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 Biocomputation, Image processing, Computer vision and graphics, Advanced web technologies and e-Commerce technologies.
Also in the final year, you will undertake a 20week 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’.
On HG6L, students spend their third year of study on industrial placement.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
110 Year One undergraduates in 2018
96% are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)
Why this subject?
Equip yourself to take advantage of excellent career prospects
We work closely with industry leaders to develop all of our programmes. Building on the core principles of electrical/electronic engineering, you will develop advanced skills in hardware and/or software design and implementation, gaining experience with industry standard tools, technologies and working methods.
Be prepared for the global workplace
We offer outstanding opportunities for our students to experience different systems, technologies and cultures through Study Abroad placements.
Gain real hands-on experience
You will learn through the practical application of concepts and theory, always with awareness of their relevance to the real world. Working with leading tech companies, 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.
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 theiet.org/awards.
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.
Be part of an institution which is leading the way in new technologies
From our Sensor City joint project with Liverpool John Moores University, to the new Centre for Plasma Microbiology, to our pioneering work on cyber security and organic electronics, the work of the department is leading the way in providing technological solutions to modern problems.
Our plans for teaching 2021/22
Over the last year, we have delivered teaching to suit a range of circumstances, within UK Government guidelines. Take a look at our plans for delivering teaching from September.