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BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Course Overview

This course provides you with a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in electrical and electronic engineering. You will have opportunities to apply your knowledge in a series of course projects, designed in consultation with industry professionals and employers, to prepare you for the challenges that face professional engineers every day.

From the outset there is an emphasis on problem and project-based learning. You will prepare for your future career by developing a project portfolio, making use of facilities including generators and well-equipped electronic and computer laboratories.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as partially meeting the educational requirements for chartered engineer (CEng) status.

Key information

    Course name

    BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BEng with Honours

    Awarding body

    University of Brighton

    Professional recognition

    The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom & Laboratory based

    Duration

    3 years or 4 years with placement year

    Tuition fees

    £13,800 per year

    Intakes

    September

    Work placement

    Yes

    Course location

    Moulsecoomb campus, Brighton

Academic entry requirements

A-levels
BBC including maths and a physical science. General Studies excluded.

BTEC
DMM

International Baccalaureate
28 points, specified subjects including maths and a physical science at higher level.

Access to HE Diploma
pass with 60 credits overall. Level 3 units in maths and a physical science required. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at merit or above.

GCSE (minimum grade C)
GCSE grade C or above in a minimum of five subjects including English language, maths and science.

Other
Foundation course with maths and a physical science.

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 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

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.

Modules

Year 1

In year 1 you will build radio-controlled robots, design a temperature control system, build and test a variable power supply, experiment with practical electronic circuits using op-amps, design and implement circuits to drive a stepper motor, give a presentation in the broadcast studio, and design, simulate, build and test a digital circuit. 

Modules

  • Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Engineering Concepts (20 credits)
  • Technology Projects (20 credits)
  • Digital Electronics (20 credits)
  • Analogue Electronics (20 credits)
  • Electronic Computer-aided Engineering (10 credits)
  • Electrical Engineering I (10 credits)

 

Year 2

Year 2 builds on your computing skills and teaches you the programming language C to an advanced standard. Programmable Logic and VHDL is a hands-on module where you spend a considerable amount of time in the laboratory compiling, simulating and implementing your designs using a FPGA development board.

Modules

  • Mathematics and Control (20 credits)
  • Engineering Design, Innovation and Management (20 credits)
  • Analogue Electronics (10 credits)
  • Electrical Engineering II (10 credits)
  • Radio and Navigation Systems (10 credits)
  • Programmable Logic and VHDL (10 credits)
  • Computer Programming (20 credits)
  • Microcontrollers and Data Communications (20 credits)

 

Placement year

After year 2, you have the option of spending one year in industry. The paid placement year provides valuable work experience, which you will put you at a significant advantage when approaching the job market upon graduation. You may even secure a job offer while on your placement year.

 

Year 3

Year 3, the final year comprises specialist options and a major individual project that is often supported by industry. You will choose your own final-year project, demonstrating your engineering knowledge from the business plan to completion. 

Modules

  • Individual Project (40 credits)
  • Product Innovation and Management (20 credits)
  • Electronics (20 credits)
  • High Voltage Power, Distribution and Utilisation (20 credits)


Options include

  • Digital Signal Processing (20 credits)
  • Communication (20 credits)

 

Assessment methods
Tests, online tests, written examinations, logbooks, presentations, reports and viva-voce.

 

Learning facilities available

Throughout the course you will have access to specialist laboratories and custom-built workshops, all equipped with professional-standard equipment and developed in partnership with industry experts. The equipment meets professional engineering standards so that our students are fully prepared to apply their knowledge to the workplace.

Engineering facilities

  • General purpose electronics laboratories
  • Hydraulics laboratory
  • Thermal dynamics and avionics laboratory
  • Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories
  • Hybrid vehicle experimentation laboratory
  • Socata Rallye TB9 flight simulator, with three projections giving aeronautical engineering students an unrestricted view of the landscape and scenery
  • Brighton Product Lab
  • Drawing studio 
  • Woodwork and modelling shop
  • Advanced machine tool facility

 

Main learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Select and apply appropriate mathematical methods for modelling and analysis of engineering problems in electrical and electronic engineering
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of scientific principles, modelling and analysis in the development of engineering solutions in electrical and electronic engineering
  • Select and apply appropriate computer based methods for modelling and analysis of engineering problems in electrical and electronic engineering
  • Demonstrate competence in the synthesis of ideas pertinent to electrical and electronic engineering from a wide range of sources
  • Evaluate commercial risk
  • Use relevant test and measurement equipment appropriately
  • Use software tools and computer programming to solve engineering problems
  • Design appropriate engineering systems, components and processes
  • Test design ideas in the laboratory or through simulation, with technical analysis and critical evaluation of results
  • Apply electronic engineering techniques taking account of industrial and commercial constraints
  • Manipulate and present data relevant to the context
  • Use general IT tools