Electronic Engineering - BEng (Hons) / MEng

UCAS Code:
H679,H601
Attendance:
BEng (Hons) - Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
MEng - Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

Do you want to work at the forefront of industry? Our BEng / MEng Electronic Engineering course will support you to achieve this. You’ll gain a broad range of skills, helping you to become a rounded engineer with the attributes required by industry.

What is an MEng?
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What's covered in the course?

You will gain an understanding of the social, commercial, legal, ethical, economic and environmental factors associated with engineering, as well as comprehensive knowledge of the science and mathematics associated with the discipline.

You will also develop the key transferrable skills that modern employers require, such as problem solving, project planning, presentation and communication. Our competitions, such as the annual Global Game Jam, will give you the chance to not only help run an acclaimed event, but also build and design your own creations, giving you invaluable experience.

Our engineering courses use the Create Design Implement Operate (CDIO) teaching framework, giving you lots of opportunity to work in teams on projects from design to implementation. This will give you practical experience of applying engineering science to real world problems, working in multidisciplinary teams to develop your interpersonal skills, and prepare you for a key aspect of modern engineering practice.

We offer you the option of a placement during your course, either through a summer internship or year-long sandwich placement, which will provide you with the real-life skills and experience you’ll need to stand out from the crowd upon graduation. This has helped former graduates progress into roles with companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Wilmott Dixon.

The course was majority coursework which attracted me as I prefer coursework over exams. I particularly enjoy the lab sessions where we apply what we have learned in lectures and tutorials – it really helps to understand the concept of some aspects of the course that are quite hard to understand. Rajpal Jabbal

Why Choose Us?

  • The average starting salary of a School of Engineering and the Built Environment graduate is £23,000 (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 92 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.
  • You’ll use our state-of-the-art technology and resources, including rapid prototyping, laser-cutting and CNC machining, as well as suites of open-access PCs.
  • You have the option to undertake an industrial placement year in order to gain valuable work experience.
  • Our hosting of both national and international events, including Global Game Jam and TechFest, enables you to build and design your own creations, as well as gain vital organisational experience.
  • We are ideally located at the University’s flagship City Centre Campus, based in the cutting-edge facility Millennium Point.
  • In 2017, we are spending £6.5 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.
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Accreditations:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Entry Requirements

BEng

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

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 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.

112 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels 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 112 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 112 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit 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 112 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points overall with at least 15 points Higher Level from 3 subjects (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics). 

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level), one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A – Grade 4 or above – or English Group B and ab initio – Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate 112 UCAS points - Higher Levels. Higher Level Mathematics required
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher

BC (2 Advanced) and A (1 Higher)/BBC. 2 advanced highers with Mathematics at advanced highers or equivalent.

Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. Plus an A level Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent)

or Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians.

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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
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2018/19
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 30 points overall with at least 15 points Higher Level from 3 subjects (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics). 

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level), one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A – Grade 4 or above – or English Group B and ab initio – Grade 5

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).

Additional Information

This course is also available as a four-year degree with foundation entry.

MEng

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

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 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.

128 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
GCE A Level/ AS Level ABB at A Level or 128 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels 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 15 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 6 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 128 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DDM - 128 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit 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 128 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 32 points overall with at least 16 points (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics). 

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level), one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A – Grade 4 or above – or English Group B and ab initio – Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate 128 UCAS points - Higher Levels. Higher Level Mathematics required
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher

Scottish Higher: 128 UCAS points. A combination of highers and advanced highers but must include advanced higher in grade C in Mathematics;

Advanced Higher: ABB. 2 advanced highers with Mathematics at advanced highers or equivalent.

Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 128 UCAS points. Plus an A level Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent)

or Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians.

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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
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2018/19
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 32 points overall with at least 16 points (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics). 

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level), one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A – Grade 4 or above – or English Group B and ab initio – Grade 5


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).

International Students

Entry requirements here

From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS
MEng Sep 2018 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
MEng Sep 2018 FT 4 years £12,000

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

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.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

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.

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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

Maths and Professional Skills
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and the ability to communicate the ideas of engineering as expected of engineering graduates.

This module aims to enable you to become proficient at developing and presenting engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusion.

This module will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard. 

Engineering Principles I
20 credits

The module aims to provide the underpinning knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to help you progress to the next Engineering Principles module, and then onto the second year.

