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BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems with a Year in Industry

Join the next generation of audio engineers

Year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

H661

Institution code

Y50

Length

4 years full-time

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£21,330 per year (2019/20)

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Our course provides the solid basis in engineering you'll need to work with music and audio systems.

Our course provides the practical experience, scientific knowledge and engineering skills you'll need to launch your career in music technology and audio systems.

With access to the latest computer design labs, multi-speaker surround sound systems, multimedia studios and an anechoic chamber you’ll be able to explore synthesiser technology, MIDI, audio recording, sampling and digital audio signal processing. You’ll not just learn how this technology is applied in making and recording music, but also use your engineering expertise to design and build the next generation of audio technology.

Your year in industry will give you invaluable practical experience, helping you to prepare for your career.

With individual and group projects at every stage of the degree designed to develop practical, organisational, management and business skills, you'll graduate with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to operate with confidence – as an audio engineer, expert designer, researcher or engineering manager in the exciting field of audio and music technology.

Please note that this course is identical to our BEng Music Technology Systems with a Year in Industry. You can choose which title you graduate with, based on your own career interests.

Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the IET and counts towards the training requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.  Our courses have been continually accredited for 25 years.

York was the only place I found offered the perfect mix between an Electronic Engineering course and the specialisation of Music Technology Systems
Crispin

What our students say about us.

Teaching quality

We're first in the Russell Group for ‘teaching on my course’ in the National Student Survey 2018

Course content

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Our modules are geared to meet the rigorous needs of the electronics industry. You'll study the principles and practicalities of electronic engineering, as well as honing essential skills in mathematics and computer programming.

As you progress, you'll cover topics such as electronic hardware design, Java programming, signal processing and analysis, microprocessor interfacing, engineering construction and design, feedback and computer control. In your final year you'll specialise further in music technology, but also have the option other modules to further your knowledge in other areas of electronics.

Throughout your course you'll have opportunities to apply your learning in our well-equipped labs. Individual and group projects will see you design, build and test products using state-of-the art hardware and software.

Year 1

Year 1 provides you with a grounding in electronic principles, circuits, components, devices and recording studio techniques. There's a strong emphasis on mathematics and computing, including learning the C and Python programming languages. You'll also develop your practical skills, designing and building complete audio products as part of laboratories and group projects.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll learn to analyse and design hardware and software systems. You'll study material including acoustics, data structures, algorithms, electromagnetism and Java programming. An advanced construction project gives you the opportunity to apply your skills of design, engineering, problem-solving and project-management.

Core modules

Year 3

In Year 3 you'll work in industry. You can choose to work in the UK or in Europe.

This will develop your professional, time management and interpersonal skills in a structured environment, and gives you a good opportunity to network for your future career. You may find that you want to continue work from your year in industry in your BEng Individual Project.

Your year in industry will be assessed with a report.

Year 4

In Year 4 you'll study a range of advanced core and option modules. You can focus on your interests, or investigate a new aspect of electronic engineering. Throughout the year you'll work on a major individual project, using the knowledge and skills you've developed to research and design a solution to an engineering challenge.

Core modules

The BEng Individual Project gives you a chance to put the skills and understanding you've developed into practice. You'll undertake an independent project: from specification, through initial feasibility studies, to production and testing. Projects from previous years have included:

  • Radio controlled ultra small airplane
  • Programmable environmental chamber
  • Measuring and predicting solar output
  • Magnetic biosensors for future medicine
  • Visual tuning feedback for choirs
  • An electronic Alethiometer

Many of the projects on offer are closely aligned to our current research, giving you the chance to work alongside world-class academics at the forefront of the field.

Option modules

You'll choose one option module:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • conduct research in applied electronic engineering and audio & music technology to advance the state of knowledge in algorithms, devices and systems. 
  • extract and critically evaluate data from complex systems through analytical and computational methods and modelling.  
  • create innovative and optimised designs to address real-world problems involving audio, computer programming, music technology, and analogue & digital electronics by synthesising ideas into engineering specifications. 
  • apply professional skills of audio analysis, programming, CAD, construction and measurement, combined with an understanding of engineering systems and components, to solve technically challenging problems.  
  • debate, defend and contextualise information in a succinct and technically accurate manner for audiences of engineers, musicians and members of the public, and to write and interpret technical documentation.  
  • proficiently manage themselves, teams and complex projects in preparation for technical careers as leaders in audio and electronic engineering. 

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £21,330

Additional costs

There is no compulsory purchase of equipment or books necessary for this course. Lecture notes will be provided by staff, and you will have free printing.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Department Scholarships

We have ten £1,000 scholarships.

These are open to all new first year entry students starting in 2019 who selected York as their firm choice. All eligible new students will be considered automatically - there is no separate application. The scholarships will be awarded based on your whole application, with emphasis on the highest grades of entry. £500 is paid during Autumn Term and the other £500 is paid at the end of Summer Term, providing you successfully progress to Year 2.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Work in industry for a year

Your year in industry will help you gain confidence and skills, and give you the opportunity to network. It will help you to become an employment-ready, motivated graduate.

Group work to prepare you for your career

Experience the management, coordination and decision-making processes required by engineers. Develop key transferable and managerial skills.

Free membership

We offer all students free membership of ShockSoc (our student electronics society), SWEY (Supporting Women in Engineering, York) and we have an active section of the Audio Engineering Society.

