BEng Electronic Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

Embedded Systems project Year 2

Turn on your career in electronic engineering at Manchester, a university with a prestigious history in the subject and a bright focus on the future. We're home to one of the largest departments dedicated to the subject in the UK, have fantastic links with industry, and have taught the discipline here since 1905.

Both today and in years to come 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.

We live in an information age. Complex systems require digital signal processing (for images, audio and other signals), and 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. Explore these themes and acquire the skills to take them forward at Manchester.

Spending a year in industry will not only develop your business, team working and transferable skills - all highly sought-after by employers - it will also highlight the broad range of careers on offer to you and guide your choice of subject options. You'll place yourself in a great position to move your career forward.


  • You will learn to design, build, and operate analogue and digital circuits to create smart devices, autonomous systems, and a new generation of electronic devices.
  • You will be taught by academics working on the cutting-edge of research, helping to solve the world's biggest challenges.
  • We will provide ample opportunity for practical application and project work. These are strong themes throughout our course.
  • You will gain first-hand industrial experience at a recognised company, acquiring the knowledge and skills to take your learning to the next level.

Special features

NI Lab
National Instruments sponsored Laboratory which you will use in your first, second and third year of study.

Paid industrial placement opportunity

The paid industrial placement will increase your depth and breadth of electronic engineering knowledge, and provide valuable practical work experience strengthening your expertise and your CV. 

Regular, close support

During your first year, you will be supported by course unit-specific tutors who will hold weekly small-group sessions to discuss questions related to your course units. Additionally, you will be able to engage with our award-winning Peer Assisted Study Session scheme  which allows you to interact with some of our 2nd and 3rd Year students. You will also be assigned an Academic Advisor, who will offer you support in terms of your academic progression and career development.

Excellent facilities

With access to an extensive range of leading facilities , you will get hands-on with industry-standard equipment - improving your knowledge and skills, and preparing you for work post-graduation. Our flagship facilities include a new High Voltage Lab , Photon Science Institute, and the brand new teaching and research engineering  buildings .

Options and flexibility

The first three semesters of our undergraduate courses share the same fundamental engineering contents. This gives you the opportunity to transfer between electrical and electronic, electronic and mechatronic engineering up until halfway 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 when studying for A-levels.

In subsequent years this split changes to a greater amount of independent learning, with the split being approximately 30:70 in the third year. This does not mean that less help is available; our staff are here to help.

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

The course contains strong practical elements: a year-long practical build project of an electronic device in Year 1, a year-long practical build project of an autonomous embedded system in Year 2, and a year-long practical research project in Year 3. During your year in industry, an academic supervisor will ensure that your activity is strongly related with your degree and you will have the opportunity to spend a year working on engineering projects in an industrial setting.

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

Overview of the year in industry

The year in industry provides a valuable opportunity to experience work as an engineer in real world situations within a commercial UK based company. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to engineering products that will influence the future development of society, and undertaking a year in industry increases the likelihood of securing a job offer after graduation.

Aims of year in industry

  • Provide practical experience of engineering, which may contribute to the engineering practice qualification for IET membership
  • Provide the experience of holding responsibilities associated with industrial employment
  • Provide the opportunity to develop and enhance key soft skills required to work in a team structure  
  • Provide the opportunity to consolidate a technical education with that of the engineering environment
  • Provide a platform to encourage the transformation from student to engineer

Learning outcomes

The year in industry has been designed taking into consideration the requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This year may be included as a part of the years of experience that together with the academic qualifications allow students to become Chartered Engineers (CEng).

There are four outcomes we want to develop:

  1. The ability to understand and analyse engineering challenges.
  2. The ability to apply engineering techniques to industrial challenges.
  3. To provide technical or commercial guidance, knowledge-sharing or leadership to peers or assistants.
  4. To demonstrate effective interpersonal presentation and technical writing skills.

Teaching and learning methods

Twice during the period in industry you will be visited by your Academic Supervisor. The visits allows us to confirm that the learning outcomes are being met and that you are happy within your placement. 

Assessment methods

Assessment takes place throughout the placement. You are required to submit a preparatory report and deliver a preparatory presentation, and also a final report and final presentation.

Your academic tutor will complete two visits and supply feedback on your submissions.

Final Presentation: 30%

Final Report: 70%

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
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
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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
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
Commercial Technology 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 Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20032 10 Optional
Understanding Mental Health UCIL20112 10 Optional
AI: robot overlord, replacement, or colleague? UCIL20122 10 Optional
Trust and Security in a Digital World: From Fake News to Cyber Criminals UCIL20132 10 Optional
From Antarctica to Outer Space: Surviving and Thriving in Extremes UCIL20142 10 Optional
Are We Alone? The Search for Extraterrestrial Life UCIL20211 10 Optional
Creating a Sustainable World: 21st Century Challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals UCIL20311 10 Optional
Digital Society: Your Place in a Networked World UCIL26002 10 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

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