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MEng (Hons) Electronic and Computer Engineering with a Year in Industry

Become a leader in the design of efficient, safe and cost-effective systems

2018/19 entry

UCAS code

H638

Institution code

Y50

Length

5 years full-time

Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£20,910 per year (2018/19)

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Computers are all-pervasive.  Almost every aspect of daily life depends on highly sophisticated computing systems.

With continuing advances in technology, high user expectations and increasing statutory requirements, there is a high-demand for skilled engineers in electronic computing. 

Unlike pure computing degrees which often concentrate on the software, scientific and mathematical aspects of computing, this course will provide you with a wider range of engineering skills, including in hardware and applications of computing to electronic systems. The course draws from the expertise of the Intelligent Systems and Nano-science Research Group at York.

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 researchers 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. 

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"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

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Top graduate employment

Ranked 1st in the UK for graduate employment within one year of leaving the University (LEO, 2017).

Teaching quality

We're in the top 10 in the UK for 'The Teaching on my Course' and 'Academic Support' (NSS 2017).

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.

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 major individual 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.

Option modules

You'll select three modules overall (10 credits each).

 

You must select at least one from: 

You'll select your other options from: 

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 MEng Individual Project.

Your year in industry will be assessed with a report.

Year 5

In Autumn Term of Year 5 you'll take four modules (10 credits each):

You'll take the following two modules:

You'll choose two options from this list:

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.

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 computing technology to advance the state of knowledge in algorithms, devices and systems.
  • Extract and critically evaluate data from complex systems through a variety of analytical techniques including computational methods and modelling.
  • Create innovative and optimised designs to address real-world problems involving computer hardware and software systems by synthesising ideas into engineering specifications.
  • Apply professional skills of 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 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 computer and electronic engineering.
  • Explain and reflect on the role of the engineer in society and in company structure, and on the nature of their own learning style, based on personal experience in a commercial company or academic research institution

 

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £20,910

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 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.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

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.

“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 4Year 5
Lectures and seminars468 hours336 hours252 hours0 hours384 hours
Placement0 hours0 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, our recording studios, digital media suite, computing classroom and the University’s JEOL Nanocentre.

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.

Course location

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 4Year 5
Written exams68%48%33%0%0%
Coursework16%52%67%100%97%
Practical exams16%0%0%0%3%

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 between any of our courses. 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

What our students say about us.

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 Grade
A levels

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.
Other qualifications

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.

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.

  • 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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