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Electronic Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Ulster University

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Program Overview

Overview

A wide-ranging course where you will develop a solid understanding of electronic practice, theory and industrial applications.
 

Summary

Electronics engineers are the brains behind the iPad, the mobile phone and GPS devices - in fact, any innovative piece of technology you can think of.
 

Every device with an electrical current running through it has been designed, built and manufactured by electronics engineers. They work closely with product designers, manufacturers and consumer experts to develop ideas for new products - it is the job of the electronic engineer to make sure they work.
 

Electronic engineering graduates are highly employable and can find work in areas such as electronics, automotive, IT, telecoms, manufacturing, utilities and construction.
 

The university has worked closely with employers to develop this BEng Hons course to prepare students for a wide range of industrial electronic roles.
 

Using a connected programme of study which allows you to build on the knowledge gained in each semester, this degree will prepare you to become a well-rounded engineer equipped for a wide range of roles within industry.

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  Location

BelfastUnited Kingdom

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  Course Duration

48 Months

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  Tuition Fee

£ 14,910

 Score

IELTS: 6

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Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
 

Year one

Engineering Mathematics
 

Year: 1

This module provides an understanding of the language and terminology of mathematics, together with the mathematical techniques from algebra, calculus and statistics that are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.

Introductory Software Development
 

Year: 1

Students will be introduced to the basic aspects of software development through the use of the Python programming language. An emphasis is placed on developing a broad understanding of the types of programming used in Engineering and beyond, rather than depth in each specific area. Students will learn about objects, modules and code re-usability and self-documentation. They will be encouraged to take a platform independent approach to development and choose their own tools. They should complete the module with a basic knowledge of the development landscape in terms of tools and techniques.
 

Electronic Design and Manufacture
 

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to Electronic Design and manufacturing, specifically in relation to the design, development and manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs).

Introduction to Electronic and Mechatronic Engineering
 

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to studying Electronic and Mechatronic Engineering at Ulster University and will develop some of the foundational knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed on their degree programme.

Analogue and Digital Electronics 1
 

Year: 1

This module will provide an introduction to semiconductor devices and their application in electronic circuits such as power supplies, voltage regulators and simple amplifier circuits. It will also introduce the field of digital electronics, with simple combinational logic circuit analysis and simplification

The Global Engineer
 

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to working in multidisciplinary teams to solve a real-world problem and present their solution to an audience of their tutors and peers.
 

Year two

Signals and Communications
 

Year: 2

This module provides a foundation in the fundamental principles of signals and communication systems.

Control Theory & Applications
 

Year: 2

This module provides an understanding of the theoretical concepts and use of feedback-control systems. Theoretical studies are supported by the use of appropriate PC-based analysis and design simulation packages.

Design of Electro-Mechanical Systems
 

Year: 2

The understanding of electrical power systems, AC and DC motors including selection, performance and analysis; plus their relevance to mechanical drive systems.

Analogue and Digital Electronics 2

 

Year: 2

This module considers further component and system level analysis and design of analogue and digital electronic circuitry, appropriate to fields such as computing, communications, signal processing and instrumentation.

Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers
 

Year: 2

This module will equip students with necessary knowledge and hardware-software design skills needed to design/implement microcontroller based embedded systems.

Engineering Programming

 

Year: 2

This module is designed to introduce engineering students to the basic principles of algorithmic programming, and the solution of engineering problems using MATLAB and Simulink.
 

Year three

Industrial Placement
 

Year: 3

This module is optional
 

This module provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain structured and professional work experience, in a work-based learning environment, as part of their planned programme of study. This experience allows students to develop, refine and reflect on their key personal and professional skills. The placement should significantly support the development of the student's employability skills, preparation for final year and enhance their employability journey.
 

International Academic Studies
 

Year: 3

This module is optional
 

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year four

Embedded Systems
 

Year: 4

This module will provide knowledge relating to embedded systems from programming to interfacing and relating IoT based applications. More importantly, the focus will be to increase skills of students to develop a design from a paper to a prototype level.

Signal Processing and Data Analysis
 

Year: 4

The module provides a knowledge of analogue and digital signal processing of simple level systems;

with particular application to basic signals generated by biological systems.

Research Methods and Management
 

Year: 4

The project is a substantial individual piece of work completed over 2 semesters. Each student taking this module will carry out an individual project on a topic relevant to their degree of study. Students will be expected to manage and design the project in collaboration with their supervisor. They will be responsible for carrying out the project and writing up and presenting their work in the form of written submissions and a final examination. General guidance on all aspects of the project is given through specific lectures devoted to the topics.

BEng Final Year Project
 

Year: 4

Each student taking this module will carry out an individual project on a topic relevant to their degree of study. Students will be expected to design the project in collaboration with a nominated supervisor. They will be responsible for carrying out the project and writing up results in the form of a final written report.

Nanotechnology
 

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module gives the student an overview of nanotechnology and its applications in engineering.

Object-Oriented Programming
 

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module extends the students understanding of the design and creation of software structures using an object-oriented paradigm. The programming language is C++ which is of particular relevance to engineering students.

Communications circuit design
 

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module enables the student to undertake complete analogue communications circuit design problems.

ASICs and digital design
 

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will introduce the building blocks of the digital circuits and approaches to analyse, synthesis, verify and test the digital circuits using EDA tools and relating hardware (e.g. FPGA).

Environmental Engineering
 

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module introduces environmental issues, key aspects and provides coverage of science, technology, design, regulations and management systems pertaining to environmental protection, resource conservation and alternative energy sources.

All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of a minimum English language level in order to be accepted on to our courses.
 

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English language in order to be granted a UK Student Visa to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

 

This level is often referred to as the ‘B2 level’.

  • Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5.
  • Trinity ISE: Pass at level III (with a pass in each component) also meets this requirement.
  • For September 2022 entry, we are accepting IELTS Indicator.
  • Some of our courses ask for a higher score. It is therefore important to look at individual course requirements.
  • If you meet the English language level for entry to your chosen course, you will also meet the minimum English language level required by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) for a Student Visa.
  • If you do not meet the English language requirement we may give you a conditional offer subject to you meeting the requirement before the commencement of the course.
  • We accept a wide range of alternative English language examinations and tests so please check the list of other accepted tests.

Important notice - fees information

Fees illustrated are based on academic year 22/23 entry and are subject to an annual increase.

If your study continues into future academic years your fees are subject to an annual increase. Please take this into consideration when you estimate your total fees for a degree.

Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

 

Fees (per year)
 

Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and EU Settlement Status Fees
£4,630.00

England, Scotland, Wales and the Islands Fees
£9,250.00

International Fees
£15,360.00

Careers & opportunities
 

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • AJ Power
  • Heartsine Technologies
  • Schrader Electronics Ltd
  • Stryker
  • Yelo Limited

 

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Applications Engineer
  • Electronics Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Design Engineer

 

Career options

JJob prospects in a wide range of engineering industries are excellent, with the majority of graduates finding employment within four months of graduation. Graduates with a BEng Hons, first class or upper second class award all satisfy the requirements for a wide range of postgraduate research posts and scholarships in electronic, computing, mechatronic and biomedical engineering.

Work placement / study abroad

The industrial placement year is a significant, formative period for our electronic engineering students. Involvement in the practice of engineering in an industrial setting will develop your engineering, transferable and personal skills and significantly enhance your employability on graduation. All students are therefore required to undertake a (paid) industrial work placement - normally in year 3 of the programme.

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