MEng (Hons) Electronics and Computer Engineering with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad

Available to non EU students

About the course

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This course teaches you skills appropriate to the design of both sophisticated embedded microprocessor systems and modern computer architectures.

What you will learn

You will develop design and implementation skills of complex digital circuits and real-time programming as well as hardware-software co-design techniques used in large and modern computer systems and networks.

More about the Course

System performance has advanced rapidly, together with the development of highly sophisticated techniques that combine hardware with software design. The study of computer engineering, as this is known, therefore covers both software and hardware and the link between them.

Your first year focuses on the basic principles and practices needed in electronic engineering, and on developing relevant analytical, design and organisational abilities. You will learn about digital fundamentals, computing concepts and the problem-solving tools that you will need as the course progresses.

In your second year you will explore in more depth the theories and techniques involved in product design and development, with particular emphasis on 'embedded' real-time microprocessor systems, programmable logic devices and power control. Building on your first year studies, you'll extend your knowledge of analogue electronics and mathematics with an introduction to the MATLAB package that is used in subsequent modules. You will learn to apply practical skills to design, implement and test solutions relevant to communications problems.

In your final year the focus is on understanding more about the specialist technologies that are at the heart of today's advanced communication systems. Mobile communication concepts and computer networks, the design of high-speed analogue and digital electronics using integrated circuits, and radio frequency circuits and systems are all examined, along with key microprocessor topics, fuzzy logic and neural networks and digital signal processing.  You will also carry out an individual double-module project on a topic relevant to digital systems and/or computer engineering.

Why choose this course?

  • This MEng degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering will give you a sound grasp of the fundamental principles of digital design and computer engineering;
  • You will develop design and implementation skills of complex digital circuits and real-time programming as well as hardware-software co-design techniques used in large and modern computer systems and networks;
  • You will have hands-on experience of microprocessor and system-on-chip development environments and tools including modern programmable devices with hundreds of thousands of programmable cells.
  • In your final year, you will work in multidisciplinary teams which include aerospace, automotive and mechanical engineers, on a variety of engineering projects that merit your specialist input.

Entry requirements...

2018 entry 

BTEC, Advanced Diploma and Access not accepted. 

A levels to include Maths  and either Physics or Technology or engineering based subjects excl Gen Studies/Critical Thinking. 

IB - 128 points from a minimum of 3 HL subjects at grade 5 or above to include HL Maths and Physics  (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core). 

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C), English Language at grade 4 (D) and Science at grade 4 (C) or above.

Careers

Technology companies around the world require design engineers so there are many exciting career paths open to you. Recent trends highlight strong demand for good integrated skills across the range of electronic hardware design and microprocessor software design. Your degree will also open up opportunities in system design, applications engineering, customer support and project management.

Teaching methods

Our enthusiastic staff are always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. All of our courses include a significant practical element, which, together with tutorial sessions reinforce the theory delivered during lectures, and you have many opportunities to enhance your presentation skills ready for the workplace.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career. Students have previously undertaken placements in organisations such as:

  • Actaris
  • Aeroflex
  • BAA
  • Rolls Royce

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Computer Programming for Electronics Engineers

    Credits: 15

    This module introduces the student to a variety of programming concepts and practices. Study topics include fundamental material such as number systems, functions and procedures and variables, constants and arrays. Also included is introductory material on more advanced concepts such as software design methodology. The module is taught both by lecture and practical exercises, with the practical work being largely centred on the use of a high level language such as 'C'.

  • Digital Electronics & Computer Organisation

    Credits: 15

    'Digital Electronics and Computer Organisation' complements 'Electrical and Electronic Theory' by introducing students to digital electronic fundamentals. Common types of switching devices and logic gates are introduced as are common circuit implementations using them. Fundamental concepts such as binary number systems, binary arithmetic and Boolean logic are also covered, as are common logical and mathematical 'tools' used in the design of both combinational and sequential digital electronic systems. Finally, these and other topics are brought together in the context of computer and microprocessor systems, to introduce students to the fundamental digital organisation of items such as the CPU and memory.

