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MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MEng
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer
AAA including Maths and either Physics, Electronics, Further Maths or Chemistry.
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Grades AAB including Maths and either Physics, Electronics, Further Maths or Chemistry.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

Obtain 36 Points at International Baccalaureate Diploma, including 6 Points in Mathematics and Physics OR Chemistry at Higher Level and 6 points in one other Higher Level subject.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

Through option choices, this course can be tailored to your needs ranging from the generation and distribution of electrical energy through to control, communications and embedded systems. Circuit theory and design are key elements with maths being applied in their analysis. Other key elements are microcontroller engineering, power electronics, and digital communications.

The course has a strong practical element with labs to support/enforce theory and project work in every year. The embedded systems project in the second year is seen as a highlight and encourages friendly competition between student teams. In your final year 50% of your time is devoted to a group project that is strongly linked to research/industry.

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Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering offer a number of scholarship options.
  • The EEE Success Scholarship worth £1,000
  • The Beatrix Shilling Scholarship worth £6,000 per annum
  • The International Excellence Scholarship worth £2,000 per annum
  • The Power Academy Scholarship worth £2,750 per annum
  • The UK Electronics Skills Foundation Scholarship worth £1,000

For a full list and more information go to the Undergraduate Scholarships page

Contact details

Department
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 4700
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/eee
School/Faculty overview

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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Entry requirements

A-level

AAA including Mathematics and either Physics, Electronics, Further Mathematics or Chemistry.

Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.

Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.

Integrated Foundation Year

If you do not have the required grades or subjects you may want to consider our integrated foundation year .

Duration of A-level study

If you either sat your examinations early or followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels where the examinations were taken over two years, your application will be considered against the standard selection process of your chosen course.If you have studied an advanced curriculum where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

GCSE English Language and Maths are required at a minimum of Grade C or above or Grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England.

International Baccalaureate

Obtain 36 Points at International Baccalaureate Diploma, including 6 Points in Mathematics and Physics OR Chemistry at Higher Level and 6 points in one other Higher Level subject.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.

Scottish requirements

We require grades AAABB in Scottish Highers including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.  In addition, 2 Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required at grades AA including Mathematics and either Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics for Mechanics.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

We normally require: Award of European Baccalaureate with 75% overall, including 8 in Maths and 8 in either Physics or Chemistry.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

We expect to see grades AAA in the GCE A-Levels including subjects Maths and either Physics, Electronics, Further Maths or Chemistry.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see the  accepted entry qualifications from your country .

                          

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme in Science and Engineering or the NCUK International Foundation year in Science and Engineering are required to achieve grades AAA including Maths and either Physics and Further Maths and EAP grade of C or above.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

In addition to the following requirements applicants are required to provide AS Level Maths at grade B or above. BTEC Extended Diploma in  Electrical and Electronic Engineering  with Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction including Distinction in Further Engineering Mathematics. Applicants are also required to pass an interview. If you are studying the general Engineering stream please contact the admissions office to request a full list of the units we require.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in  Electrical and Electronic Engineering .  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades D*D plus A Level Mathematics at grade A. Applicants are also required to pass an interview. If you are studying the general Engineering stream please contact the admissions office to request a full list of the units we require.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade D plus additional level 3 qualifications in A Level Mathematics and either Physics, Electronics or Further Maths at grade AA. 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D plus A Level Mathematics and either Physics or Electronics or Further Maths at grades AA.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering for entry provided an additional Mathematics A-Level is also obtained. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades D*DD and Mathematics A-Level at grade B.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Diploma in Engineering for entry provided an additional Mathematics A-Level is also obtained. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades  DD plus a Mathematics A Level at grade A.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades  DD  plus additional level 3 qualifications A Level Mathematics and Physics at grade AA. 

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade  plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels Mathematics and Physics at grades AA

Access to HE Diploma

Applications are considered on an individual basis as the syllabus for each Access to HE Diploma is different; please contact the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering for further information. We do require the Access to HE Diploma to be in an Engineering related discipline and our standard academic requirement includes 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. We look for a minimum of 45 credits at Distinction, 15 of which should be in Maths.

In addition we also require GCSE in English language at grade C/Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England.

We also consider other factors such as other educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U

The Cambridge PreU is acceptable with three principle units including Maths and either Physics, Further Maths or Chemistry with three Distinction 3 grades.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic school, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic department for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

  • GCSE at Grade C/Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England
  • GCE O-Level English Language Grade C 
  • IELTS 6.0 with no subtest less than 5.5
  • TOEFL IB: 80 overall with a minimum of 20 in each subtest
  • Pearson Test of Academic English 51-58 overall with no less than 51 in Writing
  • English First Language or English Second Language (Cambridge IGCSE) grade C
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English or Certificate in Advanced English (Cambridge ESOL) grade C
  • English language test validity

    Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

    Application and selection

    How to apply

    Apply through UCAS .

