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BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering

Course Overview

This BEng degree provides you with a comprehensive academic understanding of electronic engineering, and 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.

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. This 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.

The BEng (Hons) is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

For 2016 entrants to BEng (Hons)/MEng Engineering degree courses, Birmingham City University (BCU) is offering a guaranteed placement during your course which will take the form either of a summer internship or a year-long sandwich placement.

Key information

    Course name

    BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BEng with Honours

    Awarding body

    Birmingham City University

    Professional recognition

    The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom & Laboratory based


    3 years or 4 years with placement year

    Tuition fees

    £12,000 per year



    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

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.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Progression route

Further academic study of MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or professional career.

Career opportunities

The hands-on and design-based approach of this course, and the well-established links with industry are significant factors in the excellent employment record in the electrical and power sectors, the railways, process control, flight simulators and telecommunications.


Year 1

  • 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 2

  • Signals and Systems (15 credits)
  • Electrical Machines and Energy Conversion (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

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 the university’s dedicated labs.


Year 3

  • Individual Project (45 credits)
  • Project Management and Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Digital Signal Processing (15 credits)
  • Telecommunications (15 credits)
  • Network Management (15 credits)
  • Optical Communications (15 credits)


Assessment methods
You will be assessed in a number of different ways during your course. These will include continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations, laboratory exercises and project work. This will enable the university to appraise your all-round ability and it also gives you the best opportunity to excel.


Reasons for choosing this course

  • Accreditation by the Institute of Engineering and Technology will help you to become an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer after graduation, increasing your professional status
  • Placement opportunities exist in a wide range of companies, or you can work with academics as part of the University’s award winning Student-Academic Partnership scheme, and engage with the local and national STEM initiatives to develop your CV and job prospects. MEng students will have the opportunity to work on active research projects alongside MPhil and PhD students
  • This course combines theory and practice in embedded systems, analogue electronics, digital electronics, telecommunications and digital signal processing to develop the skills that your future employer will highly value. During the third and fourth year of this programme, you will focus on telecommunication modules.
  • You’ll be based at the state-of-the-art Millennium Point building at BCU’s 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


Main learning outcomes

The aims of this programme are to provide:

  • a stimulating and rewarding learning experience which develops knowledge of technology allied to design and build experience, problem solving skills, and team-working ability, pertinent to careers involving electronics
  • an understanding of commercial, legal, ethical and environmental factors associated with electronic engineering
  • encouragement to develop transferable and key skills applicable to employment and continuing professional development
  • a qualification that satisfies the academic requirements for the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). CEng status which is an internationally recognised professional body