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Engineering Principles II
20 credits

The module aims to provide the knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to help you progress to the second year of your degree. 

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Integrated Engineering Project
20 credits

The module aims to provide the practical and professional skills to enable you to progress on to the second year of an engineering degree.  As the theoretical aspects of physical science and maths are delivered in other themes of the first year, the Integrated Engineering Project will concentrate on developing your practical skills.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams – one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three three-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutors in groups of 5–10 students.  

Maths and Design
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and the ability to communicate the ideas of engineering as expected of engineering graduates.

This module aims to enable you to become proficient at developing the design process, from concept to failure modes effects analysis, via numerical data sets. Application of these data sets has to include their interpretation both to and from the mathematical language. 

This module will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering realities to a wider audience, at a professional standard. 

Engineering Practice
20 credits

The module concentrates on practical skills to complement the theory and mathematics you learn elsewhere, allowing you to progress to other modules and then onto the second year.

You will develop practical professional engineering skills, including skills required for conceiving, designing, implementing and operating engineering solutions.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams – one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.

Year two

Mathematics for Signals and Systems
20 credits

Information is the basic thread of life and signals are the medium by which information is passed. This module will focus on classifying and mathematical modelling of signals and systems in the context of electrical and biomedical engineering.

During the module, analytical techniques will be used to transform signals from one domain to another and vice versa. While mathematical techniques will be manipulated and used, it will be contextualised for actual system hardware.

At the end of this module you will be able to determine a systems response, be able to appreciate the digital filters and their applications in electronics and Biomedical engineering.    

Analogue and Digital Electronics
20 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of analogue and digital electronics using a circuit approach. It has been designed to give you a usable level of electronics theory to demonstrate key concepts.  

Engineering Electronic Systems
20 credits

This module will introduce you to schematic capture and printed circuit board design (PCB) tools and techniques, PCB manufacture, 3D mechanical design and 3D printing for rapid prototyping. 

The use of electronic computer-aided design tools (ECAD) is implicit in current electronic product design for device modelling, circuit design and simulation, and printed circuit-board design to meet a range of constraints including EMC, EMI, low-noise, high-power, mixed-signal, device package and mounting types and styles.

The use of 3D visualisation and modelling using engineering computer-aided design tools is also an integral part of electronic product design, as practical electronic engineering must meet physical and mechanical requirements. 

Leading Engineering Endeavour
20 credits

This project will be run as an intensive week-long activity. An interdisciplinary module, you will work with students from all fields of engineering to develop skills in engineering leadership and experience creating a purposeful vision and delivering on that vision.

This will set the professional skills for business in context by combining your technical course-specific knowledge with professional skills.  It is proposed that the vehicle to deliver this will be the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, with the best teams entering the contest.

Delivery will include guest lectures, inviting industrial leaders, and a series of mini-lectures to cover key content, including Internationalisation. Each session will concentrate on group working to use and develop skills.

Microcontroller System Design and Programming
20 credits

The development of knowledge in analogue and digital electronics, real-time embedded systems and programming, and robotics and control is specified in the aims of the programme. Microcontroller System Design and Programming is an introduction to programming in the C language, and to hardware and software tools and techniques for embedded systems design with microcontrollers. 

Electronics Project
20 credits

This module aims to integrate skills and knowledge gained from your course into one practical project. The endpoint of this project will be a wheeled robot capable of competing in a robotic competition, with the intention of you entering national or international contests.

You will use the skills gained in the Engineering Electronic Systems and Electronics modules to design, build and test a sensor printed circuit board.

You will construct and test an embedded controller board, debugging it using point-to-point continuity checks, signal checks using multimeter and oscilloscope, and writing test routines to fully prove functionality. This will be mounted with the sensor board on a robotic chassis of which you will design in a 3D solid modelling package and produce via rapid prototyping. 

Year three

Digital Filters and Spectral Analysis
20 credits

Digital filters have numerous advantages compared to analogue filters. These filters are implemented using hardware and firmware compared to analogue filters which are implemented solely on hardware. By the end of this module you will be able to analyse the magnitude and phase responses of filters. While this module is rich in analytical techniques and concepts, it will be contextualised at all times for practical hardware examples.   

Embedded Systems and Control
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop knowledge of embedded systems, so that on completion you are able to specify, design, implement and test microprocessor-based hardware and software for real-time applications.

