BEng Electronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course description

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.

Aims

  • 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.

Special features

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Excellent facilities

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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 the High Voltage Lab and Photon Science Institute .

Regular, close support

During the first year, you will be supported by unit-specific tutors, who hold weekly small-group sessions to discuss questions related to your course. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with  our award-winning Peer Assisted Study Session scheme  which allows you to interact with 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.

Options and flexibility

The first three semesters of our undergraduate courses share the same content. 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.

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
Electronic Materials EEEN10021 10 Mandatory
Circuit Analysis EEEN10121 10 Mandatory
Digital System Design I EEEN10131 10 Mandatory
Electronics Project EEEN10141 10 Mandatory
Measurements & Analytical Software EEEN10151 10 Mandatory
Microcontroller Engineering I EEEN10202 10 Mandatory
Energy Transport and Conversion EEEN10212 10 Mandatory
Electromagnetic Fields EEEN10222 10 Mandatory
Electronic Circuit Design I EEEN10232 10 Mandatory
C Programming EEEN10242 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 EEEN20011 10 Mandatory
Engineering Management EEEN20051 10 Mandatory
Digital Systems Design II EEEN20121 10 Mandatory
Signals and Systems EEEN20131 10 Mandatory
Electronic Circuit Design II EEEN20222 10 Mandatory
Microelectronic Components EEEN20232 10 Mandatory
Control Systems I EEEN20252 10 Mandatory
Analogue and Digital Communications EEEN20262 10 Mandatory
VLSI Design EEEN20272 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
High Speed Digital and Mixed Signal Design EEEN30171 10 Mandatory
Digital Signal Processing EEEN30201 10 Mandatory
Computer Systems Architecture EEEN30222 10 Mandatory
Current Trends in Optical Devices EEEN30272 10 Mandatory
Commercial Technology Development MCEL30102 10 Mandatory
Numerical Analysis EEEN30101 10 Optional
Data Networking EEEN30111 10 Optional
Concurrent Systems EEEN30141 10 Optional
Digital Mobile Communications EEEN30161 10 Optional
Transmissions Lines & Optical Fibres EEEN30212 10 Optional
Control Systems II EEEN30232 10 Optional
Sensors & Instrumentation EEEN30242 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

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please visit our undergraduate student finance pages and our Department funding pages .

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Facilities

Manchester Engineering Campus Development, MECD.    

Get ready to collaborate, create and innovate in a brand-new £400m purpose-built building which will allow you, our future engineers and material scientists, to come together and make your mark on the world. The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will officially open from September 2022 and will include hundreds of flexible teaching and learning spaces with unrivalled world-class research facilities - whatever your inspiration, with MECD the possibilities are endless. 

Learn more

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