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Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) 2018/19 entry

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Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2018
January 2019


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Electronic engineers perform a critical role in today’s modern world, designing and developing systems for almost every type of industry – from aerospace, automotive, chemical and construction sectors to those in pharmaceuticals, power, telecommunications and transport.

Fully endorsed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this course aims to enable you to register with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer on completion. It aims to provide essential coverage of electronic engineering and its key applications, with a focus on developing the practical expertise necessary for the professional world.

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities, placement opportunities at companies which have previously included the National Grid, GlaxoSmithKline, Severn Trent Water and Mercedes Benz, as well as an annual programme of inspiring lectures on contemporary engineering and computing topics presented by the IET and British Computer Society (BCS).

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This programme is IEng accredited and fulfills the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

What our alumni say

Many of my successes are owed to Coventry University. I have completed my undergraduate and masters degrees here and am now a PhD student.

Olukunle Ojetola

Course information

At Coventry University, we believe that studying engineering should be so much more than just learning theory and passing examinations. Instead, our activity-led learning aims to enable you to develop your skills and knowledge by working on real-life problems and projects, many commissioned by our industry partners.



of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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The first year is designed to allow students from a wide range of backgrounds to make a solid start on the course; the curriculum places a strong emphasis on electrical and electronic engineering, alongside computer engineering.

The study of electrical engineering covers essential electrical circuits and power systems topics, which aims to enable you to power large computer systems reliably and efficiently. While, in the area of electronics, we explore digital logic and electronic circuits in computing, together with the fundamentals of computer hardware engineering.


  • Systems Project

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Professional Skills

  • Analogue and Digital Electronics 1

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

  • Introduction to Computer Engineering


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


The second year introduces specialist application areas, such as control and instrumentation, and embedded microprocessors.

During this part of the course, you will have the opportunity to participate in a microprocessors group project, which may allow you to apply appropriate theoretical and practical project management methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct, commission, operate, maintain, decommission and recycle engineering processes, systems, services and products.

In the past, one group developed a fully controlled agricultural environ, which controlled a multiplicity of factors such as light, humidity and temperature, to increase horticultural efficiency; another group developed small robots and their sensory and mobility systems.


  • Analogue and Digital Electronics 2

  • Programming for Engineers

  • Control and Instrumentation 1

  • Embedded Microprocessors Group Project

  • Communications Systems 1


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution. Past students have undertaken placements working on design and development in vehicle software and electrical system development for Nissan.


  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad


The final year balances study between advanced electronics techniques, the main application areas for electronics and project work, which will raise your skills and expertise to the level of a professional engineer working in the electronics industry.

You will perform a detailed research or design study with the help of an experienced supervisor into a technical aspect from the course. You can choose a topic to suit your interests or to assist your career aspirations.


  • Individual Project

  • Advanced Electronics

  • Advanced Digital Systems

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Object Oriented Software
    • Communication Systems 2
    • Control and Instrumentation 2


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Coventry University has climbed the rankings to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Meets the full academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.
  • Regular expert guest lectures, which previously have covered topics such as the National Grid in areas of power distribution.
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world providing study exchange opportunities (additional costs may apply).
  • High student satisfaction – 95% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 and 95% felt staff were good at explaining things and enthusiastic about what they teach.
  • Our four specialist Faculty Research Centres have a strong portfolio of world-leading research in wireless sensors, pervasive computing, distributed computer systems, digital forensics, computer security, serious games, virtual reality, aerodynamics and electrical energy.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £50m Engineering and Computing building, with access to extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel (designed and built by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team), composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Excellent placement opportunities to apply for with national and international companies which in the past have included: IBM, National Grid, GlaxoSmithKline, Severn Trent Water and Mercedes Benz.

Your main study themes are:

  • Analogue and digital electronics: Aims to develop your capability to produce useful practical designs in the technology area of analogue and digital electronics. You will conceive and simulate your own practical computer circuit designs. Topics covered include semiconductor diodes and their application in power supplies, bipolar junction transistors in single-stage amplifiers, and field effect transistors. Digital topics include the realisation of logic gates, design of small and medium scale combinational functions and the use of flip-flops in sequential logic.

  • Digital Signal Processing: Computer-based systems are increasingly required to detect, analyse and manipulate signals, or data, from a wide range of sources, such as sound, light, temperature or pressure. You’ll learn to analyse continuous and discrete-time signals and systems, developing higher level signal processing techniques and filters, together with knowledge of digital image processing and pattern recognition.

  • Control Systems: Control and instrumentation provides an important link between modern integrated computer based monitoring and control applications and traditional engineering disciplines. It is used a wide range of areas, including process control, aerospace, automotive, robotics, environmental and energy efficient manufacturing industries. You will develop a broad understanding of the principles, techniques and applications associated with control engineering and instrumentation, gaining a good engineering insight into the implementation of modern computer based control system methodologies.

  • Communications Systems: You will have the opportunity to study digital transmission techniques in the context of contemporary communications, including analogue and digital communications. We look at the associated methods of modulation and demodulation, as well as reviewing the factors that can impair signals.

