Electronics-based products play a vital role in our daily lives, from the sophisticated diagnostic equipment used in modern hospitals to leading-edge fibre optic communications. Computer technology, telecommunications and consumer electronics are advancing at an ever-increasing pace.
At Kent, we offer degree programmes teaching state-of-the-art technology, which means our graduates can work at the forefront of all the major areas of electronic engineering.
This programme gives those who do not have the qualifications for direct entry on to our three-year Electronic and Communications Engineering degree the opportunity to undertake a foundation year before moving on to the full degree programme. You are mainly taught by the University's academic staff via lectures, example classes and laboratory sessions and the knowledge you gain is, in most cases, equivalent to A-level standard. While in your foundation year, you can take part in all student activities.
Our teaching is research-led so you get to know about the latest cutting-edge technologies, and the courses combine theory with vitally important practical and project work – the chance to turn ideas into real systems. Our student work has been awarded international prizes.
The School has strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). We have several visiting industrial professors who contribute to the strong industrial relevance of our courses.
Our staff meet regularly with a team of senior industrialists to ensure that our courses keep up to date with industry.
We are sure you will find your time at Kent enjoyable and rewarding.
Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent was ranked 1st for course satisfaction in The Guardian University Guide 2017 and 2nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2017. In the National Student Survey 2016, 90% of students in Electronic and Electrical Engineering were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
For graduate prospects, Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent was ranked 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2017.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
This programme is for students who do not have the qualifications needed for direct entry to Stage 1 of our degree programmes. It covers electronics, computing, physics and mathematics.
If you successfully complete the foundation year, you can go on to take either the Electronic and Communications Engineering programmes mentioned above or Computer Systems Engineering.
|Possible modules may include||Credits|
|EL021 - Calculus||15|
Graphical interpretation of a derivative and its numerical estimation
Differentiation of y = x squared from first principles
Differentiation of x to the power of n and polynomials by inference
Stationary values (turning points, Max and Min)
Differentiation of trigonometric functions
Differentiation of exponential functions
Differentiation of logarithmic functions
Differentiation of sums, products, quotients and functions of a function
Maclaurens series for sin x, cos x, e to the power of x, ln (1+x), (1+x) to the power of n
Comprehension and use of the integral notation symbol
Integration as the inverse operation of differentiation Constant of integration
Integration of polynomials, trigonometric functions and exponential functions
Integration of products and fractions
Integration by substitution (change of variables)
Integration by parts
Use of partial fractions
Integration of compound trigonometric functions
Calculation of the constant of integration
Integration as the process of summation
Definite integrals calculations of areas
Simple first order differential equations solution by the method of separation of variables.
Differentiation - 3 hours
Integration - 5 hours
Calculus x 4
|EL024 - Electromagnetics for Engineers||15|
Capacitance as a charge storage element
Capacitors in series and parallel
Charging capacitors using a current source
Charging capacitors using a resistor and voltage source
Discharging capacitors Energy stored in capacitors Coulombs Law
Electric field between parallel plates Breakdown field of insulators Equipotentials
Electric flux density
Capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor
Magnetic field around permanent magnets and current carrying conductors
Rules for working out direction of magnetic field
Quantifying a magnetic field flux and flux density
Force on a current carrying conductor simple applications Loudspeaker Magnetic field intensity. Fields for toroids, solenoids and long wires Permeability of free space. Magnetic materials, relative permeability.
Faraday's Law of Induction. Simple applications: Dynamic microphone, AC generator.
Mutual Inductance, Self Inductance. The transformer.
