Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level
    ABB - BBB including Maths and a physical science or technology subject
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma: DDM including specific units at Distinction.. For more details please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate
    31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects, including Higher Level Maths or Physics.
  • GCSE
    Maths and English Grade C/4 and above.
More information
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Key Dates

  • Start date
    September

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Aston Engineering & Technology graduates go on to earn £1,900 more than the sector average, one year after graduation (LEO, 2018)

Association with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Aston is ranked in the Top 30 in the UK (2019 Guardian League Table)

Course summary

Well-trained graduates with skills in electronics design, software, telecommunications and engineering are in high demand. Some of our recent graduates are now commanding high salaries working for companies including Olympus, HSBC, Hewlett Packard, BAE Systems and Microsoft. 

Entry requirements & fees

4 years full-time with integrated placement year (fast-track)

UCAS Code: H601

Please note:

GCSE requirement: Maths and English Grade C/4

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of BCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

Tuition fees: 

£9,250 (£4,625 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2019/20)                             
£19,000 for Outside EU students (2019/20)
Placement Year: £4,625 for International Students

More on fees

As this course contains an integrated placement year which includes academic modules taken in a distance learning format, the placement year fee will be £4,625. More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Contact

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400
engineering@aston.ac.uk

Typical offers:

A levels:
ABB-BBB to include Maths and a physical science or technology

BTEC 

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DDM including specific units at Distinction (see below)
  • National Diploma and Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DD including specific units at Distinction (see below) plus 1 A-Level at Grade B
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DD including specific units at Distinction (see below) plus 2 A-levels at minimum grade B 
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): D including specific units at Distinction (see below) plus 2 A-levels at minimum Grade B
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

Specifics units at Distinction:  
Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Mechanical/Electrical Principles
Further Mechanical/Electrical Principles

International Baccalaureate: 

31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects, including Higher Level Maths or Physics.

Access to Higher Education: 

Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3 including only Distinctions in Mathematics or Physics

Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course outline

This ground-breaking, fast-track, higher level qualification allows to you gain an MEng qualification in 4 years, rather than the traditional 5-year path, making it a more time and cost-effective choice. Designed to stretch our top students, it also includes a 12-month industrial placement, giving you the opportunity to study electronics more deeply than at BEng level while also gaining valuable industry experience.

Because electronic engineering impacts on so many facets of modern-day life, it is perhaps no surprise to find that it is the most extensive and pervasive of all the engineering disciplines.

The design of this innovative course emphasises ‘doing’ as well as ‘knowing’, helping you to develop essential practical, intellectual, business and communication skills. This ‘real world’ approach, combined with the beneficial experience you will gain during your placement, will give you a clear competitive edge in the search for graduate employment.

Subject guide and modules

In addition to giving you the knowledge base of science and mathematics needed to excel in the field, you will develop the techniques and skills required to analyse problems and engineer solutions. There is a strong emphasis on practical work in all years, allowing you to develop your engineering and management skills by working on engaging projects.

Years 1 & 2

The first two years of the MEng are taught alongside the BEng degree. Starting with the basic principles of analogue, digital and programmable electronic systems, you will rapidly develop the analytical skills to understand and begin designing electrical circuits and systems. You will also take courses in computing and mathematics. Project work encourages you to develop skills in team working, business and communications. 

Year 1 modules

  • Electronic Engineering Fundamentals
  • Mathematics for Physics and Engineering
  • Computational Problem Solving
  • Engineering Projects
  • Electrical Principles
  • Physical Principles

In Year 2 you will study digital and programmable systems, communication systems, electronic systems and electrical systems in more depth. A themed design project and business course will enable you to develop your professional design and management skills.  

By taking additional modules after the end of the second year, you can incorporate the placement within a 4-year course.

Year 2 modules

  • Analogue Electronics 
  • Communication Systems 
  • Data Acquisition and Control
  • Electronics Group Design Project 
  • Electronic Systems Analysis 
  • Electrical Systems Engineering 
  • Intermediate Digital Design
  • Electrical Networks, Machines and Drives 

Years 3 & 4

The final two years allow you to develop your skills in engineering and engineering management to a much greater depth and gain important experience working on an engineering placement.

The placement in Year 3 is academically assessed and also includes some distance learning business modules.

Year 3 modules

 Core modules

  • Sustainability in Science and Technology 
  • Digital Transmission and Communication Systems 
  • Java Programming for Electronic Engineers 
  • Leadership in Engineering 

Optional Modules

  • International Placement Assessment 
  • MEng International Study Year 
  • MEng Industrial Placement Year 
  • Individual Research 

Final year
The final year is taught alongside our Masters programmes and you can chose options from the stream that most interests you.

In the final year you can take a broad range of Masters level courses or specialise in one particular area, such as communications, sensing, computing or electrical power.

You will also complete an extended individual project in an area that interests you.

Core Modules 

  • Digital Systems Design
  • Digital Signal Processing 
  • MEng Final Year Project 

Optional Modules

  • Mobile Data Networks 
  • Information Theory and Coding and Traffic Theory 
  • Digital Transmission 
  • Broadband Wireless Networks 
  • Optical Communications 
  • Radio Systems and Personal Communications Networks
  • Digital Systems Architectures 
Learning, teaching & assessment

The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical work. You will be set an engaging series of both individual and group assignments – current project areas, for example, include work with robotics, communications, alternative energy, wireless sensors and fibre optics. Evaluation is through both examinations and continuous assessment.

Personal development

This innovative, fast-track MEng is designed to reflect and prepare you for the demands of ‘real world’ electronic engineering as much as possible. Throughout your course, you will find that the theoretical and project work encourages and enables you to develop essential practical, intellectual, business and communication skills. These attributes will give you a clear, competitive edge in the search for graduate employment.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Our courses have been developed in collaboration with electronics professionals in a wide range of sectors to give broad but industrially relevant qualifications. 

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Placement year

This 4-year fast-track MEng course includes a 12-month industrial placement in the third year. It is the perfect opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned so far and to gain highly beneficial professional experience. It is designed to help you make a more informed judgement about your future career and will form an invaluable part of your CV when you seek graduate employment. We will support you in finding a suitable placement with an industrial partner.

Career prospects

Well-trained graduates with skills in electronics design, software, telecommunications and engineering are in high demand. Some of our recent graduates are currently commanding high salaries working in government, the public sector and in private industry. In the latter sector, employers include Olympus, Oclaro, Corus, HSBC, Hewlett Packard, Oxford University, BAE Systems, Npower, Cogent Defence, Siemens, Orange, Vodafone, QinetiQ, National Grid, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Cars, Schlumberger and Microsoft. Other graduates have chosen to study for PhD degrees or have started their own businesses

What's it like to study at Aston?

What drew me to Aston was the incredibly friendly staff. I met them when visiting, and knew they would be a great support during my studies.

Siôn Nicholas Abraham

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