this programme you will be required to obtain an ATAS in order to register for that course. Apply for your ATAS Certificate.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter. If you cannot find it please contact the applications team. If you have any queries relating to ATAS please contact the ATAS team.

 

Standard entry

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

112-120 UCAS points to include the study of Mathematics or a numerate science. 

GCE A level

112-120 UCAS points, to include a grade B in Mathematics or a numerate science. A pass in the practical element of science A-Levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM from Engineering or Science subjects, must include Distinctions in Mathematics modules

Scottish Highers

112-120 UCAS points to include grade B in Advanced Higher level Mathematics, Physics or numerate science

Irish Leaving Certificate

112-120 UCAS points to include Higher Level Mathematics, Physics or numerate science

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% to include Mathematics or Physics

International Baccalaureate

35 points to include grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics, Physics or numerate science

Access to HE

Contact Admissions for further information

Alternative entry

Salford Alternative Entry System (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,820per year
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarship opportunity

Thanks to the generosity of the Morson Group, applicants for this course can qualify to apply for one of five scholarships. Each scholarship is worth a total of £9,000, paid as two cash award instalments of £1,500 each per annum for a maximum of three years.

The scholarships aim to ensure that talented students starting their first year are not deterred from studying at the University of Salford for financial reasons.  Qualifying students will be encouraged to apply following registration and enrolment in September 2019.  More information about the scholarship.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID 8H47

Institution S03

Clearing 2019

Apply through Clearing and start this course in September 2019.

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