Course overview - your student journey
We know that starting university is a big step, so weekly personal tutoring sessions help you take charge of your own education, organise your studies, improve your communication skills and give you confidence.
We provide a mathematical toolbox, covering digital systems, analogue electronics and the foundations of control theory. You'll have lectures for around 10 hours each week and spend about the same amount of time in our well-equipped teaching laboratories, relating theory to practice.
You'll learn to use computers effectively, both for analysis and design. A virtual learning environment provides support to complement the lectures and practical classes, with online quizzes allowing you to test your progress.
We expand on first year themes and introduce subjects such as:-
- power and energy management
- electromagnetic wave propagation
You'll work in the laboratory on assignments covering hardware and circuit and system simulation software. For example, the “Radio-Frequency Modem” project to design and build an operational wireless link between two computers (like Bluetooth).
Year 3 (MEng)
Most MEng degrees feature a major group project which develops technical, team working and project management skills. All groups are set the same task - currently a Rubix Cube solver. Prizes are awarded to the best-performing groups.
If you have advanced foreign language skills, a MEng with study abroad may be an option. Prestigious places of study in Continental Europe with compatable lecture programmes, include France (EFREI and ENST in Paris, ENST-Brest/Bretagne and INT in Evry), Germany (Universities of Erlangen and Hanover), Spain (University of Valencia) and Italy (University of Perugia). A bespoke language course in the first two years, will ensure you're able to cope with lectures and exams in the relevant foreign language.
In the final-year, you'll choose from a number of option units and undertake an individual research project. As our research is world-leading, you'll benefit from access to state-of-the-art, multi-million pound laboratories, and industrially aware project supervisors.
All our graduating students undertake a final-year project at the cutting edge of technology. You can chose from a list of around 100 projects. Examples include:-
- A Hybrid Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle
- Piezo-Electric Energy Scavenging
- Photon Detector Modules
- Simple Sources for Quantum Cryptography
- A Multimedia Distribution Platform
- Analysis of Paintings using a Multi-Sensorial Visual and Haptic Display
- Breast Tumour detection using Focused Microwaves
- An Iris Recognition System
- Surface-Emitting Lasers
- Capacity Evaluation for 4G cellular systems
By choosing a project close to your interests and career plans, you'll gain experience valuable in job applications and beyond. Some students pursue their interest further by studying for a PhD. There are weekly seminars when engineers from industry provide a valuable insight into current challenges and job opportunities. In the following video library a number of final-year students talk about their final-year projects.
Boosting your employment prospects
Visit the Faculty YouTube channel for more student project videos.