Electronic and Computer Engineering MEng

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option.

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

Electronics equipment and products are becoming a vital part of our daily lives, from simple MP3 players, mobile phones and computers to highly sophisticated diagnostic equipment used in hospitals and state-of the-art fibre optic communications systems. Computers, telecommunication systems and consumer electronics are advancing at a fast pace.

This is a traditional and broad-based course which aims to produce well-rounded engineers with a high level of analytical and engineering design skills.

From calculators to supercomputers, from telephones to global satellite communications, from dynamos to the national grid, you will gain key knowledge and understanding.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

To view the Brunel engineering graduate showcase video please click here.

Aims

The world of electronics is evolving so rapidly that the devices and techniques that are new today will be tools you are expected to understand and use by the time you graduate. Because of the relentless drive of technological evolution, you need to understand the fundamental principles underlying the technologies in order to be skilled in their application and to be able to adapt rapidly to technological changes throughout your career.

On this course you’ll learn about state-of-the-art technology and develop advanced level knowledge and skills in the design of complex electronic and communication systems, equipping you to work at the forefront of all the major areas of electronic engineering. 

You must have engineering potential and be someone who is analytical, creative, versatile and a logical problem solver – as well as being a forward thinking realist. 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. 

  • 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.

  • aspire to a senior managerial role at the forefront of this dynamic, valued and rapidly expanding technological industry

Whatever your ambitions, 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.

Download the full course programme.

Read about Course Highlights and find out more about our Electronic and Computer Engineering courses.

Enquiries

Admissions and Course Enquiries
Web: Admissions Enquiries Information
Tel (before application): +44 (0)1895 265370 (College Marketing Office)
Tel (after application): +44 (0)1895 265265 (Admissions Office)
Contact Admissions or Course Enquiries Online

Admissions Tutor: Dr Konstantinos Banitsas

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Course Content

Typical Modules

Level 1 Compulsory (Year 1)

  • Digital Systems and Microprocessors
  • Devices and Circuits
  • Level 1 Workshop
  • Problem Solving and Programming
  • Electrical Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science, Systems and Society
Level 2 Compulsory (Year 2)
  • Computer Architecture and Interfacing
  • Digital Systems Design and Reliability Engineering
  • Electronic Systems
  • Object Oriented Systems Programming
  • Signals and Systems
  • Engineering Group Design Project
  • Management
Level 3 Compulsory (Year 3 or 4)
  • Individual Project and Project Management
  • Advanced Devices and Electronic Systems Design
  • Multimedia Digital Signal Processing
  • Advanced Digital Systems
Level 3 Options (Year 3 or 4)

One from the following:
  • Software Engineering and Technology
  • Control Systems
  • Distributed Systems and Computing
Level 4 Compulsory (Year 4 or 5)
  • Innovation, Business and Enterprise for Engineers
  • Embedded Systems Engineering
  • Major Group Project
Level 4 Options (Year 4 or 5)

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

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel.

Special Features

  • 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. 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.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Facts and Figures

  • Electronic and computer engineering is one of the largest disciplines in the University with over 40 full-time academic staff and extensive teaching and research portfolios. The discipline boasts an undergraduate population of 500 and a postgraduate population of over 300 students.
  • ECE at Brunel has an extensive research portfolio totalling £7.5m worth of ongoing research grants and contracts. Electronic and Computer Engineering represented a major part of Brunel’s General Engineering submission to the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), which was ranked fifth in the UK.
  • Our NSS (National Student Survey) results have shown a consistent year on year increase in student satisfaction.

Teaching and Learning

Staff expertise

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.

How many hours of study are involved?

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.

Assessment

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.

Employability

The growth of embedded electronic systems in all areas of our lives has created exciting employment prospects across all areas of industry and business.

Our graduates 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.

Careers

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

Electronic 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 2013/14, six months after graduating:

Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

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.

Placements

You have the opportunity to undertake high quality work placements within prestigious organisations such as Intel, 3M, Group 4 Technology, BP and Ultra Electronics. Increasingly, students are selecting smaller companies to obtain a more flexible placement opportunity.

The University maintains close contact with you during your placement year. The industrial placement year is assessed and contributes to your degree – students who successfully complete the placement year graduate with ‘Professional Development’ as part of their degree title in recognition of their time spent in industry. You will be required to keep a record of your training and of work undertaken throughout the year and to submit coursework to demonstrate the placement learning you have undertaken.

Some of the benefits of a work placement to students include: experience in a relevant business area; the chance to develop the work-related skills demanded by the majority of graduate employers, and which will dramatically enhance your overall employability; personal development including building self-confidence, self-discipline and responsibility attributes; and financial rewards since placements are paid.

Brunel has a dedicated Placement and Careers Centre with over 30 staff, including specialist industry consultants. Each course has a dedicated placement officer who supports students through the placement process. The service includes CV writing, one-to-one guidance and mock interviews. Brunel was named ‘Best University Placement Service’ at the Rate My Placement Awards 2010.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2015/6 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year; £6,000 final year

International students: £16,500 full-time

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements 2015/6

  • GCE A-level AAA, including Maths and a Science or Engineering subject (General Studies not accepted).
  • 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 Further Maths for Technicians and Distinction in either Electrical or Electronic Principles.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D* in a related subject with an A-Level at grade A in a Maths.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D* in a related subject with A-Levels grade AA to include Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 34 points, including 6 in Higher Level Maths and 6 in a Higher Level Science or Engineering subject.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma 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.
  • Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page.

GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

All applicants are required to attend an interview before a formal offer is made.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

EU Entry Requirements

If your country is not listed here please contact Admissions

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Tuesday 01 September 2015