Electronic and Computer Engineering with a Year in Industry - MEng

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Electronics and computing are two key growth areas for the technology industry, both making spectacular advances and impacting modern life beyond recognition. Studying Electronic and Computer Engineering at Kent will allow you to be part of this revolution and to gain the knowledge and skills to make your own mark in this exciting field.

Overview

The combination of electronic engineering skills with advanced knowledge of computer hardware and software will prepare you for creating the systems of the future. This course will teach many exciting topics like robotics/mechatronics, embedded systems, and artificial intelligence, as well as prepare you with soft skills like creativity, entrepreneurship and team working.

We base our courses on leading-edge research, which is vital in a field that advances at such a fast pace. We provide you with the skills you need to showcase your creativity. Our graduates with specialist skills in electronic and computer engineering are prepared for the complexities of modern technology and well equipped for professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities.

We have strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Our visiting industrial professors contribute a strong industrial relevance of our courses and therefore students graduate with excellent career prospects.

Our degree programme

This programme covers all aspects of electronic and computer engineering, which means on graduation you can enter any branch of electronics and computing and are well adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject.

By studying on our five-year course, including the Year in Industry, you are able to focus in depth on particular topics.

In your first and second years, you are introduced to a wide range of computing and electronic engineering modules. As your knowledge grows you discover which areas particularly interest you and in your third year you focus on those areas in preparation for your project.

The final year of the MEng degree brings your engineering skills up to an advanced level, providing a broad knowledge of business perspectives and extra opportunities for group project work.

Most modules consist of a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and computer sessions. All modules are continuously assessed. All years include project work that replicates industrial practice to maximise the employability of our graduates.

Teaching in our School has been rated as excellent and our course is taught by a team of experts and industry professionals in the areas of computer programming, computer vision, electronics, antennas, biomedical engineering, biometrics, instrumentation, mechanical engineering, mobile communications, product design, robotics, sensors, and wireless communications.

Year in industry

The additional aims of our Year in Industry option are to give students an opportunity to gain experience as engineers working in a professional environment and to develop employment-related skills. The placement year develops students’ technical skills, employability and soft skills as well as increasing their awareness of the future context for employment.

Foundation year

If you do not have the qualifications for direct entry on to one our degree programmes, you can take Electronic and Computer Engineering with a Foundation Year.

Study resources

We provide first-class facilities to support your studies, including:

  • 120-seat multi-purpose engineering laboratory
  • four air-conditioned computer suites housing around 150 high-end computers
  • CAD and development software
  • PCB and surface-mount facilities
  • an anechoic chamber

Kent's School of Engineering and Digital Arts has recently undergone a £3 million redevelopment and modernisation called the Jennison Design Hub, whereby you state-of-the-art engineering and design facilities which include:

  • a virtual reality suite
  • a production studio (including photography, video and green screen facilities)
  • a large teaching and design studio
  • engineering workshop and fabrication facilities
  • a dedicated makerspace.

Extra activities

There are many ways to get involved in School life. You could become a student representative, giving students a voice on School committees or become a student ambassador and work with us in secondary schools to promote engineering and technology.

We also host events where you can meet industry experts and former students.

In addition, you can take part in student-led societies including:

  • Engineering Society
  • TinkerSoc – Kent’s Maker Society
  • Women in STEM

Professional networks

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 programmes.

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent scored 90% overall in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Entry requirements

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

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. 

Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made. Please also see our general entry requirements.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

  • Certificate

    A level

    AAB - BBB including B in Mathematics plus one other science/technology subject (Physics, Computing or Electronics).

  • Certificate

    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.

  • Certificate

    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

    DDD - DMM in an Engineering subject including Further Maths/Further Maths for Engineering Technicians. Other subjects are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

  • Certificate

    International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall or 15 points at HL including Mathematics (not Mathematics Studies) 5 at HL or 6 at SL or HL Maths: Analysis and Approaches at 5 (not Applications and Interpretations), and a science subject 5 at HL or 6 at SL.

International students

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. 

However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

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. 

