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Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng/MEng (Hons)

Designed in close consultation with industry, this specialist degree offers a strong foundation in electrical and electronic engineering to address the increasing demand for qualified engineers. 

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Overview

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this course puts you at the forefront of specialist areas of electrical and electronic engineering and will help you master a skillset that meets industry needs. You will study a range of core topics, including Electronic Circuits and Systems and Embedded Systems, and choose from optional modules, such as Mobile Communication and Advanced Power Electronics and Applications, to suit your ambitions. 

Whether you opt for the three-year BEng or four-year integrated master’s MEng, our experienced staff will further your understanding of electrical and electronic engineering principles, and will also develop your design, research and project management skills.  

In your third year you will focus on a substantial piece of individual research or product development work targeted to your interests, giving you the opportunity to showcase your understanding and skills. 

Our dedicated facilities are divided into five main areas, each featuring experimental equipment – general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering.

Graduates are working at national and multinational companies, including Airbus UK and Cummins UK, pursuing careers in electronic product design, radio frequency design and mobile communications, signal processing, control and power electronics, electronic control systems, telecommunications, military and aeronautical electronics. 

Key features:

  • Accredited by IET, one of the world’s leading professional societies in the field with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries.
  • Boost your skills with an integrated master’s. You can take this course as a three-year BEng (Hons) or a four-year MEng (Hons) degree, which will further your knowledge and help prepare you for industry, with the opportunity to work on an engineering project as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Our specialist laboratories, such as the Rohde & Schwarz embedded systems lab, and industry-standard software packages mean you will develop your skills and knowledge in facilities typically used in the engineering sector.
  • Enhance your practical and professional skills by undertaking an optional placement year. Engineering students have previously undertaken roles at companies including Network Rail, Airbus UK and Caterpillar.
  • Enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons with DMU Global, our international experience programme. Previous students have visited automotive plants in Prague and explored skyscraper engineering in New York.
  • Develop your skills and meet like-minded students by joining DMU’s Electronics Club. Previous projects include capturing footage from the edge of space using a hot air balloon carrying GPS tracking, environmental monitoring equipment, a camera and data loggers.

News stories/case studies

The Engineers without Borders Engineering for People Design Challenge calls on students to think of ways they could solve real problems affecting some of the world’s poorest communities.  
 
DMU students made it through to the 2019 competition final with ideas for more affordable, reusable sanitary pads and a pedal bike that can shred plastic for recycling. Read about how they got on

 

Other courses of interest: 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

BEng (Hons) code: H600

MEng (Hons) code: H601

Duration: 

  • BEng: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement
  • MEng: Four years full-time, five years full-time with placement

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: £9,250
See important information about EU fees

 

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code:

BEng (Hons) code: H600

MEng (Hons) code: H601

Duration: 

  • BEng: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement
  • MEng: Four years full-time, five years full-time with placement

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Entry criteria

Entry Criteria

  • Normally 112 UCAS points (120 UCAS points for MEng) from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Physics at grade C or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM (DDM for MEng)

Plus five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass in one of the following QAA accredited Access to HE course.
    • Access to HE Engineering
    • Engineering Science
    • Engineering Science and Mathematics
    • Physics and Engineering
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • If you are studying an alternative Access course that is related to Engineering, Mathematics or Physics please contact us for more details.
  • English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points (30+ points for MEng) with Mathematics or Physics at higher level
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Work experience and placements 

 

 

First year core modules

    • Engineering Mathematics I
    • Electrical and Electronic Principles I
    • Electrical and Electronic Principles II
    • Electronic Circuits and Systems
    • Engineering Mathematics II
    • Communication Systems
    • Design and Manufacture
    • Electronics CAE and Programming Fundamentals

Second year core modules

    • Engineering Mathematics III
    • Introduction to Control Engineering
    • Programmable Logic Controllers and Instrumentation
    • Applied Electronics
    • Embedded Systems Fundamentals
    • Electromagnetics
    • Embedded Design for Internet of Things
    • Project Management

Third year core modules

  • Individual Project
  • Advanced Digital Design

Third year optional modules

  • Fundamentals of Power Electronics
  • Advanced Power Electronics and Applications
  • Advanced Embedded System
  • Model Based System Integration
  • Electrical Transmission and Distribution I
  • Electrical Transmission and Distribution II
  • Mobile Communication 1
  • Mobile Communication 2
  • Communication Networks 1
  • Communication Networks 2

MEng core modules

  • Group Project
  • Engineering Business Environment

MEng optional modules

  • Engineering Business Environment
  • Power Electronics
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • Physics of Semiconductor Devices

The course is taught by experienced staff who will help you gain a sound understanding of engineering principles along with personal skills that will enable you to embark on a rewarding career.