  • Electrical and Electronic Theory

    Credits: 15

    This module aims to further student's knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of electrical and electronic engineering systems. Topics are covered at introductory level and range from circuit theory and analysis to an introduction to electronic circuit design. Further coverage is provided of the fundamentals of common semiconductor materials and devices and circuit simulation tools and techniques. Although taught at introductory level, an analytical approach is adopted throughout in order to provide a firm base for later study.

  • Introduction to Electronic Systems

    Credits: 15

    This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of electrical and electronic systems. Topics are covered at introductory level and are supported by accompanying laboratory-based investigations providing a hands-on introduction to test and measurement equipment. Lecture topics range from d.c. circuit theory and analysis to an introduction to electronic circuit design. Also covered are the fundamentals of common semiconductor materials and devices and an introduction to electronic circuit simulation using software based simulation tools. Although taught at introductory level, an analytical approach is adopted throughout in order to provide a firm foundation for studies during the second semester.

  • Career Skills Development

    Credits: 0

    This module will ensure students are able to utilise the University systems for information technology, information search and acquisition, as well as encouraged to reflect on their current employment related skills and experience. The module will provide a mix of careers support, enterprise and business insight and challenging thinking about future skills needs of graduates and employers. Students will gain an appreciation of a range of engineering and technology careers and sectors to enable them to better understand future opportunities. Students will be guided through the first weeks of the academic year by academic staff.

  • Sustainable Business of Electronics

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable the student to gain an understanding of ethical, legal, social and environmental issues current in the electronics industry. This will be achieved through a combination of lectures by staff and external speakers from industry. Students will develop their team working and communication skills through the design and development of a product to meet customer needs. Finally, a typical example of a global electronics company is examined to give the student an understanding of the wider commercial issues implicit in this industry, including the role of quality and continuous improvement.

  • Electronic Engineering Practice

    Credits: 15

    This module introduces students to the fundamental aspects of typical processes found in electrical and electronic engineering design and manufacture, mainly focused in the area of electronic circuit assembly and testing. In addition to practical exercises, students are introduced to the role of computer aids for electronic 'schematic capture' and electronic pcb layout and design. The module also aims to further develop the student's ability to use typical electronic laboratory hardware-based instrumentation. In general material is taught as far as possible by practical 'hands-on' exercises with the aim of developing not only an appreciation of the techniques involved, but also a basic level of skill in their use.

  • Engineering Mathematics

    Credits: 15

    The module builds on from A-Level mathematics (or equivalent qualification) to provide mathematical techniques required for engineering. The module includes the manipulation and applications of elementary functions (trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential), complex numbers, Boolean algebra and the techniques of differentiation and integration for functions of one variable.

  • Engineering Application of Mathematics

    Credits: 15

    The module follows on from the module 4PAM1007 Engineering Mathematics to provide further mathematical techniques required for applications in Engineering disciplines. The module includes the techniques associated with the manipulation of matrices and vectors, evaluation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors, development of power series approximations of elementary mathematical functions, techniques for the solution of ordinary differential equations and the principles of probability and data handling. The mathematics material will be supported using a suitable software package, for example MATLAB, and will also be used to solve engineering problems.

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Electrical Engineering and Power Control

    Credits: 15

    The module introduces some electrical engineering topics such as fields and transmission lines that are applicable to various applications including power systems, communications and high speed digital logic. It also includes transformers for heavy current and light current applications together with small and large electric motors and techniques for controlling them. Three phase AC circuits and alternators/generators and are also analysed in the context of modern power generation. Although introductory the module assumes prior knowledge of electric circuit theory gained from earlier study and builds on this knowledge. Material is treated in an analytical way, supported and augmented by both practical work and by the use of relevant specialist computer simulations.

