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Electronics and Computer Engineering BEng (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with Foundation)
    4-6 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £14,000 Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000

  • Location:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


Course subject to validation for September 2022 start. Apply now via UCAS.

Electronics and Computer Engineering BEng (Hons) degree equips students with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and competencies required to enter a range of Electronics and Computer Engineering related careers through the exploration of software/hardware design concepts and implementation.

You will analyse and engage with emerging trends and innovations such as Internet of Things (IoT), Embedded Systems, electronic circuits, mobile application development, programmable electronics, sensor development, basic robotics, hardware artificial intelligence and control devices.

We’re here to support you in achieving your ambitions, no matter what they might be. During your time studying this degree, we will help you to identify your skills and strengths, as well as gaining practical experience to help you appeal to potential employers. We’re so confident that you will secure a paid position or continue your studies once you graduate and complete one of our awards, which is why we have created the Northampton Employment Promise.

Updated 11/11/2021


  • The course takes a hands-on approach with emphasis on practical learning.
  • Progression courses available
  • Up-to-date workstation hardware and software in laboratories.
  • Exclusive 24/7 access to a specialist laboratory.
  • State-of-the-art Research and Enterprise informed teaching.
  • Student Support Initiative
  • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)

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During the course, students have the opportunity to join the UON Computing Society among other student union societies to interact with diverse groups of students towards building a stronger learning and university experience.

Furthermore, students will have the opportunity of meeting various employers, industrial experts and research scientists during employability weeks, departmental research seminars, research groups and centre activities, workshops, changing futures week, invited talks and guest lectures.

Students also have the opportunity of joining professional bodies such as IET, BSc, ACM and/or IEEE students discounted membership to enhance their engagement with the wider professional body, enhance collaboration opportunity and increase job prospects.

Course Content

  • Our programme gives you the platform to critically analyse and apply knowledge of key principles, theories and concepts relating to Electronics and Computer Engineering which are coherent, detailed and informed by the academic discipline or area of professional practice. You will develop and apply a range of problem-solving skills to real-world electronics and computer engineering scenarios towards building your professional and academic career prospects.

    This programme is carefully designed to provide you with the skillset of both electronics and computer engineering to expose you to the multidimensional skillset required in both fields.

    Year 1

    In the first year, you will study six modules which includes Object Programming, Fundamentals of Computing Systems, Electronic Engineering Practice, Engineering Industry Practice, Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Simulations. These modules cover the fundamental principles, programming, and practical skills that you will need to be able to move on to a more specialised range of modules during the second and third year of your course.

    Year 2

    The second-year modules include Microprocessors and Internet of Things (IoT), Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI), Electrical and Electronics Principles, Advanced Mathematics for Engineers, and Engineering Industry Practice.

    Year 3

    The year three modules are Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Mobile Application Development 2, Advanced Digital Electronics and Engineering Project.

    You will be able to put the knowledge gained on the course into good use through practical activities that will equip you to pursue a career in Industry or to embark onto obtaining Higher Degrees through research and development. You will have the opportunity to develop yourself individually and as part of a team through various hands-on practical activities and group projects. In the final year Dissertation, you get to work individually on a real-world project that showcases the skills you have acquired through various modules on the programme.


  • 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. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) 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.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International – Full Time: £14,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2022 entry.

    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
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.


    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    Computing MSc (with or without Placement)

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    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.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

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Careers and Employability

Our specialist degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering strategically targets the stat-of-the-art skillset demand in industry and academia for both Electronics Engineering and Computer Engineering. Therefore, the programme provides you the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to work in a range of roles including full system design cycle, implementation, maintenance, and management of embedded systems, IoT systems, edge devices, electronics and control circuits, computer systems, programmable systems, and mobile applications.

Our graduates have gone onto working with employers such as:

  • ITV
  • Barclaycard
  • Network Rail
  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • HMGCC.

Common job roles include:

Embedded Systems Engineer, Full Stack Developer, Computer Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Digital Electronics Engineer, Mobile App Developer, Android Developer, IoS Developer, Control System Engineer, FPGA Programmer, Hardware Programmer, IT Systems Administrator, Hardware/Software Developer, IoT Developer, Microcontroller Programmer, and Research and Development Engineering roles.

Some of our graduates have also moved on to work in Higher Education as Research Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Graduate Teaching Assistants, Associate Lecturers and into funded PhD positions. Other graduates also work as freelancers or run their own companies e.g. as Mobile Application Developers and IT consultants.

Is this course for you?