Student-centred learning takes place through research and presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments as well as practical work-based exercises for development of skills and competence.

Coursework components are largely laboratory-based and use assessment methods ranging from traditional formal reports, to group exercises assessed by logbook, oral examination and directed independent study.

In the first year as part of the Principles of Engineering Design module, students take part in a group design project involving the design and construction of a machine to a set specification. Where possible, this is also assessed part way through the year by a presentation made to a practising Project Manager from local industry.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

 

You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Unit| provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement.

In the past, our students have undertaken work experience placements at companies such as Cummins Generators, Airbus and GE Druck.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

 

While studying you also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge of engineering and project management to propose a design solution for a real problem in a developing country based on the Engineering without Borders (EwB) Challenge. This can help you to become more socially and environmentally aware, teach you to manage stakeholders’ expectations throughout the project and to integrate Sustainable Development in the design process. This will be of benefit because employers are increasingly looking for “well rounded” engineers who understand sustainability and are keen to take on complex global challenges, with practical experience helping you stand out from the crowd.

Facilities and features

Electronic Engineering Laboratory

Electrical and Electronic experimental facilities are divided into five main areas: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering. Each facility is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite shared with the Mechanical and Design programmes provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including Microsoft Office, OrCAD and PSpice.

A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high speed programmable logic development environments. Power generation, transmission, distribution, conversion, drives and control are catered for in our power and control laboratories, equipped for experimentation from the component level to the systems level.

Library and learning zones

 

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.


 

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Increasingly, employers need graduates with a range of transferable skills combined with the ability to work competently in electronics and use the tools of electronic engineering.

Electrical and electronic engineering links into many industries, with many graduates pursuing careers in electronic product design, radio frequency design and mobile communications, signal processing, control and power electronics, electronic control systems, telecommunications, military and aeronautical electronics.

Our graduates have recently roles at high-profile companies, such as leading power generation corporation Cummins, which specialises in diesel and alternative fuel engines and generators, and related technology.

Alumnus of the Month Ben Kerr is engineering for Google 

De Montfort University Leicester’s (DMU) Alumnus of the Month is hardware engineer Ben Kerr, who works as a physical design engineer at the Google headquarters in Silicon Valley, California. 

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Engineering students were given a private tour of the New York Skyscraper Museum by the gallery manager, and  during a DMUglobal trip to the famous city. They explored the engineering feats behind the tallest skyscrapers and the early work needed to develop thedevelopment of the very first skyscrapers in New York.

Student Tanvir Choudhury said: “I feel proud to be part of this study trip. When I go for a job I can say that I have been part of this wonderful experience and I’ve been to the city of New York. It’s something that I think will help me in the future.” 

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Placements

During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career.

Previous students have taken up placements in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts, such as at Druck Ltd, University Hospital Leicester NHS Trust and Airbus.

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.  

Beating hundreds of applicants, Andy Walker paves the way as the first-ever De Montfort University student to secure a coveted work placement with Siemens Magnet Technology. The Electrical and Electronic Engineering student landed a year-long placement with the leading manufacture of superconducting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnets, thanks to support from the Faculty of Technology’s Placements Team. 

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Research

Far-reaching research and an international outlook are among the reasons DMU Leicester has been ranked in the world’s top universities by the Times Higher Education. 

DMU’s computer science and engineering and technology subjects scored particularly highly in the 2020 World University Rankings, placing 201-250 and 301-400 respectively, out of almost 1,400 institutions. Read more about the ranking here.  

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Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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De Montfort Students' Union (DSU)

Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in DSU’s annual elections. Find out more.

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A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.