  • Electrical engineering: Explores the concepts, principles and techniques used including steady state DC circuit analysis, AC circuit analysis, single phase and three phase circuits, transformers, motors and generators.

  • Engineering mathematics: Develops your competence in mathematical methods relevant to engineering. You will learn to analyse problems using appropriate mathematical techniques carrying out the manipulation themselves and also using modern mathematical software.

This course can be studied full-time over three or four years with a sandwich year being taken between the second and third years of study. The programme may be followed in a part-time mode by attending up to five modules each year as scheduled for full-time students. You can start in September or January.

Your course will be taught using lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials and guest speeches, practical laboratory classes and personal tutorials. Your personal tutor will meet with you weekly during the first academic year and assist with your transition to studying in Higher Education (HE). You’ll have access to cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities and a well-equipped specialist library.

The highly practical nature of the course aims to enable you to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, mirroring the work you’ll do in professional practice. This means that while you learn the technical content of your degree, these projects develop the professional skills required including: problem analysis and design; project, task and time management; risk assessment; team work and leadership; technical report and bench assessment; troubleshooting and more. For example, past students have undertaken studies in alternative energy, particularly in the field of solar engineering.

We also aim to incorporate real-life case studies wherever possible. For example, when studying embedded microprocessors in groups, we will examine the ‘PICFI84520’, an innovative 8-bit PIC® microcontroller, taking a detailed look at its internal architecture. Working in groups, you will develop and test a complete microprocessor system devised to implement a real life task, giving you direct experience of the true capability of such devices.

Fieldtrips have been undertaken to various locations to further enhance the understanding of course content. Previous students have visited Electric Mountain and other alternative energy centres. Moreover, opportunities exist for travel to universities in both Europe and China to study abroad (subject to availability and additional costs).

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods, such as presentations, laboratory work, formal examinations, technical reports, in-class test, online quizzes, posters and computer simulation employing Simulink, Matlab, Multisim and PSCAD.

Each module will have at least one written assignment. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 40%
  • Coursework, tests, portfolio: 25%
  • Practical or project work: 20%
  • Group work: 10%
  • Demonstrations, presentations, posters etc.: 5%

25% assessed by coursework, tests, portfolio

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Scientific principles and methodologies relevant to electronic engineering.
  • Mathematical and quantitative methods used in engineering analysis and design.
  • Engineering project management including: ethics, finance, risk, health and safety, and similar issues.
  • The wider multidisciplinary context of engineering, incorporating social, economic and environmental issues.  

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Analyse electronic systems and processes using appropriate modelling techniques.
  • Solve technical and management problems involving uncertainty.
  • Design innovative products and systems employing recognised methodologies.
  • Plan and execute research oriented project work.
  • Select and apply appropriate components, materials and manufacturing processes.
  • Plan and execute practical work involving experimentation, data collection, prototype construction, testing and specialised instrumentation.
  • Employ specialised software tools and information technology equipment.
  • Access and evaluate varied information sources including: technical literature, standards and codes of practice.

In a typical week you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of meeting with tutor (or later, individual project supervision) each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 8 hours of tutorials and practical work each week.
  • Large group teaching: 10 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

Electronic engineering is applied throughout the world and, as such, we adopt a global perspective within our teaching. During the course, you will have the opportunity to spend a period of time abroad for part of your studies. This may be through an organised exchange programme or faculty-funded projects that aim to support national development themes.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say

Many of my successes are owed to Coventry University. I have completed my undergraduate and masters degrees here and am now a PhD student.

Olukunle Ojetola

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU132
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB-BBC to include one from Mathematics and one from Electronics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, ICT, Design Technology or further Mathematics. Excludes General Studies DDD-DDM in an engineering subject to include Merits in 'Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems' and 'Further Engineering Mathematics’ units. 29 points to include Mathematics and either Chemistry, Physics or Design Technology at Higher level 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 24 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our alumni say

Many of my successes are owed to Coventry University. I have completed my undergraduate and masters degrees here and am now a PhD student.

Olukunle Ojetola

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)

January 2019

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)

January 2019

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£14,850 (per year)

January 2019

£14,850 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our alumni say

Many of my successes are owed to Coventry University. I have completed my undergraduate and masters degrees here and am now a PhD student.

Olukunle Ojetola

Career prospects

Your career options could range from traditional circuit design engineering, through electronic manufacturing, to integrating, installing and maintaining system solutions based on electronics for a multitude of different industries, including the manufacture of audio recording systems, mobile phones, embedded microprocessor systems, control and security applications and electronic controllers for vehicles.

The practical and professional focus of the course, with opportunities for a variety of work experience, demonstrates your capability to future employers. Course content is regularly reviewed by the University and other professional organisations, including the IET.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will have the opportunity to receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Graduates from the course have gone into predominately industry roles in diverse range of industries, for example, JLR, GE and National Grid, Jaguar Land Rover, Blackberry, IBM, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Advanced Electronics Company, Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems, PX Group and more. Some have chosen to progress to further study of an MSc or PhD.


Our graduates earn an average salary of £23,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

Many of my successes are owed to Coventry University. I have completed my undergraduate and masters degrees here and am now a PhD student.

Olukunle Ojetola

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.