MEng Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

UCAS codeHG64
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
DisciplineEngineering
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

Electronic Engineering and Computer Science are both concerned with enhancing our experience of the world and shaping the convenience of our future in terms of solving problems and developing products and systems which will increase the accuracy, speed and quality of information sources and technology. These disciplines are closely linked and specifically interweave in the manufacture of equipment such as pocket computer products like mobile phones or e-books.

Electronic Engineering and Computer Science encompasses not just the software aspects of computing but also the hardware. Knowing how the hardware works as well as the software enables the design of systems that incorporate both counterparts and presents an understanding of the whole process from writing software that works on a particular operating system to the communication of this operating system with the hardware.

Combining these two disciplines at Exeter gives you an excellent grounding in both subject areas and prepares you for a wide range of careers in both or either fields. This cross-discipline study gives you the advantage of becoming a multi-skilled professional engineer with a thorough understanding of the concepts and techniques from other closely related areas that are likely to influence and affect your career, such as object oriented programming or artificial intelligence.

Why choose Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Exeter?

  • In combining the two disciplines you will gain an excellent grounding in both subjects plus the chance to explore the exciting interface between the two .
  • Interdisciplinary teaching within the College gives you access to cross-discipline modules taught by subject specialists.
  • Our staff are conducting world-leading research in machine learning, memory technology and biomedical electronics , enabling you to keep your finger on the pulse of the latest advances throughout your degree.
  • You will obtain hands-on practical experience of designing and constructing electronic systems using computer simulation and practical laboratory work.
  • Our academic staff use their strong industry links to directly involve companies with your projects and help you gain paid work placements that credit your degree.
  • This cutting-edge programme adapts to discuss the latest developments in electronics technology, such as electronic paper and optimisation.

Programme variations

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

You may take Elective Modules up to 15 credits outside of the programme in stage 3 of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. 

Year 1

The multidisciplinary ethos of the first year builds your theoretical and practical knowledge in mechanical, civil, materials, manufacturing, electronic and engineering mathematics.

By the end of this year's course you will have experienced your first encounter with "Solidworks" as well as gained more experience with AutoCAD, have been introduced to every phase involved in engineering a new artefact and will be more confident in writing and presenting your findings. Speakers from engineering institutions also visit to offer an introduction to the benefits of joining their professional bodies.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
ECM1101Professional Studies and Skills Development 1 15
ECM1102Core Engineering 1 30
ECM1106Electronics for Engineers: Core Engineering 2 15
ECM1408Programming for Science 15
ECM1410Object-Oriented Programming 15
Engineering Mathematics A or B S1
Depending on Entry Qualifications, 30 credits to be taken from
ECM1103Engineering Mathematics A30
ECM1104Engineering Mathematics B30

Year 2

From the second year onwards the core and optional modules start to take a more specialised pathway with a focus on your chosen degree

Compulsory modules

Progression from 2nd to 3rd year: Students must have gained an average of 60% or more in the first 2 years to progress to stage 3 MEng (weighting is 40% 1st year, 60% 2nd year). Progression to stage 3 MEng is subject to Engineering Council guidelines. Students who do not reach the threshold may progress to stage 3 of the BEng programme.

CodeModuleCredits
ECM2111Mathematical Modelling of Engineering Systems 15
ECM2115Pics, Microcontrollers and Microprocessors 15
ECM2117Communication and Networking Technologies 15
ECM2118Analogue and Digital Electronics Design 15
ECM2419Database Theory and Design 15
ECM2414Software Development 15
ECM1407Social and Professional Issues of the Information Age 15

Optional modules

Select 15 credits:

CodeModuleCredits
ECM2105Control Engineering 15
ECM2102Management and Management Science 15
ECM2415Software Engineering 15

Year 3

Further specialisation allows you to choose modules that offer advanced courses in a wide range of topics. Industrylinked projects also take place and work placement opportunities such as the Commercial and Industrial Experience module are recommended. This variety of learning gives you advanced knowledge, practical work experience and the confidence to conduct individual research; applying your expertise to solve real engineering problems and find computing solutions.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
ECM3102Individual Project (Meng) 30