    Advice to applicants

    We would normally only consider applicants who obtained the relevant qualification within the two years prior to entry. Applicants who have left education for more than two years would normally be recommended to take an Access course. Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss your particular circumstances.

    You should not usually apply for more than one of the courses offered by The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  Students can switch between Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Mechatronic Engineering up until the end of the first year.

    Applicants submitting mitigating circumstances:

    Mitigating circumstances may be personal or family illness, other family circumstances, change of teachers during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college. We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance will be included in the referee's report. We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting department. If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform the admissions staff in the department to which you applied as soon as possible.  Where mitigating circumstances have already been taken into account, for example by the relevant Exam Board, we will not be able to make further allowances.

    How your application is considered

    Applications are considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference and personal statement. 

    The personal statement is your opportunity to tell the admissions team why we should offer you a place here at Manchester. It will be read by an administrative member of staff.

    We are keen to hear about you - your interests, hobbies, extra-curricular experiences, career aspirations - and how these have prepared you for success on your chosen course.

    All applicants should be aware that information provided in the personal statement may be used as the basis for further discussion during any subsequent interview with an academic member of staff.

    Further information and advice on writing your personal statement and the UCAS application process can be found on our University of Manchester Aspiring Students (UMASS) website - http://www.umass.manchester.ac.uk/applying-to-university/ucas/ or the UCAS website - https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/when-apply/writing-personal-statement

    Interview requirements

    We invite all promising undergraduate applicants who are based in the UK to visit our department and attend an interview

    Deferrals

    Applicants for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year.

    Some English language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date.

    Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

    If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

    Re-applications

    If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. 

    If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

    Transfers

    We do consider applications to transfer directly into the second year of our undergraduate programmes. Our usual requirements for transfer are marks of at least 70% and we expect your first year to be of similar standard and content to our programmes in order to qualify for exemption. Please check the course units from our first year. We also require applicants to have met our initial undergraduate entry requirements with their level 3 qualifications.

    Please note we do not offer transfers into the third year of our courses.

    Course details

    Course description

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    Embedded Systems project Year 2

    The use of electricity is fundamental to modern life and without a secure supply, society in its current form would collapse.  Consequently, the importance of efficient and sustainable generation, secure distribution, and intelligent user devices cannot be overstated. This will be a lifetime challenge facing the next generation as traditional sources of energy will run out and new ways of generating, distributing and using electricity must be sought. Electrical and Electronic Engineers have a vital role in addressing this challenge.

    Special features

    NI Lab
    National Instruments sponsored Laboratory which you will use in your first, second and third year of study.
    • The MEng fourth year includes a team project directly funded by industry or inspired by industrial needs.
    • You will have opportunity to learn from academics working on the cutting edge of research solving the world's biggest challenges.
    • Past projects have included developing an Instrumented training wheelchair for para-athletes, creating a new core infrastructure for a Robot Orchestra and developing a Cyber-secure electricity management system in smart cities.

    Teaching and learning

    In your first year of study there is approximately a 50:50 split between your contact time and independent study; about the same as expected when studying for A-levels. 

    In subsequent years this split changes to a greater amount of independent learning with the split being approximately 33:67 in the third year and 22:78 in the fourth year.  This does not mean that less help is available; part of being an independent learner is knowing who to ask when you need to find something out, our staff are there to help.  This leads you to becoming an independent learner, as would be expected of an education process that is preparing you for graduate employment or study towards a higher degree.

    Contact time could be in a lecture, example class, tutorial, laboratory class and sometimes may be on line (email/e-learning/web blog...).  All of these activities enable you to interact with us to ensure that you have the best possible learning experience.

    Coursework and assessment

    Assessment of most course units is by examination combined with an element of course work, such as marked laboratory work or marked examples. Substantial projects are assessed by written reports, presentations and demonstrations.

    Course unit details

    Each course unit is reviewed annually, taking into account feedback from our students and our industrial advisory group, to ensure that we deliver the most appropriate material.

    Course content for year 1

    Course units for year 1

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

    TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
    Microcontroller Engineering I EEEN10018 10 Mandatory
    Electronic Materials EEEN10022 10 Mandatory
    Circuit Analysis EEEN10024 10 Mandatory
    Digital System Design I EEEN10026 10 Mandatory
    Energy Transport and Conversion EEEN10027 10 Mandatory
    Electromagnetic Fields EEEN10028 10 Mandatory
    Electronic Circuit Design I EEEN10029 10 Mandatory
    Electronics Project EEEN10034 10 Mandatory
    C Programming EEEN10036 10 Mandatory
    Measurements & Analytical Software EEEN10038 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 1E1 for EEE MATH19681 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 1E2 MATH19682 10 Mandatory
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    Course content for year 2