There will be 3 x 3 hour laboratory classes. The titles of the laboratory experiments are: Magnetic field around a long wire
Parallel plate capacitor
Electrostatics - 5 hours
Magnetism - 4 hours
There will be 9 hours of examples classes. This work will be assessed by a 1 hour test in conjunction with EL026 and EL027.
|EL025 - Electrical Principles and Measurements||15|
Forms of reports
Structure of a report
DC CIRCUITS Introduction
S.I. units Charge flow and current Electrical power and energy
Circuit elements: voltage sources, resistance
Simple electrical circuits involving resistors Circuits involving series and parallel elements Potential divider and current divider
Real voltage sources and current sources
General Measurement Theory:
Notion that a measurement is of no value without an estimation of its error
Notion of Random errors and Systematic errors
Estimation of random errors
Calculation of mean and standard deviation
Improvement by repeated measurements. Standard error of the mean. Combining errors: Linearly related quantities. Quantities related by products. Electronic Measurement Techniques:
Accuracy and Resolution of an Instrument with examples of difference
Moving coil meter. Ammeters and shunts Voltmeters and multipliers, Ohm meters Bridges
AC instruments: RMS, rectification. Notion of frequency response of instrument. Oscilloscope Structure/Operation
Use of Oscilloscope to measure amplitude and period Conversion of time difference to phase difference and back Introduction to other electronic instruments
There will be 5 x 3 hour laboratory classes. The titles of the laboratory experiments are:
Use of Multimeter (assessed by report)
Resistance and Resistivity (assessed by proforma)
Further Resistive Networks (assessed by report)
Moving Coil Meters (assessed by report)
The Oscilloscope (assessed by proforma)
DC Circuits - 5 hours
Measurements - 3 hours
Assessed by 1 two-hour test in conjunction with modules EL026 and EL027.
DC Circuits x 1
Measurements x 1
|EL026 - Analogue Electronics||15|
INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS
Brief summary of circuit laws applications to general circuits
Engineering aspects of resistors preferred values, tolerance, power rating
Signals time varying DC, AC, square, sine, ramp characterisation
Diodes functionality, terminal characteristics, simple circuits, Light Emitting diode
Capacitors: charge storage device, AC performance
Filters, low pass, high pass, simple circuits using resistors and capacitors
Transistors terminal characteristics gain
Simple transistor amplifier
Transistor as a switch simple applications
Operational amplifiers characteristics. Inverting and non-inverting circuits. The operational amplifier as a comparator simple applications
Power supplies: transformer, rectifier, smoothing capacitor
The inductor AC operation
Harmonic signals: frequency, phase and amplitude Energy and power for resistive loads, R.M.S. Values Capacitors in A.C. Circuits
Inductance, inductors in A.C. Circuits
Analysis of circuits with more than one element
There will be 6 x 3 hours of laboratory classes. The titles of the laboratory experiments are: Filters
Inductors and capacitors in AC circuits
Operational amplifier circuits
The Radio Project (triple session)
Introduction to Electronic Circuits and Systems - 5 hours
AC Circuits - 3 hours
This work will be assessed by two 1-hour tests held in conjunction with modules EL025, EL024 andEL027.
Electronic Circuits and Systems x 2
AC Circuits x 1
|EL027 - Semiconductor and Digital Electronics||15|
Basic structure of atoms notion of electronic energy levels in atoms
Formation of energy bands in solids
Notion of division of materials into insulators, metals and semiconductors. Resistivity
Formation of charged carriers in semiconductors. Doping. P-N junction operation
I-V characteristic curve
Operation of bipolar transistor and field effect transistors
Simple FET circuits
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ELECTRONICS
Binary decisions (yes/no) (on/off)
Binary decisions dependant on other binary decisions
Logic gates in electronics Networks of logic gates Simple Boolian algebra Real life applications Simple Memory elements Digital numbers
There will be 4 x 3 hour laboratory classes. The titles of the laboratory experiments are: Logic gate experiment
Bipolar transistor amplifier
There will be 7 hours of examples classes. This work will be assessed by a 2 1-hour tests in conjunction with EL024, EL025 and EL026.
Digital Electronics x 1
Semiconductor Electronics x 1
|EL033 - Introduction to programming using MATLAB||15|
INTRODUCTION TO MATLAB 20 Lectures
An introduction to the use of computers and the process of programming them
Introduction to the MATLAB programming environment
MATLAB basics: Variables and Arrays, Displaying Output Data, Data Files, Operations
Built-in MATLAB Functions
Branching statements and Loops
An introduction to problem solving techniques and the Program development cycle
Program design tools: Flowcharts and Pseudocode
Introduction to Plotting: Two-Dimensional, Three-Dimensional, Multiple Plots and Animation
Additional data types: Cell arrays, Structures and Graphics handles.