Optional modules

Additional option: Foreign Language Module (FLC) 15 credits

CodeModuleCredits
Electronic Engineering S3E
Select 30 credits:
ECM3162Electronic Engineering Design Studies15
ECM3165Digital Signal Processing15
ECM3166Communications Engineering15
Electronic Engineering S3H
Select 30 credits:
ECM3420Learning from Data15
ECM3408Enterprise Computing15
ECM3412Nature-Inspired Computation15
Electronic Engineering S3I
Select 30 credits:
ECM3150Electromagnetics and Wave Propagation15
ECM3171Computer Aided Engineering Drawing15
ECM2704Numerics and Optimisation15
ECM2707Systems, Series and Transforms15
EMP3001Commercial and Industrial Experience15
ECM2415Software Engineering15

Year 4

Students may progress to MEng 4th year if the requirements for progression to the MEng 3rd year were satisfied. The final year of study for MEng students offers a wide range of advanced specialist modules such as those offering advanced practical project work this year and courses such as Industrial Case Studies which gives you the opportunity to visit companies, learning hands-on skills from top-class manufacturing experts.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
ECMM101Industrial Case Studies 15
ECMM102Group Project (Meng) 60

Optional modules

CodeModuleCredits
Electronic Engineering S4B
Select 30 credits:
ECMM401Pattern Recognition15
ECMM403Intelligent Image Understanding15
ECMM409Nature Inspired Computation15
ECMM412Machine Learning and Optimisation15
ECMM417Managing IT Projects15
ECMM418ITMB Case Studies15
ECMM712Computation and Numerical Analysis15
Electronic Engineering S4C
Select 15 credits:
ECMM103Computer Aided Engineering Design15
ECMM104Signal Analysis and Image Processing15
ECMM111Operational Research and Industrial Systems Modelling15
ECMM115Data Storage and Memory Technologies15

Entry requirements 2015

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32

Required subjects

GCE AL Maths grade B and another science subject at grade B; IB Maths HL5 and another science subject HL5
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL5 in Physics will also be considered.
GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Science (applied); Statistics.

*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A levels towards our general requirements.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Engineering at Exeter combines a breadth of academic expertise with a caring and supportive learning environment. Our student-centred approach to teaching is validated by our excellent results in the National Student Survey.

Our programmes make use of a variety of teaching styles with contact hours ranging from 25-32 hours each week depending on the year of study. These include:

  • Lectures for the presentation of new topics and class exercises;
  • Workshops where you have hands-on use of equipment, discussion and solution of sample problems, with experts available to answer questions and provide support;
  • Tutorials involving small group work on problems relating to topics covered in lectures;
  • Projects of longer term practical work undertaken either individually or in teams, with sessions for consultation with staff;
  • Engineering Design Activities which provide direct experience of putting engineering design into practice while learning the underpinning principles and mathematical skills in other modules.

There are plenty of opportunities to discuss material in more detail with members of staff. Our academics are happy to meet with students individually during their advertised office hours or receive questions by email.

A research and practice led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

There are always numerous engineering research projects in progress, funded by industry, charities, government departments and research councils. Our undergraduate students benefit through access to up-to-date equipment, industrially linked projects and staff expertise.

Student projects are often linked to our research activities and may involve working with industrial partners. Recent projects have involved the design and construction of an autonomous hovering platform, modelling of airflow around a car and 3D CAD representation of the Met Office headquarters in Exeter, which has close research links with the College.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment through small practical exercises, project work, essay writing, presentations and examination.

All of our programmes are assessed in a similar way. During the first two years you will have an even mix of examinations and coursework, each accounting for about 50%. In the third year 25% of the year is taken up by the individual project and for those going on to the fourth year the group project takes up 50% of the year.

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. Written examinations are held in January and June of the first and second years and in the third term of the third and fourth years. For most modules, coursework also contributes to the assessment of the module.

