Electronic and Electrical Engineering with Industrial Year BEng

Are you fascinated by the fast-moving world of satellites?
Do you want to know how space weather affects radio systems on Earth?
Do you want to get up to speed on autonomous vehicles?

Electronic, electrical and systems engineers are involved in the design and development of technology that has become vital to all aspects of modern living – from the telecommunications networks that keep us connected 24/7 to the computer and digital networks that send billions of bits of data streaming around the globe.

It is thanks to engineers that the stuff of science fiction films – robots, drones, satellites and smart cars – is now a reality, and it will be engineers like you who continue to drive us into a future we can hardly envisage.

  

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Hashu Mohammed

Hashu Mohammed

MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering

“I chose to come to Birmingham because out of all of the universities I applied to and visited, it was here that I felt had the most interesting course content. At the open days, I was able to talk to students in depth about university life and I was also drawn in by the Robot Project that was carried out in their second year. I was also invited to an Applicant Visit Day and I was surprised at how much time lecturers and staff spent getting to know me one-to-one as opposed to other universities. I feel that the facilities at Birmingham are on another level and I am really glad to be here!”

This course is a four-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree (including one year in industry), we also offer a five-year Masters of Engineering (MEng) degree too (also including one year in industry). 
There are options to study the Electronic and Electrical Engineering in standard BEng and MEng formats.

Many of the things people associate with scientific invention are, in fact, feats of electronic, electrical and systems engineering (EESE). The engines and environments in cars, trains, ships, spacecraft and aeroplanes are all controlled by electrical systems. So, if you’ve enjoyed maths and science at school, it doesn’t mean you have to do maths and science at university – you can study EESE.

Choosing the EESE route will give you the chance to learn about all levels of design; from transistors, transmission media and electromagnetic devices to the organisation and control of large-scale systems such as computers, communications networks and energy distribution infrastructure. You can work on tiny scales, too, such as neural interfaces for prosthetic limbs and micromachining.

Our stimulating degree programme gives you a solid grounding in the underlying physical and mathematical principles of the subject, along with a thorough overview of electronic technology and its applications.

Whether you have applied for the ‘with Industrial Year’ degree from the outset or decide to join the scheme once you are here, a year in industry is an invaluable addition you can choose for your degree. You will be involved in serious projects at the core of the company’s business, with training and support. We’ll be in touch with you throughout the year too. You’ll gain experience of applying what you’ve learned in the early years of your degree to real engineering challenges.

First year

Our first year has been designed to provide a contemporary and flexible educational model that builds upon essential engineering fundamentals to develop students’ broader understanding of behaviour, policy, entrepreneurship, and global perspectives and kindles the passion necessary to address the societal challenge agenda. The first year is shared across the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.

In later years you will increase your depth of specialisation. Our industrial partners value this approach to engineering education. We’ve obviously got it right because our employability rates are very high.

Second year

This year you will begin to specialise. Your core courses will include digital systems and embedded computing, electronic circuits, devices and electromagnetics, maths for engineering, energy systems and control, communications systems, and software engineering. You will enjoy undertaking both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary group projects. In recent years students have built, programmed and raced robots in the end of year challenge. Assessments in the integrated design project are devised in consultation with our partners in industry, and are presented in an end of term showcase.

Third year (in industry)

An Industrial Year extends the length of our undergraduate degree by a year and is available to students who are following the BEng and MEng programmes equally. Taken between years 2 and 3 the Industrial Year is well regarded by industry and the IET as providing a good opportunity to test and develop skills and techniques used by engineers the world over.

During this year you will be paid by the company, and will have the opportunity to get involved in a real project. Students who take this opportunity find it immensely helpful in developing their technical ability as well as their personal skills. Some gain sponsorship from their placement company, and may even be offered a graduate job on completion of their degree!

You’ll come away with a clearer idea of what you want to do. We have strong links with industry, many of the companies we work with will regularly recruit our students. Opportunities are promoted throughout the year and we’ll help you through the application process. You will be awarded a Certificate of Industrial Studies, which will be shown on your degree transcript.

Tuition fees for placement years

There is a tution fee for the academic year spent in industry or whilst studying abroad (where available). Fee information and further clarification is available on the University fees and funding page.

Fourth year

This is your final year and now you can really focus on the areas that interest you the most. You will apply the creative, technical, analytical and decision making skills you have developed into delivering an individual research project as well as a group design project. You will choose options to complete your degree, see the module section below.

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Why study this course

Because in terms of teaching and research, we are among the very best. Our track record speaks for itself: it was our research that enabled the development of radar and the microwave oven; we were the first UK university to run a fleet of hydrogen cars to exploit greener fuel, and thanks to us, the global digitalisation of the railways is going full steam ahead. It’s fair to say our graduates are in huge demand.

We are benefitting greatly from ongoing and substantial investment in new teaching spaces. Labs are kitted out with brand new, hi-tech equipment – supplied by multinational companies like National Instruments – and extensive key software through our partnership agreement with Microsoft.

