Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment



With placement


Four year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

From transport to communications to commerce, electronics is changing the way we live, work and play. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, find your place in this exciting field with our BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year degree.  

This Foundation Year entry route will prepare your skillset, so you're ready to study our full Electronic Engineering degree. This route aims to build your engineering knowledge, enhance your application of mathematics, and help you develop to skills for successful undergraduate study. On successful completion, you'll progress to the full BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree.

Delivered by a team of internationally-recognised engineers and researchers, we will share our passion for engineering and our industry expertise in robotics and automation research. You can also apply your learning to real-world scenarios and build workplace skills in teamwork and communication by choosing to include an industry placement as part of your studies.

Start your study journey

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering, explore our facilities and meet the course team

You will:

  • Develop competence in essential areas of engineering, computing and electronics
  • Build the technical skills and confidence ready to progress to the electronic engineering undergraduate degree
  • Gain essential analytical and problem solving skills so you can study electronics
  • Develop practical and I.T skills, as you strengthen communication and study skills
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities, featuring dedicated laboratories for the practical development of electronic systems and projects

options available

This is for you if...


You don't currently meet the entry requirements for the full electrical and electronic engineering degree, but want to study the subject


You're passionate about technology and electronics and want to take your interest further


You a problem-solver who enjoyed science and technology at school or college


You want to design electrical power systems to meet tomorrows energy requirements


You want to develop machine learning algorithms to make robotic devices come to life

Course details

All about the course


Foundation year

Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year entry provides a broad introduction to computing and engineering. It is ideal if you’ve not reached the required A levels or BTEC grades, or if you’ve chosen a new direction.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you'll progress to our full BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree.

BEng (Hons) degree

Across three further years of study - or four, if you to choose to include an industry placement, you’ll build your problem-solving capabilities and understand engineering, computing and programming challenges.

In year one, you'll explore analogue and digital electronics, mathematics, risk and management, and computer networking, as you progress to year two, you’ll broaden your knowledge through further modules. In your final year, you’ll base your individual project on an engineering topic of your choice.

Learn more about the current course modules below.

Learning experience

Located at the heart of the property and construction market, Salford is a great place to study electrical and electronic engineering. We take advantage of our amazing location at the heart of Greater Manchester to visit nearby world-famous engineering projects and gain hands-on experience.

By your final year, you will focus on power and control systems, embedded systems, and hybrid and electric cars. Now more than ever, there is a vulnerable supply of energy so the move to electrical cars will reduce the reliance on fossil fuels.

This is a dynamic sector, and the pace of change is unprecedented, so our modules aim to evolve with this change by producing qualified professionals ready to test and design new products.

Industry placement

On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you in finding a role, and monitor your progress throughout.

Industry placements are an excellent way to enhance your CV, gain hands-on work experience and build industry connections. We often find that placement students achieve higher final year grades. By successfully completing a placement year, you can also add 'with professional experience' to your final degree award.

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

Analogue Electronics

This module spans both semesters in the first year and is at the heart of first year teaching. The main aim is to introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of analogue electronics and develop the skills necessary to design and build analogue circuits.

Digital Electronics 1

This module spans both semesters in the first year and is at the heart of first year teaching. The main aim is to introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of digital electronics and develop the skills necessary to design and build digital circuits.

Engineering Mathematics

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.

Project and Risk Management

You'll be introduced to project management techniques, particularly in project planning, organisation and control. You will develop an understanding of project timings and resource allocation and a broad understanding of quantitative methods used for decision making in industry. You will gain experience in the interactive nature of engineering, including business and commercial influences, and effectively communicate the outcome using computer software and presentations.

Introduction to Computer and Network Systems

At the 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.

Electromagnetism and Electrical Group Design 1

You will be introduced to a range of basic electronic design processes including hardware and software tool, enabling you to specify appropriate manufacturing and testing techniques, taking into account quality, quantity and cost. You will work in groups throughout this module, building on your communication and team working skills.

Year two

Control Engineering and Group Design 2

This module will provide you with an introduction to the design and analysis of both analogue and digital feedback control systems and the application of fundamental feedback control systems.It also supports the development of personal and professional skills through the experience of working on a group project, in a team to produce a working design from a formal specification. You will gain an understanding of digital communications signals, coding and media delivery, and the digital hardware elements required to produce and process digital communication signals.           

Machines and Drives

This module investigates the fundamentals of electrical power engineering and Magnetic Systems and passives. It then develops the concept of Power factor correction for electrical systems and Power Systems and Load flow analysis. This helps develop your understanding of flexible AC transmission systems, Synchronous, induction and DC machines. In addition, the fundamentals of power electronics for electric drives are developed on both a theoretical and practical level.

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

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.

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

Powertrain, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

This module investigates the design of electric and hybrid vehicle power train systems. It Includes Power electronics and electric motor drives of hybrid vehicles, fundamentals of Battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles, Powertrain and sensor technology, and Powertrain control, calibration and optimisation. You will also look at Fuel Cell Fundamentals for transportation and sustainability in vehicle powertrain systems.

