Electronic Engineering (Microelectronics Pathway) - BEng/MEng

UCAS Code:
Full Time (4 Years), Sandwich (5 Years), Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
September 2016, September 2017

There is a skills gap for good engineers in the UK, which means our graduates are in very high demand.

Our electronic engineering (microelectronics pathway) BEng/MEng degree combines theory and practice in electronics, and you’ll examine microprocessor systems, digital and analogue electronics, communications and digital signal processing.

                                               What is an MEng?

As well as having a comprehensive academic understanding of electronic engineering, you’ll also develop problem solving abilities and an understanding of team working – skills that will be essential in any successful career in electronics or electronic engineering.

You also have the choice of one other pathway, Telecommunications and the course offers a route to postgraduate study and research.

New for 2017/18

Electronic Engineering

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

This course is for you if you want to combine a highly rigorous academic qualification with real-life practical work experience that will enable you to put your knowledge into practice.

You’ll be based at the state-of-the-art Millennium Point building at our City Centre Campus, where you will have access to a wide range of professional-standard facilities and laboratory equipment on which to develop your key skills and consolidate your academic learning.

These include dedicated labs for electronics, microprocessor, electronic computer-aided design (ECAD), communications, networking, programming and project work, as well as state-of-the-art rapid prototyping, laser-cutting, and CNC machines.

As part of your course, you’ll also be encouraged to become a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) ambassador, which is a fun way of developing transferable skills, such as team working and problem solving.

You can opt for an industrial placement year too, which gives you an invaluable opportunity to hone your expertise, try out a potential career path and get relevant workplace experience that is valued by so many employers. It will also boost your CV.

Throughout your course, our expert teaching staff will provide all the support you need.

Why Choose Us?

  • The BEng (Hons) is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. The MEng is a new course for which an application for accreditation will be submitted to the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at the appropriate time. A successful submission would mean that the MEng course would be CEng accredited and fulfil the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
  • We are continually expanding our links with companies such as Cisco Systems, Festo, Land Rover, Aero Engine Controls, Roll Royce, Morgan, UTC Aerospace, Sorion and the communications division of Army Reserves.
  • We have a large database of companies who we provide research and development expertise for,  and many employ our students.
  • You are encouraged to become a STEM ambassador.
  • You will learn in dedicated labs and on high-tech, industry-standard equipment.
  • The course offers full-time routes with placement opportunities, which give you a very flexible way to manage your degree studies.

This course is open to International students

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Why study a MEng degree?

An integrated master’s degree combines three years of undergraduate study with an additional fourth year at postgraduate level.

The advantage of this mode of study is that it enables you to stand out from the crowd on graduation with a master’s level qualification.

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This course is accredited by:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

In addition you must attain at least a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent. Please see below for specific information about this requirement.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels from a STEM subject

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 280 UCAS tariff points from A Level (to include Maths) with a minimum of 2 A Levels, at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject and including A Level Maths at grade C or above.
Access to Higher Education Diploma In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 3 credits in Science units.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in AS Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points overall (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics)
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 UCAS points - Higher Levels. Higher Level Mathematics required
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 UCAS points with Mathematics at Advanced Higher or equivalent. Grades BBC.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. Plus an AS Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent).
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 30 points (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics)
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels from a STEM subject

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

300 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBB or above)
predicted DDM profile at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

More about unconditional offers

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng/MEng Sep 2016 FT 4 Years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 Years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng/MEng Sep 2016 FT 4 Years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 4 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Your first year comprises six modules: professional development; engineering practice; electronic fundamentals; programming for engineers; mathematics for electronics and communications; and electrical principles.

Professional Development
15 credits
Engineering Practice
30 credits
Electronic Fundamentals
30 credits
Programming for Engineers
15 credits
Mathematics for Electronics and Telecommunications
15 credits
Electrical Principles
15 credits

Year two

In year two you’ll study a further eight modules, all of which are designed to build on your knowledge and key skills for a career in electronic engineering.

You’ll study: signals and systems, communications systems, embedded systems, engineering mathematics, data networks, analogue circuit design, and digital circuit design. You’ll also undertake an electronics project.

Signals and Systems
15 credits
Communication Systems
15 credits
Electronics Project
15 credits
Embedded Systems
15 credits
Engineering Mathematics
15 credits
Data Networks
15 credits
Analogue Circuit Design
15 credits
Digital Circuit Design
15 credits

Year in industry

All of our undergraduates have the option to spend a year in industry between years two and three.

Sandwich placements in industry are arranged during the second year. Students apply competitively for placements offered by companies such as: HR Smith, Worcester Bosch, National Instruments and E-ON.

Year in industry

Year three

In the third year you’ll move onto an individual project, which will give you the opportunity to undertake detailed, independent research in an area that interests you.

You’ll also study project management and professional practice, digital signalling processing, digital signal processing, digital microelectronics, and analogue microelectronics.

