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.
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
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.
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.