  • Digital Design & Embedded Systems

    Credits: 15

    This module extends coverage of digital design into the area of microprocessor, microcontroller and programmable logic devices. The fundamental aspects of microprocessor system hardware design are covered, along with an introduction to programming in assembly language. The module also extends study of digital systems into field programmable logic devices and introduces the student to the modern computer based tools such as VHDL that are used in the programming of such devices.

  • Real-time Systems & Programming

    Credits: 15

    This module extends knowledge of embedded systems in two main ways. Study of device programming is extended from high-level language techniques to low-level language techniques and to the relationship and interaction between them. Also covered is introductory material on both the hardware design and software issues of real-time systems, including an introduction to aspects such as handshake protocols, scheduling and context switching.

  • Mechatronic Systems Modelling and Control

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to develop mathematical models of sensors, actuators and the necessary interfacing to enable them to simulate the dynamic performance of a range of electro-mechanical systems. Students will be introduced to the principles of feedback control systems and performance prediction using step and frequency response analysis. Finally students will be introduced to common series controllers and expected to design appropriate controllers to modify the performance of various control systems. The module will make extensive use of MATLAB to develop simulations of a wide range of case studies. For example: speed control of electric wheel chairs, temperature control system, position control of robotic arms, flow control systems.

  • Mini Projects (Computer Engineering)

    Credits: 15

    Small groups of students are given specific investigative and problem solving tasks to perform. Although tasks vary depending on individual interests and aspirations, and available resources, each task has common elements. These include the necessity to make measurements, the necessity to synthesise a solution or solutions and the necessity to evaluate those solutions in the context of the original objectives.

  • Electronic Communication Systems

    Credits: 15

    modulation techniques are introduced along with study of relationships between them and typical channel properties. Also included in the module is further development of mathematical techniques relevant to communications and signal processing including discrete time mathematics. Theoretical study is supported by practical exercises and lab experiments and where appropriate, software based simulation tools.

  • Project Management & Product Development

    Credits: 15

    To achieve and maintain market position the manufacturing industry must develop profitable and competitive products in time, to quality and within budget. This requires the functions of the company to be organised to achieve common objectives. This module examines the organisational aspects of product development from definition through design to manufacture. The team issues and techniques of project management are addressed as applicable to the product development process and in general terms. The project management content is taught first in order to support the product development content.

  • Career Planning

    Credits: 0

    This module aims to encourage students to reflect on their career aspirations and review/plan for the development of appropriate skills necessary to realise these aspirations. Many students will specifically use this module as an aid to prepare for the optional industrial placement year. Students who undertake the placement will work within industry or a commercial organisation that is able to provide an appropriate learning experience within an engineering environment. This placement must be of at least 48 weeks duration. To be eligible for placement students should normally have passed the progression requirements to Level 6. For students who do not go on placement, this module will be a precursor to the Level 6 Career s Portfolio module.

  • Further Engineering Mathematics

    Credits: 15

    The module follows on from the mathematics modules at Level 4 to provide further mathematical techniques required for applications in Engineering disciplines. The module includes numerical methods for ordinary differential equations, Laplace transforms, Fourier series, line and double integrals, as well as s using a suitable software applications package to solve engineering problems. Emphasis is put on techniques and applications rather than complete mathematical rigour.

Optional

  • Exchange Year

    Credits: 120

    The Exchange Year will provide students with the opportunity to expand, develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first taught year of their degree within a different organisational and cultural environment at a academic institution with whom UH have an approved exchange partnership outside the UK. The host institution will appoint a Programme Co-ordinator who will oversee the student's programme during the year and will liaise with the appointed UH Supervisor.

  • Exchange Semester

    Credits: 60

    The Exchange Semester will provide students with the opportunity to expand, develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first taught year of their degree within a different organisational and cultural environment at a academic institution with whom UH have an approved exchange partnership outside the UK. The host institution will appoint a Programme Co-ordinator who will oversee the student's programme during the year and will liaise with the appointed UH Co-ordinator.

