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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 tailor the course to your interests. 

Whether you opt for the three-year BEng (Hons) programme or the 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 final 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 several specialised areas each featuring experimental equipment, such as: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering supported by state-of-the-art measurement devices and workstations, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering, and Smart Grid.

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:

  • Accreditation from the Institute of Engineering and Technology will help you start your journey towards Chartered Engineer status*.
  • Our specialist laboratories, such as the Rohde & Schwarz embedded systems lab, National Instrument Control and Communication labs, hi-tech Smart Grid and Sustainable Energy Lab equipped with Smart Grid Trainer kits, 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 with an optional placement year. Engineering students have undertaken placements at companies including Airbus UK, Caterpillar, Network Rail and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
  • 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.

 *Due to delays relating to the pandemic, we are currently undergoing the process of renewing our accreditation and expect to have this in place for the start of the 2022/2023 academic year.

Every lecturer and technician that I have met has greatly contributed to my enjoyment of the degree so far. Many have years of experience working in industry and technical roles and many still do this alongside their work at the university. One thing that unites them all is that they are truly passionate about engineering and the content that they teach, and they will always nurture that same intrigue when they see it in budding engineers.

Dave Morris

 

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Engineering Year Zero

  • UK
  • EU/International

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: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

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: 

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

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 information

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

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

Accreditation

 

 

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

  • Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Power Electronics
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • 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.

 

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.

The BEng (Hons) programme is CEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)* and fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition the programme meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

 

*Due to delays relating to the pandemic, we are currently undergoing the process of renewing our accreditation and expect to have this in place for the start of the 2022/2023 academic year.

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Facilities and features

Electronic Engineering Laboratory

Electrical and electronic experimental facilities are divided into specialised areas: general electronics and assembly, embedded systems, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, electrical smart grids, 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 KiCAD, and LTSpice.

A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics supported by spectrum and network analysers. Our communication lab is equipped with National Instrument engineering laboratory devices that provides an active learning environment to teach digital and analogue communications topics.

Our Embedded Systems lab is equipped with state-of-the-art Rhode and Schwarz equipment for the design, development and testing of both analogue and microcontroller-based systems. Furthermore, each workstation is also equipped with embedded development boards for general 8-bit development, and motor control firmware development.

Our digital design suite is equipped with 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.

The hi-tech Smart Grid facility includes modules that simulate generation sources (thermal, hydroelectric and wind farm), transmission and distribution components of the electrical grid and microgrid units including small PV solar for domestic use.

Control laboratories are equipped with LabVIEW based control boards along with the MATLAB and Simulink package. Industrial control units, based on the Allen Bradley MicroLogix820 controller, enable students to perform a comprehensive range of PLC programming tasks using a conveyor belt/pneumatic sorting application.

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 progressed to roles at high-profile companies, including Cummins, which specialises in diesel and alternative fuel engines and generators, and related technology.

Read about alumnus 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 have had the opportunity to visit New York where they investigated feats of skyscraper engineering and had a guided tour of some of America's most complex military hardware.

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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 organisations such as 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.

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