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

A vital part of your career preparation, whether in industry or research, is to complete an individual project. Your final project will be based on an engineering theme of industrial relevance.

Control and Power Systems

You will be introduced to the design and analysis of both analogue and digital feedback control systems, and the application of fundamentals of electronic power control systems. Subjects include encirclement theorem, Nyquist stability theorem, compensator design with applications in robots and automotive engineering.

Embedded Systems

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

Automation and Robotics

Through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops, you will explore techniques used to analyse discrete event control and the kinematics of robotic manipulators. Workshops will involve the application of practical control exercises and provide both a computer based approach and practical implementation using industrial robots in the robotics laboratory. Through this module, you will also build knowledge in areas including control systems, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and robotic manipulator design. 

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?


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

  • Lectures - delivered by the staff teaching on the course and guest speakers from academia / industry
  • Tutorials - you will be taught by examples and asked to complete certain tasks
  • Workshops -  you will explore and identify solutions to related problems
  • Industry Events - you will be informed of when these are happening and encouraged to attend


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

  • Exams
  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Tests
  • Discussions
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation
What you want to know

Frequently asked questions

What is a foundation year? 

A foundation year offers a year of studying to gain an understanding of the programme before progressing to the full three-year studies. You'll get the chance to understand the way higher education studying works and gain the relevant skills and knowledge needed to undertake the full degree. 

Is electrical and electronic engineering a good career? 

A career in electrical or electronic engineering can be very rewarding. If you choose to go down this career path, you could play an important role in the management and improvement of electricity consumption in modern day uses as well as the design and maintenance of electronic systems. 

What do electronic engineers do? 

Electronic engineers are responsible for designing and developing the components and software of electronic systems that are key to various modern industries. 

Is electrical and electronic engineering stressful? 

Electrical and electronic engineering could be considered challenging fields due to the technical knowledge required. However, our students find our programmes incredibly rewarding when gaining a wide range of skills during their studies and getting to work on exciting new projects. 

There are methods to ensure you’re getting the best of your degree, including practicing good time management and making time for yourself to recharge. If you find your studies overwhelming, there will be support available from your lecturers and university support staff. 

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.


As an electronic and electrical engineering student you will also use Salford's suite of dedicated laboratories that support the teaching and practical development of electronic systems and projects. 

We also have CISCO-based networking laboratories at both of our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campus for you to experiment with networks and telecommunication systems.


Employment and stats

What about after uni?


The Fourth Industrial Revolution will herald the next generation of integrated robotics and automation in everyday life. On successful completion of the BEng degree, with a specialism in electronics and electrical engineering, you will have a huge range of career opportunities available to you.

You can choose to focus your career on areas such as power generation, automotive vehicle drives and electronics, electronic system design, automation and robotics, telecommunications, but there are many more.

Further study

You might find you want to learn more about engineering and applied electronics. Building on our expertise, we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and subject interest further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a generous fees discount. 

A taste of what you could become

A telecommunications engineer

An electronic systems designer

An electrical engineer

A systems developer

An Automation and Robotics Engineer

And more...

Career Links

The University of Salford champions industry-focused, career-driven learning. The electrical and electronic engineering course is designed and delivered by a programme team with strong industry links with electrical industry leaders, such as Siemens, Bentley and Cisco. 


What you need to know

International students

This course isn’t suitable for international students.

If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please consider our International Foundation Year course.

Applicant profile 

We welcome applicants who are passionate about electronics, with a strong background and general interest in science and technology. The pathways is also recommended if you've already worked in industry but want to gain a recognised academic qualifications in the field of electronics.

English language requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.

Standard entry requirements


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

64 UCAS points where qualifications include mathematics and physics to A-Level or equivalent standard.

72 UCAS points from any subject combination without mathematics and physics

A level

64 UCAS points where qualifications include both mathematics and Physics at A-Level and a Pass in Science Practical.

72 UCAS points from any subject combination without mathematics and physics.

BTEC National Diploma

MPP for Engineering or science subjects that include mathematics and physics modules.

MMP for subjects without mathematics and physics modules.

Access to HE

QAA approved science/engineering access courses considered with 64 UCAS points equivalence.

Scottish Highers

64 UCAS points where qualifications include both higher level mathematics and physics.

72 UCAS points from any subject combination without higher level mathematics and physics

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 UCAS points where qualifications include both Higher Level mathematics and physics.

72 UCAS points from any subject combination without Higher Level mathematics and physics.

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60%, to include Science, Engineering or Technology.

International Baccalaureate

26 Points including Grade 4 in physics or mathematics at Higher Level

Alternative entry requirements

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.

To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.
Full-time home 2025/26 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.

Additional costs

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

Any optional visits to airlines, airports or industry events to be covered by you.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID H659

Institution S03