International study

We strongly encourage our Engineering undergraduates to consider a period of studying abroad as part of their degree. This is most commonly realised under the Erasmus programme and is available to all students taking the MEng Electronic Engineering and Computer Science with International Study.

It is possible to transfer on to the 'with International Study' variant during the first two years of your degree and all students are invited to explanatory presentations during their second year to encourage them to take-up this exciting option in the third year.

The benefits of taking part in the Erasmus programme include:

  • The opportunity to work on interesting and challenging projects, often with an industrial component involving world-class companies such as Daimler-Chrysler and Ferrari
  • The chance to spend four months in some of the most attractive places in Europe, learning the language and immersing yourself in the culture 
  • An enhanced CV

More information on Erasmus funding can be found on the British Council website.

Study abroad modules

The MEng Electronic Engineering and Computer Science with International Study is specifically structured to retain full professional accreditation. This is achieved by studying two modules whilst abroad during the second and third terms of the third year and by taking a credit-rated language module appropriate to your chosen study destination in the first term preceding this.

Individual Project Abroad

The purpose of this module is to apply the knowledge and skills obtained from taught modules to a real engineering situation at a professional level. It encourages the use of initiative, imagination and creativity and allows study in a greater depth than is appropriate in a taught module.

Engineering in an International Society B

In this module you will study at a university in a European, American or Southern Hemisphere country with the goal of understanding the challenges involved in working in a foreign culture. You will observe the transnational issues facing engineers in all countries. This experience will help you gain the confidence to function in a professional manner wherever you choose to work, even when you are faced with conflicting and diverse sources of information.

Careers

Combining these two disciplines at Exeter gives you an excellent grounding in both subject areas and prepares you for a wide range of careers in both or either fields. This cross-discipline study gives you the advantage of becoming a multi-skilled professional engineer with a thorough understanding of the concepts and techniques from other closely related areas that are likely to influence and affect your career, such as object oriented programming or artificial intelligence.

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist engineering fields and across a broad range of other sectors, as shown on our Graduate destinations web page.

We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for, including industrial placements and study abroad. Visit our Employability web page to find out more.

Industry-led projects

Our undergraduate engineering programmes are enriched by a network of industry links which have been established through collaborative research and consultation. Project work is a core element of each programme, providing invaluable experience of problem-solving, engineering design and working in multidisciplinary teams. Projects are typically industrially driven, are commercially relevant and often directly involve a company.

One recent multidisciplinary group project was based on a design competition run by Corus and the Steel Construction Institute. The group had to design a steel structure to house an indoor ski slope, ice-skating rink and ice climbing wall. The group comprised both civil and mechanical engineering undergraduates and the students had to come up with a solution that was structurally sound under both static loads and dynamic forces (such as aerodynamic loading from wind). Furthermore, in order to come up with a sustainable, low carbon footprint design, the group had to consider ways of saving or generating energy from solar or ground sources as well as devising a sustainable urban drainage system to minimise water usage. As with all group projects the students took the lead in setting goals and allocating tasks to appropriate members of the group and the design made it into the national final of the competition.

Employer visits

Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to meet with graduate employers. Professional engineers visit the College to hold mock interviews and to discuss your career opportunities at an early enough stage to inform your choice of modules and placement decisions.

Further information

Find out more about the  industrial experience opportunities available to our engineering undergraduates.

Industrial experience

An MEng Electronic Engineering and Computer Science with Industrial Experience programme is also available. On this programme you will undertake an industrial placement in the vacation prior to the start of your third year (6 - 10 weeks, subject to suitable arrangements). This is then followed by an extended individual project during your third year, specifically designed around your industrial placement. The combined placement and project allows you to undertake paid vacation work while gaining highly relevant industrial experience. We have excellent links with employers and can provide assistance in finding suitable employment.

All our undergraduate students can choose to take an optional Commercial and Industrial Experience module during the vacation before the third year. This opportunity allows you to gain paid work experience in a commercial setting while earning credits towards your degree programme. Industrial experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.

Students can also request permission to temporarily interrupt their studies and spend a year working in industry, as long as they work in a suitably demanding Engineering role.

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Email: engineering@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

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