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Digital Signal Processing

    Credits: 15

    This module introduces the student to modern concepts of digital signal processing. Material covered includes typical theoretical concepts as well as an introduction to typical hardware implementations. The theoretical study is supported by practical work using typical software tools for simulating DSP techniques as well as practical work in implementing simple algorithms on selected digital signal processors

  • Intelligent Systems and Robotics

    Credits: 15

    The 'Intelligent systems and robotics' module is designed to extend students' knowledge of control principles into systems based on the use of fuzzy logic and neural networks. Although introduced and developed in the context of control, with particular reference to robotic control, the fundamental concepts of the topics are covered in sufficient depth to provide the student with a basis for understanding their use in other applications.

  • Microelectronics & VLSI

    Credits: 15

    This module aims to extend students' knowledge of analogue and digital electronics into the area of integrated circuit design. Material is biased toward advanced high-speed analogue and digital IC technologies and circuits. The module also covers the way in which these concepts are used in the design of integrated analogue circuits and digital 'systems on chip'. Although treated in an analytical way, learning is supported by the use of modern relevant software design and simulation tools.

  • Mobile & Digital Communication Networks

    Credits: 15

    This module covers two related topic areas. These are mobile and cellular radio, and data communications networks. Each topic is covered primarily at systems level and initially separately. In particular, the data communications material studied has wide application within digital communications generally. However the module also addresses the interaction and relationships between the two areas in the context of modern mobile communications

  • Operating Systems and Object Oriented Programming

    Credits: 15

    Object oriented programming develops the student's prior study of programming in two ways. The first develops a more in-depth appreciation of the object-oriented approach and this topic is mainly dealt with by practical exercises using modern object oriented software languages. The second area developed is the design concepts inherent in modern computer operating systems, in the context of embedded systems or real time systems in Engineering.

  • Computer Architecture

    Credits: 15

    This module aims to extent students' knowledge of microprocessor based systems to include modern PC type architectures and specialised processors. Material is largely systems-oriented but includes study of, for example acceleration mechanisms such as pipelines and caches. Some programming is included, mainly in the context of specialised instruction set devices.

  • Careers Portfolio

    Credits: 0

    This module will help students identify the employability skills necessary to enter their chosen profession. They will be required to develop a portfolio that evidences the following employability skills relevant for their chosen profession, from a combination of employment experience and academic modules. Skills include; Self Management and Development, Team Working, Communicating, Specialist Technologies, Professional Awareness and Problem Solving/Creativity.

  • Individual Major Project

    Credits: 30

    The major project in the fourth year of study can take several forms ranging from design oriented work to investigative work, placing their findings in the context of the application of real-world engineering. Project work should give students extensive knowledge of characteristics of particular equipment, processes, or products, and an understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components. The project title and topic are chosen to provide intellectual challenge appropriate to an honours programme of study. The student is expected to firstly identify and elucidate the problems, then to plan and execute a relevant programme of work. Assessment is ongoing through the project via an individual supervisor, culminating with a comprehensive report of work done. Students would normally be expected to register their interest in the area of work, but are encouraged to suggest their own projects where appropriate.

Optional

  • Industrial Placement

    Credits: 0

    The optional placement year is undertaken in the academic year prior to the final year of study, and must meet University standard requirements for the length of placement to be considered for the conferment of “with Sandwich” upon graduation. Students undertake the placement within an organisation that can provide an appropriate learning experience within an engineering or general STEM environment/role. To be eligible for placement, students must normally have achieved sufficient credit at Levels 4 and 5 to be able to enter the final year upon completion of the placement. While the School and University actively support the placements process ultimately it is the placement company that will select students, normally through an interview process. During the placement, a member of School staff will be assigned to the student as a tutor and will monitor the student's progress during the placement period.

