Electronic and Computer Engineering is an exciting and rapidly developing area that is increasingly affecting every aspect of our lives. Many everyday objects with which we interact, such as mobile phones, tablets and games consoles, contain electronics that have to be designed by engineers. Our degree will prepare you for a career in electronic systems design and software development. This five-year degree includes a compulsory one year placement in industry.
You will learn the fundamentals of the subject, including analogue and digital electronics, programming, software development and more specialised topics such as embedded systems, mobile devices and robotics. The degree has a good balance of academic theory and practical ‘hands-on’ project work. You will work in new purpose-built laboratories, using the very latest equipment.
Whilst the degree is challenging, you will be offered close academic support by department staff who are experts in their field. Electronic and Computer Engineering has a wide-reaching social impact posing many ethical questions, and these issues are examined at various points during the course.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. Your third year of study is a compulsory placement year in industry.
In your first year of study, there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second, fourth and fifth years. As well as teaching hours, you are also be expected to spend a number of hours each week studying independently, as well as in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
During each year you will have a variety of assessments, including written exams and portfolios, and coursework that closely relates to the practical aspects you have studied. In your final year, you complete a research project or a dissertation that is prepared for in the first years of your degree.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
In the first year, you will develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that underpin Electronics and Computer Engineering. Topics studied include:
In the second year, you will develop a broader understanding and knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of Electronics and Computer Engineering. You study:
You spend your third year on a compulsory placement in industry.
In your fourth year, the curriculum strongly reflects staff expertise and research, and you will develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical aspects of Electronic and Computer Engineering. You study:
In your final year, you will study more advanced topics such as:
A degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering will make you highly employable, having developed specific skills in electronic systems design. There is a skills gap in this area, and we constantly seek to give our graduates an ‘edge’ by examining emerging and cutting-edge technologies. You will be ideally placed to gain employment in high-demand roles such as Design Engineer across a range of sectors including Consumer Electronics and Computer Engineering. Examples of recent graduate appointments include Technical Engineer and Systems Engineers.
Many of our graduates also go on to further study at postgraduate level.
This degree includes a compulsory year in industry placement, giving you the opportunity to gain real workplace skills highly sought after by employers.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
As well as your tuition fees, you will need approximately £250 to buy key textbooks, hardware, software, and general computer consumables.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £11,400 (provisional) per year for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
With Foundation year, this degree is only available to study as a Single Honours course.