4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
See entry requirements below (full entry requirements)
September 2019 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2019/20)
£21,330 per year (2019/20)
If you're returning to education, or haven't chosen the right subjects at A level, our foundation year will give you the maths and physics knowledge you need to transfer on to any one of our courses.
You'll spend your first year learning fundamental theories in maths and physics to A level standard, and you'll begin to develop your practical skills in the lab.
After your foundation year, you'll automatically continue on to the first year of our BEng Electronic Engineering course. However, you'll have the opportunity to transfer on to any of our other specialist courses.
This course will enable you to function with confidence in the challenging world of electronics, as a designer, in research or as a manager. You'll work with world-class researchers who are advancing our understanding of electronics every day.
Our courses are very flexible, and offer you the opportunity to either become a specialist or generalist. You can choose your own route through your degree. You'll be fully supported at all times by staff who are enthusiastic about their subjects and willing to help you.
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.
As I was returning to education, the Foundation Year was brilliant, providing a solid grounding in higher level Maths and Physics, and confirming Electronic Engineering was for me. It has been enjoyable and a fantastic challenge to study at the University of York and the city is a delightful place to call home.Richard
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).
We're first in the Russell Group for 'The Teaching on my Course' and second for in four other areas including 'Overall Satisfaction' (NSS 2018).
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, advanced optional modules allow you to specialise according to your own developing interests, in areas from digital communications to nanoelectronics.
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.
The foundation year is based on the A level curricula for maths and physics.
The first part of the course starts at an early secondary school level and progresses through to A level standard over the year. There is also a practical electronics element, where you'll learn about electronic circuits in a well-equipped laboratory.
Teaching groups are very small, allowing for plenty of personal support and advice with your studies. Once you complete your foundation year, you'll move on to Year 1, which is common across all of our courses.
Modules in the Autumn Term assume virtually no previous knowledge beyond primary school, and with a few exceptions do not exceed GCSE level.
Modules in the Spring Term build on the fundamentals established in the first term and begin to progress to A Level-standard.
Modules in the Summer Term will bring you up to A level-standard in maths and physics.
Year 1 provides you with a grounding in electronic principles, circuits, components and devices. There's a strong emphasis on mathematics and computing, including learning the C programming language. You'll also develop your practical skills, designing and building complete products as part of laboratories and group projects.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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:
In Year 2 you'll learn to analyse and design hardware and software systems. You'll study material including 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.
In Year 3 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.
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:
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.
You'll select three of the following modules (10 credits each):
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
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.
We will help you to become an employment-ready, motivated graduate, with skills in the latest developments in engineering such as robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and immersive technology.
Our courses involve group work to allow you to experience the management, coordination and decision-making processes required by engineers. You'll develop key transferable and managerial skills.
The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.
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.
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.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
You may be eligible for a partial tuition fee waiver for your foundation year. The fee waiver you receive will depend on your household income. Find out more about the foundation year bursary.
The Department of Electronic Engineering offers a number of £500 scholarships for the best performing foundation year students, after the first term of the course. These are open to both UK/EU and international students.
We have ten £1,000 scholarships to award in 2018/19.
These are open to all new first year entry students starting in 2018 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.
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.
“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.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. 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.
Our courses are highly intensive. Your timetabled activities each week will include:
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.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Lectures and seminars||552 hours||468 hours||336 hours||300 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 1,200 hours a year learning.
You can find detailed descriptions of our facilities on our website, including laboratory space, our recording studios, digital media suite and computing classrooms.
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.
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.
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:
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.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
We hold a bronze Athena SWAN award for our commitment to gender equality in science.
You are welcome to come and have a tour of the Department and facilities, and we'll answer any questions you may have about our courses. Please contact us to arrange this.
You may be able to change course, add a year in industry or change between MEng and BEng. Just ask us for more details.
A whole department being dedicated to my degree subject was a big tick. Looking at the majority of universities, more than one stream of engineering is typically offered – such as Civil, Mechanical or Chemical. However at York, they offer only Electronic Engineering with specialised streams, such as Music Technology or Nanotechnology, which suited me to a T.Sophie-Jayne, MEng Electronic Engineering with a Year in Industry
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.
This course is aimed at two groups of people:
There are no formal entry requirements for the foundation year, though you should be able to demonstrate that you have the ability and motivation to cope with the demands of the course.
We recognise the value of this qualification although it will not be included as a condition of entry. It may be taken into consideration when you receive your results.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
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