You will gain in-depth practical experience of designing and building real-time embedded systems, from both hardware and software perspectives.  The module has been designed to provide a high level of practical embedded systems knowledge which, when combined with the digital and analogue electronics knowledge gained from underpinning and parallel modules, will produce graduate electronic engineers capable of having an immediate impact in the industry. 

Communications System and Networks
20 credits

The module provides you with an understanding and knowledge of the principles and applications of telecommunications and information networks. It focuses on case studies of particular applications in wired and wireless communications systems and in high speed networking.

You will gain the knowledge you need to understand modern communication systems and the functions of the Internet. In addition, you will acquire related analytical skills that can be applied in designing modern communication systems and information networks.

You will be introduced to three important processing stages of modern communication systems which are: transmission structure for quality of robust transmission; wireless communication for efficient modulation of signal transmission; and telecommunication networks architectures for providing comprehensive knowledge of different architectural and technical aspects of current and future interworking techniques. 

High Frequency and Power Electronics
20 credits

This module provides an introduction to the principles of high frequency electronics to familiarise you with the theory and application of analogue building blocks for high-frequency applications. It will enable you to gain an in-depth understanding of power electronic devices and analysing power electronic circuits. 

Individual Honours Project (BEng only)
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project.  

Integrated Master’s Group Project (MEng only)
20 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed group project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, your group will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your group’s topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

You will receive additional support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your group’s chosen topic area. Support may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project.  

Year four

Applied Digital Signal Processing
20 credits

Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is an emerging field in electronic engineering which has been rapidly growing over the last few decades. In DSP, data is converted from the continuous domain into the discrete domain and processed as scalar dimensionless values.

This has a number of tangible benefits including repeatability, cost and response, and it has applications in wide range of disciplines ranging from biomedical electronics to media.

In this module you will learn about analytical techniques used to create realisable digital filters. There is a strong practical aspect to this module which culminates with a demonstration and viva for a real time realisable digital filter implemented on hardware development board provided.   

Analogue Electronics and IC Architecture
20 credits

This module introduces the key integrated circuit techniques for BJT and MOS design, starting with transistor circuits and extending into analysing and designing basic analogue microelectronic building blocks at the circuit level, with an emphasis towards integrated circuit architecture with applications in communications circuits.

The circuits will be developed using schematic and simulation design techniques to enable analogue circuits and systems to be implemented. The circuit elements will then be extended to cover current sources, CMOS and BiCMOS circuits and current mode circuits.

These building blocks will be expanded into useful system level blocks such as phase locked loops, integrated circuit architecture and communications IC architecture. Fundamentally important issues such as noise, IC architecture and power consumption will also be covered.

Digital Microelectronics and Hardware Description Languages
20 credits

The MEng Electronic Engineering programme aims to develop an understanding of the broad nature of electronic engineering through a themed approach encompassing analogue electronics, digital electronics, communications, embedded systems and business.

The aim of this module is to allow you to develop an appropriate knowledge of the use of hardware description languages for digital design such that on completion of the module you will able to specify, design, implement and test digital circuitry implemented in FPGA, CPLD and other programmable digital devices.

The module has been designed to provide you with a high level of practical work to consolidate the theoretical aspects and improve employment options. 

MEng Individual Master’s Project Code
60 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

You will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available which may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials.

The Internet of Things (Optional Module)
20 credits

This module will cover the theoretical knowledge and practical skills relating to the rapidly growing area of the Internet of Things (IoT), a field that focuses on interfacing real world objects via internet technologies. 

You will develop an appropriate knowledge of IoT systems so that, on completion of the module, you are able to specify, design and implement IoT hardware, firmware and high level software for the processing and presentation of data obtained from the IoT devices.

The Internet of Things module gives prerequisite theory and in-depth practical experience in the design and implementation of IoT hardware and software. It has been designed to allow for high level application of data networks, embedded systems and digital and analogue electronics. 

Autonomous Systems and Robotics (Optional Module)
20 credits

The MEng Electronic Engineering programme is designed to produce graduates with highly developed skills in electronic systems design, who will have the technical and management capability required by employers in a rapidly changing technological landscape. 

The programme encompasses analogue electronics, digital electronics, communications, embedded systems and software engineering. Embedded Robotics requires all of these areas and adds mechanics, kinematics and control theory, giving a module that applies a wide range of engineering disciplines to solve a typical engineering problem. 

