Electronic and Communication Engineering BEng(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

On the Electronic and Communication Engineering BEng course you’ll study electronic engineering and computer systems engineering, specialising in communications.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

H640

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

About the course

We all have an innate need and desire to communicate. And as communications technology gets ever more advanced, the demand for new devices and solutions grows day by day. This course is designed to help you take your place in the communications industry, focusing on building your skills to start a fulfilling career.

On the course you’ll be taught by professional engineers. Many of them have worked in industry, while others have specialised in research. We’ll give you the chance to gain a broad overview of electronic engineering, as well as specialist skills in communications as the course progresses. We’ll also take a wider view to explore other areas of electrical, electronic and computer systems engineering.

Year 1 of the course is designed to support you in gaining a through grounding in the principles of electronic engineering. In Year 2 you’ll begin to specialise in communications, from basic methods such as AM or FM through to digital communications. In Year 3 you have the chance to spend a year working in industry gaining great experience. Then in your Final Year you’ll be supported to expand your knowledge, by looking at topics such as optical communications.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council. Once you graduate, you could become registered as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). The course could also lead on to you gaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status following further study.

While you’re studying at Huddersfield, you’ll have the chance to spend a placement year working in the industry. It could help you gain some really useful skills, and some handy contacts in your chosen field too.

If you achieve an average grade of 60% or more during your first two years, there is a chance to transfer to the Electronic Engineering MEng integrated Master’s course.

You might like to hear what Jaimin has to say about studying Electronic Engineering and Computer Systems BEng(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield.

At the end of their course, our students become confident, capable engineers, that are ready for work, they’re prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary for industry.

Violeta Holmes

Dr Violeta Holmes, Subject Area Leader, Electronic Engineering

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. This opportunity helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company’s policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in applying for and finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

The Placement Unit team are regularly in contact with local and national companies. Previous students from this subject area have spent their placement year at companies including Sellafield, Cummins, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Red Bull, DSTL, Philips Healthcare, Echostar, GE Oil and Gas.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

We have recruited engineers from University of Huddersfield with great success. Huddersfield graduates come equipped with the necessary skills for a career in electronic product design.

John Dobson

John Dobson, Managing Director, Matrix Multimedia

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level . A Levels must include Mathematics and at least one other suitable science/technology subject as listed.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. DDM BTEC Science/Technology Level 3 Extended Diploma is also acceptable with A Level Mathematics at least at Grade C. See additional information for further details of what is accepted.

  • 120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications which must include the accepted qualifications as listed.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above in relevant science/technology subjects
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which must include science/technology subjects.

Successful completion of Engineering Foundation Year. To successfully complete the Foundation Year you must pass all 6 modules and achieve an average mark of 50% or above.

Other suitable skills or experience gained in a relevant industry will be considered.

A Levels (in addition to A2 Mathematics) must include one of the following: Electronics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Further Mathematics, Mechanics, Dynamics or General Engineering.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (instead of A2 Mathematics) must be one of the following: Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Engineering.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Come along to our Open Day


At Huddersfield we’re passionate about engineering. Hear here about how our courses are designed to combine industry knowledge and academic theory with practical experience to support you in graduating ready for work or further study. Come along to one of our Open Days to find out more.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Computer Programming

On this module you’ll explore how to systematically design computer programs. You’ll be introduced to coding, testing and documenting software appropriate for engineering systems using the “C” programming language. You’ll be supported in developing your knowledge and understanding of the underlying syntax and logic structures specified by the programming language by solving practical problems in dedicated lab sessions. You’ll be expected to design and implement a software solution to a given problem specification.

Electronic Design Manufacture and Test

This module is laboratory based and you’ll complete a log book to record your progress, leading to you developing a formal report/business plan on which you’ll be assessed. Detailed assessment criteria and examples of excellent past work are provided to you at the outset and feedback is given at regular intervals. In the first term you’ll work in pairs or groups on a series of design, build and test exercises, which you record in your log book. In the second term you’ll work as part of a team to design, construct and evaluate a marketable electronic product. The formal report (one per team) should include business/marketing plans as well technical information.

Mathematics 1

The module contains a range of basic engineering mathematics including numbers, functions, linear mathematics, calculus and numerical techniques to support the engineering modules.

Professional Development

This module introduces you to the role played by professional engineers in terms of their responsibilities, ethical behaviour and contribution to the business team. Additionally, you'll be supported in improving your personal and practical skills including study techniques, communication skills (report writing and oral presentations), CV preparation and planning for your career. This is covered in lectures, tutorials, seminars, Problem Based Learning (PBL) sessions and laboratory-based activities.

Electrical Principles 1

In this module you’ll study the fundamentals of electrical engineering. You’ll explore how to determine the voltage and current of circuits (circuit theorems) as well as studying electrostatics, conduction and electromagnetism (field theory). You’ll be encouraged to discuss practical examples of resistors, capacitors and inductors, which can be an aid when you come to use these components in practice. The topics this module covers are fundamental to the whole of electrical engineering and will be useful throughout your course.

Electronics 1

In this module you’ll explore the fundamentals of electronics, both digital and analogue. You'll be introduced to the basic digital functions AND, OR and NOT and the appropriate methods of representing digital information. Along with helping you to gain an understanding of technical datasheets parameters and memory devices, you’ll have the chance to gain skills in designing digital circuits from a given specification. Analogue design covers diode, transistor and operational amplifier circuit operation. You’ll also be supported in building circuits in the laboratory and testing them.


Our courses are flexible, enabling you to develop expertise in a variety of electronics and electrical engineering areas. You’ll study a broad range of topics in your first year and as we offer four course options, focusing on either communications, electrical, electronic or computer systems, you’ll have opportunities to switch between specialisms during Years 1 or 2. This means you can explore different areas of the subject and if you find you are particularly interested in one area you can tailor your studies towards that.

As you progress through the course, you have the chance to study modules in communications and gain skills in this specialist area.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and 28% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

We aim to develop your knowledge, understanding, analysis and design abilities principally through lectures and tutorials. You’ll be supported in developing your practical and design skills through laboratory work involving problem solving assignments, practical exercises and mini projects. UniLearn, the University's Virtual Learning Environment, is used to support teaching.

Examinations, assignments, short tests and project work are all used for assessment. Our staff are committed to supporting you and helping to solve any problems you may have through tutorials and the personal tutor system.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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Your career


86% of our graduates from this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

86%Graduates employed

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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