22 hours terminal based exercises integrated with the lectures. This will take the form of 11, 2-hour exercises during the year of which 6 will be assessed.
|MA022 - Graphs, Geometry and Trigonometry||15|
This module will focus on the topics which are fundamental across mathematics and the sciences. We will learn about the properties of many functions such as straight lines, quadratics, circles, exponentials, logarithms and the trigonometric functions. The focus of this module is on applied problem solving in many real-life situations, as well as some coverage of the rigorous theory behind many of these ideas. The material is delivered through lectures and examples classes, so that students have many different ways to learn. Many harder, extra-curricular examples are provided for keen students.
|PH020 - Algebra and Arithmetic||15|
Simplification of fractions
Percentages and fractional changes
Logarithmic and exponential functions
Basic rules (operations and indices).
Solving equations (substitution and order of operation).
Changing subject of a formula
Rules of indices
Expansion and Factorisation
Solving linear and simultaneous equations
Teaching and assessment
Teaching includes practical work in conventional laboratory experiments or projects, lecture modules and examples classes, which develop your problem-solving skills, and staff hold regular ‘surgeries’ where you can discuss any questions you have. Practical work is carried out in air-conditioned laboratories, with state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding IT infrastructure.
Stage 1 modules are assessed by coursework and examination at the end of the year. Stage 2 and 3 modules, with the exception of the Stage 3 project, are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. All years include project work to replicate industrial practice and develop skills to maximise employability.
The programme aims to:
- provide students with a firm foundation in electronics, mathematics and practical skills necessary for higher level courses
- develop in students a range of transferable skills of general value
- offer students an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning
- provide academic guidance and welfare support for students
- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and an environment in which students can develop their potential.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- mathematical principles relevant to electronic engineering
- scientific principles and methodology relevant to electronic engineering
- characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- analysis and solution of problems in electronic engineering using appropriate mathematical methods
- use of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key electronic engineering processes
- identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- use of mathematical techniques to analyse and solve hardware and software problems
- the ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use a wide range of electronic equipment, workshop equipment and computer-aided design (CAD) tools for the practical realisation of electronic circuits
- analysing experimental and simulation results and determining their strength and validity
- applying quantitative methods and computer software relevant to electronic engineering to solve engineering problems
- preparing technical reports and presentations.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- the ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data
- the use of information and communications technology
- personal and interpersonal skills and working as part of a team
- communicating in various forms: written, verbal and visual
- learning effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development
- applying critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
- managing time and resources within an individual project and a group project.
Our graduates go into careers in areas such as:
- electronic engineering and computing
- telecommunications industries including radio, television and satellite communications;
- medical electronics, instrumentation and industrial process control.
They have gone on to work in companies including:
- BAE Systems
- the Royal Navy
- British Energy
Some graduates choose to go on to postgraduate study, for example, MSc in Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks, Embedded Systems and Instrumentation or Information Security and Biometrics.
In addition to the technical skills you acquire on this programme, you also gain key transferable skills including the ability to present complex material in an accessible way, the ability to work independently and in a team, and the confidence to develop your own ideas.
The course didn’t just teach me the technical knowledge needed to be an engineer, it taught me how to solve problems and how to approach engineering challenges.Scott Broadley Electronic and Communications Engineering MEng
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
|Qualification||Typical offer/minimum requirement|
DDD. Contact Admissions Officer for details.
Grade C in Mathematics and Physics/Science
|Access to HE Diploma||
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)||
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
34 points overall or 12 points at HL
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
Meet our staff in your country
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
English Language Requirements
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
General entry requirements
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The 2018/19 entry tuition fees have not yet been set. As a guide only, the 2017/18 tuition fees for this programme are:
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
Your fee status
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
General additional costs
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
For 2018/19 entry, the scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.