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Course structure

Duration: 5 years full-time

Modules

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 ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules currently include:

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Engineering Design and Mechanics
  • Introduction to Electronics
  • First Year Engineering Applications Project
  • Digital Technologies
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Analysis

Stage 2

Compulsory modules currently include:

  • Systems Programming
  • Microcomputer Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship and Professional Development
  • Engineering Group Project
  • Instrumentation and Measurement Systems
  • Digital Implementation
  • Control and Mechatronics
  • Communications Principles

Year in industry

You spend a year working in industry between Stages 2 and 3. You gain practical work experience, while assessing possible future career options and making contacts in the industry. Employers are always keen to employ graduates with knowledge of the work environment and some students receive job offers from their placement company.

We have a dedicated Employability Officer who will help you apply for placements; but please note that it is your responsibility to secure a placement, which cannot always be guaranteed. The School has excellent industrial links, providing students with many placement opportunities.

You are also eligible to apply for a placement offered through the School's exchange agreement with Hong Kong City University.

Please note that progression thresholds apply. In particular, in order to be considered for an industrial placement, you need to achieve an overall mark at Stage 1 of at least 60%.

Compulsory modules:

  • Year in Industry (Industrial Assessment)
  • Year in Industry (Academic Assessment)

Stage 3

Compulsory modules currently include:

  • Project
  • Embedded Computer Systems
  • Reliability, Availability, Maintainability & Safety (RAMS)
  • Digital Systems Design
  • Digital Signal Processing and Control

Optional modules:

  • Robotics and AI
  • Communication Network and IoT
  • Image Analysis and Applications

Stage 4

Compulsory modules currently include:

  • Systems Programming
  • Microcomputer Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship and Professional Development
  • Engineering Group Project
  • Instrumentation and Measurement Systems
  • Digital Implementation
  • Control and Mechatronics
  • Communications Principles


Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time TBC
  • International full-time TBC

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

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.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

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. 

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.

Teaching and assessment

Most modules consist of a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and computer sessions.  All modules are continuously assessed. All years include project work that replicates industrial practice to maximise the employability of our graduates.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Mathematical principles relevant to electronic and computer engineering, underpinning circuit analysis and design, signal processing, embedded and control systems, and communication networks. (SM2p).
  • Scientific principles and methodology relevant to electronic and computer engineering with an emphasis on practical applications in computer systems, embedded and control systems and communication networks. (SM1p).
  • Advanced concepts of embedded systems, control, computer communications and operating systems, influenced by ongoing and current industrial needs and informed by internationally recognised relevant research expertise.
  • The value of intellectual property and contractual issues for professional and entrepreneurial engineers (EP5p, EP5m).
  • Business, management and project management techniques, seen mainly in a case study context which may be used to achieve engineering objectives (ET1p, ET2p, ET3p, ET5p, ET2m).
  • The need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in electronic and computer engineering, directly applied in a case study context. (ET1p, ET1m).
  • Current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety, environmental and EMC standards and directives (ET6p, D2p).
  • Characteristics of the materials, equipment, processes and products required for electronics, network communications, instrumentation, sensing and digital systems (EP2p, EP2m).
  • Appropriate codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues, directly applied in a case study context. (EP6p, EP7p, ET6p, EP6m, EP7m).
  • Contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied to solve new problems (EP1p).
  • Aspects of the core subject areas of computer systems, electronics and communication networks from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
  • A comprehensive understanding of electronic and computer systems, embedded electronic systems and communication networks and an awareness of developing technologies in this field (SM1m, SM4m).
  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computer models for a critical analysis of electronic and computer systems and embedded systems (SM2m, SM5m).
  • An extensive knowledge and understanding of business, management and professional practice concepts, their limitations, and how they may be applied (SM6m, ET1m, ET3m, ET7m, EP9m).
  • Wide knowledge and understanding of design processes relevant to computer systems and embedded systems (D4m, D7m).
  • Extensive knowledge of characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products required for electronics, network communications, instrumentation, sensing and digital systems. (EP2m).
  • Contexts in which a wide range of engineering knowledge can be applied, to solve new problems (EP1m)

 