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Our courses are highly intensive. Your timetabled activities each week will include:

  • Lectures
  • Practical work (including projects every year)
  • Workshops
  • Computer laboratories
  • Supervisions

You'll also be expected to spend some time studying independently. As you progress through the course you'll take on more independent study, guiding your own learning and developing your project management skills.

Your individual project in your final year will be supervised by an academic member of staff who will guide you through your project.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures and seminars408 hours252 hours0 hours300 hours
Placement0 hours0 hours1200 hours0 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Facilities

You can find detailed descriptions of our facilities on our website, including laboratory space, recording studios, our digital media suite and computing classrooms.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Electronic Engineering, on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be in the Department of Electronic Engineering, with some additional teaching on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your assignments will be designed not just to test you but for you to creatively apply what you've learnt, and to stretch you to supply novel solutions. We use a variety of assessment styles, including a practical portfolio. You'll encounter all of them during your course, but the exact balance will depend on the modules you choose:

  • Closed-book exams
  • Short technical reports
  • Electronic portfolios, including programming exercises, video reports or blogs
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Major technical reports

You'll receive written feedback on work you hand in to help you understand your grade and develop your skills. For your individual project you'll produce a written report, have a viva (a presentation and question/answer session) and also show your project on our demo day, which our external advisory board attend.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Written exams56%28%0%17%
Coursework20%72%100%75%
Practical exams24%0%0%8%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Committed to equality

We hold a bronze Athena SWAN award for our commitment to gender equality in science.

Flexible courses

You may be able to change course or change between BEng and MEng. Just ask us for more details.

"The course offers a great balance between theoretical and applied engineering that I was able to apply in my year in industry, an opportunity I would encourage you to take."
Noor

What our students say about us

Careers and skills

The growth of the electronics industry means demand for new engineers is always high. We have the highest proportion of graduates finding employment within one year of finishing their studies (UK engineering and technology graduates LEO data set, June 2017). Our students enter a wide range of jobs relating to electronic engineering, including software and hardware development.

For those wishing to take different career paths, the transferable skills you'll develop are highly valuable. Mathematics, programming, team working and technical management are sought after in a huge range of sectors, from media to financial services. Recent employers have included Jaguar Land Rover, IBM, Qinetiq, ARM, BBC, BT and Network Rail. Find out more about our graduate destinations and graduate profiles.

Career opportunities

  • Avionic systems engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Digital consultancy
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Cyber security
  • Telecommunications design
  • Broadcast engineering
  • Automotive safety
  • Visual effects

Transferable skills

  • Analyse system and component performance through computational methods and modelling
  • Create designs to address real-world problems by synthesising ideas in engineering specifications
  • Solve technical problems through applying skills in programming, CAD, construction and measurement
  • Communicate and explain electronic engineering issues to a variety of audiences verbally, in writing, and using multimedia
  • Assess designs by applying detailed knowledge algorithms, devices and systems, and consulting relevant research
  • Coordinate and execute complex projects in electronics
  • Effective time management, teamworking and ethical decision making

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

ABB including Maths and one of Physics / Electronics / Chemistry. Your third subject can be any apart from General Studies. 

AAB including Maths and any two other subjects, excluding General Studies.

We welcome arts and humanities subjects.

BTEC Pass with Distinction in Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma in Electronic and Electrical Engineering or a related subject.

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering with an overall grade of DDM and A level Maths grade B

All applicants need Distinction in Further Maths for Technicians and Distinction in Further Electrical/Electronic Principles.

We do consider applications from people offering combinations of A levels and BTECs subsidiary diplomas; contact us for more advice. Students taking BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering but not doing A level Maths will be considered for our degree with Foundation year, but the final decision on which course is most appropriate will be made at interview. BTEC Extended Diplomas in ICT, Music Technology or Applied Science are not suitable for entry into the first year of our courses. However we do welcome applicants with those qualifications for our courses that include a foundation year, see other qualifications below.
International Baccalaureate 34 points overall with grade 6 in Maths and Physics or Chemistry at Higher Level. Students taking any of these subjects at Standard Level are asked to contact us for advice. For students taking Higher Level Maths but no Higher Level Science, 35 points overall with grade 6 in Maths and one other subject at Higher Level.
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3 including Maths and Physics, Electronics or Chemistry

or

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3 including Maths, for students not taking a science.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AB including Maths and one of Physics / Electronics / Chemistry, plus AABBB in a suitable range of Highers.

or

AB including Maths plus AAAAB in a suitable range of Highers.
Other qualifications

To apply for this course you should be able to demonstrate a motivation towards making or recording music.

You can tell us about your musical interests in your UCAS personal statement. If you are based in the UK and are invited to interview, we will discuss your musical interests and motivation as part of the interview process.

Some examples of how you could demonstrate this could be:

  • That you play an instrument or sing. This could be through formal music qualifications or as a hobby, for example as part of a band, choir or orchestra.
  • That you are involved in making music with technology eg you record or mix music or have experience of live sound for events such as theatre or church services.

Foundation entry

If your qualifications are not suitable for direct entry to one of our degree courses but you think you have the potential to succeed, see more information on our Foundation Entry Requirements.

Music Technology Systems with a Foundation Year.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

  • IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • Pearson: 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 169, with a minimum of 162 each component
  • TOEFL: 79 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III: Pass in all components

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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