Smart devices will shape the way we live now and in the future. The rapid pace of technological change and the diversity of modern applications require a broad educational background and a lifelong commitment to learning new and specialised skills.
This programme combines the core elements of Electronic Engineering with those of Computer Science, the intellectual discipline underlying all aspects of software development.
Teaching is divided between the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics and the Department of Computer Science. Combining elements from these two disciplines will equip you with both an added breadth of knowledge, and greater specialisation. Our graduates are in demand because of their fluency both in the language of electronic engineers as well as that of computer scientists, enabling you to bridge the gap between software systems and the real world.
Programme in detail
During Year One you will be introduced to the fundamentals of electronics as well as the underlying principles and theory of computing. Your lecture modules will cover the core subjects of electronic circuits, digital electronics, Java programming and data structures.
In addition you will take modules such as mathematics and spend one day a week doing practical work in both the computer and electronics laboratories. This will give you excellent practical and transferable skills vital for subsequent years of the programme and invaluable in your future career.
The second year builds on the first with core modules in software engineering, database development, digital electronics and signals and communication systems. More time is spent in the electronics laboratory doing practical work to consolidate the knowledge learnt in lectures and partaking in an extended team project.
In your third year you will have the option of selecting advanced modules from either department according to your chosen area of specialisation. Electronics options include verilog digital system design; digital control; data communications and optical information systems. Typical computer science options are bio computation; image processing; computer vision and graphics; advanced web technologies and e-Commerce technologies.
Also in the final year, you will undertake a 20-week individual project. Recent projects have included ‘real-time GPS tracking of a vehicle fleet by mobile phones’, and a ‘mobile multi-user dungeon (MUD) game using SMS messaging’.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
94 Year One undergraduates in 2016
90% of our graduates who are in employment six months after graduating, have a professional or managerial job (Unistats)
National Student Survey
• 90% of students agree staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)
• 90% of students are ‘satisfied’ with their programme (National Student Survey 2016)
Why this subject?
Equip yourself to take advantage of excellent career prospects
We work closely with top employers in the development of our programmes so that all of our undergraduate programmes will give you the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Emphasis is given to the basic principles of electrical/electronic engineering together with information technology, both software and hardware, and you will use industry standard tools, technologies and working methods ensuring you are industry ready.
Be prepared for the global workplace
The technology economy is truly global and transcends borders. We offer outstanding opportunities for our students to experience different systems, technologies and cultures through placements with the Study Abroad programme and take advantage of our international University partnerships, including studying at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.
Gain real hands-on experience
Often working closely with leading technology companies, you will work on individual and group projects throughout your studies. Our approach is to enable you to mature through the practical application of concepts and theory, always with awareness of their relevance to the real world. You will take projects from conception, through to design, implementation and operation and there are many opportunities to put your learning into practice through an optional year in industry.
Thrive within our friendly environment
Our supportive and friendly environment is reflected in our high overall student satisfaction rate (National Student Survey). Your personal development and employability skills are reinforced in the supportive small group environment of our fortnightly tutorial sessions.
Apply for generous scholarships
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) offers generous scholarships worth up to £1,000 per year. More details can be found at www.theiet.org/awards.
Benefit from our excellent facilities
You’ll study in our £2 million refurbished teaching laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities for robotics and digital systems.