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BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering

Get under the skin of modern electronics on this vital, professional course.

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Are you fascinated by how things work? Passionate about electronics? Southampton Solent University’s professionally accredited electronic engineering programme can help you to turn these interests into a lucrative and engaging career.

With a broad curriculum covering everything from analogue and digital electronics to contemporary embedded systems, signal processing technologies and modern communications, graduates can expect to seek employment in research and development, maintenance engineering, electronic design, telecommunications and much more.

  • This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This means that the course content meets strict standards put in place by the industry itself.
  • Students have the opportunity to use a range of high-end laboratories, facilities and workshops.
  • These facilities include a dedicated electronics lab equipped with up-to-date oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters and NI MultiSim eCAD as well as Labview and Matlab software, 2D and 3D rapid prototyping equipment. Students also have access to microcomputer and micro–controller development and test systems.
  • This course has a strong focus on hands-on exploration, enabling students to put the theory they have learnt into practice straight away.
  • The course delivery team have a wide range of experience across a number of different engineering disciplines.
  • Their established network of industry contacts help to bring real-world examples, expertise and projects into the classroom.
  • Students benefit from access to Solent’s comprehensive academic and personal support services.
  • This course is offered as standard full-time study to students or on a one-day-per-week part-time study basis for professional CPD for staff already in employment.

The industry

It is estimated that there is an annual shortfall of 81,000 professional engineers in the UK alone. This critical skills gap is thought to be affecting the UK’s ability to stay competitive, implying that demand for engineering professionals is likely to rise.

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge that electronic engineering employment will require. These range from essential mathematical concepts to circuitry, automation, data communications and signal processing skills. Critically, past students have been able to gain an insight into real-life engineering problems, tackling projects defined for them by our network of industry contacts.

The programme

In the first year, students develop a solid foundation in maths and circuitry before getting to grips with analogue, digital and microcomputer systems. The latter half of the year is focused on developing an understanding of industry software, key professional skills and manufacturing techniques.

These proficiencies will form a solid foundation for the second and third year, where students will study embedded systems and advanced data communications, carry out their own research and undertake a major practical project.

Electronic engineering students benefit from access to a range of high-end facilities including rapid prototyping equipment, PSpice/NI MultiSim software and microcomputer development systems. Southampton Solent University also offers students access to digital multi-meter signal generators, FLIR cameras and digital signal processing (DSP) boards – all of which allow students to better understand how the theory they have learnt links to real workplace scenarios.

The engineering academic group’s network of industry contacts has provided past students with the opportunity to work on live briefs, helping them to develop project management, analytical, problem solving, team working and business management skills. These transferable skills can serve students well in a range of roles and help ensure that they are fully prepared to work effectively in a professional working environment.

Students are encouraged to interact with the industry throughout the curriculum. In previous years, Solent’s engineering students have had the opportunity to work closely with employers such as Rolls-Royce, SAAB, Sea Eye, TUV and Coopervision. The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Wessex Round Table of Inventors (WRTI) have also held regular local professional development events on campus.

Next steps

Think a career in electronic engineering might be for you? Whether it’s aerospace, telecommunications, nano-technology or product development, Southampton Solent University’s electronic engineering programme will help you to build the skills needed to apply for a range of rewarding graduate roles.

Have you got a question about applying?


UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H608
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H612
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H6QH
  • 3 Years Standard entry H610

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Part-time entry
Relevant HNC/D


Year one:


Core units

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Circuit Principles
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Manufacturing Principles
  • Microcomputer Systems
  • Professional and Study Skills

Year two:


Core units

  • Applied Maths for Electronics
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Embedded Systems
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Automation and Control


  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering
  • Curriculum Plus

Year three:


Core units

  • Electronic Circuit Design
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Radio Systems
  • Final-Year Project


  • Business option, such as Business Strategy or Entrepreneurship

Teaching, learning and assessment

Activities are often workshop- or laboratory-based, with students completing tasks individually and in groups.

The emphasis is on activity-based learning and problem-solving, applying theoretical knowledge to resolve real-life scenarios.

Work experience
First-year full-time students will be given the opportunity to partner with a company in the industry, such as SAAB, Sea Eye, TUV or Garbuio Dickinson, providing at least one visit in the first year. There are also industry mentoring opportunities throughout the course, which may lead to work placements.

Formal examinations, written assignments, group work, laboratory reports and presentations.

Our facilities

Well-equipped electronic and manufacturing laboratories including NI MultiSim eCAD software, rapid prototyping equipment with 3D printers and laser cutters, and a wide range of development systems for microcomputer and microcontroller systems.

We also offer students a range of digital oscilloscopes, multi-meters, signal generators, Arduino Mega boards, robots and sensor kits. Students will also work with FLIR cameras and digital signal processing (DSP) boards, analysing signals for the wireless monitoring and conditioning of response circuit simulators. Having this kit available on campus allows students to get hands on and really understand how the theory learnt in the classroom links in to practical work.

Study abroad

If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study electronic engineering units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

For more information, see

If you’re studying outside Europe, then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The engineering team has a diverse range of academic and industrial experience and research interests in the fields of digital signal processing, micro-controller and embedded programming, the automation of sensing, capturing and processing data, and a range of electronic communication and simulation methods.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H608
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H612
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H6QH
  • 3 Years Standard entry H610

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

This course can lead to a career in a range of electronic industries or further study. Graduate opportunities include a range of career paths in electronic design, microcomputer or embedded systems, possibly automation or circuit development.

Digital signal processing has emerged as an exciting area of engineering technology, and our graduates will be perfectly geared towards entering this as a career. Some of our students have also gone on to study at master’s level, to enhance their career prospects further.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Research and development
  • Maintenance engineering
  • Manufacturing automation
  • Telecommunications 
  • Project management (defence procurement).

Links with industry

First-year full-time students will be given the opportunity to partner with a local company in the industry. This partnership may include visits, mentoring and opportunities for live project work. Previous industry partners have included Rolls-Royce, Marine Concepts, BAE Systems, Stannah, Saab and Seaeye.

Transferable skills

Students gain a range of analytical and practical skills through circuit design, programming and circuit construction. Group work will play an important part on the course, building teamwork and communication skills. In addition, we offer professional and study skill training from the beginning of year one. This ensures students graduate with a well-balanced and sought after set of skills.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Automotive knowledge transfer graduate (He-Man Dual Controls), electronics design engineer (Stannah Stairlifts), RF development engineer (Pascall Electronics), electronic engineer (Siemens), air traffic control engineer (NATS).


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Accreditations: This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc (or equivalent further learning).

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A-levels in a relevant subject (Maths to have been studied at AS Level or higher), a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Entry to year two full-time, or year three part-time, can be considered for applicants with a relevant HNC or equivalent qualification.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year or the International Foundation Year.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit:

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H608
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H612
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H6QH
  • 3 Years Standard entry H610


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