BEng Electronic Engineering (with a Foundation Year)

UCAS code Typical offer Length
H604 (See full entry requirements) 4 years full-time
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Course Summary

"An entry route to all our courses for those who do not have relevant qualifications, particularly mature students."

Course overview

Overview

The electronics industry has revolutionised life in the last few decades, and continues to push the boundaries of the physical world to produce faster, more powerful and more cost-effective technologies that enable products such as personal computers, mobile phones and the Internet.  This programme provides a solid core of knowledge in the discipline, allowing students to choose specialist options for deeper study later in the degree, providing considerable flexibility for you to develop your subject-specific knowledge according to your own developing interests.

Electronics is an exciting and fascinating world of large-scale projects with ever-increasing demands for solutions and innovation.  To succeed in such an environment, graduates need to be knowledgeable, highly-skilled, professional and adept at communication and project management.  Drawing on the expertise of the teaching and research staff at York, and including individual and group projects at every stage of the degree to develop practical, organisational, management and business skills, this programme will provide you with precisely the abilities and approaches you will need to operate with confidence – as a designer, operator or manager - in the challenging world of Electronics.

The Foundation Year at the start of the programme offers an opportunity for those who have potential, but who do not possess the qualifications to apply to our other programmes, to develop the skills needed to complete an accredited degree in this subject.  Students on this programme can transfer onto our other programmes on successful completion of the Foundation Year.

As with all our undergraduate degrees, the BEng Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year is fully accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Read an in-depth description of the Foundation Year programme.

More information about the programme learning outcomes for this degree can be found here: BEng Foundation Year (PDF  , 2,912kb)

Course content

What you'll study

Year 0:

All modules are core:

Year 1:

All modules are core:

Year 2:

All modules are core:

  • Engineering Mathematics, Signals and Systems - 20 credit units
  • Noise, Waves and Fields - 20 credit units
  • Semiconductor Devices and Circuits - 20 credit units
  • Algorithms and Numerical Methods - 20 credit units
  • Digital Design with HDL - 10 credit units
  • Java Programming - 20 credit units
  • Design, Construction and Test - 10 credit units

Year 3:

The following modules are core:

  • BEng Individual Project - 40 credit units
  • Control - 10 credit units
  • Communication Systems - 10 credit units
  • Applications of EM - 20 credit units
  • Principles of DSP - 10 credit units

Students then select any three of the following options:

  • Analogue Engineering - 10 credit units
  • State Space and Digital Control - 10 credit units
  • Digital Communication Systems - 10 credit units
  • LAN and Internet Protocols - 10 credit units
  • Mobile Communication Systems - 10 credit units
  • Cloud and Distributed Computer Systems - 10 credit units
  • Digital Engineering - 10 credit units
  • Accounting and Finance - 10 credit units
  • Nanoelectronics - 10 credit units
  • Photonics and Nanophotonics - 10 credit units
This information is subject to change, as we regularly update and refine our courses to keep our teaching as up-to-date as possible.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct;
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work;
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts;
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Teaching

How you'll be taught

Early

Our courses are highly intensive. Typical teaching weeks in the early years contain approx. 20-22 hours of scheduled activities comprising lectures, practical work, workshops, tutorials, supervisions. The balance varies depending on the term/week and on the options chosen by specific students. You will develop your project and time management skills throughout the degree, beginning with a year long group engineering design and build project. 

Personal Study

Outside of scheduled teaching, students spend time that includes: background reading for lectures; continuing practical work & writing practical reports; completing programming exercises; tutorial & problem sheets.

Later

In later years, particularly during the final year individual project, there is less scheduled time. Students will put into practice the project management skills from earlier to manage their project work as they transition towards graduation and becoming professional engineers.

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Have a more detailed look at our teaching methods and all our facilities!

Assessment

How you'll be assessed

A variety of assessment types are used throughout, with the exact balance depending on the options students choose. All students will encounter the following modes of assessment to some extent:

  • Closed book exams - often for the more mathematically based courses
  • Short technical reports - often for practical work
  • Electronic submission of portfolios of material - for example, for programming exercises or alternative media such as a video report or blog. 
  • Presentations / demonstrations - often for project-based or group work
  • Major technical report - for final year projects and sandwich placements


In all cases, formative assessment is provided along with the actual grades to help students understand mistakes and improve.


Careers

Careers and employability

Employment prospects for our graduates are excellent and they are very well regarded in industry.

Industry

Many of our students find jobs in related industries and in all sizes of companies from multi-nationals to small businesses.

However, they graduate with strong mathematical, computing/programming, team working and technical management skills that are an integral part of our programmes. This means that they also have access to a very wide range of potential career paths outside of the more obvious ones, for example financial service industries which require creative people with strong mathematical and programming skills. 

Research

Since our students find the Department, University and City of York attractive, many choose to continue at York with a higher degree, e.g. PhD, before a research career in a university or in industry.


Have a more detailed look at our graduates' careers including some of their profiles.

Applying

How to apply

All applications are made on-line through UCAS. Before you apply, check our entry requirements or contact us for advice on your qualifications or situation. You may also want to arrange to visit the department in advance of an application, so that you can chat to a member of staff and have a tour of our teaching facilities.

For students applying from the UK, all suitable applicants will be invited to one of our interview days. These are an opportunity for us to get to know you and importantly for you to find out more about us - we provide the chance to meet current students and give you tours of the campus, student accommodation and the department as well as the interview itself. We also provide a 'Parents Programme' for accompanying relatives/friends. If you are based outside the UK, we will make a decision based on your UCAS application and any other correspondence we have received from you.

Precise offers are customised to each applicant and where they are still undertaking qualifications this will normally be conditional on the achievement of specified examination grades.

Results

Once results are available, if a student meets the terms of our offer they are automatically accepted. Where a student has ‘missed’ then entry is at our discretion. Before rejecting any applicant at this stage, we will consider all the student’s circumstances, including the reference, personal statement and performance at interview. In particular, we will always take into consideration cases where students have been ill or suffered personal problems, or have had problems at school. We prefer, however, to be informed of such difficulties prior to the release of results.

Deferring Entry

If students decide that they wish to defer entry, for example to undertake a year in industry, there will be no difficulty in facilitating this – again, provided we are advised before the release of the A level results in August.

Entry requirements

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 55 (minimum 51 in each component)
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): grade c
  • GCSE: English grade C

Any questions?

Admissions Enquiries
Mrs Helen Lay

Admissions Tutor
Dr John Szymanski

elec-ug-admissions@york.ac.uk
(+44) 01904 322365

 

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