BEng Electronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Embedded Systems project Year 2

Today, and in the future, we look to electronics to provide answers for complex problems.  Take the mobile phone: a very sophisticated computer and communications system that links to a worldwide network of antennas allowing it to connect to any other mobile or landline as well as the internet.  Or the digital camera, at the heart of which is a sophisticated electronic device containing millions of individual light level detectors. 

Modern electronics requires an understanding of fundamental analogue and digital circuits to enable the design of elements that can be connected together to make small systems, which serve as the modular blocks for bigger, more complex systems. 

We live in an information age.  Complex systems require digital signal processing (for images, audio and other signals).  Technological developments in communications include concurrent processing (to allow the manipulation of the massive amounts of data), data networking and digital communication systems for both local distribution and across the internet.

Special features

NI lab
National Instruments sponsored Laboratory which you will use in your first, second and third year of study.
  • You will be taught by academics working on the cutting edge of research solving the world's biggest challenges.
  • You will meet your personal tutor on a weekly basis to supplement your learning from lectures and laboratory sessions.
  • Practical application and project work is a strong theme throughout our course; it's the best way to prepare you for working in industry upon graduation.
  • The first three semesters of our undergraduate courses share the same content.  This gives you the opportunity to transfer between Electrical and Electronics, Electronics and Mechatronics up until half way through your second year.

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.  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
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 1

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
Digital Systems Design II EEEN20023 10 Mandatory
Electronic Circuit Design II EEEN20025 10 Mandatory
Microelectronic Components EEEN20026 10 Mandatory
Signals and Systems EEEN20027 10 Mandatory
Control Systems I EEEN20030 10 Mandatory
Analogue and Digital Communications EEEN20035 10 Mandatory
Engineering Management EEEN20051 10 Mandatory
VLSI Design EEEN20053 10 Mandatory
Embedded Systems Project EEEN21000 20 Mandatory
Mathematics 2E1 MATH29681 10 Mandatory
Displaying 10 of 11 course units for year 2

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
VLSI Design EEEN20053 10 Mandatory
Digital Signal Processing EEEN30029 10 Mandatory
Individual Project EEEN30033 30 Mandatory
Computer Systems Architecture EEEN30040 10 Mandatory
High Speed Digital and Mixed Signal Design EEEN30075 10 Mandatory
Current Trends in Optical Devices EEEN30077 10 Mandatory
Sustainable Commercial Development MCEL30102 10 Mandatory
Numerical Analysis EEEN30002 10 Optional
Data Networking EEEN30024 10 Optional
Transmissions Lines & Optical Fibres EEEN30036 10 Optional
Control Systems II EEEN30041 10 Optional
Sensors & Instrumentation EEEN30043 10 Optional
Concurrent Systems EEEN30052 10 Optional
Digital Mobile Communications EEEN30069 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 15 course units for year 3

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 Beatrix Shilling Scholarship worth £6,000 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 .


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: