Electronic Engineering
BEng (Hons)

Industrial Placement
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Electronic Engineering at Salford

1.

This course has strong links with industry. It has been developed in line with industrial trends in electronic engineering, and encourages an optional industrial placement with industrial partners

2.

Apply the practical knowledge acquired with an optional industrial placement position

3.

Teaching and learning is enhanced through the vibrant world-class facilities offered at MediaCityUK

Course Summary

The development of high quality engineering products is central to UK government policy and electronic engineering is at the heart of UK manufacturing. This course aims to help you become the kind of electronic engineer who can develop solutions to a wide range of technical problems, resulting in new, exciting and innovative products that people all over the world can buy and enjoy.

You will benefit from the department’s strong links with industry, allowing innovative, trending technologies and current research themes to inform your learning. Your studies will be carried out in state-of-the-art facilities in both our Newton Building and our MediaCityUK campus.

Guest speakers and workshops with industry practitioners will allow you to put your learning into practice regularly. You will be encouraged to benefit from the optional industrial placement year with one of the course’s prestigious industry partners, which you arrange with our support. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title.

In a course that covers all aspects of electronic engineering from analogue electronics to mobile networking to WAN, you’ll gain the skills you need to work in disciplines such as automotive electronics, process engineering, consumer electronics, technical sales, avionics, banking and commerce, wireless networks, security and surveillance, sustainable energy, and programming.

Course Details

This course aims to develop graduate electronic engineers who can derive solutions to a wide range of problems that result in exciting and innovative products which are fully conceived from theoretical design through to practical implementation.

Course Structure

This course is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and discussions; as well as laboratory sessions, invited talks from industrialists and academics, workshops and practical project-based work.

Year 1

In the first year you will be introduced to key concepts which underpin the course. You will develop the skills necessary for progression to year two and you will also be introduced to the ethos that drives the teaching and learning experience.

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.
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.
At the heat of 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.
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.
This second semester module extends the mathematics module in the first semester, and develops an appreciation of ‘the computer programming methodology’ and the ability to program at a basic level. The key aim of the module will be to formulate and solve numerical problems using computational techniques.

Year 2

The second year of the course focuses on moving you from a broad-based learning experience to one which is more focused and in line with industrial trends in electronics. There are two generic themes which run throughout the second year.  As part of the global electronic industry, the first theme is aligned with telecommunications and provides an insight into a sector which provides the largest stream of global revenue for the electronics industry. The second considers digital signal processing and systems which have a broad scope and generic appeal throughout the electronics industry. These themes are directly supported by simulation and computing techniques.

As a first semester module, digital signal processing introduces the principles and concepts of digital analogue signals and analogue signal processing. It aims to develop the knowledge and skills needed to design, program and implement analogue and digital signal processing applications.
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.
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.
This module builds on the first year module on ‘Mathematics and Computing’ and aims to develop numerical techniques for frequently encountered problems in physics and engineering. These numerical techniques are then developed as algorithms, and implemented as software systems on the computer.
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.

Year 3

The third and final year of the course introduce you to key strategic themes in line with industrial trends. These include power and control systems, speech and signal processing, embedded systems and wide area networking. The final component of the course is a final year project which enables you to ‘show case’ the skills and knowledge your have obtained and enables you to fully demonstrate your potential as a graduate electronics engineer.

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.
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.
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.
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.
This module develops an awareness of the commercial issues which must be addressed by engineering businesses in order to operate successfully, efficiently and legally. It introduces the principles of quality management systems, health, safety, and the environment, and considers the role(s) of people in successful business operation.
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.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
UCAS tariff points 112-120 points
GCE A level 112-120 points preferably with a minimum of grade B in Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma DMM with Distinction in Maths modules. To include specific subjects Mathematics, Physics or Numerate Science.
Scottish Highers 112-120 points Mathematics or numerate science grade C (advanced higher) or grade B (higher)
Irish Leaving Certificate 112-120 points (Higher level)
International Baccalaureate 35 points grade 5 in Mathematics or Physics or Numerate Science at Higher Level.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (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.

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 at application@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

English Language Requirements: The English language requirement for this course is an IELTS average score of 6 or above, and for each component, 5.5 or above.

Applicant profile

There is no such thing as a 'typical' Engineering student. The only common features are that they share intelligence, enthusiasm for the subject, and that they are motivated, determined and enjoy being challenged and working with other like-minded people.

We also welcome applications from mature students who may not have academic qualifications in related subjects, but may have experience in industry, in which case please contact the School for more information.

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

Teaching

There are many different modes of course delivery; these include:

  • Talks and lectures; this is normally a presentation or talk on a particular subject and will be delivered by one of your lecturers or visiting academics
  • Industry speakers; industry practitioners will present talks and workshops, this is normally around one of the themes or challenges you are currently studying
  • Tutorials and seminars; these group or individual discussions will strengthen your learning on a particular topic or project and will provide an opportunity for you to receive direct class based feedback about your work   
  • Laboratory/Workshop sessions; This is where you will be taught and practice new skills and techniques sometimes through experimentation or laboratory procedures. 

In support of the above methods of course delivery, online learning material and sometimes module assessment is made available via the online Blackboard system.

Group assignments and team based working on a variety of projects also enables our graduates to work with a range of diverse people in innovative ways.

You will also acquire key skills such as logical thinking, team working, report writing, analytical and presentation skills, programming and a high level of numeracy.

Assessment

Assessment is normally through a range of different methods, such as:

  • Presentations; As an individual or group presentation of the final outcome to a particular assignment or brief (5%)
  • Examinations; these are normally two hours in duration and aim to test material presented in lectures, workshops and seminars (60%)
  • Written assignments; which will include reports and evaluations of a particular investigation or other account of an experience or activity relevant to your studies (35%)

Note: percentages are given as a rough guide only, and vary from module to module.

Employability

Electronic engineering graduates would normally be expected to work in one of many engineering disciplines such as: automotive electronics, process engineering, consumer electronics, technical sales, avionics, banking and commerce, technical author, postgraduate study, wireless networks, security and surveillance, sustainable energy, and programming in a number of computer languages such as Java and C/C++.

Career Prospects

Graduates of BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering would be normally be expected to work in one of the following fields:

  • Broadcast engineering
  • Control and instrumentation engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics engineering
  • IT consultancy
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Network engineering
  • Avionics engineering
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems developer
  • The games industry.

Alumni Profile

Links with Industry

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.

Placement Opportunities

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Full-time International£13,300

Additional costs

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

 

Facilities

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

In addition, CISCO based networking laboratories are available at MediaCityUK and also on the Peel Park campus. These provide an optional resource if experimenting with networked/telecommunication systems.

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