MEng Electronic Engineering with Industrial Experience

UCAS code HPD0
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32;  BTEC: DDD - DDM
Discipline Engineering
Location Taught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

Electronic Engineering has advanced the convenience and sensory experience of our lives; providing services and entertainment at our fingertips wherever we go. Progress insists products must become thinner, lighter and faster with sharper images, better sound quality and more memory which is why electronic engineers are researching and developing new machines to replace the ones we now fill our homes and pockets with.

These engineers are also helping us to live longer, safer lives with exciting progress in medical equipment and gadgets that sense invisible dangers like carbon monoxide.

Career choices for electronic engineers are plentiful and varied. Opportunities exist in a wide-range of industries, such as telecommunications, bioengineering, manufacturing, military services, aerospace and service industries.

Exeter's Electronics programme kick-starts your engineering journey by immersing you in all the disciplines as well as giving you strong foundations in electronics and transferable skills. Engineers rarely work alone in their chosen field so we believe multi-disciplinary experience and teamwork equips you better for the interaction necessary to succeed in the workplace. 

A career in electronics opens many doors, demands varied knowledge and requires excellent communication skills. Here at Exeter we aim to provide you with all these aspects; moulding you into an innovative and adaptable engineer.

Why choose Electronic Engineering at Exeter?

  • This degree is professionally accredited under licence from the Engineering Council. Visit the Careers tab for further information.
  • Our multidisciplinary first year encourages you to explore other engineering disciplines, such as civil and mechanical engineering; broadening your skill-base.
  • You will gain hands-on practical experience in designing and constructing electronic systems using computer simulation and practical laboratory work.
  • Our staff capitalise on their strong links with industry to help you gain paid work placements that credit your degree and to involve companies directly with your projects.
  • This cutting-edge programme is constantly adapting to encompass new electronics technology, such as phase change materials and electronic paper.
  • Our academic staff are conducting world-leading research in memory technology and biomedical electronics, so you will keep your finger on the pulse of the latest advances.

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.

Year 1

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.

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

Year 3

By year three, you will have narrowed down your specialisms to two of the following areas: communications engineering, electromagnetics, CAD, and consumer electronics engineering. You will carry out an individual project under the supervision of a member of academic staff with expertise in your chosen area.

Year 4

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.

Entry requirements 2018

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32;  BTEC: DDD - DDM

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.

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirement(s): Applied Science, Building Services Engineering, Construction and the Built Environment, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability. In place of science requirement only, A level Maths still required.

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 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.

Careers

Career opportunities for engineers are almost limitless, as engineers can be found working in the public sector, in health, communications, education, construction, defence, finance and manufacturing. Engineers have a reputation as being articulate, numerate, problem solvers, who typically claim great job satisfaction, a good salary and a huge range of career possibilities. Typically, salaries are significantly higher for engineering graduates than the average for all other graduates.

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.

Recently an Electronic Engineering student undertook a project to design and build a low budget magnetometer in conjunction with Brixham Heritage Museum Archaeology Unit. The magnetometer used a novel design of magneto-resistive ferrite cores to improve the focus of the magnetic fields and the disturbances in those caused by buried objects such as ditches, kilns and pottery. The magnetometer was very cheap to make and as good as or better than commercial instruments.

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.

My year in industry at Caterpillar was probably one of the best things I did. I was able to take everything that I’d learnt about engineering into a real world situation.

Working with ‘grown up’ Engineers forced me to step up my game and really pulled me forward in terms of teamwork and dealing with people; I was presenting to Directors, so dealt with people from all levels of the company, which brought me on massively in terms of maturity. I even got to go to Sweden for 6 weeks (on double pay!) with a small team, which was amazing and taught me a lot. I also made really good industry contacts, which can open doors in the future.

When I came back to do my final year I was so much more focused because I had seen what the job was like and I really wanted to work towards that. My time management was far better than it had been before. I looked at things completely differently; I had learnt how to manage big projects and also how to manage people.

William Priest, BEng Mechanical Engineering graduate

Professional accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

An accredited MEng degree fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

An accredited BEng (Hons) degree 1. fully satisfies the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and 2. partially satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).  An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

The Engineering Council provide an accredited course search web page and further information for prospective students where you can find a list of all our accredited degree programmes.

 

Industrial experience

Experience of working in your chosen field is a real advantage when entering the graduate job market. It’s also a great way to try out different jobs and to make contacts within companies you’re interested in working for. All of our engineers have the opportunity to spend time working as part of their degree, either through a summer placement or through a full year’s experience.

Year in industry

What is it? A full year’s worth of work placement. The words ‘with Year in Industry’ appear in your degree title for future employers to see.
Who is this for? Available for all BEng and MEng programmes in Engineering.
When does it happen? Typically takes place in your third year and usually last at least nine months.
Does it count towards my degree? Yes, it’s worth 120 credits.
What else do I need to know? During this year you will pay a reduced tuition fee. In 2016/17 the fee was £1,850 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). You can apply for this programme through UCAS or transfer to it at the end of your first year. Your degree will take an extra year to complete.

Industrial Experience

What is it? A two to three month work placement that contributes towards your degree. The module title ‘Commercial and Industrial Experience’ will appear on your transcript for future employers to see.
Who is this for? All engineering students. This is a popular optional module - we recommend that all students take it.
When does it happen? Summer placement, takes place between years two and three.
Does it count towards my degree? Yes, it’s worth 15 credits.
What else do I need to know? You can base your third year individual project on your placement, giving you an extra 30 credits of industrial experience.

We will help you to prepare for your work placement from early in your studies. A special module ‘Employability and Placement Preparation for Engineers’ takes place at the start of your second year. This isn’t marked and is an opportunity to start thinking about your placement well in advance. You will also be invited to attend workshops offering guidance and support such as ‘Making the most of your placement’ and ‘How to use your placement as an individual project’.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

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

Website: Visit the Engineering website