Intellectual skills

  • Analysis and solution of hardware and software engineering problems using appropriate mathematical methods with a strong emphasis on engineering example based learning and assessment. (SM2p)
  • Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of computer systems engineering particularly through student led practical project design (SM3p).
  • Use of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key electronic and computer engineering processes with an emphasis on simulation and practical learning (EA1p).
  • Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques with an emphasis on simulation and practical learning (EA2p, EA2m).
  • Ability to apply and understand a systems approach to electronic and computer engineering problems by top level analysis to consolidate learning of underpinning principles. (EA4p).
  • Ability to investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues largely by undertaking student led individual and group project work. (ET6p, D2p, EP9p, D2m, EP11m).
  • Ability to use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic solutions whilst understanding customer and user needs, ensuring fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal (D1p, D2p, D4p, D5p, D1m, D2m, D6m).
  • Ability to demonstrate the economic and environmental context of the engineering solution (ET1p, ET3p, ET4p, ET4m).
  • Apply some of the intellectual skills specified for the course from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
  • Ability to use fundamental knowledge to explore new and emerging technologies (EA5m).
  • Ability to understand the limitations of mathematical and computer based problem solving and assess the impact in particular cases (SM5m).
  • Ability to extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem and apply it in the solution (EA6m).
  • Ability to evaluate commercial risks through some understanding of the basis of such risks (D2m, ET6m, ET7m).
  • Ability to apply engineering techniques taking account of commercial and industrial constraints (SM6m, D2m, EP10m).
  • Ability to critically apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of electronic engineering particularly. (SM3m).
  • Use of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to critically analyse key electronic engineering processes. (EA1m).
  • Ability to apply and understand a systems approach to complex electronic and computer engineering problems by top level analysis. (EA4m).

 

 

Subject-specific skills

  • Use of mathematical techniques to analyse problems relevant to electronic, communications, instrumentation, control and embedded systems engineering. (SM2p)
  • Ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use a wide range of electronic equipment, workshop equipment and CAD tools for the practical realisation of electronic circuits (Ep1p, EP3p, EP3m).
  • Ability to work with technical uncertainty or incomplete knowledge particularly through experiential learning in practical project design (EP8p, D3p, D3m, EP8m).
  • Ability to apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to electronic and computer engineering in order to solve engineering problems in analytical, simulation based, and practical engineering activities (EA3p).
  • Ability to implement software solutions using a range of structural and object oriented languages.
  • Ability to design hardware or software systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance. (D5p, EP9p)
  • Awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards (EP5p, D2p, EP7p, ET2p, ET5p).
  • Ability to use technical literature and other information sources and apply it to a design (EP4p, EP4m).
  • Ability to apply management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluate outcomes (D5p, D3m).
  • Ability to prepare technical reports and give effective and appropriate presentations to technical and non-technical audiences. (D6p, D6m).
  • Apply some of the subject-specific skills specified for the course from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
  • An ability to apply business, management and professional issues to engineering projects (SM6m, ET3m, EP10m, EP11m).
  • Ability to apply knowledge of design processes in unfamiliar situations and to generate innovative designs to fulfil new needs particularly in computer systems and embedded systems (D4m, D6m).
  • Ability to apply quantitative and computational methods relevant to electronic and computer engineering in order to solve problems using alternative approaches and understanding their limitations. (EA3m).
  • Awareness of the nature of international intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards. (EP5m, ET5m)

 

Transferable skills

  • Ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data.
  • Use of Information and Communications Technology.
  • Personal and interpersonal skills, work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods.
  • Ability for critical thinking, reasoning and reflection.
  • Ability to manage time and resources within an individual project and a group project.

Teaching Excellence Framework

All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

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Independent rankings

Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent scored 90% overall in The Complete University Guide 2021.

For graduate prospects, Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent scored 86% in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Careers

Graduate destinations

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
  • Nokia
  • the Royal Navy
  • Xilinx
  • British Energy
  • RDDS. 

Some graduates choose to go on to postgraduate study, for example, MSc Advanced Communication Engineering (RF Technology and Communications), Advanced Electronic Systems Engineering and Information Security and Biometrics.

Help finding a job

Employers are always keen to employ graduates with knowledge of the work environment and some students receive job offers from their placement company.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

In addition to the technical skills you acquire on this programme, you also gain key transferable skills including:

  • planning and organisation
  • leadership
  • effective communication. 

You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Apply for this course

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

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