BEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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I chose to study at Aston because of the opportunity to undertake a professional placement year."

Joseph Baker
BEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB including Maths and Physical Science or Technology

This course will will provide you with the analytical skills, design expertise and flexibility required to adapt to and master rapidly evolving technologies. 

Electronic & Electrical Engineering ranks in the top 5 in the UK for both staff to student ration, and the proportion of graduates achieving a 2:1 or higher (2015 Guardian University Guide).
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Association with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies
Electronic & Electrical Engineering ranked 27th out of 77 institutions in the UK (2017 Guardian League Table)

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

UCAS Code: H600

Typical offer level
A Level:
BTEC National Diploma: DDD in relevant National Diploma
IB: 32 points (including Maths and Physics at Higher Level)

Specific subject requirements
A Level: Maths and physical science or technology A level (e.g. Physics, Electronics, Computer Science)
GCSE: English Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted
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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 (2017/18)                             
£17,200 for Outside EU students (2017/18)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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The BEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering programme will provide you with the analytical skills, design expertise and flexibility required to adapt to and master rapidly evolving technologies. 

You will begin by covering the fundamental principles of the field such as digital and analogue electronics, computing, mathematics and project management.

Extensive laboratory based practical work is fully integrated with the lecture material throughout the course to help reinforce theory with experience. 

You will be able to specialise in your areas of interest by selecting from a range of options including digital system design, telecommunications systems, optoelectronics and signal processing before embarking in the final year on an extensive design project of your own choosing. 

We have taken a very close look at the progression paths taken by our students and have recognised that the majority prefer to take a BEng degree and then gain employment experience.  Many then anticipate returning to the University to study at MSc level, usually with company backing, after a year or two of gaining experience.  As a result we have redesigned the BEng programmes to meet the demands of industry and to provide a vertically integrated programme of study leading from BEng to MSc.

We will provide you with a broad-based education to give you competence in a wide range of electronic and electrical engineering disciplines. You will begin with the fundamental principles such as digital, analogue electronics, computing, mathematics and project management. Theory is married to practice with extensive laboratory-based practical work fully integrated with the lecture material throughout the course. You will be able to specialise in areas of particular interest or relevance to your future career by selecting from our range of options from digital system design to telecommunications systems, optoelectronics to signal processing before embarking on a final year six-month design project of your own choosing.

Year 1

  • Mechanics (AP1MEC)
  • Digital and Anlogue Electronics (EE1DAE)
  • Electrical Circuit Theory (EE1ECT)
  • Engineering Projects and Entrepreneurship 1 (EE1EPE)
  • Electrical Systems Engineering (EE1ESE)
  • Introduction to Computing Concepts (EE1ICC)
  • Introduction to Optics and Waves (EE1IOW)
  • Theory of Electricity (EE1TEL)
  • Transition Mathematics for Engineers (SE11EM)
  • Mathematics for First Year Engineers (SE12EM)

Year 2

  • Analogue Electronics (EE2AEL)
  • Communication Systems (EE2CSY)
  • Digital Programmable Systems (EE2DPS)
  • Electronics Group Design Project (EE3EDP)
  • Electronic Systems Analysis (EE2ESA)
  • Electrical Systems Engineering (EE2ESE)
  • Electrical Networks (EE2NMD)
  • Sequential State Machines (EE2SSM)
  • Data Acquisition and Control (EE2DAC)

Year 3 - Optional placement year

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

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)

Final Year

Core modules:
  • Digital Systems Design (EE3DSD)
  • Individual Final Year Project (EE3PRJ)
  • Digital Signal Processing (EE3SPR)
Optional modules:
  • Digital Systems Architecture (EE3DSA)
  • Digital Transmission (EE3DTR)
  • Network Product Development (EE3NPD)
  • Optical Communications Systems (EE3OCS)
  • Optoelectronics (EE3OEL)
  • Power Electronics 6 (EE3PEL)
  • Power Systems 6 (EE3PSY)
  • Radio Systems and Personal Communications Networks (EE3RSY)
  • 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 electronics professionals in a wide range of sectors to give a broad but industrially relevant degree. 

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 our 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 CAD, 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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