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About the course

Are you fascinated by how things work? Passionate about electronics? 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.

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.

This course is also 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.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

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.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for electronics enthusiasts who wish to combine their knowledge with engineering skills to be able to pursue a career in areas such as electronic design, telecommunications, microcomputers or research and development.  

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs
Minor materials in year 3: approximately £50

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels (one A-Level in a maths or science subject), a STEM based BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or a STEM based BTEC Diploma at D*D, normally in a relevant numerate or technology subject or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • 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 Science and Engineering Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time 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: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Science and Engineering Foundation Year route:

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

Part-time 

Applications for part-time courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing  admissions@solent.ac.uk.

Please use the link below to apply online:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Applied Mathematics
    On this module you will learn how to apply a range of mathematical techniques to realistic engineering problems.  You will use basic algebra and solve simultaneous equations and equations of straight lines to answer engineering problems around linked variables in mechanics and electronics.  
  • Introduction to Electronics
    This module is designed to introduce you to the electrical and electronic principles necessary to analyse circuit behaviour and design. It also provides the foundation for further study of more specialised electrical/electronic engineering techniques used later in your course.
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
    This module sits within the circuit theme and is designed to give you an introduction to the basic terminology, concepts and devices used in electronic circuits.
  • Manufacturing Principles
    This module helps you to develop an awareness of the factors affecting the selection of materials and processes used in manufacturing a product.  It does this by comparing the attributes of materials and the suitability of processes in the light of the external factors that need to be considered when developing the product design specification.
  • Microprocessor Systems
    Almost all modern engineering systems contain microcomputer systems, which are especially important in the development of industry 4.0. This module is designed to introduce you to this area and develop your knowledge of the theory and practice of structured programming through high-level language.
  • Professional Engineering Skills 
    This module will introduce you to the profession of engineering. This includes both theoretical and professional skills relating to the role of the professional engineer and also supports your transition into higher education. 

Year two

Core modules
  • Applied Maths for Electronics
    This module will equip you with the necessary mathematical knowledge and skill to critically evaluate and analyse electrical/electronic systems. It introduces key mathematical principles and methods, and examines circuit theory, in a way that reviews and extends the basic electrical and electronic principles that you will have encountered in FHEQ Level4.
  • Electronic Circuits
    In this module you will develop your understanding of the use of circuit theorems and principles. You will also see how such circuits can be used to meet a variety of electronic requirements for practical applications. 
  • Embedded Systems
    This module aims to familiarise you with the whole development cycle of embedded systems. Initially, you will consider the design and implementation of combinational and sequential logic systems.
  • Data Communications and Networks
    This module is part of the communications theme and providing you with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of networking theory, which is an integral part of most engineering and industry 4.0 systems.
  • Automation and Control
    On this module you will learn/develop your understanding of a variety of vital underpinning mathematical techniques, such as; Laplace Transforms, Fourier Transforms, Vector Analysis amongst others.
  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering
    This module will introduce you to the business subjects of marketing, competition and law, including the nature of contracts and ethical considerations. These are key areas for any engineering business – as such every technically focussed engineer should have a good working knowledge of these areas.

Year three

Core modules
  • Electronic Circuit Design
    You will develop knowledge of the theory and use of active filters, including basic filter types (Butterworth, Bessel and Chebyshev), filter topology, first-order, second-order and third-order filters, active low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-stop filter stages.
  • Digital Signal Processing
    This module will consider the theoretical concepts and tools applicable to the analysis and design of discrete-time systems. This module discusses the concepts of sampling and the representation of discrete-time signals and systems.
  • Radio Systems
    The module provides a framework for understanding and evaluating the key design topics and choices in developing radio systems. The module is designed to complement the data communications part of the communications theme and to give the student a structured overview of the wireless communications with emphasis on link design, performance trade-offs, key limiting factors and practical issues in implementation over real world channels.
  • Final-Year Project
    Carrying out project work is one of the most critical skills for your future career as an engineer.  In this unit, you will carry out a project which is more significant in scale and complexity than previously.  You will manage the project yourself.  

Options

Business option, such as Business Strategy or Entrepreneurship

  • Business Strategy
    In this module you will study these organisational constraints by examining the role, techniques and difficulties involved in strategic business management, along with the processes and strictures of formal strategic planning.
  • Entrepreneurship
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop your entrepreneurial talents, which are important if you want to develop your own business or understand how businesses are developed. You will develop knowledge and skills around the legal and human resource aspects of setting up and running a successful business.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Students' work

Meet the course team

Jonathan Ridley academic profile Jonathan Ridley Head of Subject View profile
Dr Marc Molinari academic profile Marc Molinari Course Leader View profile
Dr Janet Bonar academic profile Janet Bonar Senior Lecturer View profile
Rob Benham academic profile Rob Benham Lecturer View profile
Simon Saggers academic profile Simon Saggers Lecturer View profile
Puja Mishra academic profile Puja Mishra Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

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. 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.

Laboratories also include 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.

This course has a strong focus on hands-on exploration, enabling students to put the theory they have learnt into practice straight away.

Your future

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).

Industry links

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.

Placements

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. There are also industry mentoring opportunities throughout the course, which may lead to work placements.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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