Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) / MEng
4 years full time
5 years full time (with Foundation)
5-8 years part time
Full time £9,250
Part Time £1,465 per 20 credit module
Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
Full Time £13,000
Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
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During this course you will study electrical and electronic engineering, design and simulation, computing and programming, control systems and embedded systems, as well as investigating sustainability and innovation within the industry and business practice.
All of our Engineering programmes have links with the Northampton Engineering Training Partnership (NETP). The NETP is a partnership of engineering companies working with The University of Northampton. The partnership exists to create a pool of industry ready engineers of the highest calibre.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
This course will give you all the skills and knowledge you will need for a successful career, empowering you to drive the industry forward and make change for good in the Engineering world. During this course you will study electrical and electronic engineering, design and simulation, computing and programming, control systems and embedded systems, as well as investigating sustainability and innovation within the industry and business practice.
Northamptonshire Engineering Training Partnership (NETP)
We have longstanding links with the Northants Engineering Training Partnership (NETP) which means that you will have the opportunity to do paid work placements as part of your degree and you will be introduced to key industrial contacts before you’ve even graduated.
In the first and second year of this course, you will develop your ability and confidence to assess and analyse different situations in engineering, focusing on the electrical and electronic aspects. At this point you can choose to go on a University-supported industry placement. In the third year you will work on an independent research project that allows you to explore an area of your particular interest in more detail. It will be industry driven and will test your research and analysis skills, as well as your ability to source materials and components, culminating in a written dissertation and a presentation. At the end of the third year you can choose to either graduate with a BEng level qualification, or continue onto the integrated postgraduate fourth year to achieve the MEng qualification.
The fourth year allows you to explore new and exciting topics, expanding your knowledge and allowing you to demonstrate your expertise. Your work will consist of prolonged projects which you will use to showcase all of the skills you have developed throughout the course.
Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1014Status: CompulsoryThis module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer system. Modern computer systems not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of peripherals. The module gives an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer systems.Learning environments are offered to enable students to gain a basic comprehension understanding and appreciation of computer system concepts and technologies and the skills to use them to the best effect
Problem Solving and Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1020Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is to: introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to solve problems in computing; to develop essential skills to enable the solution of these problems with the construction of appropriate algorithms and a computer program; introduce principles underlying the design of a high level programming language (HLPL); gain experience and confidence in the use of a HLPL to implement algorithms; implement HLPL programs using an appropriate programming language e.g. Java; introduce an object-oriented language initially as a non-object language.
Introduction to Engineering Design (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1004Status: CompulsoryThe module introduces students to engineering drawing and the production of engineering models and drawings using computer technology. The selection of materials engineering components and the operating principles of simple machines will also be features of the module.
Engineering Industry Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1048Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to examin key factors which complement technical elements of engineering understanding of which is regarded essential in todays industrial environment. Analysis of the key areas of qualty standards sustainability project management and ethics form strong themes throught the module.
Electrical and Electronic Principles (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1050Status: CompulsoryThis module aims to provide Engineering students with the fundamental knowledge and analytical techniques to build a firm foundation for the analysis operation problem solving and circuit simulation exploring both DC and AC electrical and electronics circuits.
Mathematics for Engineers (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1051Status: CompulsoryThis module aims to provide Engineering students with the fundamental knowledge and analytical techniques needed to enable them to study related engineering modules successfully and to analyse and solve practical problems through the application of mathematics and to develop analytical problem-solving skills in the context of engineering and engineering systems.
- Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Microprocessor Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2015Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this (Level 5) module is to give an understanding of the use applications and design principles of microprocessor based systems. It aims to enable the student to:Have an appreciation and understanding of the structure operation and interrelation between the components which make a microprocessor based system.Develop a design methodology leading microprocessor/microcontroller based solution for a specified engineering problem through the integrated use of appropriate hardware and software.
Advanced Mathematics for Engineers (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2045Status: CompulsoryThis module enables students to build on the basic mathematical principles studied in the first year and aims to give students the advanced knowledge and analytical techniques needed to enable them to study advanced engineering modules successfully and to analyse and solve practical problems through the application of advanced mathematics.
Industrial Appreciation (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2046Status: CompulsoryThis module has a strong industrial focus. Considering those topics which support the technical elements of engineering which are vitally important in the modern engineering environment. Students develop skill in research and the application of theoretical knowledge to solve cross-disciplinary problems.
Control Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2050Status: CompulsoryThe module applies knowledge gained in the study of Mechanical Principles and Electrical Principles and introduces the basic concepts of instrumentation and control systems. This module provides rigorous analysis of control systems and studies the design of controllers and the implementation of control algorithms.
Analogue and Digital Electronics (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2051Status: CompulsoryThis module introduces electronic devices circuits and circuit theory which form the building blocks of a practical electronic system. In understanding the limitations and performances of such devices and techniques students will appreciate how a system may be degraded or enhanced by their selection and application.
Electromagnetism for Engineers (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2054Status: CompulsoryThe module covers the fundamental theory and practice of electromagnetism through electrical machines building on their knowledge gained in the previous study of Electrical and Electronic Principles and Mathematics for Engineers.
- Microprocessor Systems (20 Credits)
Digital Signal Processing (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3022Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to give an understanding of the theory design and structure of both the hardware and software used in digital signal processor systems and their application in real world situations. This module requires a significant practical element delivered as formal laboratory sessions.
Lean Manufacturing and Quality Applications (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3005Status: CompulsoryThis module has four key themes which are vital in supporting technological industries. Focusing on the application of Quality Principles Manufacturing improvement techniques project management and personal performance and leadership. Many of the topics are discussed and evaluated using relevant industrial scenarios applying knowledge gained to solve problems.
