Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Electronic Engineering

School of Science, Engineering and Environment



With placement


Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2024


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. You'll build problem-solving and group design skills, and be ready to find an exciting electronics-based role.

Start your study journey

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

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

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You are excited about electronics, with a keen interest in science and technology


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


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

Course details

All about the course

Electronic Engineering

Course delivery

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 and two, you'll explore analogue and digital electronics, electronics systems, telecommunications, digital systems design, digital signal processing and computer networking. You'll conclude your studies by completing a final year project, with the opportunity to choose a topic based on your electronics interests.

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 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'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.


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 your knowledge of differential equations and series with emphasis on their applications to engineering and develop your awareness of the  importance of mathematics in a quantitative description of engineering. You will be introduced to computer simulation and computing programming.

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

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 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.

Internet of Things

You will gain an overview of key concepts and challenges related to digital transformation through an examination of the evolution of the Internet and how the interconnection of people, processes, data, and things is transforming every industry.

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.

Digital Signal Processing and Machine Learning (BEng/MEng)

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 engineering applications.

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.

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
  • Tutorials
  • Practical activities


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

  • Laboratory exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports
What you want to know

Frequently asked questions

What do electronic engineers do? 

Electronic engineers are responsible for the creation of consumer technology. They might work on the design of microchips, tech manufacturing, or product testing and development.   

Is a career in electronic engineering a good career? 

A career in electronic engineering can be incredibly exciting and rewarding. Graduates are highly employable in many areas, especially the electronics, automotive, manufacturing, IT, and transport industries. 

Is it hard to be an electronic engineer?

A career in electronic engineering can be challenging yet rewarding. It can encompass many complex technological topics, however, our students find our programmes incredibly rewarding when gaining a wide range of skills during their studies.    

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 engineering student, you will use our suite of dedicated laboratories and software simulations tools as your explore electronic systems and complete practical 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?


With the surging interest and demand in robotics and electronics, the range of roles is increasing, with more businesses and organisations seeking to be forefront of technological advancements. As an engineering graduate with a specialism in electronic engineering, you will be one step closer to careers in this exciting field.

Popular industries for graduate 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. 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 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. 


What you need to know

Applicant profile

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

English language requirements

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

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 us ATAS team.

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

112 UCAS points to include the study of mathematics or physics.


112 UCAS points to include a grade B in Mathematics or a numerate science with a pass in the practical elements.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM from engineering or science subjects, must include Distinctions in mathematics modules

Access to HE

Please contact Admissions for further information:

Scottish Highers

112 UCAS points to include grade B in Advanced Higher level mathematics, physics or numerate science

Irish Leaving Certificate

112 UCAS points to include grade B in Advanced Higher level mathematics, physics or numerate science.

European Baccalaureate

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

International Baccalaureate

30 points to include Grade 5 in mathematics, physics or numerate science at Higher Level.

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you could take the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

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 scheme, you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

Learn more about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £17,040.00per year

Additional costs

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

International Student Scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. 

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID 8H47

Institution S03