Electronic and Computer Engineering MEng
Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option.
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About the Course
This course gives students a strong theoretical background involving the future of electronics, microelectronics and computer systems, as well as covering practical aspects, making use of our facilities in electronics, sensors, computer systems, computer networks, signal processing and laboratories. It will provide students with a detailed technical knowledge of current practice in electronic and computer hardware and its applications.
About the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department at Brunel
Our undergraduate degrees have a common first year during which you will study all of the main specialisms. Based on your own personal learning experiences of these subjects, you will be able to re-evaluate your original degree choice at this level and switch to a related course if you want.
Our courses allow you to specialise so that you can match your studies to your own particular interest, or maintain a broad approach.
Our Undergraduate courses are featured by a number of activities that are summarised at Course Highlights.
Is this course for me?
You must have engineering potential and be someone who is analytical, creative, logical, a problem solver, a realist, versatile and forward thinking. You should be interested in understanding about the big picture as well as becoming a specialist in your chosen area. Intellectual challenge is important to you, as is hands-on experience, and you want to work alongside other high achievers.
Maybe you know what engineering area you want to specialise in already and realise that a broad degree can provide you with an invaluable springboard to any number of careers. You don’t want to limit your options. Maybe you are seeking a broad-based engineering degree to explore your interests and strengths in a variety of exciting fields, all of which are of crucial importance in today’s world.
AimsMEng Electronic and Computer Engineering aims to develop a strong theoretical background involving the future of electronics, microelectronics and computer systems. It also offers practical aspects, making use of our facilities in electronics, sensors, computer systems, computer networks, signal processing and laboratories.
The need for systems engineers with knowledge and skills in electronic hardware and software co-design is a key requirement of the industry and for future technological systems progression. Engineers, technologists and designers are the architects and implementers of the technological revolution and are in very great demand throughout industry, commerce and the public sector.
This course focuses on producing well-educated, imaginative and professionally-trained engineers with the technical skill to work and research in the field of electronic engineering and computer systems engineering. Graduates will be able to design, integrate and develop technological solutions for the next generation of computer systems. The course will also address electronic, microelectronic and digital systems, embedded systems, computer engineering, computing and applications of the technology.
Dr David Smith
School of Engineering and Design
Tel: +44 (0)1895 265814
- Our expertise in data communications and networks is almost unparalleled in the UK. Our MSc programmes have gained accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and we deliver these programmes internationally.
- Labs are very well-equipped, with extensive gifts of software and hardware from prestigious industrial collaborators. Yearly expenditure on new software is high and the School of Engineering and Design has 500 computers. Our policy is to maintain and to give students access to the most current and commercially relevant software available.
- You may have the opportunity to work abroad as part of your study or as a professional work placement – we have well-established links with France, Germany and Italy. We also offer free foreign language classes.
- We have good links with business. For our students this means courses designed to meet the needs of industry and the market place, and greater choice and quality of work placements.
- We benefit from being located near much of the country’s information engineering industry.
- Our courses and research are aimed squarely at developing the expertise, knowledge and new ideas needed for the information age, and cover the full breadth of electronic, computer and multimedia engineering.
All our BEng Programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). All our MEng programmes are linked to one of these accredited BEng programmes.
Our MEng programmes are new and their accreditation is presently in the review stage. All our relevant MSc programmes have IET approval.
Facts and Figures
Engineering and Design is one of the largest Schools in the University with over 60 members of staff involved in teaching and research, an undergraduate population of over 800 and a postgraduate population of over 200.
Level 1 Core (Year 1)
- Digital Systems and Microprocessors
- Devices and Circuits
- Level 1 Workshop
- Systems and Programming
- Electrical Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Science, Systems and Society
- Computer Architecture and Interfacing
- Digital Systems Design and Reliability Engineering
- Electronic Systems
- Object Oriented Systems Programming
- Signals and Systems
- Engineering Group Design Project
- Individual Project and Project Management
- Advanced Devices and Electronic Systems Design
- Multimedia Digital Signal Processing
- Advanced Digital Systems
One from the following:
- Software Engineering and Technology
- Control Systems
- Distributed Systems and Computing
- Innovation, Business and Enterprise for Engineers
- Embedded Systems Engineering
- Major Group Project
Any three from the following:
- Data Communication
- Computer Networks
- Digital VLSI Design
- Network Design and Management
- Advanced Multimedia Processing
- Intelligent Signal Processing
- Optical Satellite and Mobile Communications
We take pains to maintain our high level of teaching. Lecturers are at the leading edge of their fields and many are internationally and nationally recognised for their work. They act as consultants for major companies, are often widely published and have good links with industry, so they know exactly what is going on in the commercial world.