Advanced Electro-Mechanical System Design (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3020Status: CompulsoryThis module teaches the design of electromechanical systems which integrate mechanical electrical and control systems engineering. Laboratories form the core of the module. These cover topics such as transducers signal conditioning filters closed loop control digital logic embedded systems and PLCs. Labs involve Arduino and PLC software such as Codesys.
Advanced Digital Electronics (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3022Status: CompulsoryThis module provides a modern introduction to logic design and the basic building blocks in digital systems. It covers combinational logic circuits and sequential circuits. State machines are illustrated through case studies of more complex systems. Signal processing techniques using programmable logic devices are introduced using Field Programmable Gate Arrays.
Engineering Project (40 Credits)
Module code: ENG4004Status: CompulsoryThis module provides the opportunity to apply and develop theoretical knowledge in an individual project and individual report. By completing the module students will gain experience of researching the necessary technical information of solving cross-disciplinary technical problems. This module could form the assessment for any University approved industrial placement opportunity.
- Digital Signal Processing (20 Credits)
Distributed Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSYM016Status: DesignateThis module gives students a deeper understanding of the software programming design specification architecture implementation and applications of distributed computer systems.
Modern Computer Architecture (20 Credits)
Module code: CSYM028Status: DesignateThis purpose of this module is to consider the structure and behaviour of the various functional modules of the computer and how they interact to provide the processing needs of the user. This module covers systems ranging from PCs through multiprocessors with respect to hardware design and instruction set architecture.
Mathematical Modelling (20 Credits)
Module code: ENGM001Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to provide students with thorough and comprehensive knowledge of principles and techniques of deterministic stochastic and differential equation based mathematical modelling. Real problems will be used to teach students how to develop and illustrate these techniques and derive a mathematical model. The students will be taught how to combine rigorous mathematical approaches/approximation engineering estimates and data analysis. In this module a variety of physical phenomena and engineering applications will be considered. The use of methods of applied analysis probability statistics and stochastic processes will be described.
Group Industry Project (60 Credits)
Module code: ENGM006Status: CompulsoryThis module provides the opportunity to develop experience in the execution of a group project. They will gain experience of researching technical information solving cross-disciplinary technical problems and working to deadlines The module has a strong industrial focus and includes various methods of engagement including industrial talks and company tours.
Professional Practice for Technologists (20 Credits)
Module code: ENGM009Status: DesignateThis module provides an in depth study of key areas relating to the professional practice within a technological context. Looking particularly at; the role of project management; the impact of the individual and organisation within technological environments; the role of ethical principles and the value of sound research methodologies. The module aims to create a dymnamic engaging environment to discuss and debate the key topics contained within the module.
- Distributed Systems (20 Credits)
General entry requirements apply. A typical offer could be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. We look for applicants with A-Level Maths at grade C or above and an A-Level in Science at grade C or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.
Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements
Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.Entry requirements are as follows:
- A-level DEE and GCSE Maths at Grade C/4 or L2 equivalent
- BTEC MPP and GCSE Maths at Grade C/4 or L2 equivalent
- Professional/industry experience
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
For study at undergraduate level
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
For information on how to apply to study with us as an International student, please see our How to apply for International Study page.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
- International – Full Time: £13,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
Fourth year will be charged at MSc rate, subject to inflationary increase.
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.
20/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750
- International – Full Time: £12,900
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900
Fourth year will be charged at MSc rate, subject to inflationary increase.
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.
This course offers an additional year of study, to move onto the integrated postgraduate year to further your education within Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
- You will benefit from industry workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites.
- Our engineering programmes have strong industry focus, aiming to build upon students’ knowledge and experience to prepare them for employment or further study.
- Engagement with industry is actively encouraged and supported whenever possible. You will have an opportunity to undertake a placement year in the industry between year two and three, so that you can put your studies to practice.
- Collaboration between The University of Northampton and local engineering companies (NETP), who provide paid placements opportunities for University students.
- Possibility of an industry based final year project.
How will I learn?
We teach this course through a combination of theoretical and practical approaches so that you can learn system design techniques for electronic and mechanical purposes as well as how to optimise this design, depending on the application and purpose. To broaden your theoretical knowledge and appreciate the applications of electronic system design you will work in the electrical laboratory equipped with up to date industrial and didactic equipment and computer simulation tools.
There will also be small group work for collaborative research and development tasks which will help you learn how to work in multidisciplinary groups while improving your communication and presentation skills. The dissertation in your third year will consolidate everything you have learned and also develop your written communication skills.
This course is available part-time, studying 80 credits or less per year. This will be taught over multiple days each week. If day-release study is what you would prefer, the BSc Engineering offers this option.
How will I be assessed?
For the initial BEng (Hons) qualification, a wide range of assessment tools are used including:
- oral presentations
- end of year examinations.
For the subsequent MEng portion of the qualification assessments methods include:
- oral presentations
- group work
- practical reports
- critical reviews
- a substantial independent research dissertation.
Careers and Employability
This course is an excellent foundation for careers in a number of different sectors including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, automotive, aerospace, IT and telecommunications, energy and utilities. You can also choose to continue into further study with one of our Postgraduate programmes.
Some of the examples of jobs directly related to your degree include:
Aerospace engineer, Broadcast engineer, Control and instrumentation engineer, Design engineer, Electrical engineer, Electronics engineer, IT consultant, Network engineer, Nuclear engineer, Systems analyst.