This course is designed in a systematic way from fundamental training in engineering science, electronics and computing to more specialised and photonics-focused modules with a strong emphasis on applications and case studies. This provides students with up-to-date information, and offers many exciting employment opportunities in the fields of telecommunications, the laser engineering industry, research and development sectors and the electronics industry.
Year 1 and Year 2
The fundamental principles of engineering and applied physics that underpin the design of electrical and electronic equipment are studied in the first two years. This gives the background and tools for more in-depth study or specialisation in the final year. The first two years of the course include modules fundamental to all branches of engineering while providing an essential insight into process engineering, design and computing, as well as specialised electrical and electronic engineering courses. The fundamental modules will cover topics such as:
• Engineering science
• Computer technology and programming
• Circuit theory
• Analogue and digital electronics
• Signals and systems
In addition to this, engineers require managerial skills, the ability to communicate effectively, a good measure of human understanding and an awareness of the economic, environmental and social implications of their activity. Our courses are designed to provide excellent training in all those areas.
In the final year you have the opportunity to take an increasing number of advanced specialist communications modules such as:
• Optical communications
• Wireless communications
• Digital communications
All the students in the final year are required to undertake a project which is often associated with the design, construction and evaluation of an electrical or communication device to meet a given specification, or a fundamental research on the recent available technologies to address current industrial needs. You will have the opportunity to interact with members of the School’s various research teams, working alongside experienced researchers on highly relevant and exciting research projects, where students are given opportunities to demonstrate their ability to utilise the theoretical and practical knowledge they have gained on the course.
Teaching and assessment
The course is taught by staff from the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and some of the lectures are given by consultants and experts from the industrial sector who explain how technologies are currently being used in industry to solve real world problems. The course is taught in formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, supplemented by an engineering applications course, involving laboratory and group projects.
The final degree classification is based on marks obtained in the second and final academic years. The final academic year contributes twice as much as the second year to the total. Coursework and engineering applications account for approximately 30 per cent of the total.
Professional placement and study abroad
Placement year (optional)
All students enrolled on the BEng course are strongly encouraged to undertake a one year industrial training placement immediately prior to the final year of academic study. You will be paid a salary while on your placement and as this forms an integral part of the course overseas students are eligible for placements.