4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAA (full entry requirements)
September 2019 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2018/19)
£21,330 per year (2019/20)
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. 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.
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 wide range of modules and specialisations, providing the opportunity to explore the different areas of engineering. The staff are amazing - they are enthusiastic about their subject area, and the support they provide is fantastic. There is always someone there if you need some help, or advice.Amy
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).
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.
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.
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 project, using the knowledge and skills you've developed to research and design a solution to an engineering challenge.
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:
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 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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
“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 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.
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||468 hours||312 hours||252 hours||408 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.
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, change between MEng and BEng, or add a year in industry. 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 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.
AAA including Maths and one of Physics / Electronics / Chemistry. Your third subject can be any apart from General Studies.
We welcome arts and humanities subjects.
If you are not taking Physics / Electronics / Chemistry we encourage you to apply for a BEng programme.
|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 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 and Physics or Chemistry at Higher Level. If you are taking any of these subjects at Standard Level, or if you are taking Maths but not Physics please contact us for advice.|
|Irish leaving Certificate||H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H3 including Maths and Physics.|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||AA including Maths and one of Physics / Electronics / Chemistry, plus AAAAA in a suitable range of Highers.|
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