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Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Brunel is ranked 3rd in London (Complete University Guide 2018).
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.
This broad-based course in electronic and electrical engineering 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
- a strong theoretical understanding of 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.
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Engineers, technologists and designers are the architects and implementers of our technological revolution and are in great demand throughout industry, commerce and the public sector.
With computers, telecoms systems and consumer electronics advancing at such a fast pace, professionally-trained engineers and designers who can meet the challenge of this quickly evolving environment can enjoy rewarding and lucrative careers.
- 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.
You must 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.
A common compulsory 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.
Level 1 Compulsory
- Digital Systems and Microprocessors
- Devices and Circuits
- Level 1 Electronic Engineering Workshop
- Problem Solving and Programming
- Fundamental Mathematics for Engineers
- Further Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Science, Systems and Society.
Level 2 Compulsory
- Digital Systems Design and Reliability Engineering
- Electrical Engineering and Sustainability
- Electronic Systems
- Signals and Systems
- Engineering Group Design Project
Level 3 Compulsory
- MEng Individual Project and Project Management
- Advanced Devices and Electronic Systems Design.
Level 3 Options
Take three of the following including Control Systems or Power Electronics and Systems (or both):
- Digital Communications Systems
- Control Systems
- Power Electronics and Systems
- Multimedia Digital Signal Processing
- Advanced Digital Systems
- Renewable Energy in Power Systems.
Level 5 Compulsory
- Innovation, Business and Enterprise for Engineers
- Analogue Integrated Circuit Design
- Major Group Project.
Level 5 Options
- Embedded Systems Engineering
- Power Electronics and FACTS
- Power System Stability and Control
- DSP for Communications
- Intelligent Systems
- Radio and Optical Communication Systems
- Communication Network Security.
Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
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.
Brunel 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Entry Criteria 2017/18
- GCE A-level AAB-ABB, including Grade A in Maths, and Grade B in a Science or Engineering subject (General Studies not accepted).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD (in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Engineering) including Distinction in Further Maths for Technicians and Distinction in either Electrical or Electronic Principles.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Engineering with an A-level at grade A in Maths.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Engineering, with A-levels grade AB to include Maths.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 including 6 in Higher Level Maths, and 6 in Higher Level Science or an 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.
5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade C and English Language at 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.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
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. Find out more information about English course and test options.
Teaching and Assessment
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 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 the end of level 1 and switch to a related course if you want.
Women in Engineering and Computing Programme
Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Facts and Figures
- Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) 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 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.
Fees for 2017/18 entry
£9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year; £6,170 final year
Additional course related costs
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants