BEng Communications Engineering

Aston University Communications Engineering

I believe going on a placement and gaining professional experience gives you the edge when it comes to looking for a graduate career.” 

Henry Crockett
BSc Construction Project Management 

Entry requirements

BBB – BBC including Maths and a Physical Science or Technology subject

The theme of this degree course is the convergence of electronic systems and communications systems – the process which has given us the internet, mobile phones, and global networks.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Association with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies
University funded membership of the IET
Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: H640

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GCSE requirement: English Grade C

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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2018/19)                             
£19,000 for Outside EU students (2018/19)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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Typical offer level 

BBB-BBC to include Maths and a physical science or technology A level (e.g. Physics, Electronics, Computer Science).
32 overall points with 554 including Maths and Physics at Higher Level.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD

Minimum of 13 Distinctions from 18 Units. Distinction (D) grade in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technician units within your BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering.

A subject related Access to Higher Education with 45 credits at Level 3 and at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

The theme of this degree course is the convergence of electronic systems and communications systems – the process which has given us the internet, mobile phones, and global networks.

Ready, rapid and reliable access to information distributed around the globe is one of the key elements of modern society and impacts all sectors of engineering and the business world.

The demand for experts with skills in areas such as data communications, mobile communications and microwave engineering is buoyant with every field of commerce and industry reliant on the timely exchange of vital information.

We aim to provide you with a firm grounding in the principles and practices of electronic engineering. You may then choose to focus on the skills and techniques of communications engineering or to concentrate on the telecommunications and internet technologies required by the communications and network engineer. You will also come into contact with our leading research groups, currently undertaking multi-million pound research contracts for the communications industry.

Studies in electronic engineering including digital, analogue and programmable electronics are complemented with work on communications principles and optical, data and radio networks. As you progress, you will specialise in high frequency and optical communications and data communications and telecommunications network design and management. You will be able to study the engineering of the internet and its communications channels, protocols and procedures which underlie modern communications and commerce. And you will gain an appreciation of the role of data, its acquisition, organisation and manipulation in a highly distributed environment for presentation to end-users, be they remote electronic systems or human, at fixed or mobile locations.

This degree course has just been completely revised and modernised to meet the changing demands of industry. High quality employment in the communications industry is attractive to our graduates and many anticipate studying to MSc level, usually with the backing of an industrial company, after a year or two of gaining experience. As a result we have also designed the BEng degree courses to meet the demands of the communications industry and to provide a vertically integrated course of study leading from BEng to MSc for those who wish to follow this career progression.

Year 1

  • Mechanics (AP1MEC) 
  • Core Engineering Mathematics (EE1CEM)
  • Computational Problem Solving (EE1CPS)
  • Digital and Anlogue Electronics (EE1DAE) 
  • Electrical Circuit Theory (EE1ECT) 
  • Engineering Projects and Entrepreneurship 1 (EE1EPE)
  • Electrical Systems Design (EE1ESD)
  • Introduction to Optics and Waves (EE1IOW)
  • Theory of Electricity (EE1TEL)

Year 2

  • Analogue Electronics (EE2AEL)
  • Communication Systems (EE2CSY)
  • Data Acquisition and Control (EE2DAC)
  • Electronics Group Design Project (EE2EDP)
  • Electronic Systems Analysis (EE2ESA)
  • Electrical Systems Engineering (EE2ESE)
  • Intermediate Digital Design (EE2IDD)
  • Electrical Networks, Machines and Drives (EE2NMD)

Year 3

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year (SEP003)

Final Year

  • Digital Transmission (EE3DTR)
  • Digital Systems Design (EE3DSD)
  • Individual Final Year Project (EE3PRJ)
  • Radio Systems and Personal Communications Network (EE3RSY)
  • Automation, Measurement and Data Processing (EE3AMD)
  • Digital Systems Architecture (EE3DSA)
  • Internet  of Things (EE3IOT)
  • Optical Communications Systems (EE3OCS)
  • Optoelectronics (EE3OEL)
  • Innovation Management (ME2033)
  • Energy Efficiency (ME3023) 

You will benefit from a range of teaching methods and learning styles, including formal lectures; laboratory and design classes, and seminars; small groups tutorials with a personal tutor; computer-aided learning and virtual learning environments.  You can expect an exciting learning experience with practical work and taught material integrated throughout the degree course.
During the year you will find a sequence of formative assessments to re-enforce and enhance the taught material. The overall assessment is a collation of marks from examination, classroom and laboratory exercises, internet-based practical assessments and oral presentations.

If you are predicted to achieve 3 A's at A Level and are planning to join an IET accredited BEng/MEng engineering or technology degree course in Autumn 2013 then you qualify for the IET Jubilee Scholarship worth £1000 a year.

For more information about this scholarship and how to apply click this link

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Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Our courses have been developed in collaboration with the electronics and telecommunications professions. 

You can choose between a 3 year full-time or 4 year sandwich course which incorporates an integrated year of paid industrial or commercial placement. You can delay this choice until the start of your second year. We will help you find a suitable placement and visit you regularly to ensure it is a success. 

The placement is a perfect opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience. It will help you make a more informed judgement about your future career and will form an invaluable part of your CV when you seek graduate employment.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Well-trained graduates with skills in electronics design, software, telecommunications and engineering are in high demand. Some of our recent graduates are currently commanding high salaries working in government, the public sector and private industry, for employers such as Olympus, Corus, HSBC, Oxford University, Hewlett Packard, Cogent Defence, BAE Systems, Npower, Siemens, Orange, Vodafone, QinetiQ, National Grid, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Cars and Microsoft. Other graduates have chosen to study for PhD degrees at Aston or at other universities across the UK and beyond or have started their own businesses.
Areas where out graduates enter include:

  • Research & development
  • Design & manufacture
  • Management and marketing
  • Consultancy
  • Education
  • Innovation
You will have access to an extensive network of computer facilities including high performance PCs for industrial standard ECAD, suites of PCs, Unix workstations and Multimedia capable Macs for day-to-day work and a large number of embedded processors for lab work. These resources are complemented by specialist electronics, telecommunications and networked laboratories and research facilities.
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