Control Engineering (Optional Module)
20 credits

The module utilises the mathematical concepts such as transform calculus and matrix theory used to model systems using both the transfer function and state-space paradigms. You will then be able to design controllers for linear systems using time and frequency response methods. In particular, pole placement techniques will be applied using both input-output and state-feedback approaches. These will then be extended to observer design and LQR optimisation. 

Teaching and assessment will comprise not only of traditional lectures and tutorials, but also the use of industry standard software for problem solving within coursework assessment. 

Research Methods (Optional Module)
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with a foundation for academic research skills employed in all modules, but particularly the master’s dissertation. This will enhance your learning experience providing a research output which is both industrially relevant, and contributes academic value to the research base of your chosen industry. 

Want to start in Year two or Year three?

If you have completed a Foundation/HND course and want to study this degree with us in 2017, you may be able to start in Year two/three (level 5/6). Please be aware that the modules for a Year two/three start will be different to the ones listed above. You will need to download the 2016/17 programme for more information on which modules you will be studying. 

We will shape and enhance your knowledge through formal lectures, tutor-led seminars and practical activities, as well as a range of independent learning activities. The latter includes an element of peer review, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning.

Technology-enhanced learning is also used, through online resources, discussion forums and other activities, and a range of case studies and problem-based learning scenarios are implemented to sharpen your skills.

A range of assessment methods are employed with associated assessment criteria. You’ll be assessed through formal and summative methods, including coursework, examinations, presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online tests and project work.

In your third year, you will conduct an individual project, where you will hone and enhance your organisational, research and time management skills. 

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

A typical week on this course will include 12-15 hours per week of contact time over four days, plus self study time.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

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

BEng
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.

MEng
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.

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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

We will provide you with the attributes you need to be successful in employment. Upon graduating, you’ll be able to demonstrate professionalism at all levels, as well as being a creative problem solver with innovative ideas, a global outlook and an open-minded, diverse personality.

Birmingham City University also has the Graduate+ scheme and you could also gain work experience with OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus.

Placements

You have the option to conduct an industrial placement year, gaining valuable work experience in a real-life company. You’ll be supported by a placement officer, who will assist you in finding a placement and applying for the position.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and working relationships with some of the UK’s leading companies, our students have previously worked with General Electric, UTC Aerospace and Bosch. 

OpportUNIty

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.

Graduate Success – Ashwin B Rajasekaran

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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.

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:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

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

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

Salman AbdullahStudent stories: Salman Abdullah

IET Undergraduate Grant Winner 2016

Salman was awarded a prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Undergraduate Grant in the final year of his BEng degree, in recognition of his outstanding performance on the course.

Salman, who is from Pakistan, was attracted to Birmingham City University as he knew that many graduates from the University go on to work for high quality companies such as Rolls-Royce. He also expected to feel at home in the city as he knew that Birmingham has a large Asian population.

The award has boosted Salman’s confidence and motivated him to go even further. He is on course to achieve a First Class degree, and his tutors are encouraging him to stay on and undertake an MEng qualification after completing his BEng.

Popular home countries

Our Electronic Engineering course recruits a diverse range of students, both from home and abroad. In the past, we have had students from Italy, China, India, Vietnam and Nigeria (among others), demonstrating the diversity of our cohorts and creating a rich, eclectic learning experience.

Our Facilities

You will be based at our cutting-edge Millennium Point building, located at our flagship City Centre Campus. We have dedicated labs for electronics, microprocessor, electronic computer-aided design (ECAD), communications, networking, programming and project work. There are suites of open-access PCs for general use by all students. We have rapid prototyping, laser-cutting, and CNC machining capabilities for project work. We have site-wide wi-fi for laptops, smartphones, and tablet PC connectivity.

Test Cell Facilities

The key features of our test cell include:

  • 340 kW fully transient dynamometer
  • Full exhaust gas analysis both pre and post after treatment system
  • Ammonia slip analyser, EGR CO2, THC and non-methane HC

Exhaust Analysis

The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:

  • Signal Group Analysers in 3 racks with heated sample systems
  • Sierra BG-3 particulate mini-tunnel
  • AVL 415S smoke meter

Environmental Lab

The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.

More about our facilities

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Leyland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

Jagjit Sehra

Programme Leader/Lecturer

Programme Leader for BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering and BEng (Hons) Telecommunication and Networks undergraduate courses.

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

+44 (0)121 331 6295