  • Year Abroad

    Credits: 0

    The Year Abroad will provide students with the opportunity to expand, develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first two taught years of the degree within a different organisational and cultural environment in a partner academic institution. The host institution will appoint a Programme Co-ordinator who will oversee the student's programme during the Year Abroad and will liaise with the appointed UH Supervisor.

  • Semester Abroad

    Credits: 0

    The Semester Abroad will provide students with the opportunity to expand, develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first two taught years of the degree within a different organisational and cultural environment in a partner academic institution. The host institution will appoint a Programme Co-ordinator who will oversee the student's programme during the Semester Abroad and will liaise with the appointed UH Supervisor.

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Human Resource Management

    Credits: 15

    Students will gain an understanding of the strategic and operational role of HR within a variety of organisations, including those relevant within the supply chain. The module will examine the legal implications of industrial relations and health and safety. It will further analyse the trend of HRM within differing types of industries and businesses. Students will use case studies and scenarios to support lectures and guided learning.

  • Computer Architecture Design

    Credits: 15

    Over the last decade, workstation performance has increased by over 50% each year. Only a part of this improvement can be attributed to improvements in semiconductor technology. Most of the improvement is the result of a series of dramatic changes in computer organisation and design. This module focuses on the on-going revolution in processor design. The overall aim is to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the trade-offs involved in high-performance processor design. Students will also study the memory hierarchy with a view to solving the so called memory wall problem. The Architecture of this module focuses on ways by which ILP and MII can be exploited, and on ways to improve both data processing and data access time of the memory subsystem. A more detailed description of the module content is provided in the module delivery information for students.

  • Artificial Intelligence

    Credits: 15

    This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, such as fuzzy inference, neural networks, neuro-fuzzy and evolutionary computation. Students will also be given opportunities to further develop their knowledge of the principles of artificial intelligence, and to gain practical experience of the design, simulation and evaluation of intelligent systems.

  • Embedded Control Systems

    Credits: 15

    This module will develop a student's ability to design and implement embedded software and hardware for control of mechatronic systems. The module will start with a number of programming exercises to develop the students programming skills supported by lectures/seminars on hardware requirements for embedded systems. The remainder of the module will be project based with students expected to develop software through self-study and demonstrate its use to control various mechatronic systems.

  • Successful Project Delivery

    Credits: 15

    This module will extend students existing knowledge of project management and explore the complex nature of commercial project delivery in modern engineering organisations. Students successfully completing this module will be equipped to work within, and lead, high performing multidisciplinary project teams. Students will develop a critical awareness of their own skills, attributes, impact and contributions to project teams, team roles, as well as an awareness of leadership, including differing leadership styles and cultural issues in projects. In addition to these people oriented elements of the module, students will study the role of systems engineering in providing a structured and robust approach to project initiation, planning, delivery, control and closure. The module will support students in the application of other critical components of project management including; Risk management, quality management, configuration management, project management methodologies, intellectual property and contracts, business case viability and justification. The module will make use of experiential learning, case study examples, reflective practice, guest speakers blended with traditional learning methods.

  • MEng Team Project

    Credits: 45

    This project involves the undertaking of a realistic engineering task, plus the experience of leadership and project management a challenging team project. Wherever possible, the project is generated and operated in collaboration with a suitable industrial company and is multidisciplinary in nature. Projects should help to develop understanding of contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied. Students apply their analytical skills gained earlier in their degree program to produce smart and innovative solutions to engineering problems. Each team undertakes formal planning and progress meetings throughout the duration of the project and offer both written and oral presentations of their work. Opportunities are available to integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines alongside their own discipline. Including concepts from some areas outside engineering, students should be able to critique and apply these effectively in engineering projects.

Optional

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1155 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,850 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1485 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,950 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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How to apply

2017

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26/09/201719/05/2018Apply online (Part Time)
26/09/201719/05/2018Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
25/09/201725/05/2018Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2018

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24/09/201824/09/2019Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201819/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
26/09/201819/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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2019

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24/09/201924/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201919/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
26/09/201919/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
25/09/201925/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)