Electronic Engineering and Computer Science MEng (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A Level (2019 entry)
    ABB-BBB, to include Maths and a Physical Science or Technology A Level (e.g. Physics, Electronics, Computer Science)
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma: Science/Technical/Engineering types, DDM plus 1 A-Level in Maths or Physical Science or Technology at Grade B. For more details see below.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    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
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Key Dates

  • Start date
    September

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Electronic & Electrical Engineering ranks in the top 5 in the UK for staff to student ratio (2019 Guardian University Guide)

Association with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

Electronic and Electrical Engineering is ranked top 30 in the UK (2019 Guardian University Guide)

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. Others have started their own businesses or are studying for PhD degrees.

Entry requirements and fees for 2019

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

UCAS Code: GH64

Please note:

GCSE requirements: English and Maths Grade C/4 and above.
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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.

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.

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 

Typical offer level:

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 plus 1 A-Level in Maths or Physical Science or Technology at Grade B
  • National Diploma and Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DD plus 1 A-Level in Maths or Physical Science or Technology at Grade B
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DD plus 2 A-level minimum grade B including Maths or a physical science or technology subject.
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): D plus 2 A-level Maths and a physical science or technology subject Grade B
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

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 and computer science more deeply than at BEng level while also gaining valuable industry experience. 

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Digital electronics and computer systems are significant in commerce, industry and the home, and have an ever increasing impact on the way we work and live. They form one of the most rapidly changing and influential technologies in modern society. To gain the competitive edge over its global rivals, British industry and commerce needs trained computer systems engineers with skills in both hardware and software who can assess, contribute to, harness and influence the growth of information technology.

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

This 4-year MEng aims to meet the requirements of today’s workplace by expanding the breadth and depth of students’ knowledge in electronics, internet technology, computing, digital systems and software design. It also enables the development of essential professional skills.The course is designed to give you a solid grounding in software engineering and computing systems, which will be complemented by engineering expertise in digital electronics and telecommunications. It places emphasis on gaining a specialist and extremely valuable set of skills that form a bridge between the hardware and software. To achieve this, you will study computing and electronics with single honours students from the electronic engineering and computer science subject groups.

Years 1 & 2

The first two years are taught alongside the BEng degree.

Year 1 

  • Java Programming Foundations (CS)
  • Java Program Development
  • Electronic Engineering Fundamentals
  • Mathematics for Physics and Engineering
  • Engineering Projects
  • Physical Principles for EECS

Year 2

  • Software Engineering 
  • Operating Systems 
  • Human-Computer Interaction 
  • Data Structures and Algorithms with Java 
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Communication Systems
  • Electronics Group Design Project 
  • Intermediate Digital Design 
  • System Modelling and Computer Control

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 for Engineering 
  • C Programming for EECS Students
  • Digital Transmission and Communication Systems 
  • Leadership in Engineering 

Optional modules:

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

Final Year

In the final year, you can take a broad range of Masters level courses from both electronic engineering and computer science. You will also complete an extended individual project in an area that interests you.

Core Modules

  • Digital Systems Design 
  • MEng Final Year Project 

Optional Modules

  • Data Mining 
  • Information Security 
  • Interaction Design 
  • Reliability in Software Engineering 
  • Mobile Data Networks 
  • Radio Systems and Personal Communications Networks
  • Digital Systems Architectures 
Learning, teaching and 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 GPS systems, robotics, IPOD interfaces and fibre optic communications. Evaluation is through both examinations and continuous assessment.

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. 

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

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.

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Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Our courses have been developed in collaboration with the electronics and IT professions.

Career progression and personal development

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, Corus, HSBC, Hewlett Packard, Oxford University, BAE Systems, Npower, Cogent Defence, Siemens, Orange, Vodafone, QinetiQ, National Grid, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Cars and Microsoft.

Other graduates have chosen to study for PhD degrees or have started their own businesses.

This innovative, fast-track MEng is designed to reflect and prepare you for the demands of ‘real world’ electronic engineering and computer science 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.

Facilities and equipment

Electronic Engineering attracts a consistently high level of student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) for access to specialist equipment.

You will have access to recently refurbished electronics labs, an extensive network of computer facilities and a large number of embedded processors for lab work.

These resources are complemented by specialist electronics, telecommunications and networked laboratories and research facilities.

Further information

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

I chose Aston for the fast-track MEng opportunity. It means I can complete my MEng qualification in four years rather than the traditional five. I’ve enjoyed a close-knit community within the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department, and benefited from small class sizes.

Andrew Ogden

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