Individual Project
45 credits
Project Management and Professional Practice
15 credits
Digital Signal Processing
15 credits
Digital Microelectronics
15 credits
Analogue Microelectronics
15 credits
Embedded Systems Design
15 credits

Year four

For the MEng qualification, you’ll undertake three options, which you will choose from the following: automotive electronics and control systems, embedded robotics, audio electronics design, micro systems engineering, and hybrids and sustainable technology.

You’ll also study three compulsory modules: technology entrepreneurship, applied DSP, and IC architecture.

The final part of the course is a group project, which will further enhance your team-building and problem-solving skills at an advanced level.

Group Project
30 credits
Technology Entrepreneurship
15 credits
Applied DSP
15 credits
IC Architecture
15 credits
Option Module
15 credits

Option modules include:

  • Automotive Electronics and Control Systems
  • Embedded Robotics
  • Audio Electronics Design
  • Micro Systems Engineering
  • Hybrids and Sustainable Technology
Option module
15 credits

Option modules include:

  • Automotive Electronics and Control Systems
  • Embedded Robotics
  • Audio Electronics Design
  • Micro Systems Engineering
  • Hybrids and Sustainable Technology
Option module
15 credits

Option modules include:

  • Automotive Electronics and Control Systems
  • Embedded Robotics
  • Audio Electronics Design
  • Micro Systems Engineering
  • Hybrids and Sustainable Technology

The academic year is split into two semesters and you’ll study different modules in each – all of which will challenge you intellectually and test your technical capabilities. You’ll have class contact and have plenty of opportunity to work in our dedicated labs.

We think it’s important that you are assessed in a number of different ways during your course. These will include including continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations, laboratory exercises and project work. This will enable us to appraise your all-round ability and it also gives you the best opportunity to excel.

This degree can also be studied on a part-time basis, which will take you seven years to complete.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

This programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the Educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. This programme is currently undergoing periodic review for the purposes of ongoing accreditation. In addition, the programme meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

The MEng is a new course for which an application for accreditation will be submitted to the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at the appropriate time. A successful submission would mean that the MEng course would be CEng accredited and fulfil the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

You can go on to study an MEng or MSc in related subjects and opt for a research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programme. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Enhancing your employability skills

Our course is designed to equip you with unmatched, first-hand practical expertise and provide you with the rigorous academic knowledge that will help you to stand out among your peers.

Because we have close links with business and industry – and involve employers in the development of the curriculum, whenever possible – we know that your studies are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace.

Added to that, many of our lecturers have an industry background and have maintained those links.

These combine to make our graduates very highly sought-after.

Guaranteed placements for Engineering students joining BEng (Hons) / MEng Year 1 in 2016

We aim to have you employer-ready by the time you graduate and, as part of this commitment, we encourage you to further enhance your career prospects by including an industrial placement in your course. 

Placements provide the workplace experience that many employers look for and give you an invaluable opportunity to develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path.

That’s why for 2016 entrants to our BEng (Hons)/MEng Engineering degree courses, we’re offering a guaranteed placement during your course which will take the form either of a summer internship or a  year-long sandwich placement.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and strong relationships with industry, you could join the ranks of our students who have gained exceptionally high-quality work experience at companies including both blue chip organisations and SMEs, from BMW to Westfield Sportscars.

According to the recent DLHE Survey (2012/13), 100% of the graduates from our Engineering sandwich degrees were either in full-time work or full-time study within six months of graduation.

Our graduates have gone on to work for companies from Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover, to London Midland, Marconi and Wilmott Dixon.


We aim to have you employer-ready by the time you graduate and as part of your course you have the option of undertaking an industrial placement after the second year of study.

If you decide to do this, it will extend the duration of your BEng course to four years and your MEng to five. If you study part-time, this will mean that your course will take eight years to complete.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and working relationships with some of the UK’s leading companies, you have the chance of undertaking a high quality industrial placement with leading organisations such as General Electric, UTC Aerospace, and Bosch.

Placements will also provide you with an opportunity to develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Our graduates are very highly sought-after and have typically found careers in:

  • Specifying, designing or implementing electronic systems and technologies
  • Testing and developing electronic systems and technologies
  • Providing technical, hardware or applications support or training
  • Providing technical sales and support of various electronic systems and technologies.

Career progression

Engineering courses are one of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job according to The Telegraph, with around 85.4 per cent of graduates nationwide finding work or going into further education within six months of finishing their degree.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our electronic engineering course is most popular with international students from:

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

This course is located in the prestigious £114m Millennium Point building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice.

Jagjit Sehra

Programme Leader/Lecturer
Electronics Engineer at Diktron Limited

This role involved commissioning, repairing and development of distress alarms which were used by the UK fire brigade. A wide range of skills were gained including:

  • Fault finding out to component level using schematic diagrams.
  • Using microcontrollers to develop intelligent alarm.
  • Testing the alarms for correct functionality.
Electronics Engineer at Bytronic International

This role involved working in the Research and Development department to design and prototype development boards which were aimed at engineering students. A wide range of skills were gained including:

  • Using automated PCB routing software to generate the necessary files required to manufacture the printed circuit boards.
  • Prototyping circuits.
  • Liaising with customers.
  • Using microcontrollers.
UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

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