Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year

School of Computing, Science & Engineering


With placement


Four year

Five year


September 2019

Next enrolment

In a nutshell

Electronic engineering has revolutionised industries, changing the way we live and work. From transport to communications to commerce, it is a huge part of modern life.

A gateway to professional status, our Electronic Engineering course is taught by internationally recognised engineers and researchers, who will shape you for a potentially lucrative career in electronic design development and consultancy.

This foundation year course will prepare your knowledge and skillset so you are ready to study our Electronic Engineering degree.

You will:
  • All aspects of electronic engineering, from analogue electronics to mobile networking to WAN.
  • Develop solutions to a wide range of technical problems, resulting in new, exciting and innovative global consumer products.
  • Benefit from the department’s strong links with industry, allowing innovative, trending technologies and current research themes to inform your learning.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities at our Peel Park and MediaCityUK locations, featuring dedicated laboratories for the practical development of electronic systems and projects.

options available

This is for you if...


You may not have reached the required level in A-Levels or BTEC study or have chosen a new direction for your studies.


Are passionate about electronics, with a strong background and general interest in science and technology.


You enjoy using technology to find solutions to challenges.


You enjoyed mathematics or physics at school or college.


You want a degree with professional status.

Course details

All about the course

The foundation year provides a single pathway to the full honours degree in electronic engineering. Throughout the course, support modules in programming, mathematics and computing provide the framework required to progress your learning and prepare you for a career as an electronic engineer.

In year one of the full degree, you will study analogue and digital electronics, mathematics, computer fundamentals and computer networking. In year two, you will broaden your knowledge of applied mathematics to 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. This includes a significant amount of project work aimed at developing practical and research based skills with an opportunity for you to study an area of particular interest.

Foundation Year

Foundation Mathematics 1 and 2

These modules entail the development of mathematical and modelling skills. Subjects include algebra, transposition of formulae, coordinate systems, logarithms, introduction to calculus, problem solving in velocity and acceleration, differentiation, integration and matricesc.

Foundation Physics A and B

This module provides grounding in basic physics and the development of numerical problem solving. The syllabus includes, mechanics, properties of matter and wave propagation. Electronics and electricity are introduced, along with fields (magnetic, electric, gravitation etc.) and atomic and nuclear physics.

Foundation IT and Study Skills

This module involves the development of IT, research, team working, presentation and scientific reporting skills. In more detail, the use of spreadsheets, graphical representation of data, report writing, scientific presentations and group-based research will be undertaken.

Foundation Physics Laboratory

Laboratory skills, critical analysis of data and scientific reporting are examined in this module. The areas covered are experimental design, scientific measurement methods and data analysis. This is achieved through a series of experiments covering mechanics, thermal physics, electricity and waves.

Year One Undergraduate

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 Electronic Engineering

This is a first semester module that aims to develop the underlying mathematical skills necessary when considering physical systems. In particular, it considers the solution of numerate problems and the ability to apply mathematical techniques in relevant area of physics and engineering in order to fully realise the development of electronic systems.

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 Undergraduate

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.

Digital Communications Systems Group Design Project

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.

Mobile Networking and Network Simulation

This module develops a core understanding of wireless networking systems and the associated principles and concepts of enabling technologies. It also focuses on an increasingly important area of simulation, and develops these skills using industry-standard network simulation software.

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.

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.

Year Three Undergraduate

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.

Speech and Signal Processing

This module extends the mathematical techniques developed in the first two years of the course in application to the design of digital filters. It aims to explore and analyse audio signals and systems and the mechanisms behind speech production which are at the forefront of the discipline.

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.

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.

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.

What will I be doing?


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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical activities

You will be assessed through a combination of formats:

  • Lab exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports


Dedicated laboratories are allocated to the teaching and practical development of electronic systems and projects. These include equipment and modern software simulations tools.

CISCO based networking laboratories are available at MediaCityUK and Peel Park campus. These provide an optional resource to experiment with networks and telecommunication systems.

Teaching and learning is complemented by the world-class facilities at our MediaCityUK campus.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


A degree in Electronic Engineering opens up a world of opportunity. You’ll be able to work in a number of industries and be are the forefront of technological advancements in electronics. 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

We offer a range of specialism postgraduate study paths to help you take your career even further. We even offer a sizeable fee discount to our graduates and alumni.


A broadcast engineer

A systems analyst

An IT consultant

An electrical engineer

A systems developer

Career Links

Industry placements can form a key part of your studies and provide a structured link between study and exposure to professional practice, and allow you to contextualise your development in an industrial setting.

The course team has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with Industry in the north-west and beyond, ensuring that you will have extensive industry contact throughout your studies.


What you need to know

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.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which  will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team atapplication@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.academic-technology-approval.service.gov.uk/

English Language Requirements

This course is not suitable for international applicants.

Applicant Profile

This course is designed for someone who is passionate about electronics, with a strong background and general interest in science and technology. It also applicable to those that have already worked in Industry but aim to pursue recognised academic qualifications in the field of electronics.

Standard Entry Requirements

UCAS tariff points

72 UCAS points from any subject combination 64 UCAS points where qualifications include both Mathematics and Physics to A Level standard.

GCE A level

72 UCAS points from any subject combination 64 UCAS points where qualifications include both Mathematics and Physics at A Level.

BTEC National Diploma

MMP for any subject MPP for Engineering or Science.

Scottish Highers

72 UCAS Tariff points (new system) from any subject combination. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics to A-level standard.

Irish Leaving Certificate

72 UCAS Tariff points (new system) from any subject combination. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics to A-level standard.

Alternative Entry Requirements

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 £8,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,820per year
Additional costs

You should also 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. Priority will be given to students who:

  • Can demonstrate the scholarship will provide the necessary support during their studies;
  • Would otherwise be deterred from an undergraduate degree by tuition fees and associated living costs; 
  • Live in the North West England; 
  • Have at least 112 UCAS points or equivalent. 
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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID 8H48

Institution S03