    Course units for year 2

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

    TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
    Microcontroller Engineering II EEEN20019 10 Mandatory
    Machines, Drives & Power Electronics EEEN20020 10 Mandatory
    Digital Systems Design II EEEN20023 10 Mandatory
    Electronic Circuit Design II EEEN20025 10 Mandatory
    Signals and Systems EEEN20027 10 Mandatory
    Generation and Transport of Electrical Energy EEEN20028 10 Mandatory
    Control Systems I EEEN20030 10 Mandatory
    Analogue and Digital Communications EEEN20035 10 Mandatory
    Engineering Management EEEN20051 10 Mandatory
    Embedded Systems Project EEEN21000 20 Mandatory
    Mathematics 2E1 MATH29681 10 Mandatory
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    Course content for year 3

    Course units for year 3

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

    TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
    Individual Project EEEN30033 30 Mandatory
    Sustainable Commercial Development MCEL30102 10 Mandatory
    Numerical Analysis EEEN30002 10 Optional
    Data Networking EEEN30024 10 Optional
    Digital Signal Processing EEEN30029 10 Optional
    Transmissions Lines & Optical Fibres EEEN30036 10 Optional
    Computer Systems Architecture EEEN30040 10 Optional
    Control Systems II EEEN30041 10 Optional
    Power Electronics EEEN30042 10 Optional
    Sensors & Instrumentation EEEN30043 10 Optional
    Power System Analysis EEEN30047 10 Optional
    Power System Plant & Protection EEEN30048 10 Optional
    Concurrent Systems EEEN30052 10 Optional
    Digital Mobile Communications EEEN30069 10 Optional
    Electrical Drive Systems EEEN30070 10 Optional
    High Speed Digital and Mixed Signal Design EEEN30075 10 Optional
    Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
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    Course content for year 4

    Course units for year 4

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

    TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
    Team Project EEEN40035 60 Mandatory
    Advanced Technology Enterprise for EEE MCEL40011 15 Mandatory
    Nanoelectronic Devices and Nanomaterials EEEN40053 15 Optional
    Power System Protection EEEN40076 15 Optional
    Digital Control & System Identification EEEN40110 15 Optional
    Process Control & Model Predictive Control EEEN40112 15 Optional
    Robotics & Autonomous Systems EEEN40115 15 Optional
    Antennas and RF Systems EEEN40121 15 Optional
    Machine Learning & Optimisation Techniques EEEN40151 15 Optional
    Wireless Communication & Mobile Networks EEEN40162 15 Optional
    Multi-Sensor Signal Processing & Imaging EEEN40175 15 Optional
    Digital Image Processing EEEN40177 15 Optional
    Microwave Circuit Principles and Design EEEN40183 15 Optional
    Design of Electrical Machines EEEN40195 15 Optional
    Advanced Power Electronics EEEN40197 15 Optional
    Analysis of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Systems EEEN40312 15 Optional
    Power System Operation and Economics EEEN40321 15 Optional
    Solar Energy Technologies EEEN40421 15 Optional
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    Additional fee information

    If you are a home (UK) or EU student applying to study a qualification that is at an equivalent level to, or lower level than one that you have already been awarded, you may not be eligible for funding for your fees or living costs.

    Equivalent or lower qualification (ELQ) fee information

    Scholarships and bursaries

    The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering offer a number of scholarship options.
    • The EEE Success Scholarship worth £1,000
    • The Beatrix Shilling Scholarship worth £6,000 per annum
    • The International Excellence Scholarship worth £2,000 per annum
    • The Power Academy Scholarship worth £2,750 per annum
    • The UK Electronics Skills Foundation Scholarship worth £1,000

    For a full list and more information go to the Undergraduate Scholarships page

    What our students say

    We consistently receive positive feedback from our students as can be seen by the excellent scores that we receive in the National Student Survey (NSS). You can read what our current students have to say on the department blog site .

    Facilities

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    National Instruments laboratory

    Our strong, ever-growing links with industry not only help to inform our courses, but also boost our excellent teaching and research facilities which include:

    Disability support

    Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

    Careers

    Career opportunities

    Careers service
    Manchester's award winning Careers Service will continue to support you two years after graduation.

    Skills of the students who obtained a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering are sought after in a wide range of industries.

    Some of the activities that the graduates from this course are involved with include;

    • Design and operation of large-scale power systems and their integration with renewable energy sources.
    • Design of electrical machines and the associated power conversion systems.
    • High voltage engineering.
    • Oil and gas exploitation.
    • Design of mobile and wireless communications systems.
    • Development of real-time speech and image processing algorithms.
    • Design of guidance and control systems for unmanned intelligent underwater; ground and aerial vehicles.
    • Development of microcontroller-based embedded systems and robotics.

    There are a large number of companies that regularly recruit Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates. Each year the department hosts a Careers fair to invite these companies to meet our students and discuss the work experience options available to them.   Some of the better known companies include:

    • Rolls-Royce
    • Alstom
    • National Grid
    • BP
    • Centrica
    • Jaguar Land Rover
    • National Instruments
    • Network Rail
    • Shell
    • Siemens

    You will also acquire skills such as logical thinking, team working, report writing, analytical and presentation skills and a high level of numeracy which will leave you well equipped for a wide range of careers outside the EEE discipline. 

    Accrediting organisations

     

    All of our courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Measurements and Control.