BEng Electronic Engineering & Computer Science

Aston University Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

After coming to visit the University, Aston felt like the right choice. As a mature student, I felt Aston was well situated in Birmingham, whether I chose to live on or off campus.”

Jonathan Taylor
BSc Computing Science

Entry requirements

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

To gain the competitive edge over its global rivals British industry and commerce needs trained computer systems engineers with skills in both hardware and software who can assess, contribute to, harness and influence the growth of information technology.

Aston Engineering & Technology graduates go on to earn £1,900 more than the sector average, one year after graduation (LEO, 2018)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Association with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies
Computer Science at Aston is ranked 4th out of 107 institutions for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2018)

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

UCAS Code: GH46

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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.

Computer systems have a dramatic impact on the way we work and live with new technology developing every week.

Modern digital electronics and computing systems and desirable gadgets are all pervasive in commerce, industry and the home. They form one of the most rapidly changing and influential technologies in modern society.

To gain the competitive edge over its global rivals British industry and commerce needs trained computer systems engineers with skills in both hardware and software who can assess, contribute to, harness and influence the growth of information technology.

The EECS course at Aston aims to meet this challenge by expanding the breadth and depth of our students’ knowledge in electronics, internet technology, computing, digital systems and software design and by encouraging the development of essential professional skills.

You will gain a solid grounding in software engineering and computing systems which will be complemented by engineering expertise in digital electronics and telecommunications. The emphasis is on gaining a specialist and extremely valuable set of skills that form a bridge between the hardware and software specialist; to achieve this you will study computing and electronics with single honours students from the electronic engineering and computer science subject groups.

Year 1

  • Java Programming Foundations (CS) (CS1310)
  • Java Program Development (CS1410)
  • Core Engineering Mathematics (EE1CEM)
  • Digital and Anlogue Electronics (EE1DAE)
  • Electrical Circuit Theory (EE1ECT)
  • Engineering Projects and Entrepreneurship 1 (EE1EPE)
  • Electrical Systems Design (EE1ESD)

Year 2

  • Software Engineering (CS2020)
  • Operating Systems (CS2230)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (CS2260)
  • Data Structures and Algorithms with Java (CS2310)
  • Analogue Electronics (EE2AEL)
  • Communication Systems (EE2CSY)
  • Electronics Group Design Project (EE2EDP)
  • Intermediate Digital Design (EE2IDD)
  • System Modelling and Computer Control (EE2MCC)

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)
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year (SEP003)

Final Year

Core modules:
  • Digital Systems Design (EE3DSD)
  • Individual Final Year Project (EE3PRJ)
Optional Modules: 
  • Information Security (CS3190)
  • Testing and Reliable Software Engineering (CS3270)
  • Software Project Management (CS3360)
  • Data Mining (CS3440)
  • Automation, Measurement and Data Processing (EE3AMD)
  • Digital Systems Architecture (EE3DSA)
  • Internet of Things (EE3IOT)
  • Optoelectronics (EE3OEL)
  • Radio Systems and Personal Communications Networks (EE3RSY) 
  • Innovation Management (ME2033)

You will benefit from a range of teaching methods and learning styles, including formal lectures; laboratory and design classes, and seminars; computing classes; 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 requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
Our courses have been developed in collaboration with the electronics and IT professions. 

As a student of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science you can choose to opt for a four year sandwich course and incorporate an integrated year of paid industrial placement with an electronics or computing company. The placement will allow you to gain invaluable professional experience, improve your attractiveness to employers and will help you make a more informed judgement about your future career.

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.

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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