In Level 1 you will have about 18 taught hours a week. This will fall to around eight hours of lectures and seminars in Level 3, with one whole day of project work
In addition to this, staff are normally happy to answer queries outside this time. We operate an open door policy where you can drop in and chat, or email lecturers with your questions.
Students are expected to carry out a total of 40 hours study a week, including contact hours.
How will I be taught?
Lectures – These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and give you a framework from which to carry out in-depth study.
Laboratories – These are normally stand-alone three hour sessions in which students can develop, understand and practice using industry standard equipment. They provide an informal environment in which to explore new ideas and apply what you have learnt in lectures, with the help of a tutor. The staff/student ratio is 1:10 (one supervisor and a demonstrator).
Workshops – In a workshop you will work on more complex problems with guidance from a member of staff. This might involve producing an artefact or a design solution. Workshops allow you to develop new intellectual and practical skills and also serve to reinforce material learnt in lectures.
Tutorials – These involve up to six students. At Level 1 they will provide an opportunity to look at your academic knowledge and to develop personal skills, such as communication ability and study skills.
One-to-one – You will get one-to-one supervision for all project work, throughout all levels. If you go on a placement you will also be allocated an industrial tutor who will help you to set objectives, monitor your progress, and provide further support if you need it. You will also have a personal tutor who is available to discuss both academic and personal problems.
Other – This may include guest speakers from prominent organisations, research seminars and external site visits.
Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this year to continue with the course.
Several methods of assessment are employed. There are written examinations at the end of each term, but work is also continuously assessed throughout. You will undertake projects, assignments, essays, laboratory work and short tests.
Project work is commonplace and is usually completed in groups to imitate the everyday experience in an engineering firm where specialists must pool their talents to design a solution to a problem.
In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. Group members share the mark gained, so it is up to each individual to get the most out of everyone else.
Computers have had a tremendous impact on every facet of our lives at home and work, in leisure and in communication. Now, and for the foreseeable future, the most significant growth will be in the development of reliable and efficient computer systems, and the unprecedented demand for engineers able to design computer systems is therefore set to continue. The growth of embedded electronic systems in all areas of our lives has created exciting employment prospects across all areas of industry and business.
Graduates with appropriate training in this discipline are likely to have excellent opportunities in diverse fields such as finance, leisure, media and marketing as well as in all forms of engineering and in the computer industries.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) surveyElectronic and Computer Engineering graduates have a range of employment options open to them. The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which provides a platform to build on for those who wish to achieve Chartered Engineering status.
In 2010/11, six months after graduating:
- 70.0% of graduates with a first degree were in employment
- 13.3% were in full-time further study
There is a relaxed and friendly relationship between students and staff at Brunel and we take a genuine interest and pride in the success of our students and graduates. This, together with acknowledged high quality teaching and resources, results in an excellent record of employment amongst our graduates.
Whichever Electronic Engineering course you follow, you will have a wide choice of careers in mainstream electrical/electronic/microelectronic industries and in other engineering and ‘high-tech’ fields.
The majority of our graduates move into research, development or manufacturing companies – a choice many make when accepting sponsorship from a company – but opportunities do exist in most other professional spheres such as computing, medicine, finance, management and the media.
Recent graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies including the BBC, Virgin Airways, Opodo, Philips, Intel, Siemens and a variety of design companies.
You have the opportunity to undertake high quality work placements within prestigious organisations.
UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year
International students: £15,000 full-time
We are introducing over 700 scholarships for 2013, meaning that one in five applicants who join Brunel next year will receive financial support from the University. See our fees and funding page for full details
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Requirements for 2013 Entry
- GCE A-level ABB, including Grade A in Maths and Grade B in a Science or Engineering subject (General Studies not accepted; Critical Thinking accepted as 4th subject only).
- Irish Leaving Certificate AAABB, including Grade A in Maths and Grade B in a Science or Engineering subject.
- Scottish Advanced Highers AAB, including Grade A in Maths and Grade B in a Science or Engineering subject.
- Advanced Diploma Progression Diploma Grade A in Engineering, plus the Specialist Unit in Maths for Engineers at grade B along with 1 AS-level at Grade B for Additional and Specialist Learning.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D, including Distinction in a Maths module and Distinction in either Electrical or Electronic Principles.
- IBDP 35 points, including 6 in Higher Level Maths and 5 in a Higher Level Science or Engineering subject.
- Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page. For external foundation courses, please contact the Admissions Tutor.
- Access Access courses are not accepted for the MEng entry. Access students are encouraged to apply for the BEng degree in this subject and if they achieve sufficient grades on year one of the course they can discuss transferring to the MEng.
All applicants are required to attend an interview before a formal offer is made.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths (please note that these must have been gained by the time you submit your UCAS application).
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4)
- TOEFL Internet test: 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17)
- Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.