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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

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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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry H610
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 tuition fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 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.

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 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 other costs were:

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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels (one A-Level in a maths or science subject), STEM based BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or STEM based BTEC Diploma at D*D* 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 Science and Engineering Foundation Year.

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
  • 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Full-time undergraduate applicants

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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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. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing  admissions@solent.ac.uk.

Click the link below to apply for part-time BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering:

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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
  • Languages

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

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
Fayyaz Rehman academic profile Fayyaz Rehman Senior Lecturer View profile
Abdullah Wardak academic profile Abdullah Wardak Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Janet Bonar academic profile Janet Bonar Senior Lecturer View profile
Rob Benham academic profile Rob Benham Lecturer View profile
Jilin Ye academic profile Jilin Ye Lecturer View profile
Simon Saggers academic profile Simon Saggers Lecturer View profile
Helena Twigg academic profile Helena Twigg Associate Lecturer View profile
Professor Tony Hope academic profile Tony Hope Associate 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.

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