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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Electronics and Computer Engineering MEng, BEng

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Overview

The exponential growth in the power of microprocessors has been the driving force behind the recent revolution in communications, broadcasting, positioning and internet technologies.

As these sectors continue to expand there is an increasing trend in the industry towards the integration of communications, information, visualisation and sensing technologies, for example in smartphones, advanced manufacturing and electronic healthcare. Design of such sophisticated products requires an understanding of both electronic systems and computer programming.

The interface between electronics and computing is recognised by industry as one of the most important international growth areas for 21st century technology, and this course has been designed specifically to meet this need.

You will begin by studying the foundations of electronics and computing, including electronic circuit design, communications systems, computer program design and programming languages. You will learn how the entire hierarchy of digital electronics and software fits together – from individual components to billion-transistor chips, and onto full computer systems, data routing and software applications. Specialist topics include distributed systems and parallel computing.

For MEng students, the fourth year provides a wide range of choice in advanced areas such as digital signal processing, network security and cloud computing. A key feature of the course is the substantial component of hands-on practical activities, including extensive project work on embedded systems design using the industry-standard ARM platform. In both the third and fourth years you will have the option to complete an interdisciplinary project, jointly supervised by academic staff from both the schools of Computing and Electronic and Electrical Engineering, to give you the best possible opportunity to develop expertise across the entire subject scope.

Potential student projects cover a very wide range since modern electronics and computing engineering are so intertwined. Virtually all modern devices include significant processing capability which allows reconfiguration and high levels of adaptation. Student projects vary from a hardware focus where computer engineering expertise can allow high functionality to software focussed projects using highly flexible processors such as powerful computers.

Project examples include:
• The performance of TCP over Wireless Links
• Implementation of a high resolution surface penetrating detection system
• Quantum computing cryptography.

This is an interdisciplinary course and you will study in both the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and School of Computing.

UCAS Code: H6B8 (MEng, BEng) or H6B7 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3, 4 or 5 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September 2015
Course fees: UK/EU: £9,000; International: £17,500
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: We are seeking accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Modules

The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2015. This information is taken from the University's programme catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year. A standard module is typically worth 20 credits.

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content or our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Procedural Programming
Discrete Mathematics
Formal Languages and Finite Automata
Object Oriented Programming
Programming Project
Circuit Analysis and Design
Communications Systems
Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers
Engineering Mathematics

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Networks
Compilers
Data structures and Algorithms
User Interfaces
Software Engineering
Electronic Circuit Design
Communications Theory
Embedded Systems Project
Gates to PC

Year 3

Compulsory modules Optional modules (choose three)
Professional Studies
Distributed Systems
Digital Communications Parallel Computation
Embedded Systems Mobile Computing
Individual Engineering Project Secure Computing
  Artificial Intelligence
  Digital Media Engineering

Career options

Virtually all high technology fields require engineers with expertise in electronics and in computer engineering. Recent graduates from the schools of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Computing can be found working in communications, information technology, automotive, manufacturing and programming sectors.

With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every opportunity to secure a position before you graduate.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

2015 entry

Entry requirements for the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.

A-level: AAA including Mathematics, excluding General Studies.

Engineering Diploma: Grade A (plus A or above in A-level Mathematics). Other diploma qualifications considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma: D*DD, including a D in Further Mathematics, plus Grade A for A-level Mathematics.

IB: 35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in higher level Mathematics.

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

Foundation courses
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

This course will be available on the UCAS website in May.

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. They will give you the opportunity to learn more about your course, meet our academic staff and students, take part in group activities, including hands-on electronics demonstrations, and tour our undergraduate teaching facilities and the campus. You will also have an interview with one of our academics, which will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e: ugelec@leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 2012