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MEng (Hons) Electronic and Communication Engineering (with a year in industry)

Become a leader in the continuing innovation of modern communications ​

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

H628

Institution code

Y50

Length

5 years full-time

Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£22,080 per year (2020/21)

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Telephone, radio, satellite communications, the internet, mobile phones – each new development has revolutionised the way we live and the way we think about our world.

Electronic communications encompass a wide range of technologies from fibre-optics to mobile technology, from satellite engineering to the internet, and more.

We’ll prepare you to succeed in a fast-paced, technologically complex world of global-scale projects and ever-increasing demands for solutions and innovation. Your year in industry will develop your professional skills and increase your experience. You'll work with world-class researchers who are advancing our understanding of electronics every day, and draw on the expertise of the Communications Research Group.

Our MEng will cement your knowledge of fundamental principles and introduce you to advanced concepts. You'll experience a large team software engineering project, as well as managing a substantial individual project, allowing you to develop the knowledge and skills required to become a leader in the industry. With an increased choice of advanced option modules, you'll have the opportunity to engage with world-class research and work with our latest innovative technology.

Accreditation

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

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, MEng Electronic Engineering (with a year in industry)

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Course content

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On the MEng, you'll be able to choose from more advanced option modules in your third year, which are geared to meet the rigorous needs of the electronics industry. You'll also complete a large team software engineering project where you’ll work with other students as part of a small ‘company’ to produce a major software application for desktop or Android. You’ll take on a major role in this, use professional software tools and present your work to ‘sell’ your product. Through this project you'll gain essential project management, communication and leadership skills.

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 choose option modules which will allow you to specialise according to your interests, and you'll work on a much larger and  more ambitious final-year individual project. The project will give you invaluable skills for your future career.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

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 and Python programming languages. You'll also develop your practical skills, designing and building complete 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 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 study a range of advanced core and optional modules. You can focus on your interests, or investigate a new aspect of electronic engineering. Throughout the year you'll work on a substantial project, using the knowledge and skills you've developed to research and design a solution to an engineering challenge.

Core modules

The Software Engineering Project will provide you with a real-life application of your skills, within the context of a small business environment. You'll develop a large piece of software engineering as a group, and will work through design, implementation and testing methods for the project. Each of your team will manage a major role within the company, such as programming, finance, marketing, testing, as well as doing the actual programming.

You'll work creatively and develop collaborative and project management skills, using integrated development environments, cloud-based version control tools and industry-standard cloud-based collaboration tools. You'll also communicate technical concepts and present your work in a live tender presentation to ‘sell’ your work and convince the financial backers, as well as a final presentation.

Recent applications have included:

  • interactive climbing guide
  • integrated cooking tutor
  • media-rich estate agent
  • virtual lecture-note taking
  • online bike maintenance.

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 select three option modules overall.

You'll take at least two from the programme specialist options below, or you can select all three modules from these (10 credits each).

You can select one option from the list below for your third module (10 credits each).

Year 4

In Year 4 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 final year individual project.

Your year in industry will be assessed with a report.

Year 5

In Spring and Summer Terms you'll complete your MEng Individual Project worth 80 credits.

You'll work individually on a major project which will develop your capacity to think independently and creatively about a specific area of electronic engineering. You'll develop advanced skills in problem-solving, critical evaluation and writing concise technical reports. You'll also be able to present and defend your work. Projects from previous years have included:

  • Transparent mapping of tasks to many-core hardware through runtime disambiguation of function arguments
  • The automated detection of high-stake deception via speech analysis using machine learning
  • It’s a boat! It’s a plane! It’s a hovercraft!
  • Automatic building mapping drone.

In Autumn Term you'll study two core modules (10 credits each):

You'll also select two of the following option modules (10 credits each):

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 and communications engineering 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 electronic and communications hardware and software by synthesising ideas into engineering specifications. 
  • Apply professional skills of programming, CAD, construction and measurement, combined with an understanding of communications 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 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 applied electronic engineering and wired and wireless communications systems.

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.

Creative and innovative projects

Develop essential management, coordination and decision-making skills with a software engineering team project. Your MEng final year project gives you the scope for ambitious research in an area that interests you.

Free membership

We offer all students free membership of ShockSoc (our student electronics society), SWEY (Supporting Women in Engineering, York) and we pay for student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) while you are at York.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £22,080

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'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Departmental scholarships

We have a number of departmental scholarships open to all Year 1 students starting in 2020.

You'll be automatically considered for a scholarship if York is your firm choice. They 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.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“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 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.

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 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.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures10 hours per week
Tutorials2 hours per week
Practicals9-10 hours per week
Optional activities0-2 hours per week

These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Facilities

You can find detailed descriptions of our facilities on our website, including laboratory space, recording studios, clearn room 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 exams, coursework and practical engineering tasks. 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 final-year 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 4Year 5
Written exams68%57%42%0%25%
Coursework16%43%58%100%75%
Practical exams16%0%0%0%0%

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

Electronics practical

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, add a year in industry or change between MEng and BEng. Just ask us for more details.

If the Department of Electronic Engineering is on your radar, the staff are friendly and helpful, and if you put yourself out there you'll feel like part of the family. I honestly can't praise the Department enough regarding the support they provide me, and my university experience is one I will never forget
Pippa, BEng Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems

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Careers and skills

The growth of the electronics industry means demand for new engineers is always high. We are ranked first in the UK for graduate employment within one year of leaving the University (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 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

AAA including Maths. Your other two subjects can be any. We welcome arts and humanities subjects.

BTEC National Extended Diploma 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 DDD and A level Maths grade A.

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

We do consider applications from people offering combinations of A levels and BTEC subsidiary diplomas, contact us for more advice.

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. 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.
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with grade 6 in Maths at Higher Level.
Other qualifications 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 our BEng Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
PTE Academic 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 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

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

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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