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About the course

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.

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.

 

Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities January start available Part time 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 & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H608
  • 3 Years Standard Entry H610
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H612
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H6QH
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 part-time fees are not yet available. For guidance the 2016/17 fees were:
UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year
International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

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.


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Key entry requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • 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.


99%

of students feel the course is intellectually stimulating

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

023 8201 3039

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: www.ucas.com.

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

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

Options

  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year Three

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

Options

  • Business option, such as Business Strategy or Entrepreneurship

Please note: Not all optional units 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

Key figures

50%

Written Exams

46%

Assessment by coursework

4%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Jonathan Ridley academic profile Jonathan Ridley Programme Group Leader View profile
Kevin Walsh academic profile Kevin Walsh Academic Leader View profile
Dr Marc Molinari academic profile Marc Molinari Course Leader View profile
Fayyaz Rehman academic profile Fayyaz Rehman Senior Lecturer View profile
Abdullah Wardak academic profile Abdullah Wardak Senior Lecturer View profile
Rob Benham academic profile Rob Benham Lecturer View profile
Jilin Ye academic profile Jilin Ye Lecturer View profile
Helena Twigg academic profile Helena Twigg Associate Lecturer View profile
Simon Saggers academic profile Simon Saggers Technical Instructor View profile

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. 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.

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).

92%

of students go on to work and/or further study six months after finishing the course

80%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

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

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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