Here you will be taught by staff who are global experts in their fields and with strong links to industry, who will provide you with the creative, problem-solving and technical skills needed to undertake your final-year individual project. As well as specialised labs with state-of-the-art facilities such as simulators, you will also get to work with internationally leading research groups. Also, opportunities to work in industry provide real-world experience.

We have been an academic partner of the IET for over a quarter of a century, providing employers with the assurance that our graduates have the qualities they seek. A good degree from Birmingham opens doors across all areas of industry. From Jaguar Land Rover and Network Rail to Siemens and the Ministry of Defence, national and international companies and organisations value the fact you will have been trained to work in a future we can’t yet see.

Modules


Year 1
Title Credits Semester
Electrical Engineering 1
In this module, the fundamentals of electronic and electrical engineering are covered. It will begin with analogue circuits describing the fundamentals of circuit analysis and the design of analogue devices. The fundamentals of digital systems will then be covered using Boolean algebra and related techniques to analyse digital circuits up to an introduction to flip flops. Finally electrical power and machinery systems will be introduced.
20 1 & 2
Engineering Materials
The aim of the module is to introduce the range of materials and their key properties used in engineering in order to allow them to select the appropriate materials for a given application. The module also introduces fundamental science that determines the electrical or mechanical properties of materials, such as atomic / molecular structures. In addition students will also be introduced to software which will allow them to model the properties and behaviour of engineering materials and analyse the results of experiments.
10 2
Engineering Mathematics 1
The module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the mathematics used in engineering and to develop the skills of its use.
20 1 & 2
Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer
In this module, the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and energy conservation, and introduce associated engineering applications.
20 1 & 2
Integrated Design Project 1
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design process and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context.
20 1 & 2
Computing for Engineers
The aim of this module is to introduce engineers to computers and computer programming using an important modern programming language which has applications from small embedded systems to supercomputers.
10 1
Mechanics 1
In this module, the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics in the context and application in engineering. The module covers: general principles, the mechanical properties of material and the basic principles of analysis, all underpinned with essential mathematics. Where relevant, historical examples are embedded into the module in order to provide context for the taught material.
20 1 & 2



Year 2
Title Credits
Digital Systems and Embedded Computing 20
Engineering Mathematics 2 20
Electronic Circuits and Electromagnetics 20
Integrated Design Project 2 20
Electrical Energy Systems and Control 20
Communication Systems 10
Multidisciplinary Software and Systems Engineering 10

Year 3 (year 4 for 'with Industrial Year BEng' programme)
Title Credits
Electronic Engineering 20
Integrated Design Project 3 20
Individual Project 40
Options. Example optional modules may include:
Communications Systems 2 20
Electrical Power 2 20
The Internet of Things 20
Engineering Mathematics A+B 20

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees 2019/20

UK/EU £9,250
International £22,260

Visit our  tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

  

Tuition fees for placement years

There is a tution fee for the academic year spent in industry or whilst studying abroad (where available). Fee information and further clarification is available on the University fees and funding page.

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAB
Required subjects and grades:
A level Mathematics. You must also pass the practical element of any reformed science A levels which include Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught from 2015.

General Studies not normally accepted as one of the three A levels, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of an offer marginally.

Additional information:

International Baccalaureate Diploma:

6,6,5 at Higher Level to include Mathematics with a minimum of 32 points overall. 

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered for BEng programmes providing there is sufficient Mathematics content and applicant satisfactorily completes our Mathematics aptitude test.
Grades: BEng; D*D*D* plus Distinction in all units required.

BTEC Diploma considered in combination with A Level. 
Grades: BEng; D*D* plus B. If the A level taken is not in Mathematics, then the BTEC Diploma must include Maths and Further Maths units, and the applicant must satisfactorily complete our Mathematics aptitude test.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma considered in combination with 2 A Levels
Grades: BEng; D*plus A B. If A level Mathematics is not taken, then the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma must include Maths and Further Maths units, and the applicant must satisfactorily complete our Mathematics aptitude test.

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements..

International students:

Standard English language requirements apply, learn more about international entry requirements.

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

How to apply

You will need to submit an application through UCAS to be considered for study using the UCAS code for this course. Demand for places is high and we advise applicants to apply early. Please remember to provide full information on your education history when you apply www.ucas.com.

Learn more about applying.

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The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

You will be taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience.You can find out more about the members of staff in the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering where you can read about their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest.

 

Collaborative Teaching Laboratory

The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL), planned to open in 2018/19, will become a hub for science & engineering teaching, with multifunctional labs suitable for subject-specific and cross-disciplinary teaching and team working.

As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).

What you can expect
Throughout your degree, depending on module choice, you can expect about 20 hours of contact time per week on average. This consits of approximately 14 hours of lectures and 6 hours of tutorials/labs. During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.

How will I be taught?
As a Birmingham student, you are joining the academic elite and have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts in the field of electronic and electrical engineering. Throughout your studies, you'll be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, thriving on challenge and opportunities to think for yourself.

