Electronic and Electrical Engineering MEng

  • 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.

About the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department at Brunel

At Brunel, our degree programmes will teach you about state-of-the-art technology, which means our graduates can work at the forefront of all the major areas of electronic engineering. We adopt a teaching style that is research-led, so the latest cutting-edge technologies will be taught as part of the course. Our courses combine theory with practical and project work – an approach which can help you to turn ideas into real systems – and our students are regularly awarded national and international prizes.

Our undergraduate degrees allow you to specialise so that you can match your studies to your own particular interest, or maintain a broad approach. They 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 Undergraduate courses are featured by a number of activities that are summarised at Course Highlights.

Read more about our Electronic and Computer Engineering courses. 

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.

See what our students say about this course.

Aims

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. You will develop a sound knowledge of all aspects of electronic and electrical engineering and related areas.

You will develop a strong theoretical background involving the future of electronics, microelectronics and computer systems. The course offers practical aspects, making use of our facilities in electronics, sensors, computer systems, computer networks, signal processing and laboratories.

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.

Engineers, technologists and designers are the architects and implementers of this technological revolution and are in very great demand throughout industry, commerce and the public sector. We aim to produce well-educated, imaginative and professionally-trained engineers and designers who can meet the challenge of rapid technological development.

Enquiries

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Course Content

A common core at Levels 1 and 2 will give you a broad understanding together with a high level of analytical and engineering design skills. You then have the opportunity for specialisation in the final year in communications systems, and will select your major project in your chosen area.

Typical modules

Level 1 Core (Year 1)

  • Digital Systems and Microprocessors
  • Devices and Circuits
  • Level 1 Electronic Engineering Workshop
  • Problem Solving and Programming
  • Electronic Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science, Systems and Society
Level 2 Core (Year 2)
  • Communication
  • Digital Systems Design and Reliability Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Sustainability
  • Electronic Systems
  • Signals and Systems
  • Engineering Group Design Project
  • Management
BEng Level 3 Core
  • Individual Project and Project Management
  • Advanced Electronics
BEng Level 3 Options

Three from:
  • Design of Intelligent Systems
  • Digital Communications Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Power Electronics and Systems
  • Multimedia Digital Signal Processing
  • Advanced Digital Systems
  • Renewable Energy in Power Systems
MEng Level 3 Core
  • MEng Major Project
  • Advanced Devices and Electronic Systems Deisgn
  • Control Systems
MEng Level 3 Options

Two from:
  • Advanced Digital Systems
  • Digital Communication Systems
  • Multimedia Digital Signal Processing
  • Power Electronics and Systems
  • Renewable Energy in Power Systems
  • Control Systems
MEng Level 4 Core
  • Innovation, Business and Enterprise for Engineers
  • Digital VLSI Design
  • Major Group Project
MEng Level 4 Options

Three from:
  • Data Communication
  • DSP for Communications
  • Embedded Systems Engineering
  • Intelligent Signal Processing
  • Optical Satellite and Mobile Communications 
  • Power Electronics and FACTS
  • Power System Stability and Control
  • Radio and Optical Communication Systems
  • Real-Time Digital Signal Processing Systems

Special Features

  • Our expertise in data communications and networks is almost unparalleled in the UK.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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.

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.

Hours

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 so 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 where 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 in order to progress to level 2. Level 2 is worth a third of your final degree classification. Level 3 is worth the rest.

In the final year you will carry out a major individual project worth a third of your final year marks. This is in addition to other project work at level 2. The percentage of coursework to exam varies from course to course and also depends on the modules you select.

Assessment is by a variety of methods and varies depending on your degree programme. In general, the following techniques are used:

  • Traditional exam
  • Pre-seen exam (a case study to prepare in advance)
  • Written assignments
  • Practical and creative design assignments
  • Laboratory work
  • Individual and group presentations.

Equal emphasis is put on teamwork and individual contribution in assessed group projects and presentations.

Employability

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.

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.

There is a relaxed and friendly relationship between students and staff 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.

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 2011/12, six months after graduating:

  • 71.4% of graduates with a first degree were in employment
  • 10.7% were in full-time further study

Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

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 companies including the BBC, Virgin Airways, Siemens and a variety of design companies.

Placements

You have the opportunity to undertake high quality work placements within prestigious organisations.

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.

» More about Employability

Fees for 2014/15 entry

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

International students: £16,000 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 for 2014 Entry

  • GCE A-level AAA, including Grade A in Maths and Grade A in a Science or Engineering subject (General Studies not accepted for this subject at all).
  • 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.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D* in a related subject with an A Level at grade A in a Maths, Science or Engineering subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D* in a related subject with A Levels grade AA including a Maths and a Science or Engineering subject.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 37 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 GCSE’s.

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

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country is not listed here please contact Admissions

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
  • TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4) PBT
  • TOEFL Internet test: 79 IBT (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.

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

Page last updated: Tuesday 29 July 2014