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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 is a traditional and broad-based course, developed in response to the needs of industry, 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. As well as an invaluable overview of this field, you will also have the opportunity to specialise in communications systems in your final year.
Our undergraduate electronics 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.
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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.
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.
We aim to produce graduates who are part of a high-tech elite: professionals with specialist understanding and communication skills who have a solid knowledge of electronic engineering as a whole.
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.
Our Undergraduate courses are featured by a number of activities that are summarised at Course Highlights.
Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
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A common compulsory at Level 1 will give you a broad understanding together with a high level of analytical and engineering design skills. At Level 2 you begin to specialise and you then have the opportunity for further specialisation in the final year in communications systems, and will select your major individual project in your chosen area.
If you choose the MEng programme you can study for an additional fourth year (Level 5), which will take your degree to Master’s standard.
Level 1 Compulsory
- Digital Systems and Microprocessors
- Devices and Circuits
- Level 1 Electronic Engineering Workshop
- Fundamental Mathematics for Engineers
- Problem Solving and Programming
- Further Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Science, Systems and Society.
Level 2 Compulsory
- Computer Architecture and Interfacing
- Digital Systems Design and Reliability Engineering
- Electronic Systems
- Signals and Systems
- Engineering Group Design Project
Level 3 Compulsory
- Individual Project
- Advanced Electronics
- Digital Communications Systems.
Level 3 Options
Choose two of the following:
- Design of Intelligent Systems
- Control Systems
- Multimedia Digital Signal Processing
- Advanced Digital Systems.
Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
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.
Careers and your future
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 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 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.
- The University maintains close contact with you during your placement year. Our dedicated Professional Development Centre has over 30 staff, including specialist industry consultants, and has been named ‘Best University Placement Service’ several years in succession.
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 2019/20
- GCE A-level BBB including grade B in Maths and grade B in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics or Design and Technology (Use of Maths and General Studies not accepted).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) D*DD in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical or Electrical Principles modules.
- BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) D*DD in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with Distinctions in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (RQF) DD in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with Distinction in Further Mechanical or Electrical Principles (QCF), Engineering Principles & Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems (RQF), AND A-Level Maths at grade B (Use of Maths not accepted).
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (RQF) D in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with A-Levels grades BB to include Grade B in Maths and Grade B in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics or Design and Technology (Use of Maths and General Studies not accepted).
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level Maths and Higher Level 5 in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Geography, or Design Technology.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Engineering course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. All Maths and Science units must be Distinctions at level 3.
- Engineering with Integrated Foundation Year courses For Engineering with Integrated Foundation Year progression requirements, see the course page.
Five GCSEs to include grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Maths.
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)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
Teaching and learning
At Brunel 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.
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.
Despite our size, 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.
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 academic visiting 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 and feedback
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 module to module across the course.
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 unparallelled 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.
- 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.
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.
All our BEng programmes are 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. ECE 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 and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.