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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 all things electrical, 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.
The combination of electronic engineering skills with advanced knowledge of computer hardware and software engineering will prepare you for creating the systems of the future. This course teaches many exciting topics including robotics/mechatronics, embedded systems, and artificial intelligence, as well as providing you with soft skills such as creativity, entrepreneurship and team working.
We base our courses on leading-edge research in computer science and engineering, 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 to our courses and therefore students graduate with excellent career prospects in computer science engineering.
This programme covers all aspects of electronic and computer engineering, which means on graduation you can enter any branch of computing, electrical and electronics engineering (for example, as a computer software engineer) becoming well adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject.
Your first year lays the foundation for the rest of your studies and includes modules on programming, electronics, engineering design, digital technologies, engineering mathematics, and analysis. You also complete an engineering applications project.
In your second year, you further develop your understanding of the field of computer systems engineers, gaining further practical experience through modules such as systems programming, microcomputer engineering, instrumentation and measurement systems, digital implementation, control and mechatronics, and communications. You also undertake a group project.
In your final year, you take compulsory modules covering digital signal processing and control, digital systems design, and embedded computer systems. You also undertake a project on a subject from either the computing or the electronics subject area.
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.
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.
The additional aims of our Year inIndustry option are to give students an opportunity to gain experience as computer systems 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.
We also offer Electronic and Computer Engineering MEng, a four-year programme which allows you to focus in-depth on particular topics.
If you do not have the qualifications for direct entry onto one of our degree programmes, you can take Electronic and Computer Engineering with a Foundation Year.
We provide first-class facilities to support your studies, including:
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:
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:
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 with expertise in computer science engineering who contribute to the strong industrial relevance of our programmes.
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
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.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
Mathematics and Science grade C
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.
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 at HL
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, 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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Duration: 4 years full-time
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.
Compulsory modules currently include:
Compulsory modules currently include:
Compulsory modules currently include:
EL578 - Systems Programming (15 credits)
EL577 - Entrepreneurship and Professional Development (15 credits)
Compulsory modules currently include:
EL683 - Reliability, Availability, Maintainability & Safety (RAMS) (15 credits)
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
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.*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The course aims to:
Outcomes specific to Year in Industry course:
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.
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.
Our graduates go into careers in areas such as:
They have gone on to work in companies including:
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.
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:
In addition to the technical skills you acquire on this programme, you also gain key transferable skills including:
You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
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.Find out more about how to apply