Personal tutor
At the start of your degree, you'll be assigned a Personal Tutor who will remain with you throughout your studies to help you in three important areas: supporting your academic progress, developing transferable skills and dealing with any welfare issues.

Contact hours
In your first year the course is delivered via lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory classes. As you proceed through your course the number of structured hours decreases and there's a strong emphasis on project work in your final year.

Learning settings:

Laboratory-based work is an integral part of our Electronic & Electrical Engineering degree programme, vital not only to develop your experimental practical skills, but also to reinforce concepts introduced in lectures. Practical sessions typically last two to three hours, although more advanced experiments and activities may span over several sessions.

Lectures take place in our theatres which, as well as the traditional whiteboard and pen, are equipped with the latest technology, including facilities to show movies, animations and graphics, to record lectures and to interact with 'ask the audience' style electronic voting systems.

Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside the lecture course, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.

Project Work. All of our undergraduate programmes feature a significant level of project working in each year of study, with individual and group projects designed to prepare our graduates for teamworking, problem solving and project management. To support this the entire second year goes on a team-building trip in the Lake District before starting their group project. For many of our students these trips help to build skills and friendships which last long beyond their project work.

Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.

Assessment methods

The course modules are taught through lectures, tutorial problem classes, and laboratory and/or project work, and you'll be assessed through a mixture of written exams and continually assessed coursework. As your degree progresses, you will attend fewer lectures and perform more practical work in preparation for your final-year project. Around half of the total course marks are assessed through formal examination, and half through coursework or continuous assessment.

A personal tutor, who is based in your School or Department, can help with any academic issues you encounter. Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre's aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note taking, reading, writing and presentation skills.

Feedback is an essential part of learning and we use a wide range of methods, such as written feedback on your assessments, class feedback sessions and discussions with your tutor. You'll receive feedback on each assessment, highlighting the positives of your work as well as any areas that need more attention. You will also be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you fail an exam we will ensure that you receive particularly detailed feedback to enable you to learn for the future.

The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 shows that 96% of our department's graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

Do you know where you’ll be in five, ten, 20 years' time? Your degree will equip you with the creative, professional and technical skills to lead change and innovation in a future that we know little about for certain, other than that the technologies and systems we use will not be the same as they are today.

The reputation Birmingham has worldwide for the impact and quality of its research means that the people you meet will value your qualification as much as you do. That we have been an academic partner of the IET for over a quarter of a century provides employers with assurances that our graduates have the qualities they seek. You may be running your own business and recruiting graduates and partners yourself in the not too distant future

We have staff engaged in industrial liaison as well as academic staff with a wealth of connections to industry. Our student society organises a careers fair in the autumn, which is attended by recent graduates. We help you to meet employers, to gain an insider-view of the application process and to find career opportunities.

From the very beginning of your degree, we will provide guidance in giving presentations, technical writing, preparing your CV and gaining the professional skills expected of a graduate engineer. As well as helping you find your graduate job, we’ll also help you with summer placements and year in industry.


Example employers

  • Arup
  • Defence Science And Technology
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • IBM
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • National Grid
  • Network Rail
  • Wessex Water
Employability quote from the Director of Arup


Example careers

  • Analyst
  • Design engineer
  • Electrical power engineer
  • Client engagement
  • Lead software engineer
  • Automotive reader manager
  • Electrical engineer
  • Project control engineer

Careers Network

We provide a wealth of opportunities to develop your career. From your first day at Birmingham to after you graduate, the Careers Network  is here to help you identify and achieve your individual career aspirations through its wide range of services.

Our dedicated careers team brings you information, advice and guidance tailored to your specific needs. Careers advisers offer one-to-one advice appointments where you can discuss your career plans and explore your options. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning  Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

Visit the Careers Network website for more details

Internships

Our multi-award-winning work experience team has dedicated internship officers to help find the right work experience for you. Make the most of these opportunities and apply for our Work Experience Bursary Scheme, the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme or one of our successful mentoring schemes. 

The video below talks to students, staff and employers about their internship experience:


Professional accreditation

Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.

Clubs and societies

The Guild has over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.

The Electrical Engineering Society is an active society within our department. You may also be interested in the Autonomous Robotic ClubUB Robotics Club and UB Racing.

Learn about the engineering and physical science societies

Shape your academic experience

Choose to study here and you will have a Student Representative, who works with the University and Students' Union on issues that directly affect students. You could even become one yourself. Not only would you be making a difference to the academic student experience, but you would also be developing transferable skills for the future. Find out more on the Guild of Students website

Accommodation

Coming to Birmingham might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.

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The City of Birmingham

One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work.

Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.

International students

The University of Birmingham has been welcoming international students onto our campus since 1900.

We have one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the UK, with 5,000 international students from more than 150 different countries and 31% of our academic staff from overseas.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, how to apply and funding options, then you can visit our international students webpage. You may also wish to take a virtual tour of our campus and watch the video below to hear our international students say their favourite thing about the University of Birmingham.